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Luanne F. Tilstra

Professor of Chemistry

Dr. Luanne Tilstra is an expert in physical and polymer chemistry. As part of her current research on insulin aggregation, she has developed a new instrument for studying the conditions under which insulin proteins will collect in larger than normal numbers. Dr. Tilstra also has encouraged students to work on a variety of chemistry research projects, and pursue graduate-school educational opportunities. She specializes in environmentally-sound leather tanning. Dr. Tilstra was the original director of Rose-Hulman’s Center for Diversity and played a key role in developing multicultural campus events. 

Teaching Interests

  • Physical chemistry
  • Physical polymer chemistry
  • Nanotechnology
  • Spectroscopy
  • General chemistry
  • Quantum chemistry

Research Experiences

  • Self-assembly of supramolecular systems
  • Assessing and promoting the continuing participation of women in STEM careers: post-doctoral and beyond

Publications & Presentations

  • Tilstra, L., “Promoting Diversity and Inclusivity at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology,” (Book Chapter), Career Challenges and Opportunities in the Global Chemistry Enterprise, American Chemical Society Symposium Series, 2014
  • Tilstra, L., Broughton, A., French, V., Jelski, D., Tanke, R., Thomas, G., Western, A., and Xhu, G., Nanotechnology: An Introductory Textbook, Nova Scientific, 2008
  • Rezenom, Y. H., Wellman, A. D., Tilstra, L., Medley, C. D., and Gilman, S. D., “Separation and Detection of Individual Submicron Particles by Capillary Electrophoresis with Laser-Light-Scattering Detection,” Analyst, 132, 1215-1222, 2007
  • Tilstra, L., “Using Journal Articles to Teach Writing Skills for Laboratory Reports in General Chemistry,” Journal of Chemical Education, Volume 78, 762-764, 2001

Academic Degrees

  • BA, Central College, 1983
  • PhD, Louisiana State University, 1987