Armstrong Alumni Association
Brandon Quillian, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Armstrong Atlantic State University
Class of 2003
Bachelor of Science in Chemistry
The son of Rosa Mae and Charles Edward Quillian, Brandon Quillian was raised in the small town of Cornelia, Ga., located at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Dr. Quillan joined the United States Navy in 1995 to become an aviation electrician and to secure money for college. He earned many commendable awards as a helicopter electrician.
Dr. Quillian continued his education at Armstrong, earning a degree in chemistry (Magna Cum Laude). Dr. Quillian received his Ph.D. from The University of Georgia, with a concentration in organometallic chemistry under the direction of Gregory H. Robinson. While in graduate school, he obtained several awards for teaching, writing, and contributions to the department and the university. Dr. Quillian authored over 16 peer-reviewed articles during his tenure at UGA. He continued his studies in homogeneous organometallic catalysis as a postdoctoral associate at the University of Virginia under the guidance of Thomas Brent Gunnoe.
Dr. Quillian joined the ranks of academia in 2011, becoming an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Armstrong. He continues research in soluble transition metal-based catalysts for the conversion of small molecules into value-added molecules. He is a first-generation college student and the only person in his extended family to obtain a Ph.D.