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Shannon E. Stitzel

Assistant Professor
Analytical Chemistry

Office: 514C Smith
Phone: (410)704-2948

Education B.S. Chemistry (1997) Davidson College
Ph.D. Chemistry (2002) Tufts University
Postdoctoral associate (2002-2005) National Centre for Sensor Research, Dublin (Ireland)
Teaching Introduction to Analytical Chemistry Lab (CHEM 210)
Instrumentation in Analytical Chemistry Lab (CHEM 310)
Research Sensors are ubiquitous in today’s society, from temperature sensors like thermometers to acoustic sensors such as microphones. But there are few stable sensors available to monitor chemical changes in our environment. My research interests combine photo-switchable dyes with molecularly imprinted polymers in an effort to create photo-activated sensors that are reusable and have enhanced chemical stability. The primary focus is the synthesis of spiropyran containing polymers, and the development of methodology for quantitative analysis of the polymer substrates using diffuse reflectance UV-Visible spectroscopy. The spiropyran molecules change color in response to light and complexation with metal ions. Ultimately, the development of these types of stable chemical sensors would enable long-tern in-situ studies of metal concentrations in polluted waters.
Selected Publications
  1. McGraw, C. M., Stitzel, S. E., Cleary, J., Slater, C., Diamond, D., “Autonomous microfluidic system for phosphate detection”, Talanta 2007, 71, 1180-1185. Link to Full Article
  2. Stitzel, S., Byrne, R., Diamond, D., “LED switching of spiropyran-doped polymer films”, J. Mater. Sci. 2006, 41, 5841-5844. Link to Full Article
  3. Byrne, R. J., Stitzel, S. E., Diamond, D., “Photo-regenerable surface with potential for optical sensing”, J. Mater. Chem. 2006, 16, 1332-1337. Link to Full Article
  4. Causley, J., Stitzel, S. , Brady, S., Diamond, D., Wallace, G. G., “Electrochemically-induced fluid movement using polypyrrole”, Synth. Met. 2005, 151, 60-64. Link to Full Article
  5. Stitzel, S. E., Stein, D. R., Walt, D. R., “Enhancing Vapor Discrimination by Mimicking a Canine Nasal Cavity Flow Environment”, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2003, 125, 3684-3685. Link to Full Article
  6. Stitzel, S. E., Cowen, L. J., Albert, K. J., Walt, D. R., “Array-to-Array Transfer of an Artificial Nose Classifier”, Anal. Chem. 2001, 73, 5266-5271. Link to Full Article

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