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andrea e.martin, phd, associate professor

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Andrea E. Martin PhD

Associate Professor

  • PhD Inorganic Chemistry 1981

    University of Delaware (DE)

  • BS Chemistry 1975

    Ursinus College (PA)

  • CHEM 145 General Chemistry I

  • CHEM 105 General, Organic, and Biochemistry

  • CHEM 375 Inorganic Chemistry

My research involves synthesis of binuclear transition metal complexes, which contain two metal ions held in proximity by a macrocyclic molecular framework. The work is inspired by certain metalloproteins that contain two metals in their active site. The presence of two cooperating metals offers unique opportunities for binding and activation of small substrates.

More than a dozen undergraduates have carried out research in my lab, synthesizing new complexes with copper, nickel, and silver. Currently, I am investigating the binding and activation of carbon dioxide in these systems. I am also interested in the scholarship of teaching and learning and have participated in several research studies related to active-learning pedagogies.

Selected Awards

  • College of Arts & Sciences Nominee for Fitz Dixon Innovation in Teaching Award, 2011

  • Alpha Chi Sigma Ronald T. Pflaum Award for Outstanding Chapter Advisor, 2012–2014

  • Chair, Delaware Section, American Chemical Society, 2012

Selected Publications

  • McHenry, N., Martin, A., Castaldo, A., & Ziegenfuss, D. (2009). Learning assistants program: Faculty development for conceptual change. International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 22, 258–268.

  • Van Bramer, S.E., and Martin, A.E. (2008). Implementing POGIL in a multiple section laboratory cause. In R.S. Moog & J.N. Spencer (Eds.), ACS Symposium Series, 994, 200–212.

American Chemical Society (ACS)