Academic Program at Centre College
Erin Wachter joined the Centre College faculty in 2016 as visiting assistant professor of chemistry, and was named assistant professor of chemistry in 2018.
Wachter earned a B.S. in chemistry from Saint Vincent College, and a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Kentucky.
EXPERT: Ruthenium and Spectroscopy for DNA Sensing
Ruthenium polypyridyl complexes have many different properties that can be exploited. The ligands that bind to the ruthenium can be easily modified, the complexes absorb visible light, can be luminescent, and can bind DNA in different ways. I am specifically interested in studying the spectroscopic properties of ruthenium polypyridyl complexes as the environment around them changes, specifically when in the presence of DNA.