Dr. David Grossie Appointed as Chair of the Chemistry Department
Dr. Yi Li, Dean of the College of Science and Mathematics, is pleased to announce that Dr. David Grossie, Associate Professor of Chemistry, will become Chair of the Chemistry Department effective July 1, 2012, as Dr. Ken Turnbull will step down and return to the faculty.
Dr. David Grossie received his BS in chemistry from Texas Lutheran College and his PhD from Texas Christian University. Subsequently, he was a postdoctoral research associate at Baylor University, focusing on single-crystal x-ray diffraction.
Since 2001 Dr. Grossie has served as Assistant Chair of the Department of Chemistry at Wright State University. As an Associate Professor, he has taught graduate courses and conducted research in inorganic chemistry, along with a variety of undergraduate courses and labs. David chaired the COSM Computing & Technology Committee and was a member of the Science Lab Renovations Committee, University Technology Committee, and University Classrooms of the Future Committee. He was also involved in the development of networking and technology plans for the University.
External to Wright State, Dr. Grossie served on the OARNet Faculty Advisory Committee and the Patterson-Crane Committee of the Dayton Section of the American Chemical Society (ACS). He holds memberships in the American Crystallographic Association, International Union of Crystallography, ACS, and American Institute of Physics.
Formally trained in inorganic chemistry, David describes himself as a structural chemist. With expertise in x-ray diffraction and crystallography, his current research is the examination of the structure of crystalline compounds and the relationship between that and its properties. Recent projects have involved the structure of dilithium phthalocyanates, the structure of helical or otherwise non-planar aromatic systems, the structure and stability of syndones and their derivatives, and substitution patterns in N-substituted pyrroles. David has been the lead or co-author on 49 publications, has presented 39 oral or poster presentations, and has co-edited six editions of "Laboratory Guide for Chemistry."
An associated interest in the beginning of Dr. Grossie's career was the development of crystallographic software for small, low-cost computer systems. In collaboration with researchers in Maryland and Australia, David developed software for IBM PC-compatibles for the tedious calculations involved in x-ray crystallography. This software gained an international reputation, with distribution to scientists in 25 countries, and helped demonstrate that small molecule x-ray crystallographic calculations on a personal computer could be cost-effective in the modern diffraction laboratory.