M.S., M.P.S. and Ph.D.
The ESF program offering M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in chemistry with an emphasis in environmental chemistry is one of the few doctoral programs of its type within a chemistry department in the United States. The six core faculty and five participating faculty make it one of the largest such programs in the world.
Students take three core courses in environmental chemistry and one course in biochemistry. Subsequent coursework is carefully selected from regularly offered courses on oceanography, biogeochemistry, analytical methods, and basic areas of chemistry. Coursework is also available in ecology, biology, geology, and engineering.
Research in environmental chemistry spans a wide range, from fieldwork to laboratory work to computer modeling. Areas of research include global climate change, coral reef ecosystems, biogeochemistry, atmospheric chemistry, regional and global air quality, and transient and persistent organic pollutants. The program avoids a "pollutant of the week" approach that would leave graduates unprepared for future developments. Instead, it emphasizes a framework wherein students can incorporate new knowledge as it becomes available and deal with new problems as they appear.
Selected applicants to the graduate program will be offered a full tuition waiver and a generous 12 month stipend that will cover more than cover their expenses. Students are supported primarily as research assistants rather than teaching assistants, and as a result they have ample time to devote to their research.
Program of Study
Incoming graduate students in Environmental Chemistry are required to take two introductory lecture courses and one laboratory course in Environmental Chemistry. Several advanced courses are also offered, such as Environmental Organic Chemistry, Oceanography, Stable Isotopes, Chromatography, and Kinetics. An introductory Biochemistry lecture course is also required. To ensure that students obtain a strong background in the fundamentals of chemistry, they make selections from among graduate courses in Analytical, Physical, Organic, and Inorganic Chemistry from the offerings of Syracuse University. Students are also encouraged to take related graduate and upper-division undergraduate courses offered in other departments at ESF and at Syracuse University.
Research is at the core of any Ph.D. program. Research is conducted in the laboratory, in the field, and on computers. For more information, visit Environmental Chemistry faculty member pages, or you can explore further via the Department of Chemistry Faculty Directory.
Current Research Interests
- harmful algal blooms (Boyer)
- microbial uptake of heavy metals (Boyer)
- photochemistry in lakes and streams (Hassett) and marine waters (Kieber)
- new techniques for field and laboratory analysis of molecules, radicals, and particles in water, air, and soil (Dibble, Hassett, Kieber, Teece)
- insect pheremones (Webster)
- fate of Persistant Organic Pollutants like PCBs, dioxins, and mirex (Hassett)
- biodiesel combustion (Dibble)
- destruction of pollutants with non-thermal plasmas (Dibble)
- mechanisms of formation of organic aerosol (Dibble)
- kinetics and mechanisms of smog chemistry (Dibble)
- global carbon and sulfur cycles (Kieber)
- coral reef ecosystems (Teece)
- marine and lake food webs (Teece)
- biological chemistry (Teece)
- atmospheric mercury cycling (Mao)
- regional budgets of ozone, carbon monoxide, and volatile organic compounds (Mao)
- urban air quality (Mao)
Faculty and their Specialties
Follow the links immediately below for detailed descriptions of research of any professor.
- Neal M. Abrams; firstname.lastname@example.org
chemical education and inorganic chemistry
- Gregory L. Boyer; email@example.com
BIOCHEMISTRY and ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMISTRY, plant and algal biochemistry, chemical ecology and toxins produced by algae. ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING, including Buoy and ship-based monitoring systems for water quality
- Theodore S. Dibble; firstname.lastname@example.org
fundamental studies of air pollution, atmospheric mercury, and combustion chemistry
- Kelley J. Donaghy; email@example.com
inorganic chemistry and chemical education, fuel cells
- John P. Hassett; firstname.lastname@example.org
environmental chemistry, aquatic chemistry
- David J. Kieber; email@example.com
environmental chemistry, aquatic organic chemistry
- Huiting Mao; firstname.lastname@example.org
environmental chemistry, atmospheric chemistry, air quality, regional to global budgets of trace gases, long range transport, continental export, climate change
- Christopher T. Nomura; email@example.com
biochemistry, polymer chemistry, biopolymer chemistry, molecular biology, biotechnology, energy, biodegradable plastics, microarray analysis
- Mark A. Teece; firstname.lastname@example.org
environmental chemistry, food web biochemistry, stable isotope biogeochemistry, coral, stable isotopes, metabolomics, biogeochemistry
- Dr. Richard Zepp, Adjunct, US Environmental Protection Agency
There are three Environmental Chemistry courses required of our students, plus a Biochemistry lecture course.
- FCH 510 Environmental Chemistry I -Aquatic Chemistry
- FCH 511 Environmental Chemistry II -Atmospheric Chemistry
- FCH 515 Methods of Environmental Chemical Analysis
- FCH 530 Biochemistry I - cellular component and metabolic reactions
A range of specialty courses are taught by our faculty and are offered regularly intervals:
- Aquatic Organic Chemistry
- Stable Isotope Biogeochemistry
- Advanced Environmental Analysis
Students may elect graduate-level courses in the traditional areas of Chemistry as well as cognate courses in other disciplines.