Research in my lab is in the area of environmental chemistry. Theoretical molecular modeling calculations are performed on substances important to the chemistry of our atmosphere. Calculations are meant to inquire at relationships between structure and energetics and the reactivity, kinetics, and photochemistry of atmospheric species. Reaction mechanisms are also studied, and related to measurements made in the laboratory and the field.
Undergraduate student research projects are also performed in the area of environmental chemistry. Students measure pollutants in air, water, soil, and tissue samples. Current projects include students measuring ground level ozone in air using portable spectrometers. The goal of this project is to set up several monitoring stations with the ability to measure pollution in air at several locations. Another project involves students measuring heavy metal concentrations in fish samples. This is a collaborative project in progress to determine the sustainability level of seafood. Measurement of pesticide in soil and other samples has also been a focus of undergraduate student research.
Teaching interests are in the areas of general, analytical, and environmental chemistry courses. I enjoy teaching at all levels, to both science majors and non-majors. I am also interested in increasing student success in general chemistry courses, and in chemical education.
Atmospheric Chemistry, Environmental Chemistry, Theoretical Chemistry, Spectroscopy