Department of Chemistry

West Chester University

Chemistry Information
Office: 119 Schmucker
Science Center South
West Chester, PA 19383
Phone (610) 436-2631
Fax (610) 436-2890
Email: Department Chair


Research Interests of Faculty

Bryan Kelly working on the SEM

Most of our Faculty members maintain active research programs specifically designed for undergraduate participation. Each faculty member has his or her own research laboratory for the use of undergraduate students. As a student, you are strongly encouraged to perform original scientific research under the guidance of a faculty member. Of those students who have participated in research with faculty, many have been co-authors of papers published in the scientific literature or presented at scientific meetings (see a partial listing of presentations below). Research experience can have a very favorable impact on your potential to thrive as a student and as a professional. In addition it represents a unique opportunity to gain experience on the extensive instrumentation available within the Department. Please check out the research interests of the faculty below, because one or more of these areas may become your research interest as well!

  • Dr. Mahrukh Azam
    • Biochemistry
    • Research: Unusual DNA Structures and their Effect on Aging

  • Dr. Roger Barth
    • Physical Chemistry
    • Research:Chemistry of beer and the brewing art

  • Dr. Melissa Cichowicz
    • Organic Chemistry
    • Research: Medically Interesting Natural Products; Microwaves in Organic Synthesis

  • Dr. Blaise Frost
    • Biochemistry
    • Research: Biochemical Markers for Alcoholism

  • Dr. Felix Goodson
    • Organic Chemistry
    • Research: Polymers, Organic Methods and Synthetic Methodologies

  • Dr Monica Joshi

  • Dr. Kurt Kolasinski

  • Dr. Michael Moran
    • Inorganic Chemistry
    • Research: Synthetic Metals: Synthesis and characterization

  • Dr James Pruitt

    • Pharmaceutical Chemistry
    • Natural product isolation and small molecule synthesis

  • Dr. Joel Ressner
    • Organic/Organometallic Chemistry
    • Research: Organometallic Synthesis; Structure analysis using spectroscopy

  • Dr. Tim Starn

  • Dr. John Townsend
    • Chemical Education
    • Research: Chemical Education; RNA Chemistry

Research presentations involving Forensic Chemistry topics and/or Forensic Chemistry Students (since 2004).

Listed by Faculty Mentor:

Dr. Mahrukh Azam

Colman E. K., Longenecker, A. K., Azam, M. "Interaction of Cationic Porphyrin with G-Quadruplex DNA" National 236th American Chemical Society Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, August 2008.

Colman E. K., Longenecker, A. K., Butterworth, A., Chirayath, A. L., Azam, M. "Interaction of Cationic Porphyrin and Its Metal derivative with Quadruplex DNA" Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol- PA, Harrisburg, PA, October 2007.

Azeez, E., Azam, M. "Interaction of N-methylmesoporphyrin IX NMM with Quadruplex DNA Formed from S. cerevisiae Telomeric Sequences" 37th MARM, NJ, May 2005.

Dr. James Falcone (retired)

Emily Schenk, Karen Brensinger, Jared Ridinger "Differentiating Ballpoint Pen Ink by FT-IR and TLC." Northeastern Association of Forensic Scientists, Bolton Landing, NY, November 2, 2007.

Dr. Kurt Kolasinski

Carolyn J. Somerville, Jacob W. Gogola, Kurt W. Kolasinski, "Nanosphere Lithography" Intercollegiate Student Chemists' Convention, West Chester, PA, April 16, 2011.

 

Dr. Tim Starn

Samantha Shumlas, Amber Loiselle, Tim Starn "Using Gunshot Residue to Map the Locard Exchange Principle." Northeastern Association of Forensic Scientists, White Plains, NY 2008.

Tim Starn "Crafting a Coherent Chemical Curriculum: Forensic and Toxicological Chemistry." Northeastern Association of Forensic Scientists, White Plain, NY 2008.

Steven Ferraioli, Sheena Nonnemacher, Tim Starn "Investigation of the Effects of Firefighting Foams on the Detection of Accelerants." Northeastern Association of Forensic Scientists, Bolton Landing, NY 2007.

Starn, Tim and Christine Neal "Analysis of accelerants on carpet: An undergraduate laboratory exercise" Abstracts of Papers, 228th ACS National Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, August 22-26, 2004.

Dr. Karyn Usher

Usher, K. M. Kelsey Smith, Mackenzie Lauro and Dmitry Kochev "Pesticide Analysis in Apples and Coffee using QuEChERS method and GC/MS" Eastern Analytical Symposium, Somerset, NJ, November 16, 2010.

Usher, K. M.; Mulcahy, C. M.; Snyder, S.H. "Extra Column Effects in Method Development for Fast Separations" HPLC 2008, Baltimore, MD, May 13, 2008.

