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Faculty Profile

NATHAN I HAMMER

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CHEMISTRY & BIOCHEMISTRY
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF CHEMISTRY & BIOCHEMISTRY
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180 COULTER
UNIVERSITY, MS 38677
(662) 915-3989
Joined UM: 06/01/2007

Areas of Expertise

  • CHEMISTRY EDUCATION
  • CHEMISTRY, ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY
  • CHEMISTRY, PHYSICAL
  • CHEMISTRY, SUMMER RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES IN CHEMISTRY
  • CHEMISTRY, UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH
  • EDUCATION
  • NANOTECHNOLOGY
  • PHYSICS, CHEMICAL
  • SPECTROSCOPY, GAS-PHASE CLUSTER
  • SPECTROSCOPY, RAMAN
  • SPECTROSCOPY, SINGLE MOLECULE

Brief Bio

Dr. Nathan I. Hammer was born in Johnson City, TN and was valedictorian of Franklin High School in Franklin, TN in 1994. He received an Honors B.S. in Chemistry Degree from the University of Tennessee in 1998 and received his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry & Chemical Physics under the direction of Prof. Bob Compton at the University of Tennessee in 2003. Dr. Hammer joined Prof. Mark Johnson as a postdoctoral researcher (2003-2005) at Yale University, where he studied the spectroscopy of fundamental aqueous systems. This work resulted in fifteen publications, three of which were in Science magazine, and this work was listed among Science's Top 10 Breakthroughs of 2004. Dr. Hammer then served as an Intelligence Community Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Massachusetts (2005-2007) working with Prof. Michael Barnes. This work resulted in nine additional publications, including one in Science. Dr. Hammer joined the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry in 2007 and received tenure in 2013. He was honored as an Ole Miss Faculty Research Fellow in 2008 and received a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) in 2010 to spectroscopically track the evolution of noncovalent interactions from the single molecule level to the condensed phases. This work has been featured on the covers of the The Journal of Physical Chemistry A in 2011 and 2013 and PCCP and ChemPhysChem in 2016. Dr. Hammer has been funded by seven NSF grants (EPS-0903787, CHE-0955550, MCB-0950494, CHE-1156713, CHE-1460568, CHE-1532079, and OIA-1539035) and currently has a postdoc, three graduate and fifteen undergraduate students working under his direction in his physical chemistry and chemical physics laboratories at Ole Miss. Two of his students have received Barry M. Goldwater scholarships. He has chaired the Ole Miss local section of the American Chemical Society twice. Dr. Hammer is also the director of the NSF-funded Ole Miss Physical Chemistry Summer Research Program REU site. Dr. Hammer teaches general chemistry and physical chemistry undergraduate and graduate courses and develops new materials for chemistry education.

Degrees

BS
CHEMISTRY
THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE/KNOXVILLE, TENNESSEE (1998)
PHD
CHEMISTRY
UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE/KNOXVILLE, TENNESSEE (2003)

Committee Memberships

University Standing Committee
VCRSP-Student Program Review Board
Ad Hoc Committee