Saint Louis University

Faculty Biography

Jennifer Monahan, PhD

Assistant Professor
Upper Level Laboratory Coordinator

Contact Information

137 Monsanto Hall
314-977-2835
JMONAHA1@slu.edu

Career History

Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Saint Louis University (2008-present)
Process & Equipment Manager / Training Coordinator, Birck Nanotechnology Center, Purdue University (2006-2008)
Faculty (General Chemistry Labs) & Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Chemistry, University of Virginia (2003-2006)
Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Chemistry, Purdue University (2001-2003)

Education

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Ph.D. in Chemistry, 2001
DePaul University, B.S. in Chemistry, 1995

Teaching
Responsibilities

CHEM320  Analytical I Lecture
CHEM322 Analytical I Lab
CHEM 335 Physical Chemistry Lab
CHEM 414 Inorganic Chemistry Lab
CHEM 422 Analytical III Lab

Research

As an Analytical Chemist I have a range of research interests and strive to apply quantitative techniques to a variety of chemical divisions.  Past research has included: separations, environmental science, electrochemistry, microfluidics, lithography, surface analysis, materials characterization, elastomers, and adhesive proteins.  As an Assistant Professor at Saint Louis University, I am responsible for all of the upper level chemistry lab courses (CHEM 322, 335, 414, 422).  My role as an instructor is to aid in the scientific development of both undergraduate students and graduate teaching assistants.  Students in my classes are expected to advance both their chemistry technical skills and their scientific communication skills.  My TAs are trained to be adept at a variety of experimental techniques that are essential in industry as well as academia.  The graduate students I mentor must actively engage with their undergraduate students and to serve as true educators in the field of chemistry.  I strive to make sure that all graduate students who work with me can teach technical skills on to their students while at the same time refining their own experimental chemistry talents for personal professional development. 

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