Dr. Houston Byrd received his B.S. in chemistry from Samford University in 1989 and his Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Florida in 1994. He spent a year as a post-doctoral research associate at Princeton University before joining the faculty at the University of Montevallo in 1995, where he continues to teach. During his tenure, he has received several awards including the University Scholar Award and the Outstanding Commitment to Teaching Award. He was also nominated by the University of Montevallo for national awards such as the Alabama Professor of the Year (CASE), presented by the Carnegie Foundation, and the Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award in the Chemical Sciences.
Since 1995, Dr. Byrd has worked on numerous research projects with 22 undergraduate students (15 of whom subsequently pursued advanced degrees), published 16 research articles and has given more than 20 national presentations, most with undergraduate students.
His research is divided into four areas: synthesis and reactions of polyphosphates, synthesis of organometallic compounds, metal coordination polymer thin films and chemical education. Dr. Byrd teaches general chemistry, quantitative analysis, instrumental analysis and advanced inorganic chemistry.