Andrea E. Martin

Andrea E. Martin, PhD

  • Chair of Chemistry Department
  • Associate Professor

Programs I Teach

Education

  • PhD, Inorganic Chemistry (1981)
    University of Delaware (DE)
  • BS, Chemistry (1975)
    Ursinus College (PA)

About Me

After receiving my PhD in inorganic chemistry from the University of Delaware in 1981, I received a NIH postdoctoral fellowship to Columbia University and then joined the Hercules Research Center in Wilmington, DE. After nearly 20 years in industry in research, technical service, and sales, I found my passion in teaching. 

At Widener, I teach general and inorganic chemistry. I am also the faculty advisor for the Alpha Chi Sigma professional chemistry fraternity and was named Ronald T. Pflaum Chapter Advisor of the Year in 2014 by the national organization. I am interested in the scholarship of teaching and learning and have led numerous national workshops on Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL). My undergraduate laboratory research in transition metal chemistry involves constructing large molecules that contain two metal ions. 

I have received numerous Faculty Development and Provost Grants at Widener and was the College of Arts & Sciences nominee for the Fitz Dixon Innovation in Teaching Award in 2011. In my spare time, I enjoy photography, birding, and travel.

Research Interests

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.

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 Education22, 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.

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

American Chemical Society (ACS)

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)