Associate Professor/Director of Freshman Chemistry
Chemistry & Biomolecular Science
223 Science Center
PO Box 5810
Potsdam, NY 13699-5810
Ph.D. Clarkson University - Physical
My principle interests are in curriculum innovations and instructional laboratory development. Current laboratory development centers around teaching the principles and practices of introductory chemistry laboratory through investigative forensic science. Chemistry is the foundation for the vast majority of modern evidence analysis. The natural interest which students have in forensic science make it an excellent vehicle for delivering the fundamentals of chemistry. Principles such as qualitative and quantitative analysis, chromatography (TLC), kinetics, and many others are presented through laboratory investigations related to gunshot residue analysis, chemical methods for detecting blood residue, and qualitative testing (field tests) for controlled substances.
I am also interested in computational investigations of the structural stability of ring and cage NxHy and NxFy isomers. While isomers of octaazabicyclo[2.2.2]octane N8H6 have relative energies which can be predicted by increasing by steric interactions, its perfluoro counterpart N8F6 shows interesting deviations from the trends.