Academic Genealogy
Thomas G. Chasteen

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academic genealogy
Dr. Thomas G. Chasteen completed his Ph.D at the University of Colorado, Boulder in 1990 under the direction of John Birks. The academic genealogy of the chemists from which I sprang are detailed at the right. My dissertation was completed under the additional supervision of Pat Zimmerman then at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder and Ray Fall at CU, Boulder. After serving as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Saint Lawrence University in 1990-1991, I joined Sam Houston State University's Department of Chemistry in 1991, became Associate Professor of Chemistry in 1996, full professor in 2002, and I retired in 2017. I taught undergraduate courses in analytical, instrumental, and environmental chemistry and graduate courses in analytical chemistry and separation science during my 26-year career at SHSU.

Courses taught in Chemistry:

  • Freshman chemistry
  • Junior Environmental Chemistry
  • Senior Air Quality (Atmospheric Chemistry)
  • Senior Instrumental Analysis as well as
  • Graduate Analytical Spectroscopy and Separation Sciences
I also taught courses in SHSU's Honors program-Honors Chemistry for nonmajors and team taught a course entitled Difficult Dialogs in the honors program at SHSU centering on environmental topics.

Periodically I also taught a few lectures in the SHSU Texas Crossroads series under the aegis of Dr. Gene Young. This was an effort to provide a survey of atmospheric chemistry to, well, surprised English majors forecasting on what Texas's future will be (polluted and hotter).

My scientific research was supported by Cottrell College Science Awards (Research Corporation), Hoffmann-La Roche Research Foundation, the University of Zürich, Switzerland, Fondo Nacional de Desarrollo Científico y Tecnológico (Chile), the Texas Research Institute in Environmental Studies, and SHSU's Faculty Research Enhancement Fund. My publications have been included in national and international scientific journals. I also published a book entitled Qualitative and Instrumental Analysis of Environmentally Significant Elements, book chapters for the American Chemical Society, the Royal Society of Chemistry, and co-authored a laboratory manual for non-major chemistry students for John Wiley and Sons.

International research projects with extended visits abroad included invited lecturing and collaboration at the University of Zürich, Switzerland and a collaborative project at the University of Santiago, Chile in collaboration with Dr. Claudio Vásquez at University of Santiago and Dr. Juan Pérez-Donoso at the University Andrés Bello, Santiago, Chile.

In 2010-2011, Dr. Mehdi Hashemi from Bu-Ali Sina University in Hamedan, Iran, undertook a 10-month sabbatical in my laboratory collaborating on work with solid phase microextraction and metalloid analyses.

In spring 2013, in collaboration with Dr. Pérez-Donoso, I traveled to Antarctica to sample soil, sediment, and water for microbes able to produce nanoparticles, reduce and methylate metalloids, and degrade hydrocarbons in the environment.

Pierre Joseph Macquer

1742, Paris
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Claude-Louis Berthollet

1778, Paris
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Joesph L. Gay-Lussac

1800, Paris
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Justin von Liebig

1823, Erlangen
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Carl Schmidt

1844, Giessen
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F. Wilhelm Ostwald

1878, Dorpat
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Albert A. Noyes

1890, Leipzig 
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Donald M. Yost

1926, Cal Tech
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Harold S. Johnston

1948, Cal Tech 
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John W. Birks
(1946- )

1974, UC Berkeley 
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Thomas G. Chasteen
1990, U Colorado
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