Meet Dr. Shawn Swavey

Shawn SwaveyDr. Shawn Swavey joined the Department of Chemistry at the University of Dayton in 2002. He earned a B.S. in Chemistry from Edinboro University in 1991. After a year in industry Dr. Swavey attended Case Western Reserve University and received his Ph.D. in Bioinorganic Chemistry in 1998.

From 1998 until 2000 Dr. Swavey worked in the laboratory of Edwin Gould at Kent State University in the area of Electron Transfer Kinetics. He then moved to Virginia Tech as a Research Fellow in the laboratory of Karen Brewer until 2002. Dr. Swavey has raised nearly $300,000 in external funding. He collaborates regularly with faculty from the departments of Biology and Chemical Engineering at the University of Dayton as well as a number of faculty at other universities. He has published 53 articles in peer-reviewed journals, 7 book chapters, and holds 2 patents.

Since joining the Department of Chemistry, Dr. Swavey has worked with almost 50 undergraduates and 9 graduate students on research projects in his laboratory. His current areas of interest include photodynamic therapy in the treatment of cancer and bacterial infections and Energy Conversion in the form of photovoltaics and fuel cells. He received the University's chapter of Sigma Xi award for research excellence in 2013 and the College of Arts and Sciences outstanding scholarship award in 2014.

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