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Stephen Hobson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Chemistry

Center for Natural Sciences, Room 120
(434) 582-7468


  • Ph.D., University of California, Irvine
  • B.S., Wheaton College


Dr. Hobson was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army following four years on an ROTC scholarship. He was awarded an educational delay to attend graduate school at the University of California, Irvine on a Chancellor’s Fellowship. His Ph.D. work focused on the design, synthesis, and characterization of hybrid organic-inorganic materials under the supervision of Professor Kenneth Shea.

Following graduate school, he entered Active Duty as Captain serving at the US Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense (USAMRICD). His work in the area of medical countermeasures against chemical warfare agents resulted in the issue of nine United States Patents and he was awarded of the highest U.S. Army R&D award (2000, Department of the Army Research and Development Achievement Award).

His initial civilian research position was leading an optimization/medicinal chemistry group at Senomyx, Inc. (La Jolla, CA, small organic molecules to act as G-Protein Coupled Receptor (GPCR) allosteric enhancers). Following this position, he moved to Seacoast Science, Inc (Carlsbad, CA) where his research focused on the synthesis and application of novel polymers in chemical sensors for the detection of a variety of analytes in the vapor phase (chemical warfare agents, petroleum products, explosives) and the aqueous phase (algal toxins, petroleum products). In addition to his work at Seacoast, he has served as a consultant with Rubicon Biotechnology LLC in their research on the application of heat shock protein as a treatment for acute lung injury from inhaled toxicants.

Dr. Hobson has 13 peer-reviewed publications and is the co-inventor on 14 United States Patents. He has presented over 30 presentations on his research at scientific and government meetings.

Courses Taught

  • CHEM 301/302 – Organic Chemistry

Research Interests

At Liberty University, his initial research areas include the synthesis and optimization of non-estrogenic BPA mimics, graphene-based chemical sensors, and novel molecules to ameliorate the effects of nitrates in the gut. His broader research interests include synthesis of stimuli-responsive polymers, self-healing materials, catalyst development, discovery and development of new medical countermeasures for toxicants, and development of new chemical sensors.

Professional Memberships

American Chemical Society

  • Division of Organic Chemistry
  • Division of Polymer Chemistry
  • Polymer Materials Science Engineering Division



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