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W. Tandy Grubbs

Professor and Chair, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Tandy Grubbs, born and raised a North Carolinian, has been at Stetson University since 1995 and currently serves as Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He is interested in lasers, 3D printing, and brewing beer (but not all at the same time). In addition to a number of chemical interests, he enjoys designing 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
  • 3D Printing and Rapid Prototyping
  • Alternative Energy Choices
  • Brewing Science and Technology

Research Interests

  • 3D printing and rapid prototyping
  • Physical chemistry
  • Polymer chemistry
  • Mathematical/Computational 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


  • Susan M. Ryan and W. Tandy Grubbs, "Library self-disruption: The key to surviving and thriving. A library dean and professor dialogue on learning technologies and mutual dependence," College & Research Libraries News 79(1), 10-14 (2018).
  • W. Tandy Grubbs, "Entropy Creep and Credit Hour Inflation," Journal of Higher Education Management 32(1), 85-100 (2017).
  • Ryan, Susan M. and W. Tandy Grubbs, "Curricular Collaborations: Using Emerging Technologies to Foster Innovative Partnerships" in Doherty, Brian, ed., Technology-Centered Academic Library Partnerships and Collaborations, Hershey, PA: IGI Global, 2016.
  • Luciano E. H. Violante, Daniel A. Nunez, Susan M. Ryan, and W. Tandy Grubbs; "3D Printing in the Chemistry Curriculum: Inspiring Millennial Students to be Creative Innovators" in Addressing the Millennial Student: New Pedagogy and Approaches to Improve Student Learning Outcomes in Undergraduate Chemistry, Potts, G., Dockery, C., Eds.; ACS Symposium Series, Volume 1180; American Chemical Society: Washington, DC, 2014.
  • 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).
  • W. Tandy Grubbs, "Data-driven Exercises for Chemistry: A New Digital Collection," Journal of Chemical Education, 84, 1391 (2007).
  • 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).
  • W. R. Furlong and W. T. Grubbs, "Safe Preparation of HCl/DCl for IR Spectroscopy," Journal of Chemical Education, 82, 124 (2005).
  • E. A. Fogleman, M. T. Kelly, and W. T. Grubbs, "Laser Interferometric Method for Measuring Polymerization Shrinkage in Light Cured Dental Restoratives," Dental Materials, 18, 324 (2002).


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