Andrea E. Martin, PhD
- Associate Professor
- Science & Environment
Programs I Teach
- PhD, Inorganic Chemistry (1981)
University of Delaware (DE)
- BS, Chemistry (1975)
Ursinus College (PA)
After receiving my PhD in Inorganic Chemistry from the University of Delaware in 1981, I received a postdoctoral fellowship from NIH to work in Bioinorganic Chemistry at Columbia University. I then joined the Hercules Research Center in Wilmington, DE, where I did research in polymerization catalysis and obtained 5 US patents. During my 20-year industrial career, I worked in basic and applied research, technical service, patent support and sales. I enjoyed my work, but felt something was missing, so I moved into academia, where I found my passion for teaching. Before coming to Widener in 2002, I taught at the University of Delaware and Delaware Technical Community College.
At Widener, I have taught most of the general chemistry courses, basic and advanced inorganic chemistry, and introduction to environmental science. I am the faculty advisor for the Gamma Omega chapter of the Alpha Chi Sigma professional chemistry fraternity and was honored to be named their national Advisor of the Year in 2014. I have received several teaching awards, including the College of Arts & Sciences Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching. In addition to my ongoing laboratory research, I am interested in the scholarship of teaching and learning, and have been a national workshop leader for the Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL) group. I was chair of the chemistry department from 2018 through 2020.
In my spare time, you can find me in the woods with binoculars and a camera, following my passion for birding and photography. I am both a dog and a cat person – I currently have a rescue greyhound and a rescue cat. For many years, I bred Weimaraners and competed in all aspects of dog shows and obedience trials. My dogs were certified therapy dogs and we enjoyed visiting nursing homes and libraries.
I currently have multiple research projects ongoing with undergraduates. Most recently, I have begun a collaboration with Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research in Newark, DE, to test detergents for cleaning wildlife affected by oil spills. My students are carrying out subjective and quantitative testing to help Tri-State identify the most effective detergents and cleaning conditions. We have received a grant from the Oiled Wildlife Care Network to help support this work. In a separate project, we are looking synthesis and properties of poly(lactide), a biodegradable polymer derived from renewable resources. A third project extends my graduate work on small molecule models for enzymes and other metalloproteins that have two metal ions in the active site. My students have synthesized and characterized several new metal complexes with copper, nickel and silver. We are now looking to extend this work to additional metals and to use the complexes to carry out chemical transformations.
- chemistry education
- inorganic chemistry
- science and nature
- Bastin, L.& Martin, A. E. (2019). Promoting political and civic engagement in a nonmajor sustainable chemistry course, in A. P. Dicks and L. Bastin, (Eds.), Integrating Green and Sustainable Chemistry Principles into Education, Elsevier, 141-162.
- 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.
Professional Affiliations & Memberships
American Chemical Society (ACS)
American Chemical Society (Chair, Delaware Section, 2012)
Alpha Chi Sigma National Professional Chemistry Fraternity
- 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)
- College of Arts & Sciences Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching (2017)
- College of Arts & Sciences nominee for Fitz Dixon Innovation in Teaching Award (2011)
- Alpha Chi Sigma Ronald T. Pflaum Award for Outstanding Chapter Advisor (2014)
- Chemistry Associate Professor Awarded $13,000 Grant for Oil Spill Research
Associate Professor of Chemistry Andrea Martin was awarded a $13,000 grant from the Oiled Wildlife Care Network to continue her research with undergraduate students. Dr. Martin and her students, in partnership with Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research, have been testing detergents to determine which is most effective for cleaning oil from the feathers of birds.