B.S. - Troy State University
Ph.D. - University of Florida
Welcome to my chemistry department web page. I teach courses in General (160 / 161) and Analytical Chemistry (301 and 475).
Currently, my research interests lie in developing new instrumental methods for the determination of optical properties of atmospheric aerosols. Several UNK undergrads have worked with me on these projects.
You can view my C.V. (cv.pdf) or learn more about my research efforts HERE
GREAT NEWS! The National Science Foundation has decided to fund our research program to develop a new instrument to measure optical properties of atmospheric aerosols. Thanks to the Physical & Dynamic Meteorology Division and the Atmospheric Sciences Division of NSF for sharing the costs of this effort.
ABOVE: Danielle Policarpio carefully considers a laser spectroscopy experiment.
Current Research Students:
1) Danielle Policarpio
2) Rick Duvall
3) Nick Barta - through the chemistry department's Research Apprentice Program
Research Group Alumni:
1) Jason Ting - medical school (Oklahoma State Univ.)
2) Lena Omar - medical school (Tulane)
3) Greg Anderson
4) Heather Spangler - accepted into the graduate program in chemistry at Iowa State University
5) Kyle Myers - UNK student
6) Suzy Troyer - UNK student
Recent Publications (* - indicates undergraduate co-author)
Thompson, J.E. “Efficacy of Various Media Types in Web Assisted Learning in the Undergraduate Chemistry Curriculum.” The Journal on Excellence in College Teaching 15(1,2), 187-209, 2004.
Thompson, J.E.; Ting, J.* “A Simple, Inexpensive, Water-Jacketed Cuvette for the Spectronic 20.” Journal of Chemical Education, 81, 1341, 2004.
Omar, L.*; Thompson, J.E. “Clean Chromatograms.”The Science Teacher, 70(9) 56 – 59, 2003.
Thompson, J.E. “Alteration of a Spectronic-20 to Provide Automated Wavelength Scanning.” Journal of Chemical Education, 83, 913, 2006.
Thompson, J.E., Anderson, G.A.*, Shurrush, K.* “An Inexpensive Device for Capillary Electrophoresis (CE) with Fluorescence Detection ” Journal of Chemical Education, 83(11), 1677, 2006.
Thompson, J.E., Spangler, H.* “Tungsten Source Integrated Cavity Output Spectroscopy (W-ICOS) for the Determination of Ambient Atmospheric Extinction Coefficient.” Applied Optics 45, 2465-2473, 2006.
Thompson, J.E., Myers, K.* “Cavity Ring-Down Lossmeter using a Pulsed Light Emitting Diode Source and Photon Counting .” Measurement Science & Technol. 18(1), 147 - 154, 2007.
Current Research Funding:
National Science Foundation (NSF) RUI