James C. Duchamp
James Earl Copenhaver Professor of Chemistry
Emory and Henry College
James Clarence Duchamp, the James Earl Copenhaver Professor of Chemistry and Chair of the Natural Science Division, has taught at Emory & Henry since 1994. Professor Duchamp is co-author of 29 peer-reviewed publications, three book chapters, and a patent.
With funding from the Appalachian College Association (ACA) in 1998, Professor Duchamp began an ongoing collaboration with researchers at Virginia Tech on the synthesis, characterization, and medical applications of endohedral metallofullerenes. He has co-authored several papers with undergraduate researchers, including the synthesis of a new isomer of the metallofullerene ScN3@C80 in Chemical Physics Letters, an investigation of possible medical applications LuN3@C80 reported in Nanoletters, and an investigation of the use of gadolinium endohedral metallofullerenes as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) contrast agents, which was published in Radiology.
Professor Duchamp co-organized a NSF Nanoscience Undergraduate Education short course on fullerenes and nanomaterials for ACA students and faculty. During the four-day course, professors and students from eight ACA colleges were able to synthesize, purify, and characterize a variety of nanomaterials, while attending lectures on nanotechnology.
Dr. Duchamp’s excitement about chemistry has translated into the success of the E&H student affiliate of the American Chemical Society (ACS), of which he is the founding faculty advisor. During his time as advisor, the chapter was recognized by the ACS five times for outstanding achievements. The chapter also was recently featured in In Chemistry magazine.
Dr. Duchamp also co-chairs Emory & Henry College’s undergraduate research symposium for the natural sciences. During the last 10 years, more than 60 Emory & Henry science majors have presented their undergraduate research projects at the annual event. He developed a course called “Ethical Inquiry: Technology & Values,” which has been oversubscribed each time he has taught it. The course begins with a grounding in moral theory and critical thinking skills and helps students refine and synthesize their opinions relating to privacy, end-of-life issues, genetically modified organisms, global warming, whistleblowing, and nanotechnology.
Professor Duchamp earned a B.A. in chemistry from Kalamazoo College and a Ph.D. in chemistry from Yale University. He pursued post-doctoral work in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Cornell University. He is a member of the American Chemical Society, the Council on Undergraduate Research, the National Science Teacher Association, the Virginia Academy of Sciences, and the United States Rowing Association.