Research Interests

Chemists continue to improve techniques for syntheses and analyses with ever more sophisticated instrumentation to the point where individual molecules can be studied or materials can be grown one atom at a time. However, chemists have been using the same varieties of glassware and pipettes for manipulating solutions of these molecules for centuries. (1) Microfluidics, the study of liquids in small, confined (smaller than the width of a human hair) channels, is a developing field that aims to revolutionize the way in which chemists carry out reactions and analyses. Microfluidics has emerged as an innovative technology that employs minimal amounts of reactants and solvents with applications ranging from high throughput chemical syntheses to portable point of care medical diagnostics. (2,3)

The volumes that are used in microfluidics are on the order of the volume of ink used in the period at the end of this sentence if you were to print this page out with an inkjet printer. As a result of such small volumes, the chemical properties of molecules in microscopic channels can be very different than those in traditional, large beakers. The long-term goal of my research program is to investigate the chemical physics of molecules confined within micro- and nano- fluidic channels for applications in "lab on a chip" devices.

Courses Taught

  • CHM321Physical Chemistry I

    Quantum Mechanics

  • CHM322Physical Chemistry II

    Statistical Thermodynamics

  • CHM488Materials Chemistry

    Solid State Materials

  • CHM103General Chemistry I

  • CHM104General Chemistry II

Education

Ph. D.

Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry

The Pennsylvania State University

B.S.

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry

DeSales University

Positions

2015

Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Muhlenberg College

2013

Senior Chemist
Core Research and Development

The Dow Chemical Company

2006

Analytical Chemist

Puritan Products, Inc.