The Chemistry faculty at IWU have diverse backgrounds, coming with industrial, government, and even seminary experience. The many years of experience represented by the faculty listed below offer students a variety of viewpoints on how chemistry can be used and why chemistry is important. Active research projects involve everything from the discovery of new antimalarial drugs to development of fiber optics to environmental and forensic chemistry. Research is seen as such a vital part of the education process that all students are required to become involved in at least one of the projects for a part of the time they are at IWU.

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Steven Tripp; PhD Assoc Prof; Chemistry steven.tripp@indwes.edu Department - Chemistry Division - Natural Sciences


Steven Tripp is an assistant professor of Chemistry in the School of Physical and Applied Sciences. He received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Purdue University in 2003 and was a postdoctoral research associate, first in the Department of Physics at Purdue University and then in Industrial and Physical Pharmacy at Purdue University before starting at Indiana Wesleyan University in 2007.

Educational Background:

  • B.S., 1996, Indiana Wesleyan University
  • Ph.D., 2003, Purdue University


Professor Tripp’s research interests are based in the fundamental understanding of physical and chemical properties of pharmaceutical solids, with applications to drug formulation and accurate prediction of shelf-life. His research interests also include solid-vapor interactions, solid-state degradation kinetics, and solid-state drug characterization.

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