Assistant Professor of Chemistry


truittSchool of Arts and Sciences
Ph.D. Chemistry, North Carolina State University; B.S. Chemistry, University of Puerto Rico at Cayey

Mission & Passion

To inspire people to “… seek first the kingdom of God …” (Matthew 6:33) so we are able to receive His blessings and dwell in His presence.

Chemistry is in everything, from our bodies, to the food that we eat and the air that we breathe. My passion is to encourage students to study the world around them and to apply their knowledge for the benefit of mankind.  In doing this we obey God’s word (Genesis 1:26 and Proverbs 3:5-6).

Favorite Verses/Quotations

“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science.” – Albert Einstein

“An intelligent heart acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.” – Proverbs 18:15


  • Fundamentals General/Organic Chemistry
  • General Chemistry I/II
  • Organic Chemistry I/II
  • Quantitative Chemical Analysis
  • Instrumental Methods in Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry I/II
  • Chemistry Seminar & Scientific Writing
  • College Algebra
  • Math Survey

Topics of Interest

  • Biopolymers
  • Mesoporous and Microporous structures – catalysts or molecular sieves
  • NMR (Nuclear Magnetic Resonance) – analytical method

Select Publications/Presentations

  • Rovira-Truitt, R.; Patil, N.; Castillo, F.; White, J. L. Synthesis and Characterization of Biopolymer Composites from the Inside Out,
  • Macromolecules 2009, 42 (20), 7772-7780
  • Truitt, M. J.; Rovira-Truitt, R.; Toporek, S.; White, J. L. Alkane C-H Bond
  • Activation in Zeolites: Evidence for Direct Protium Exchange J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2006, 128, 1847-1852
  • Truitt, M.; Toporek, S.; Rovira-Hernandez, R.; Hatcher, K.; White, J. L.
  • Identification of an Adsorption Complex Between an Alkane and Zeolite Active Sites J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2004, 126, 11144

2008 Fall National Meeting of the American Chemical Society; New Orleans, LA

2008 NanoFocus & NSF EPSCoR; Oklahoma City, OK

2006 Annual Symposium of the Southeastern Catalysis Society; Asheville, NC

2005 Annual Department of Chemistry’s Poster Session, NCSU

2004 Spring National Meeting of the American Chemical Society; Anaheim, CA