Bachelor of Science Degree • School of Arts and Sciences
With four faculty members trained in biochemistry, inorganic/analytical chemistry, organic chemistry, and physical/polymer chemistry, the UC chemistry faculty offers its students diverse areas of expertise.
Curtis R. Pulliam, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Chemistry
Office: 270 Gordon Science Center
Curtis R. Pulliam, Ph.D.
I grew up in central Illinois and did my undergraduate work at Western Illinois University. While there I did an undergraduate research project in organic chemistry involving pyrrole compounds. I also worked summers at an environmental laboratory run by the University of Illinois analyzing river and lake waters.
I received my Ph.D. degree (inorganic chemistry with a minor in analytical chemistry) from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Working in the group of Lawrence F. Dahl, I studied metal cluster compounds, particularly compounds containing iron-sulfur and cobalt-sulfur bonds.
At Utica College, I teach Chemistry and Society, General Chemistry I & II, Instrumental Methods, Inorganic Chemistry, Environmental Chemistry, and Research Methods.
I am a member of the American Chemical Society, including the Division of Chemical Education and Division of Inorganic Chemistry, and Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society.
I am an avid UC and UW ice hockey fan and am currently learning curling.
CURRENT RESEARCH INTERESTS:
I am interested in the environmental analysis of soils and plant materials, especially for metals, pesticides and polychlorinatedbiphenyls. Atomic absorption spectroscopy and electrochemical methods are used to detect and quantify metals, while gas chromatography methods (with mass spectrometric (MS) and electron capture (ECD) detection) are used for the analysis of pesticides and PCBs. I am also part of an active, multidisciplinary project looking at specific environmental concerns of the local Utica Marsh. This group includes students and faculty from Biology, Geology, and Chemistry.
I am also interested in the synthesis, physical characterization, and structural analysis of new inorganic and organometallic transition metal cluster compounds. Reactions involving reversible metal-sulfur bond formation are of particular interest. This work involves using inert atmosphere techniques as these compounds are usually air sensitive. We use infrared spectroscopy (IR), UV-Vis spectroscopy, nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy and electrochemical methods to follow these reactions and characterize products.
The pedagogy of the incorporation of modern instrumental techniques into the General Chemistry Program is another area of interest for me. I believe that chemistry students of all levels can benefit from being exposed to the kinds of instrumentation that chemists routinely use to study matter.
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- Bruker 250Mhz Fourier Transform Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectrometer (FTNMR) equipped with a multi-nuclear probe and variable temperature capabilities;
- Two Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrometers (FTIR) including a PerkinElmer Spectrum One spectrometer with diffuse reflectance and universal ATR sampling accessories and an Analect high-resolution spectrometer;
- Perkin Elmer Lambda 650 Ultraviolet/Visible (UV/Vis) spectrometer with a universal reflectance accessory;
- Thermo Scientific M Series atomic absorption (AA) spectrometer with graphite furnace and flame atomization;
- Thermo Scientific Spectra System quaternary high performance liquid chromatograph (HPLC) with a diode array detector and auto sampler;
- Thermo Scientific Trace-DSQ gas chromatograph-mass spectrometer (GC/MS) equipped with a second injection port, flame ionization and electron capture detectors, and an auto sampler;
- Gow-Mac gas chromatograph;
- BASi Epsilon System for Electrochemistry with a controlled growth mercury electrode and a cyclic voltammetry cell stand.
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