Dr. Neil Fitzgerald
Assistant Dean of the School of Science; Professor of Chemistry
Neil Fitzgerald is a Professor of Chemistry and the Assistant Dean of the School of Science at Marist College. He served as interim Dean of the School of Science for 2010-2012 and 2016-2017. Dr. Fitzgerald received his BSc from the University of Kent (UK) and MSc from Loughborough University (UK) before relocating to the US, where he was awarded a PhD from the University of Massachusetts in 1999. He teaches courses in analytical chemistry, research methods in chemistry, environmental chemistry, and general chemistry. A strong proponent of study abroad, Dr. Fitzgerald has run short-term programs in Environmental Chemistry to London, Edinburgh, and Dublin and co-taught a Chemistry of Fine Art course with travel to London and Paris. Trained as an analytical chemist, Dr. Fitzgerald has published in the areas of atomic spectrometry, environmental analysis, and chemical education. His recent research interests include the investigation of passive sampler devices for environmental analysis, paper-based microfluidic devices, innovative approaches to analytical chemistry education, and the detection and quantification of aroma compounds in craft brewing.
PhD, Analytical Chemistry University of Massachusetts
MSc, Instrumental Analytical Chemistry, Loughborourgh University of Technology
BSc, Chemistry with Environmental Science, University of Kent at Canterbury
Research Interests / Areas of Focus
Atomic analysis using flow through and microwave chemistry; environmental chemistry.
“Nuclear Magnetic Resonance and Headspace Solid-Phase Microextraction Gas Chromatography as Complementary Methods for the Analysis of Beer Samples” Sarah R. Johnson*, Samantha E. Soprano*, Laura M. Wickham*, Neil Fitzgerald and John C. Edwards, Beverages, 3, 21 (2017)
“Chemical Contamination of Soils in the New York City Area Following Hurricane Sandy” Amy C. Mandigo*, Dana J. DiScenza*, Alison R. Keimowitz and Neil Fitzgerald, Environ. Geochem. Health., 38, 1115-1124 (2016)
“Crowdfunding Undergraduate Research Projects” Neil Fitzgerald, CUR Quarterly, 36, 17- 20 (2015)
“Using Prezi to Flip an Undergraduate Chemistry Course” Neil Fitzgerald and Luisa Li, J. Chem. Ed., 92, 1559-1563 (2015)
“Environmental Monitoring’s Image Problem” Neil Fitzgerald, J. Environ. Anal. Chem., 2: e105 (2015)
“Calibration and Evaluation of an X-Ray Fluorescence Method for the Determination of Lead and Arsenic in Soils” Dana DiScenza*, Alison Keimowitz and Neil Fitzgerald, J. Environ. Anal. Chem., 1, 103 (2014)
“Environmental Analysis for All: The Need for Cheap Analytical Methods” Neil Fitzgerald, J. Environ. Anal. Chem., 1, e104 (2014)
“Incorporating a Forensic Science Problem-Solving Activity into an Analytical Chemistry Laboratory Course” Rebecca Rose* and Neil Fitzgerald, Chem. Educator, 16, 319 (2011)
“Investigation of UV Photolysis Vapor Generation with In-Atomizer Trapping Graphite Furnace Atomic Absorption Spectrometry for the Determination of Mercury” Jeremy Madden* and Neil Fitzgerald, Spectrochim. Acta B, 64, 925 (2009)
“Proposed Reaction Mechanisms for Selenium UV Photolysis Vapor Generation by Computational Methods” Tait Takatani*, Neil Fitzgerald and John Morrison Galbraith, Anal. Bioanal. Chem., 388, 859 (2007)
“Mercury Determination by Cold Vapor Atomic Absorption Spectrometry Utilizing UV Photoreduction” Ryan Bendl*, Jeremy Madden*, Allison Regan* and Neil Fitzgerald, Talanta, 68, 1366 (2006)
"Comparison of Trace Metal Variations in a Buffered and Poorly Buffered Stream in the Shawangunk Mountain Range" Neil Fitzgerald and Kathleen Weathers, Northeastern Geology and Environmental Science, 27, 113 (2005).
“The Use of a Modified Multimode Sample Introduction System for the Simple and Rapid Determination of Cadmium by Chemical Vapour Generation Atomic Absorption Spectrometry” Eric Ritschdorff*, Neil Fitzgerald, Roger McLaughlin and Ian Brindle, Spectrochim. Acta B., 60, 139 (2005).
“Desolvating the Sample Aerosol with Microwave Radiation: Further Theoretical and Experimental Insight into the Significance of Such Approach” Kevin Douglass*, Neil Fitzgerald, Bradley Ingebrethsen and Julian F. Tyson, Spectrochim. Acta Part B., 59, 261 (2004).
“Microwave Theory and Its Application to Spectrochemical Analysis” Neil Fitzgerald, Spectroscopy, 15(6), 40 (2000).
