The application of analytical chemistry to forensic, environmental and industrial chemistry, then bridge these experiences into the classroom. This also includes the role technology and instrumentation play in discovery and problem solving.
PhD, Analytical Chemistry, University of Arizona
MS, Analytical Chemistry, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
BA, Chemistry, University California San Diego
Analytical Chemistry has been defined by some as the art of determining how much of what is where and in which form. In forensic science applications, I interact with a group of colleagues interested in the application of Real Time PCR to forensic analyses. This has taken the form of determining PSA in semen stains by Immuno RT-PCR, determining SNP genotype frequencies in different ethnic groups, and most recently the use of the BioTrove Open Array Platform for the analysis of a SNP panel for use in human identification. The SNP panel will not replace the STR CODIS DNA analysis, but can aid investigators in degraded samples and may provide phenotypic information about the suspect.
For environmental applications I recently completed a study of biodegradability of the antimicrobial triclosan during secondary water treatment processes. I also work to develop new processes or formulations for manufacturing companies to reduce waste and recycle by-products or produce products with a lower environmental impact. These include: Use of Aluminum Phosphate as a Hardening Agent for Silicate Coatings on Quartz, Low VOC Mastic, Ultra Light Weight Thin Set, IR Reflective Decking and Stucco, Dry Formula Cement Based Paint, and Use of Psyllium Powder for Paver Mortars.
I have also recently started to interact with the student organization producing biodiesel. I am participating by helping with the analysis of the biofuels they produce.
Primary Research Area
Atmospheric and Environmental