Usher, K. M.; Snyder, S. H.; Styborski, A. L. "Extra Column Variance in HPLC as a Function of Tubing Volume and Placement" The Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy, New Orleans, LA, March 3, 200.

Bozym, M. J.; Owens, M. L.; Glinko, A.; Usher, K. M. "Separation of Water Soluble Vitamins by UHPLC" Middle Atlantic Regional Meeting – American Chemical Society, Queens, NY, May 19, 2008.

Mulcahy, C. S.; Snyder, S. H.; Usher, K. M. "Extra Column Effects as a Function of Flow Rate" Middle Atlantic Regional Meeting – American Chemical Society, Queens, NY, May 19, 2008.

Glinko, A.; Owens, M. L.; Bozym M.; Usher, K. M. "Separation of Water Soluble Vitamins on Sub-2-micron Particle Columns" CFDV Spring Symposium, Fort Washington, PA, April 17, 2008 (Also presented at MARM-ACS meeting as an award presentation, May 19, 2008).

Mulcahy, C.S.; Starn, T.; Usher, K. M. "Method Development and Experiment Design for Undergraduate Instrumental Labs" CFDV Spring Symposium, Fort Washington, PA, April 17, 2008.

Usher, K. M., Styborski, A.L, Snyder, S.H. "Extra Column Effects in HPLC: Peak Width Versus Asymmetry" Eastern Analytical Symposium, Somerset, NJ, Nov 12, 2007.

Styborski, A.L., Snyder, S.H., Usher, K.M. "Systematic Investigation of the Magnitude of Extra Column Dispersion in High Performance Liquid Chromatography" 39th Mid-Atlantic Regional Meeting of The American Chemical Society. May 17, 2007.

Gonzalez, C.A., Usher, K.M., Brooks, A. "Determination of Sulfonamides in Milk by Solid Phase Extraction and Liquid Chromatography tandem Mass Spectrometry" Philadelphia section of the American Chemical Society Graduate and Undergraduate Poster Session, Philadelphia, Pa, Jan 22, 2009.

Michelle L. Owens, Anna Glinko, Michael Bozym, Karyn M.Usher "Determination of Eight Water-Soluble Vitamins Using High Performance Liquid Chromatography" Delaware ACS Student-Industry Poster Session, Newark, DE, April 30, 2008.

Research presentations involving students in other areas of chemistry.

Dr. Kurt Kolasinski

Kurt W. Kolasinski, William B. Barclay and Jacob W. Gogola, On the Role of Holes AND Electrons in Photo- and Electro-Chemistry on H-Terminated Si Surfaces, Dynamics at Surfaces Gordon Research Conference, Newport Rhode Island, USA, August 2013.

Kurt W. Kolasinski and William B. Barclay, Stain Etching of Silicon with and without the Aid of Metal Catalysts, Pacific Rim Meeting on Electrochemical and Solid-State Science (PRIME 2012), Honolulu, Hawai'i, USA, October 2012.

Kurt W. Kolasinski and William B. Barclay, Metal Assisted Etching of Silicon in a V2O5 plus HF Solutions, Pacific Rim Meeting on Electrochemical and Solid-State Science (PRIME 2012), Honolulu, Hawai'i, USA, October 2012.

Kurt W. Kolasinski, Jacob W. Gogola and William B. Barclay, Electroless Etching of Si with VO2+, Fe3+, Ce4+, IrCl62– and IO3–: When and How It Works, Porous Semiconductors Science and Technology 2012, Malaga, Spain, March 2012.

Kurt W. Kolasinski and Jacob W. Gogola, What Controls Etching of Silicon in Fluoride Solutions? Dynamics at Surfaces Gordon Research Conference, Newport Rhode Island, USA, August 2011.

Jacob W. Gogola and Kurt W. Kolasinski, Stain Etching of Silicon, Intercollegiate Student Chemists' Convention, West Chester, PA, April 2011.

Kurt W. Kolasinski and Jacob W. Gogola, Nanostructure Formation via Electroless Etching, Villa Conference on Interactions Among Nanostructures (VCIAN 2011), Las Vegas, NV, USA, April 2011.

Kurt W. Kolasinski, Margaret E. Dudley, Jacob W. Gogola, Justin D. Hartline, Bryan T. Kelly and Julia Yadlovskiy, NanoMicro-Structured Silicon: Pits, Pillars, Pores and Powder, Philadelphia Society for Microscopy Symposium, Philadelphia, PA, USA, November 2010.

Kurt W. Kolasinski, Jacob W. Gogola, Justin D. Hartline, Bryan T. Kelly, and Julia Yadlovskiy, Rational Design of Etchants for Electroless Porous Silicon Formation, Keynote Lecture, 218th Meeting of the Electrochemical Society, Las Vegas, NV, USA, October 2010.

