About the Authors - 9th Edition

Textbook Author Team

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Textbook author team, left to right, back row: Brad Fahlman, Michael Mury, Katie Purvis-Roberts, John Kirk. Front row: Patrick Daubenmire, Anne Bentley. Not pictured: Jamie Ellis.

Lab Manual Author Team

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Lab manual team: Jen Tripp and Lallie McKenzie.


Textbook Author Team

Bradley Fahlman, Editor-in-Chief

Brad Fahlman is a professor of chemistry in the department of chemistry and biochemistry at Central Michigan University (CMU). He received a B.Sc. with high honors from the University of Regina (in Saskatchewan) in 1996. He was awarded a Ph.D. from Rice University in 2000 (adviser Prof. Andrew R. Barron) for his work on the organometallic synthesis of volatile Group 13 compounds and their application for thin-film growth via chemical vapor deposition.

Fahlman joined the faculty at CMU in 2002 after a two-year postdoctoral appointment at the University of California, Irvine. His research interests include the synthesis and characterization of organometallic hafnium precursor compounds for thin-film microelectronics applications (high-k dielectrics) and olefin polymerization catalysis. He is also active in the development of novel C/Si hybrid nanostructures and doped metal oxide nanoparticles for Li-ion battery and supercapacitor applications.

Fahlman’s research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, Department of Defense (U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research Development & Engineering Center), Research Corporation, and the Dreyfus Foundation. He is co-author of more than 50 peer reviewed publications, has delivered more than 60 invited talks, and is the sole author of Materials Chemistry (Springer), currently in its second edition and recognized by a national textbook excellence award from the Text & Academic Authors Association.

Fahlman enjoys teaching general, inorganic, and materials chemistry at CMU. He is an advocate for contextual chemistry curricula as well as interactive and adaptable learning resources, which have greatly improved student motivation and interest. When not in the laboratory or classroom, Fahlman enjoys traveling with his wife, Diyonn, and is an avid golfer.

Bradley Fahlman

Kathleen Purvis-Roberts

Katie Purvis-Roberts is a professor of chemistry and environmental science in the W.M. Keck Science Department of Claremont McKenna, Pitzer, and Scripps Colleges. Currently, she is a Jefferson Science Fellow at the U.S. Department of State. Her research interests include studying the chemical mechanism behind particulate matter air pollution formation and the environmental impact of nuclear testing in Kazakhstan. Her research is supported by the National Science Foundation and the Dreyfus Foundation.

Purvis-Roberts joined the author team for the 8th edition and continued as an author for the 9th edition. In addition to Chemistry in Context, Purvis-Roberts is co-author of an environmental chemistry book for majors Chemistry of the Environment. She enjoys teaching chemistry for non-majors, introductory chemistry, environmental chemistry, and advanced laboratory in chemistry. 

Purvis-Roberts earned her B.S. in chemistry from Westmont College and her Ph.D. in physical chemistry from Princeton University. She also earned a certificate in science, technology, and environmental policy from the Woodrow Wilson School for Public & International Affairs at Princeton. This experience transitioned her research from surface chemistry interactions to a focus on atmospheric pollution. From there, she did her postdoctoral research at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, CO.

When not in the classroom, Purvis-Roberts enjoys spending time with her family and being in the outdoors. 

Kathleen Purvis-Roberts

John Kirk

John Kirk is an associate professor of chemistry at Carthage College in Kenosha, WI, where he teaches general and analytical chemistry. He has a passion for incorporating applications of chemistry in his classroom as well as promoting undergraduate research experiences for all students. In his research lab, students synthesize silica nanoparticles and gold nanoparticles, then create and study three-dimensional structures made from these particles for sensing applications.

Kirk served as a chapter reviewer for the 7th edition of Chemistry in Context and joined the writing team for the 9th edition. He has taught liberal arts chemistry courses with Chemistry in Context since 2007 at the University of Iowa; University of Wisconsin, Stout; and Carthage College.

Kirk received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Coe College in Cedar Rapids, IA. He earned a doctorate in analytical chemistry from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, while studying surface adsorption of fluorophores to gold nanoparticles and their integration into microfluidic devices. He carried out postdoctoral research in bioanalytical chemistry at the University of Arizona and in chemical education at the University of Iowa.

When not teaching, he enjoys running, geocaching, and spending time with his family.

John Kirk

Anne Bentley

Anne Bentley is an associate professor of chemistry at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, OR, where she teaches general, inorganic, nanomaterials, and environmental chemistry. In the research lab, she and her students develop thin-film metal oxide materials to be used in energy storage. Her research is supported by grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF), Dreyfus Foundation, Murdock Charitable Trust, and W. M. Keck Foundation.

Bentley earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Oberlin College and  taught high school chemistry and physics in rural Namibia as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer. She earned a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where she investigated the synthesis and alignment of alloy nanowires formed via electrodeposition.

Bentley carried out postdoctoral research at Purdue University as an NSF Discovery Corps fellow studying the use of cyanobacteria to enhance the photogeneration of hydrogen and developing curricular materials for the Center for Authentic Science Practice in Education. She has been part of the Chemistry in Context author team since the 7th edition.

Anne Bentley

Patrick Daubenmire

Patrick L. Daubenmire is an associate professor in the chemistry and biochemistry department at Loyola University Chicago. He earned a B.A. from Saint Louis University, where he majored in chemistry and theology. While teaching high school chemistry at an all-boys' school in Baltimore, he earned his Ph.D. from The Catholic University of America in chemistry education research.

