Dean Campbell


Olin Hall 211
(309) 677-3029

Ph.D., Chemistry, Northwestern University
M.S., Northwestern University
B.S., University of Wisconsin - Green Bay


Dr. Dean Campbell has been with the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Bradley University since 1998. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin - Green Bay with a B.S. in chemistry, he earned his M.S. and Ph.D. in chemistry from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., and enjoyed postdoctoral research at the University of Wisconsin - Madison.

Dean spends much of his free time with family activities. His hobbies include rock and fossil collecting and hiking and he assists in religious education at St. Anthony's Church in Bartonville, Ill.


Dean's primary teaching areas include general, inorganic, and materials chemistry. He believes that everybody can benefit from learning chemistry.


Dean’s research interests include two intertwined areas: materials chemistry and chemistry education. In materials chemistry, he is involved in synthesis and characterization of a variety of nanoscale structures (e.g. small catalytic metal particles dispersed in a polymeric support). Areas of work in chemistry education involve modeling chemical structures and properties with LEGO bricks and paper, as well as demonstrations of nanoscale materials and properties. 


Dean has been involved with a number of committees at the departmental and college level. He is the General Chemistry Coordinator for the department, as well as the faculty advisor for the Chemistry Club (undergraduate chapter of the American Chemical Society). He leads a cadre of students associated with this club (known as the Demo Crew) in performing chemistry outreach events for a variety of audiences. He is also the chair of the chemistry division of the Illinois State Academy of Science.