Kurt W. Kolasinski and Julia Yadlovskiy, Stain Etching of Silicon with V2O5, Porous Semiconductors Science and Technology 2010, Valencia, Spain, March 2010.

Kurt W. Kolasinski, Justin D. Hartline, Bryan T. Kelly and Julia Yadlovskiy, The Surface Chemistry of Charge Transfer & the Formation of Nanocrystalline Si Films, Fachbereich Chemie, Universität Duisburg-Essen, Duisburg, Germany, July 2010.

Kurt W. Kolasinski, Justin D. Hartline, Bryan T. Kelly and Julia Yadlovskiy, Chemical Routes to Nanocrystalline Silicon, Department of Chemistry, Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ, USA, March 2010.

Kurt W. Kolasinski and Margaret E. Dudley, Wet Etching of Silicon: Planes, Pillars and Pores, Department of Applied Physics, Chalmers University, Göteburg, Sweden, September 2009.

Kurt W. Kolasinski and Margaret E. Dudley, Surface Reactions Excited by Laser and Electronic Excitation, Department of Chemistry, Lebanon Valley College, Annville, PA, USA, March 2009.

Kurt W. Kolasinski, Margaret E. Dudley, Barada Nayak and Mool C. Gupta, Pits, Pores and Pillars, Department of Chemistry, Villanova University, Villanova, PA, USA, October 2008.

Kurt W. Kolasinski, Margaret E. Dudley, Barada Nayak and Mool C. Gupta, Pits, Pores and Pillars, Fachbereich Chemie, Universität Duisburg-Essen, Duisburg, Germany, June 2008.

Kurt W. Kolasinski, Margaret E. Dudley, Barada Nayak and Mool C. Gupta, Pillars and Pores: Laser and Chemical Methods for Structure Modification, Department for Materials Science, Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Erlangen, Germany, June 2008.

Kurt W. Kolasinski and Margaret E. Dudley, Stain Etching with Ferric Ion to Produce Thick Porous Silicon Films, Pacific Rim Meeting on Electrochemical and Solid-State Science (PRIME 2008), Honolulu, Hawai'i, USA, October 2008.

Kurt W. Kolasinski and Margaret E. Dudley, New Routes to Microporous and Macroporous Silicon, First International Conference on Thin Films and Porous Materials, Algiers, Algeria, May 2008.

Kurt W. Kolasinski and Margaret E. Dudley, Novel Stain Etchant Formulation Using the Ferric Ion, Porous Semiconductors Science and Technology 2008, Mallorca, Spain, March 2008.

Kurt W. Kolasinski and Margaret E. Dudley, Macroporous Silicon Formed from Laser Textured Pillar-Covered Silicon Substrates, Porous Semiconductors Science and Technology 2008, Mallorca, Spain, March 2008.

Jennifer P. Zawislak, Kurt W. Kolasinski, Brian P. Helmke, Development of Endothelial Cells on Pillar-Covered Silicon, Porous Semiconductors Science and Technology 2008, Mallorca, Spain, March 2008.

Kurt W. Kolasinski, Margaret E. Dudley, Barada Nayak and Mool C. Gupta, Formation of Meso and Nanoscale Pillars & Pores with Laser Ablation and Wet Chemical Etching, Department of Chemistry, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, USA, October 2007.

Margaret E. Dudley and Kurt W. Kolasinski, Porous Silicon with Crystallographically Defined Macropores Created by Wet-chemical Etching, 234th American Chemical Society National Meeting, Boston, MA, USA, August 2007.

Kurt W. Kolasinski and Margaret E. Dudley, Dynamics of Mesoscale and Nanoscale Structure Formation by Means of Laser Ablation and Wet Etching, Dynamics at Surfaces Gordon Research Conference, New Hampshire, USA, August 2007.

Kurt W. Kolasinski, Margaret E. Dudley, Barada Nayak and Mool C. Gupta, Formation of Mesoscale and Nanoscale Pillars & Pores with Laser Ablation and Wet Chemical Etching, Fachbereich Physik, Universität Duisburg-Essen, Duisburg, Germany, July 2007.

Kurt W. Kolasinski, Margaret E. Dudley, Barada Nayak and Mool C. Gupta, The Dynamics of Pillar Formation During Chemically Enhanced Laser Ablation, SPIE Conference on Damage to VUV, EUV & X-ray Optics, Prague, Czech Republic, April 2007.

 

Dr. Joel Ressner

s Tristan E. Colestock, Joel M. Ressner, Solvent-Free Malonic Ester Synthesis by Mechanochemical Methods, Poster presented at the Middle Atlantic Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society Rutgers University May 23, 2005.