The field of chemistry is unique in that it is the scientific link that binds other important fields—such as biology, physics, and geology together. The current model of atomic structure is the quantum mechanical model. Traditional chemistry starts with the study of elementary particles, atoms, molecules, substances, metals, crystals and other aggregates of matter. This matter can be studied in solid, liquid, or gas states, in isolation or in combination. The interactions, reactions and transformations that are studied in chemistry are usually the result of interactions between atoms, leading to rearrangements of the chemical bonds which hold atoms together. Such behaviors are studied in a chemistry laboratory.
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The mission of the Department of Chemistry, as a member of the College of Letters & Sciences, is to:
As a science department, we regard our mission to include:
As a department of chemistry, we are committed to providing:
Upham Hall has just undergone a $40-million renovation and is now one of the University’s premier learning facilities. This building, completed in Fall 2006, houses new research laboratories and faculty offices and features four 60-seat classrooms, one 108-seat lecture hall, one 185-seat lecture hall, well equipped multimedia classrooms, modern research laboratories, a second floor consisting mostly of chemistry labs with new fume hoods and demonstration benches, and 34,000 square feet of new space. The small size of the chemistry department allows students direct, hands-on access to all department instrumentation, including:
The Department has the following state of the art instruments: a nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer (NMR) an electron spin resonance spectrometer (ESR), a Fourier Transform-infrared spectrometer (FTIR), a diode array UV-Visible spectrophotometer and a fluorescence spectrophotometer, which are used to probe the nature of molecules prepared by students in various chemistry student laboratories. Additionally, the department also has an atomic absorption spectrometer and an inductively coupled plasma spectrometer (ICP) which can be used to determine the concentrations of most elements in up to ppm or ppb levels.
Furthermore, the department also possesses a gas chromatograph (GC) and a high-performance liquid chromatograph (HPLC), which are used to separate and characterize chemicals in complex mixtures. The gas chromatograph-mass spectrometer (GCMS) housed in the department is composed of two major building blocks: a gas chromatograph and a mass spectrometer. These two components, used together, allow a much finer degree of substance identification than either unit used separately.
The department is capable of conducting thermal analysis as well using its sophisticated differential scanning calorimeter (DSC), which can be used to measure a number of characteristic thermal properties of a sample.
All these instruments are coupled with computers that allow sophisticated data acquisition and manipulation.
Finally, the department has a number of minor instruments or equipment: an electrochemical analyzer to study the electrochemical and spectroelectrochemical properties of a compound, parallel reactors to carry out many reactions at a very fast pace; a polarimeter to measure optical rotation of optically active matter, a tube furnace to conduct syntheses and purifications of inorganic compounds, a bomb calorimeter to measure the heat of chemical reactions or physical changes as well as heat capacity and a magnetic balance to measure magnetic susceptibility.
Jessica L Bonjour
Upham Hall 265 |
John W Ejnik
Associate Professor, Associate Professor (Sv)
Upham Hall 220A |
Steven N Girard
Associate Professor, Associate Professor (Ss)
Upham Hall 263 |
Marsha L Goodell
Upham Hall 243A |
Upham Hall 261 |
Paul G House
Upham Hall 251 |
Hephzibah J Kumpaty
Upham Hall 255 |
Kimberly K Naber
Upham Hall 258 |
Julia A Rowehl
Upham Hall 220 |
Eric J Stoner
Williams Hall 119 |
Upham Hall 211 |
Christopher T Veldkamp
Upham Hall 257 |
Internship Coordinator: Dr. Kim Naber
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Jessica L Bonjour -
John W Ejnik- Dr. Ejnik earned his PhD in biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1991. His dissertation topic was entitled “Formation and Reactivity of Metallothionein in Metal and Ligand Substitution Reactions”. For the next six years he served as an officer for the United States Navy. His service with the Navy includes being a Radiobiology Research Chemist at the Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute in Bethesda, Maryland; a Production Manager at the Navy Drug Screening Laboratory in Great Lakes, Illinois; and a Research Chemist at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology in Washington DC. Dr. Ejnik then joined Northern Michigan University where he taught analytical, instrumental, general, forensic, and biochemical courses for five years. He then joined the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater where he continues to teach analytical chemistry courses, serves as program coordinator for the Integrated Science and Business program and serves as the Chair for the Chemistry Department. Dr. Ejnik’s research interest includes analytical chemistry involving trace metal analysis in a wide variety of fields. Primary research is done in the area of biological inorganic chemistry involving transition metals, heavy metals and metal speciation interactions with proteins and small organic molecules. However, research also includes trace metal analysis in the fields of geology, environmental science, forensic science and toxicology.
