Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Physics Department

Student Research

All students conduct at least one independent research project under faculty supervision and many present their results at venues external to Marist. Our students co-author publications in prestigious journals and win awards at regional and national conferences. The most recent American Chemical Society evaluation of our department characterized our student research reports as "excellent."

Recent Publications

(Marist undergraduates in bold)


DiScenza, D. J., Keimowitz, A. R., and Fitzgerald, N. “Calibration and Evaluation of an X-Ray Fluorescence Method for the Determination of Lead and Arsenic in Soils.” Journal of Environmental Analytical Chemistry 1, no. 1 (2014): 103.

Fitzgerald, N., and Li, L. “Using Presentation Software to Flip an Undergraduate Analytical Chemistry Course.” Journal of Chemical Education, 92 (2015): 1559-1563.

Mandigo, A. C., DiScenza, D. J., Keimowitz, A. R., and Fitzgerald, N. “Chemical Contamination of Soils in the New York City Area Following Hurricane Sandy.” Environmental Geochemistry and Health, 38 (2016): 1115-1124.

Johnson, S. R., Soprano, S. E., Wickham, L. M., Fitzgerald, N., and Edwards, J. C. “Nuclear Magnetic Resonance and Headspace Solid-Phase Microextraction Gas Chromatography as Complementary Methods for the Analysis of Beer Samples.” Beverages 3, no. 2 (2017): 21.


Galbraith, J. M., James, A. M., and Nemes, C. T. “The Effect of Diffuse Basis Functions on Valence Bond Structural Weights.” Molecular Physics 112, no. 5-6 (2013): 654-660.

Lennartz, J., Dumas, E., Ramirez, L., and Galbraith, J. M. “A Computational Determination of the Lowest Energy Electronic and Geometric States of First Row Transition Metal Dioxygen Dications.” Journal of Theoretical Chemistry 2013, (2013). Article ID 734354.

Laconsay, C. J., James, A. M., and Galbraith, J. M. “Effect of Lone Pairs on Molecular Resonance Energy.” The Journal of Physical Chemistry A 120, no. 42 (2016): 8430-8434.

James, A. M., Laconsay, C. J., Galbraith, J. M. “Charge-Shift Corrected Electronegativities and the Effect of Bond Polarity and Substituents on Covalent–Ionic Resonance Energy.” The Journal of Physical Chemistry A 121, no. 27 (2017): 5190-5195.

Laconsay, C. J. and Galbraith, J. M. “A Valence Bond Theory Treatment of Tetrel Bonding Interactions.” Computational and Theoretical Chemistry 1116 (2017): 202-206.


DeBlase, C. R., Finke, R. T., Porras, J. A., Tanski, J. M., and Nadeau, J. M. “C-Shaped Diastereomers Containing Cofacial Thiophene-Substituted Quinoxaline Rings: Synthesis, Photophysical Properties, and X-Ray Crystallography.” Journal of Organic Chemistry 79, no. 10 (2014): 4312-4321.

Ciufo, R. A., Kreinbihl, J. J., Johnson, S. R., and Nadeau, J. M. “Synthesis and Spectroscopic Studies of Highly Fluorescent, Solvatochromic Diastereomers with Differentially Stacked Bithiophene-Substituted Quinoxaline Rings.” Tetrahedron 73, no. 1 (2017): 30-38.

Wickham, L. M., Tanski, J. M., Nadeau, J. M. “Crystal Structure of a Fluorescent C-shaped Molecule Containing Closely Stacked Bithiophene-Substituted Quinoxaline Rings.” Acta Crystallographica Section C: Structural Chemistry 73, no. 3 (2017): 276-279.


Woolridge, E. M. “Mixed Enzyme Systems for Delignification of Lignocellulosic Biomass.” Catalysts 4, no. 1 (2014): 1-35.