“Reduction of Water Loading Effects in Inductively Coupled Mass Spectrometry by a Nafion Membrane Dryer Device” Neil Fitzgerald, Julian F. Tyson, and David A. Leighty, J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 13(1), 13 (1998).
“The Complimentary Nature of NMR and SPME GCMS for the Analysis of Fermented Beverages” Sarah Johnson*, Samantha Soprano*, Neil Fitzgerald, and John Edwards, poster presentation, PITTCON, (2016), Atlanta, GA.
“Using Technology to Flip an Undergraduate Analytical Chemistry Course” Neil Fitzgerald and Luisa Li, poster presentation, PITTCON (2014), Chicago, IL.
“Investigation of Chemical Contamination in Soils Following Superstorm Sandy” Amy Mandigo*, Dana DiScenza*, Neil Fitzgerald and Alison Keimowitz, poster presentation, PITTCON (2014), Chicago, IL.
“Analytical Chemistry - A Marist Blended Course Model” Neil Fitzgerald and Luisa Li, poster presentation, SLOAN-C (2013), Milwaukee, WI.
“Incorporating a Short Forensics Science Problem Solving Exercise in an Undergraduate Analytical Chemistry Class” Neil Fitzgerald and Rebecca E. Rose*, poster presentation, American Chemical Society National Meeting and Exposition (2010), San Francisco, CA.
“Investigation of Simple, Cheap, and Green Monitoring Methods for PCB’s in Hudson River Sediment” Jessica Kramer*, Jillian Lennartz* and Neil Fitzgerald, poster presentation, PITTCON (2009), Chicago, IL.
“Determination of Mercury Utilizing Cold Vapor UV Photoreduction with in-Atomizer Trapping” Jillian Lennartz*, Jeremy Madden* and Neil Fitzgerald, poster presentation, FACSS (2007), Memphis, TN (winner outstanding student poster award).
“Investigations of Photochemical Vapor Generation Atomic Absorption Spectrometry” Neil Fitzgerald, invited oral presentation, FACSS (2006) Lake Buena Vista, FL.
“Investigation of Cold-Vapor Atomic Spectrometry for Mercury by UV Photoreduction” Lauren M. Jackson*, Jeremy T. Madden*, Ryan F. Bendl* and Neil Fitzgerald, poster presentation, PITTCON (2006), Orlando, FL.
“Investigation of Cold-Vapor Atomic Spectrometry for Mercury by UV Photoreduction” Ryan Bendl* and Neil Fitzgerald, Poster Presentation, FACSS (2004), Portland, OR (winner outstanding student poster award).
“Investigation of Vapor Generation Methods for the Determination of Cadmium”Neil Fitzgerald, Ryan Bendl* and Eric Ritschdorff*, Poster Presentation, FACSS (2004), Portland, OR.
“Determination of PAH Compounds in Contaminated Soils: An Investigation of Bioremediation Methods” Randy Drevland*, Alyson Fiorillo*, Malanie MacEwan*, Andrew Ryder, Elisa Woolridge and Neil Fitzgerald, poster presentation, PITTCON (2004), Chicago, IL and ECSC, Manhattan College, NY.
“The Development of a Method Based on Cold-Vapor Atomic Absorption Spectrometry Incorporating a Novel Sample Introduction System for the Determination of Cadmium” Eric Ritschdorff* and Neil Fitzgerald, poster presentation, PITTCON (2004), Chicago, IL and ECSC, Manhattan College, NY.
“Development of a Cold Vapor Generation Atomic Absorption Spectrometry Technique for the Determination of Cadmium in Environmental Samples” Rebecca Wack* and Neil Fitzgerald, poster presentation, FACSS (2002), Providence, RI.
“Investigation of the Physical Mechanisms Occurring in Atomic Spectrometry Liquid Sample Introduction Systems by Numerical Analysis” Kevin Douglass*, Bradley Ingebrethsen and Neil Fitzgerald, oral presentation, FACSS (2001), Detroit, MI.
“Reduction of Solvent-Loading Effects in ICPMS Utilizing a Nafion Membrane” Neil Fitzgerald, Julian F. Tyson and David A. Leighty, oral presentation, PITTCON (1998), New Orleans, LA.
“Reduction of Water Loading Effects in ICP-MS” Neil Fitzgerald, Julian F. Tyson and David A. Leighty, oral presentation, FACSS (1997), Providence, RI.
“Improved Transport Efficiency and Drying of the Aerosol for Plasma Spectrometry” Neil Fitzgerald, Julian F. Tyson and Lois B. Jassie, oral presentation, PITTCON (1996), Chicago, IL.
“The Application of Microwave Energy to Sample Preparation and Introduction for Atomic Spectrometry” Neil Fitzgerald, Julian F. Tyson and Lois B. Jassie, oral presentation, FACSS (1995), Cincinnati, OH
* denotes an undergraduate student.
Awards and Honors
2001 Eaton Fellow-Institute of Ecosystem Studies
2009-2010 Marist Faculty Recognition Award