Location: Chem 203A
Hours: Monday 2-3 and Tuesday 2-3 PM
Chris Palmer received his Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Arizona in 1991. He carried out postdoctoral research at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University from 1991 to 1992, at Unilever Research Laboratory in The Netherlands from 1993 to 1994, and at Himeji Institute of Technology in Japan from 1994 to 1995. He was Assistant Professor of Chemistry at New Mexico Insitute of Mining and Technology from 1995 to 1999 and Associate Professor from 1999-2001. Chris joined UM in 2001. He spent a year as Honorary Research Associate at the Australian Centre for Research on Separation Science (ACROSS) at the University of Tasmania in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia.Â Chris is an analytical chemist specializing in the development of novel polymeric materials for application in microscale liquid phase separations and in the application of separations methods to environmental analysis.
Juniata College, Huntingdon PA. BS in Chemistry, 1985
University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ. PhD in Analytical Chemistry, 1991
Chris and his research group are interested in the development of new separations methodologies that will have a broad range of application and analytical interest in the fields of pharmaceutical, environmental and biochemical analysis. Interests also include characterization of the nature of chemical interactions observed between solutes and solvent phases, and how this is affected by the structure and chemistry of the solvent phase. Most recent work has concentrated on the development, characterization and application of novel amphophilic ionic polymers and polymeric nanoparticles as pseudo-stationary phases in electrokinetic chromatography. Electrokinetic chromatography is a micro-scale analytical technique that can be carried out in capillaries or on microchip devices. Nonionic compounds are separated via differential interaction with an ionic pseudo-stationary phase in an electric field. The polymeric materials that are being developed in the laboratory have several significant advantages over commonly used micellar phases. These advantages stem from the stability of the structures, which leads to applicability for the separation of hydrophobic compounds, the ability to design and synthesize phases with unique chemical selectivity, and compatibility with mass spectrometric detection.
Chris is also involved in collaborative work in which separations technologies are developed and applied to environmental analytical problems.Â Most recently, the group has developed and applied GC-MS methods for the determination of chemical markers for wood smoke in particulate matter and in urine.Â Application of these methods has supported the evaluation of a wood stove replacement program in Libby, MT and the characterization of levoglucosan as a potential chemical marker of exposure to woodsmoke.Â The research team continues to work on issues related to residential wood smoke and wood smoke exposure.
The Netherlands: Unilever Research Laboratorium, Vlaardingen.Â 1992-1994. Postdoctoral Res. Assoc.
Japan: Himeji Institute of Technology (now Kyogo Prefecture University).Â 1994-1995. Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Postdoctoral Fellow.
CHMY 341: Analytical Chemistry: Quantitative Analysis
CHMY 489: Forensic Chemistry Seminar
“Urinary levoglucosan as a biomarker of wood smoke exposure: observations in a mouse model and in children,” Christopher T. Migliaccio, Megan A. Bergauff, Christopher P. Palmer, Forrest Jessop, Curtis W. Noonan and Tony J. Ward, (2009) Environmental Health Perspectives, 117(1), 74-79. Link
"Characterization of a Cationic Phosphonium Surfactant for Micellar Electrokinetic Chromatography using the Linear Solvation Energy Relationships Model," (2008), Vincent P. Schnee and Christopher P. Palmer, Electrophoresis, 29, 761-766.
"Determination and Evaluation of Selected Organic Tracers for Wood Smoke in Airborne Particulate Matter," (2008), Megan Bergauff, Tony Ward, Curtis Noonan, Christopher P. Palmer, International Journal of Environmental Analytical Chemistry, 88, 473-486.
“Electrokinetic chromatographic characterization of novel pseudo-phases based on N-alkyl-N-methylpyrrolidinium ionic liquid type surfactants,” (2006) Vincent P. Schnee, Gary A.Baker, Erika Rauk, and Christopher P.Palmer, Electrophoresis, 27, 4141-4148.
"Detection of V-type Nerve Agent Degradation Products at Electrodes Modified by PPy/PQQ using CaCl2 as supporting electrolyte," (2006) Olga V. Shulga and Christopher Palmer, Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry , 385, 1116-1123.
For a full list of publications, please view Palmer Publications.