Research forms a vital part of the Concordia College chemistry department with faculty and students working together on a diverse range of projects. Students work with faculty either during the school year or as longer 10-week research fellowships during the summer. A number of presentations, both at the local and national level and a selection of publications have resulted from these collaborations.
The Krogstad lab looks at the synthesis of novel, green molecules that may be used for environmentally friendly catalysis or for fighting diseases.
The Jensen lab’s research is currently focused on the use of scanning electrochemical microscopy (SECM) for the investigation of corrosion and corrosion control. Recent projects with Concordia students have involved the identification of cathodically active areas on aluminum alloys, the nucleation of conducting polymers used for corrosion control, and the potential use of cerium as a corrosion inhibitor.
The Ulness research group are currently looking at both the theory and applications, particularly to areas such as photosynthesis, of noisy light spectroscopy
Environmental Analytical Chemistry
The Wyllie group looks into new environmentally friendly ways of degrading sulfa drugs, a class of antibacterial compounds found frequently contaminating rivers and lakes across the U.S.