Dr. Lucas J. Tucker is respected for his work inside and outside of the classroom at Siena College. His research efforts have resulted in multiple publications (journal articles, patents, and proceedings) and over a dozen (local, regional, and national) presentations, in the areas of pedagogy polymer chemistry, liquid crystalline holography, photoresist material synthesis, green methodology, and linear free energy relationships. Dr. Tucker has worked primarily in academia, but has also been the the VP of Product Development with a start up company, and served as an R & D Fellow during his sabbatical.
Lucas attended Marist College and he graduated with a B.S. in Chemistry. From there he continued on to Syracuse College where he earned his Ph.D. in Chemistry under Michael Sponsler. His thesis is titled “Liquid Crystalline Holography: The Effect of Various Additives on Photopolymerization”. As the VP of Product Development Lucas has directed contract work from one of the leading pressure sensitive adhesives companies in the country resulting in three patents and a nationally available sports enhancement product. His work as an R & D fellow extended the knowledge of tire rubber polymerization kinetics.
Lucas primarily teaches organic and general chemistry where he focuses his efforts on providing the best education possible to students. In 2012, Dr. Tucker was awarded "Lecturer of the Year" by the Siena College student senate.
Lucas resides in Waterford, NY with his wife and two daughters. Something most don’t know about Lucas: He has hiked to the highest point of 22 states.