Charles H. Van Dyke
Associate Professor and Academic Advisor
Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania 1964
Dr. Van Dyke is the main undergraduate advisor in the Chemistry Department. Responsibilities include recruiting and advising a very diverse set of students from
Carnegie Mellon University
Department of Chemistry
Brief Faculty Profiles
Undergraduate Program
chemistry majors pursuing departmental honors programs, a computational chemistry degree program, to various new programs for students interested in special interdisciplinary degrees in the humanities and fine arts. Undergraduate research is strongly encouraged in the curriculum and Dr. Van Dyke monitors the progress of the students and encourages presentations of research results at national and local meetings.

He maintains an interest in the synthesis and study of hydrogen compounds of the Group IV elements and in developing and implementing new experiments for the beginning level lab course. Projects now concern developing new acid/base, kinetics, and thermochemistry computer-based data-acquisition experiments using Labworks and interdisciplinary chemistry-biochemistry experiments. His interests also includes undergraduate computer molecular modeling projects using software such as ChemDraw/Chem3D, Hyperchem, Alchemy 2000, and Spartan as well as molecular rending of molecules with Rasmol. Projects include exploring the structures of new superaspirin compounds (cox-2 inhibitors) such as Vioxx and Celebrex, and large biochemical molecules such as hemoglobin and ferritin.

Dr. Charles H. Van Dyke
Department of Chemistry
Office of Undergraduate Studies
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
(412) 268-1579