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David Harvey: Analytical Chemistry

 

My research interests fall into two broad areas: analysis of trace metals in sediments and curriculum development.

Past projects in the analysis of sediments include a study examining the effect of tubificid oligochaetes—a small fresh-water annelid worm—on the movement of zinc ions across the sediment-solution interface; a study examining pollutional history of Indiana lakes by measuring the concentrations of trace metals at depth in sediment columns, and a study characterizing limitations to the BCE sequential extraction scheme when applied to carbonate-rich sediments. Future work in this area will continue to focus on exploring the possibilities and limitations of sequential extractions.

Past projects in the area of curriculum development include the design of new experiments illustrating important concepts in analytical chemistry—including chemometrics, sampling, and calibration strategies—and the development of an electronic text-book for courses in analytical chemistry. Future work in this area will continue to focus on developing new experiments for use in Chem 260 and Chem 450, and exploring the possibilities and limitations of electronic textbooks.