Benny Chan


I am gay and I am a chemistry professor.//

I am a gay chemistry professor a The College of New Jersey since 2006, a predominantly undergraduate institution (PUI). I have a Ph.D. from The Pennsylvania State University, Post Doc at Los Alamos National Labs/Colorado State University, and a BA From Franklin and Marshall College. My training is in solid state and materials chemistry with a focus on chemical crystallography. I have my own set of powder and single crystal X-ray diffractometers and offer extensive collaborative opportunities for other faculty members who do not have access to the equipment. I have lines of inquiry in magnetic materials, catalytic materials, and structure property relationships. In addition to my technical research, my other lines of inquiry involve diversity and inclusion for STEM. I have challenged myself with social science research, I discovered my love of social justice issues as related to STEM. I worked extensively at the intersections of class, race, gender, and sexuality. I have worked with the ASEE Safe Zone Project. I have multiple collaborative NSF grants to study diversity, inclusion, and retention of STEM students. We are working on our first set of papers on low income students, predominantly minority students at The College of New Jersey. I am also the 2019 NOGLSTP Educator of the Year!

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