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Neil David Jespersen
Created the two term course entitled Environmental Chemistry Theory and Methods which he teaches to Environmental and Chemistry majors.
General Chemistry, CHE 1210, 1220
General Chemistry Recitation, CHE 1212R, 1222R
Quantitative Methods of Chemical Analysis, CHE 3250
Quantitative Methods of Chemical Analysis Laboratory, CHE 3251L
Instrumental Methods of Analysis, CHE 3300
Instrumental Methods of Analysis Laboratory, CHE 3301L
Honors General Chemistry Recitation, & Advanced General Chemistry Recitation, CHE 1311L, 1321L
Currently my main interests fall in three areas. First is supervising student initiated analytical chemistry projects. Second is researching methodologies to develop concepts and strategies for instrumental method development. Third is to develop interesting laboratory experiences for students using micro sensors.
Students with interesting questions that may be solved by chemical analysis using available departmental instrumentation are invited discuss their ideas well before registration for any research course (i.e. August/September or January/February) prior to starting the research course. Optimally three questions should be developed giving some background and reasons for interest in the questions. The project will start by evaluating all the questions and developing a literature and research plan. The final aim is to have interesting and publishable data.
The second project involves use of the newest departmental instruments to develop concepts and strategies for quickly developing optimized analytical methods. The idea is to analyze how to develop an optimized instrumental method. This involves a detailed knowledge of the theoretical operation of the instrument, the figures of merit related to the instrument and the analyte and finally the strategies to yield the optimum conditions for analysis.
Micro sensors are found in many places. Accelerometers are placed in high-value packages, computers and cell phones to record when they have been dropped. Other micro sensors can measure velocity angular motion, gravitational attraction and weather variables. This project will research common uses of these sensors and then develop novel uses for them, hopefully in chemistry. The basic work of finding a novel use and demonstration that it works is left up to the student. Similar can be utilized by students interested in solid phase micro-extraction, SPME.
It is expected that students taking Introduction to Research will write a complete report of their work at the end of each semester and present their work at either the SJU Research Day or the ACS Undergraduate Research Symposium at the end of the year.