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Scott E Van Bramer, phd, professor

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Scott E. Van Bramer PhD


  • PhD Chemistry 1992

    University of Colorado--Boulder (CO)

  • CHEM 145/147 General Chemistry I and Laboratory I

  • CHEM 366/368 Instrumental Analysis/Laboratory

  • CHEM 461/463 Advanced Synthesis and Spectroscopy and Laboratory

My area of expertise is in environmental analysis and instrumentation used for chemical analysis. As a result, my research projects cover a wide range of applications. Most recently I have focused on applications of mass spectrometry and NMR spectroscopy - two techniques for detecting and identifying chemicals. I am also actively engaged in the scholarship of teaching - focusing on new teaching strategies and the development of more effective ways to engage students in learning.

Selected Awards

  • Philadelphia Section ACS Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, 2017

  • Faculty Institutional Leadership Award, 2016

  • Distinguished University Professor, 2014-2017

Selected Publications

  • Saha, Dipendu; Barakat, Soukaina; Van Bramer, Scott; Nelson, Karl; Hensley, Dale; Chen, Jihua. Non-Competitive and Competitive Adsorption of Heavy Metals in Sulfur-functionalized Ordered Mesoporous Carbon.  ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2016, 8(49), 34132-34142.

  • Van Bramer, S.E., & Goodrich, K.R. (2015). Determination of plant volatiles using solid phase microextraction GC-MS. Journal of Chemical Education.

  • Van Bramer, S.E., & Bastin, L.D. (2013). Using a progressive paper to develop students writing skills. Journal of Chemical Education, 90(6), 745–750.

American Chemical Society (ACS)