Research in my lab applies analytical chemistry techniques to study problems of environmental concern, particularly regarding the chemical fate of water pollutants. In specific, the research investigates the reactivity of wastewater-derived pharmaceutical pollutants and their metabolites that pose a threat to aquatic organisms and potable water sources for humans. Undergraduate students participating in the laboratory and field experiments gain marketable skills in the operation of sophisticated laboratory techniques such as high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS).
Students in my classroom actively engage in a variety of learning activities such as Socratic active lectures, group problem solving, guided inquiry learning, and digital response polling. I seek to create a relaxed learning environment that both supports and challenges students to realize their full potential. Students can expect to engage in meaningful real-world contexts to practically apply their learning.
Best Part of the Job
In addition to ordinary classes and lab meetings, I love working with students outside the classroom to help them make connections and see the proverbial light go on. I find it very satisfying to mentor students in research, to see their growth over the years, and to hear from graduated students who are now doing what they love.
Regularly Taught Courses
Foundations of Chemistry (CHE 110N), Concepts of Chemistry (CHE 120N), Environmental Chemistry (CHE 210), Analytical Chemistry I (CHE 220), Analytical Chemistry II (CHE 320), Independent Research (CHE 390 & 490)