He looks for multiple ways to help students access chemistry content and reach for a deeper understanding of its concepts. A few of his prior and current research projects have focused on using contexts to situate the chemistry content in meaningful ways for students.

When not in his role as a professor, Daubenmire plays dad, enjoys cooking and running, as well as visits as many National Parks as possible.

Blending his experiences as researcher, high school teacher, and now college professor, Daubenmire is thrilled to be part of the ongoing path of the Chemistry in Context textbook and its resources.

Patrick Daubenmire

Jamie Ellis

Jamie Ellis is an assistant professor in the chemistry department at Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY, and she teaches general chemistry and biochemistry. In the research lab, Ellis and her students explore the dynamics and interactions of both disordered and folded proteins. She is particularly interested in the mechanisms of transcription regulation in both food and fuel crops.

Ellis has served on the writing team since the 7th edition and also brings experience teaching Chemistry in Context to the project.  She is the lead author of Chapter 12, Health & Medicine. 

Ellis earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of California, Berkeley, where she focused on organic chemistry with some hints of molecular biology. During her graduate work at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, she combined organic chemistry with physical chemistry and molecular biology to examine the behavior of nascent proteins and their interactions with molecular chaperones. To further explore molecular biology, she completed an NIH postdoctoral fellowship at The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California. There, she used NMR and other biophysical techniques to research intrinsically disordered proteins. 

Throughout her academic career, Ellis has also enjoyed a variety of opportunities to teach chemistry—from guest lectures with kindergarten classrooms to discussions of graduate-level biophysical chemistry. She especially enjoyed lecturing a single-semester chemistry course for liberal arts students from Chemistry in Context. She loves the challenge of teaching diverse topics to a diverse audience. 

Jamie Ellis

Michael Mury

Michael Mury is the academic dean and teaches chemistry and physics at All Saints Academy in Winter Haven, FL. He returned to the classroom after working for the American Chemical Society for more than seven years. 

While at ACS, Michael was the program manager of ACS textbooks. In this role he served as managing editor for both ACS textbooks, Chemistry in Context, which is designed for non-science major students, and Chemistry in the Community, designed for college-bound high school students. He also organized and led professional development opportunities for instructors of both textbooks.

Mury joined the Chemistry in Context project during the 7th edition. For the 8th edition, he assisted with the climate change, nuclear, and food units, and he assisted with the production of the text. He also served as the liaison between the author team and the publisher, McGraw-Hill. For the 9th edition, he served as managing editor for the first half of production and co-authored chapters on climate change, radiation, and water.

Mury earned bachelor’s degrees in biology and chemistry from the University of Nebraska, Omaha. He studied computational chemistry at Clemson University where he earned his Ph.D. Upon completion of his doctorate, Mury joined Teach for America and taught at Western High School in Baltimore, MD and then at KIPP: Gaston College Preparatory in Gaston, NC before moving to ACS. Education is Mury’s passion and he works hard to make sure students receive the best science education possible.

In his spare time, he enjoys exploring the numerous theme parks in Florida, trying new restaurants, working out, and watching movies.

Michael Mury

Lab Manual Team

Jennifer Tripp

Jennifer Tripp is a research associate at the Institute of Archaeology at University College London. Her current project involves studying how climate change during the end of the last glacial period affected human migration and cultural development. She focuses on the application of chemistry to archaeology, especially radiocarbon dating pretreatment and interpretation.

Tripp has had a varied education and career, showing the range of things you can do with a chemistry degree! After receiving a bachelor's degree in chemistry from the University of San Francisco, she went on to pursue a Ph.D. in chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley. Her dissertation focused on the development of reactive supports for polymer-assisted organic synthesis. Upon receiving her doctorate, she was granted a National Science Foundation International Fellowship to support a two-year postdoctoral research appointment at the University of Oxford. She developed novel separation techniques for archaeological biomolecules as part of an interdisciplinary team of scientists at the Research Laboratory for Archaeology & the History of Art.

Upon her return from England, Jennifer accepted a faculty appointment at the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania. She taught undergraduate and graduate courses in organic and polymer chemistry, and received grants to incorporate green chemistry and information literacy into her courses.

In 2009, she moved back to the west coast, closer to family, where she taught undergraduate and postgraduate chemistry and developed new ways to incorporate green and sustainable chemistry into her classes. Recently she returned to England and to the research laboratory in her current position.

Jennifer is married and a mother to nine-year-old twins. When not visiting parks and museums with the twins, she enjoys cycling, sewing, playing the ukulele, and drawing.

Jennifer Tripp

Lallie McKenzie

Lallie C. McKenzie, president of Chem11, LLC, provides strategic research and consulting in nanoscience and green chemistry to a variety of education and outreach projects. She also teaches chemistry at Lane Community College and math at Roosevelt Middle School in Eugene, Oregon.

Previously she was at the Nanoscience Open Research Initiative, a collaborative research endeavor of the University of Oregon and Sony Corporation, and her research merged nanoscience, materials chemistry, and green chemistry. She also focused on developing and understanding nanomaterials for future energy applications.

In 2009, McKenzie completed her Ph.D. in chemistry at the University of Oregon under the guidance of James E. Hutchison. In the final year of that program, she received the ACS/GCI Kenneth G. Hancock Memorial Student Award, which honors outstanding student contributions to furthering the goals of green chemistry through research or education.

McKenzie has been actively involved in green chemistry education for the past 12 years and has developed and published several green organic laboratory experiments. Prior to her Ph.D. work, she received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Chemistry from the University of Oregon.

Lallie McKenzie