Mark Silver
  • Mark Silver
  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry

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  • Department: Academics

Scholarly and Professional Achievements

I studied chemistry at the University of Toledo in Toledo, Ohio, where I earned a Bachelor of Science degree with Honors in 2013. I went on to conduct graduate research at Florida State University, where my work involving the actinides, including uranium, neptunium, plutonium, americium, curium, berkelium, and californium, helped to establish a new understanding of the fundamental electronic and chemical behavior at the furthest bounds of the Periodic Table. I received the Carlsbad Field Office Graduate Fellowship award in 2015 to conduct experiments in Carlsbad, New Mexico; Palo Alto, California; and Karlsruhe, Germany. I was awarded a Master of Science in Chemistry in 2015 and defended my doctoral dissertation in 2016. With a PhD in Inorganic Chemistry, I accepted an appointment to conduct research at Soochow University in Suzhou, China in 2017. The following year, I moved to Japan, wheremy skills and expertise in research and experimental design supported global operations at two of the world’s leading manufacturers of semiconductor production equipment.

Institutional Service and Responsibilities

I am a visiting assistant professor leading general chemistry, organic chemistry, and environmental chemistry coursework at Lees-McRae College. In addition to course lectures, I organize and supervise the laboratory sections, whereby students’ skills in a chemistry lab will be challenged and elevated to support their career goals.

Personal Interests

With my international pursuits behind me, I am eager to provide students at Lees-McRae with an engaging experience in chemistry coursework, where the college’s commitment to wildlife rehabilitation and preservation is melded with the principles and phenomena observed in chemistry in order to inspire students to adopt professional laboratory practices, approach complex problems with well-developed critical thinking and scientific reasoning skills, and employ a foundational understanding of chemistry to support members in their communities in the future, whether they be human, flora, or fauna.