John Banisaukas Faculty and Staff Chemistry Furman University
  • Assistant Professor and Chief Health Careers Advisor
  • 864.294.3042
  • Plyler 244H, Townes Science Center

Dr. Banisaukas graduated from Furman University with both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in chemistry. He earned his Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the University of Florida. His doctoral research in astrophysical chemistry focused on the photodissociation of hydrocarbons via low temperature matrix isolation and ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometry.

Dr. Banisaukas joined the chemistry department at Furman in the Fall of 2003. Currently he teaches courses in general chemistry and physical chemistry, and a senior seminar course. His research interests include studying highly reactive astrophysically relevant molecules trapped in rare gas matrices at cryogenic temperatures.

Dr. Banisaukas has been the Chief Health Careers Advisor at Furman since 2008, and in this role advises all Furman students pursuing a career in healthcare. He is the faculty advisor of the Alpha Epsilon Delta PreHealth Honor Society and the Furman University Medical Missions Organization. He directs several health career focused programs at Furman, including the Healthcare Today Engaged Living program. In 2015 he was a recipient of the Alester G. Furman, Jr. and Janie Earle Furman Award for Meritorious Advising. ​​​​​​

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Seminar in Chemistry

Seminars presented based on current literature. Presentations include articles detailing the application of chemical principles and techniques to the natural environment. Surveys of assigned journals are presented individually; more detailed presentations are made by small groups working as teams. Topics include: coverage of recent important developments, global awareness of the application of chemistry to the natural world, experience in making scientific presentations, and encouragement of good literature reading habits.


Foundations of Chemistry

Introduction to the principles of chemistry. Topics include: atomic and molecular structure and chemical bonding, stoichiometry, properties of the states of matter, and energetics of chemical reactions with emphasis on problem solving, conceptual understanding, and analytical reasoning. Laboratory focuses on quantitative measurements and interpretation of data.


Physical Chemistry I

Development of the basic concepts of physical chemistry and the theoretical and quantitative foundations for further study in chemistry. Knowledge of calculus and introductory physics is essential. Topics include: introduction to quantized energy levels, molecular structure, spectroscopy, molecular symmetry, chemical kinetics and reaction dynamics.

Dr. Banisaukas’s research interests include studying highly reactive astrophysically relevant molecules trapped in rare gas matrices at cryogenic temperatures. Recent projects include electron spin resonance spectroscopic studies of mass-selected boron hydride cations, high spin calcium and magnesium clusters, hydrocarbon radicals present in star forming regions, and cationic hydrogen clusters.

Ph.D., University of Florida
M.S., Furman University
B.S., Furman University

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