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Chemistry faculty present at national conference

Four Western Carolina University faculty members from the chemistry and physics department recently presented papers at Pittcon, a national conference for analytical chemistry held in Pittsburgh.

David Butcher, professor of analytical chemistry and associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, co-authored “Determination of Calcium, Magnesium and Aluminum in Red Spruce (Picea rubens) and Fraser Fir (Abies fraseri) Foliage and Surrounding Soil from the Southern Appalachian Mountains Using Inductively Coupled Plasma Optical Emission Spectrometry” with students Lucas Wilson and Matthew Rosenberg.

David D. Evanoff, assistant professor of analytical chemistry, co-authored “Plasmonic Fluorescence Enhancement of Poly(3-hexylthiophene) for Organic Solar Cell Applications” with student Jacklyn C Bush.

Scott W. Huffman, assistant professor of analytical chemistry, co-authored “Authentication of Cremation Remains Using Infrared Spectroscopy and Chemometrics” with student Jessica Spear.

Arthur L. Salido, assistant professor of analytical chemistry, co-authored “After a ‘Dirty Bomb’: A Low-Cost, Field-Portable Instrument to Determine Sr (Strontium) in Environmental Samples” with students Collin Jones, Harrison Burke and Bradley T Jones.

The conference was organized by the Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy, a Pennsylvania not-for-profit educational corporation which comprises the Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh and the Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh.

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