Steven N Girard - Steven N. Girard, a native of Fairfax Station, Virginia, earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Chemistry and Bachelor of Music Degree in Cello Performance from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin, and a Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. His research interests include nanostructured thermoelectric materials, sustainable synthesis of inorganic and nanostructured compounds, and flux chemistry. He was hired as Assistant Professor of Chemistry at UW-Whitewater in 2014.
Marsha L Goodell-
Baocheng Han - Research in the fields of (1) metalloporphyrins, which are the model compounds for biological molecules (2) dimetal complexes, and (3) electrocatalytic dechlorination, including (a) synthesize: to make the compounds of interest and then isolate and purify the compounds. (b). characterize the compounds: using spectroscopy techniques such as IR, UV-Vis, NMR, ESR, MS, single crystal diffraction, electrochemistry and spectroelectrochemistry, etc. to identify the compounds. (c) study the properties of the compounds.
Paul G House- Paul House is an Assistant Professor in the Chemistry Department of UW-Whitewater. He received a B.A. in chemistry from Kalamazoo College (Kalamazoo, MI) and a M.S. and Ph.D. in physical chemistry from Northwestern University (Evanston, IL). His graduate work focused on the kinetics and thermodynamics of a group of inorganic molecules involved in catalysis of alkene addition. After graduate school he worked at the University of Texas Medical Branch (Galveston, TX) with a molecular biologist on the structure and enzymolgy of a DNA repair enzyme.
Hephzibah J Kumpaty -
Kimberly K Naber-
Hassimi Traore -
Christopher T Veldkamp - Christopher Veldkamp, Ph.D., is a Professor of Chemistry. Besides teaching, Dr. Veldkamp does research alongside undergraduate students, many of which have become coauthors on peer-reviewed publications in numerous scientific journals. Dr. Veldkamp completed his Ph.D. at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee in the lab of Dr. Brian Volkman. There Dr. Veldkamp studied protein chemistry, structural biology, and cancer metastasis ultimately generating patents that helped Dr. Volkman start two companies. Dr. Veldkamp was also a visiting student at The Rockefeller University in the lab of Dr. Thomas Sakmar. Immediately prior to coming to UW-Whitewater, Dr. Veldkamp worked as a postdoctoral fellow supported by the American Cancer Society.
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Because chemistry is primarily a practical experimental science requiring well developed laboratory and problem-solving skills, many graduates find employment in the multi-faceted chemical industry conducting applied research. For example, an industrial chemist might be working in the field of:
Many industrial chemists are working in the field of basic research, using the tools of theoretical chemistry. Large numbers of chemists are also employed in academic and government labs conducting both applied and basic research. Chemistry is a strong training component for those planning careers in medicine, chiropractic, dentistry, pharmacology, or medical technology.
Andrew Phillips remembers the grade school field trip to the Medical College of Wisconsin that changed his career perspective. At the time, Phillips wanted to be an archaeologist. But after seeing the institution, which conducts more than 2,000 research studies and clinical trials a year, Phillips knew exactly what he wanted to do.
For the first time in history, a UW-Whitewater student has been awarded a prestigious Goldwater Scholarship. Marie Nider, a chemistry major from Monroe, was one of 282 students chosen from a nationwide pool of 1,100 to receive a Goldwater Scholarship for the 2012-13 year.
Tina Slack may be a quintessential Warhawk. She won a national championship as a member of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater gymnastics team and — on the very same day — was named one of the finest science students in the United States.
There had been a countdown in the Chemistry Room, that second-floor enclave off the main staircase of Upham Hall on the UW-Whitewater campus where students go to study and work out equations together. Everyone knew the prestigious Goldwater Foundation awards would be announced on March 30.