Dr. Brian Peek

Education/Degrees

  • 1991 Ph.D.- Organic Chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • 1986- B.S.- Chemistry- Wake Forest University

Honors/Awards

  • 2014-15- Governor’s Teaching Fellow
  • 2013- Brady Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching
  • 2007- Six Sigma Master Black Belt

Memberships

  • American Chemical Society

Research Interests

  • Natural sources of raw materials from biomass to replace or supplement petroleum products in commercial products and as alternative fuel sources
  • Formation and manufacture of composites containing cellulose and other natural materials, and their adhesives

Scholarly Work and Publications

  • Apparatus for Connecting Framing Components of a Building to a Foundation. US Patent 8793950
  • Wood Composite Material Containing Strands of Differing Densities. US Patent 7993736
  • Wood Composite Material Containing Strands of Differing Densities. US Patent 7662457
  • Engineered Wood Boards with Reduced VOC Emissions. US Patent 7553549
  • Strength-Enhanced, Lightweight Lignocellulosic Composite Board Materials. US Patent 7217458
  • Phenolic Resins Compatible with Wax Emulsions. US Patent 6028133
  • Composites Prepared with Ready-to-Use Resin/Wax Emulsion Adhesives. US Patent 6132885
  • Liquid Crystal Composition and Alignment Layer for Display Device. US Patent 5578351
  • Efficient Chemistry for Selective Modification and Metallization of Substrates. US Patent 5648201
  • Development of a Standardized Laboratory VOC Test Method to Measure Hot-Press Emissions. Proc. 31st International Particleboard/Composite Materials Symp.
  • Enzymatic Modification of a Chemisorbed Lipid Monolayer. Langmuir, 12(18), 4411-4416.
  • Properties of Hydrophilic Self-Assembled Monolayers Effecting the Alignment of Liquid Crystals.
  • Photoinduced Electron Transfer in Redox Active Lysines. J. Amer. Chem. Soc. 113 (1991), 8540 8542
  • Synthesis of Redox Derivatives of Lysine and Related Peptides Containing Phenothiazine or Tris (2,2′- Bipyridine) Ruthenium (II). Int. J. Peptide Protein Res. 38 (1991), 114-123.

What year did you begin teaching at TFC

2017

What is your favorite aspect of teaching at TFC

I really like the strong sense of Christian fellowship and community at TFC.

What courses do you teach at TFC

  • Chemistry I
  • Chemistry II
  • Organic Chemistry I
  • Organic Chemistry II
  • Physics I
  • Physics II
  • Biochemistry
  • Scientific Literacy

When I’m away from the classroom, I enjoy…

  • Gardening
  • Yard work
  • Woodworking

Favorite verses/ quotations:

John 1:1-3 (NIV)

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made.”

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