Thomas Freeman

Thomas Freeman

Teaching Assistant Professor

   Kenan Laboratories A227
  Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

Chemistry Education

Research Synopsis

My training is at the nexus of biochemistry, bioinformatics, and biophysics, all of which can be used to help answer fundamental questions about the mechanistic details of how proteins function and interact with each other and their environment. Using interdisciplinary strategies to answer scientific inquiries have manifested in my taking a similar evidence-based, multi-faceted approach to teaching.

My goals are to use innovative and effective strategies to help students learn to think critically, and solve problems. Additionally, because scientific and many other careers are highly collaborative, I aim to help students learn how to lead and work in teams. Overall, my goal is to craft classroom and laboratory experiences that develop each of the above mentioned skills so that students can think like scientists.

Professional Background

Xavier University of Louisiana, B.S., 2003; Tulane University, Ph.D., 2010; Tulane University, Postdoctoral Scholar, 2009-11; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, SPIRE, Seeding Postdoctoral Innovators in Research and Education, Postdoctoral Scholar, 2011-14; Johnson C. Smith University, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Chemistry, 2013;

News & Publications

In this Commemorative Issue of Liquid Crystals, former collaborators and contemporaries express their admiration of Zeev Luz’s legacy with an array of invited articles spanning a range of topics at the intersection of magnetic resonance with ordered fluid phases.


This review focuses on applications of ALD in DSPECs for the preparation of solar fuels based on modified semiconductor surfaces. In this area, ALD has been used to prepare core/shell structures that modify surface-interfacial electron transfer, to prepare structures that stabilize surface-bound chromophores and catalysts, and for the preparation of overlayer structures that stabilize electrodes for water oxidation and photocathodes for H-2 or CO2 reduction.