Stetson University

W. Tandy Grubbs

Professor and Chair of Chemistry

Tandy Grubbs, born and raised a North Carolinian, has been at Stetson University since 1995 and currently serves as chair of the chemistry department. He is interested in horses, lasers and brewing beer (but not all at the same time). In addition to a number of chemical interests, he enjoys designing casual computer games in support of science education.


  • Ph.D., physical chemistry, Duke University
  • B.S., chemistry, High Point University

Course Topics

  • Physical Chemistry
  • Advanced Physical Chemistry
  • General Chemistry
  • Alternative Energy Choices
  • Brewing Science and Technology

Research Interests

  • Physical chemistry
  • Polymer chemistry
  • Alternative energy
  • Computer gaming in support of STEM education
  • Innovative uses of technology in support of STEM education
  • The use of laser interferometry and other forms of optical spectroscopy to characterize materials


  • Jennifer N. Hennigan and W. Tandy Grubbs, "The Periodic Pyramid," Journal of Chemical Education, 90(8), 1003 (2013).
  • Travis Cossairt and W. Tandy Grubbs, "Chemical Mahjong," Journal of Chemical Education, 88(6), 841 (2011).
  • *Megan E. Lewis, *Rebecca M. Levine, John T. York, W. Tandy Grubbs, "A Quick and Accurate Oxygen Based Pressure Sensor Assay for Measurement of Catalase Activity," Journal of Chemical Education, 86, 764 (2009).
  • W. Tandy Grubbs, "The JCE Data-Driven Exercises Digital Collection," Journal of Chemical Education, 86, 763 (2009).
  • W. Tandy Grubbs, "Osmotic Pressure and Polymer Molecular Weight Determination," Journal of Chemical Education, 86, 764 (2009).
  • *Sarah E. Caudill and W. Tandy Grubbs, "Interferometric Measurements of Refractive Index Dispersion in Polymers over the Visible and Near-Infrared Spectral Range," Journal of Applied Polymer Science, 100, 65 (2006).
  • William R. Furlong and W. Tandy Grubbs, "Safe Preparation of HCl/DCl for IR Spectroscopy," Journal of Chemical Education, 82, 124 (2005).
  • Erich Friedman and W. Tandy Grubbs, "The Boltzmann Distribution and Pascal's Triangle," The Chemical Educator, 8, 116 (2003).


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