Dr. Michelle Claville

Michelle O. Claville                       Assistant Dean/Professor


Michelle Claville

Hampton University
School of Science/Department of Chemistry
110 Turner Hall
Hampton, VA 23668, USA

757-727-5846 (voice)
757-727-5832 (fax)

email: michelle.claville@hamptonu.edu

office: 110 Turner Hall

Research Website:Claville Research Group (click here) 

School of Science: Assistant Dean: Dr. M. Claville (click here)

Nanoscience Website: NanoHU (click here)




B.A., English, University of Florida, 1990
B.S., Chemistry, University of Florida, 1993
Ph.D., Chemistry, University of Florida, 1998



Dr. Michelle Fletcher Claville is the Director of The Nanoscience Project at Hampton University (NanoHU).  She is also the Assistant Dean for the School of Science at Hampton University, and a Professor of Chemistry at the University in Hampton, Virginia.  Prior to joining the Hampton University family in 2011, she served as an Associate Professor and Chair in the Department of Chemistry at Southern University and A&M College (Baton Rouge, Louisiana), an Adjunct Associate Professor of Chemistry at Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge, Louisiana), and a Senior Research and Development Chemist at Albemarle Corporation (Baton Rouge, Louisiana). 

Since joining the academy in 2002, Dr. Claville has made gains in scholarship.  Dr. Claville is a recipient of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Historically Black Colleges and Universities Undergraduate Program (HBCU-UP), Achieving Competitive Excellence (ACE) Implementation award and the prestigious NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER).  With these and numerous other grant awards, Claville has mentored scores of students (high school, undergraduate and graduate students) and a post-doctoral researcher in physical organic chemistry research on biomolecules and nanomaterials. Together with her protégés, she has published the results of her research in a number of scientific publications, and presented at over 50 scientific conferences. One of the more prominent technical meetings is the 2012 Posters on the Hill conference (on Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C.), sponsored by the Council for Undergraduate Research.  Several of her students have received awards or recognitions at such meetings including, the American Chemical Society (ACS), National Institute of Sciences/ Beta Kappa Chi (NIS/BKX) joint meeting, Emerging Researchers Network (ERN) and the Annual Biochemical Research and Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS).   

More recently, Dr. Claville received the honor of presenting the results of her work with NanoHU at the 2015 Gordon Research Conference on Chemistry Education: Research and Practice.  She was also invited to present her work at the annual international meeting of the Society of Nanoscience and Emerging Technologies (Montreal, Canada).  Dr. Claville serves as a grant reviewer for the NSF, the ACS, and the Cottrell Foundation.  She is currently serving on the ACS’s Committee on Professional Training (CPT).  The CPT approves (rather than accredits) chemistry programs at universities and colleges across the United States, ensuring that such institutions provide rigorous, undergraduate programs that promote excellence in chemistry education.



  1. London, B.K., Claville, M.O.F., Babu, S., Fronczek, F.R. & Uppu, R.M. (2015). “A co-crystal of nonahydrated disodium (II)  with mixed anions from m-chlorobenzoic acid with furosemide.”  Acta Cryst. E71, doi:10.1107/S2056989015017430. 


  1. Babu, Sainath; Claville, Michelle, O.; Ghebreyessus, Kesete “Rapid Synthesis of Highly Stable Silver Nanoparticles and its Application for Colourimetric Sensing of Cysteine.” The Journal of Experimental Nanoscience.  doi: 10.1080/17458080.2014.994680. December 2014.


  1. Mohammad, Faruq; Raghavamenon, Achuthan C.; Claville, Michelle O.; Kumar, Challa SSR and Uppu, Rao M. Nanotechnology Reviews “Targeted Hyperthermia-Induced Cancer Cell Death by LHRH-SPIONs.”, doi: 10.1515/ntrev-2013-0041, March 2014.


  1. Uppu, Satvika; Logan, Ardrene; Uppu, Rao; Fletcher Claville, Michelle O. “Determination of Nitrite using a Modified Ferrous Oxidation-Xylenol Orange (FOX) Assay: An Interference turned into a Useful Methodology.” AnalyticalBiochemistry. Submitted 2014.