Dr. Ryan Hefti, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, has been at Mars Hill since the fall of 2014. He received his BA from Lawrence University in Appleton, WI before completing his PhD at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte in 2013. He spent one year in a postdoctoral research position at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. He teaches General Chemistry, General Physics, Introduction to Physical Science, and Physical Chemistry.
Ryan’s research interests include nanoparticle synthesis, analysis, and imaging. His current research is focused on developing inexpensive high yield techniques for synthesizing low toxicity quantum dots. Quantum dots are currently used in television displays, camera sensors, solar panels, and certain types of biological imaging. Once quantum dot production can be scaled up, their use will grow tremendously. Many junior and senior chemistry students assist in his research as part of the major requirements.
Ryan enjoys hiking in the mountains with his family and he can often be found kayaking down the French Broad River. His adventures also include family ski trips and exploring a new National Park each year.