Karen Caldwell

Karen Caldwell

Assistant Professor
Dyson College of Arts and Sciences
Chemistry and Physical Sciences
Westchester
101B
Costello House

Biography

Faculty Bio

Research has the overall goal of determining the best way to remediate clandestine methamphetamine labs (“Clan Labs”). After the discovery of a Clan Lab, removal of the gross quantities of hazardous materials is carried out by first responders. Afterwards, cleanup (remediation) must be carried out by property owners. Remediation costs can range anywhere from $30,000.00 to $300,000.00. Sometimes, demolition is chosen, rather than remediation. An understanding of the physico-chemical factors that are important for effective cleansing of interior building surfaces is desired, especially if such understanding ultimately leads to lower costs of remediation. This project requires a manifold approach. Reproducible methods for applying to and then recovering materials from typical surfaces found in buildings are being developed. The chemistry of effective cleansing agents is also being explored. Methamphetamine model compounds (surrogates) are used in these studies. Since 2015, five Pace undergraduate students have participated in the project.

Awards and Honors

  • Dyson Society of Fellows, 2008, Inducted
  • Middle Atlantic Region, Amer. Chem. Soc., 1997, Certificate
  • Westchester Chemical Society, 1997, Certificate
  • Procter & Gamble Pharmaceuticals, 1993, Certificate
  • Sigma Xi, 1983, Elected Member
  • Who's Who, 1982, Who's Who in American Colleges & Universities
  • Eastman Kodak, 1979, Fellow
  • Exxon Foundation, 1979, Fellow
  • Oracle Society (Ithaca College Honor Society), 1977, Elected Member
  • National Science Foundation, 1977, Predoctoral Fellow

Education

PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, 1983
Organic Chemistry

BA, Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY, 1977
Chemistry

Research and Creative Works

Research Interest

Remediating Interior Building Surfaces Contaminated by Methamphetamine

Grants, Sponsored Research and Contracts

Reactions of Metallic Surfaces with Organic Substrates – Preparation and Characterization of Organic Films on Metallic Disks.
April 1995 - May 2004. Scholarly Research Fund, Pace University, $13,000.00. Funded. The ability to prepare and manipulate organic thin-film—metal structures in a well-defined way is critically important in areas as diverse as biosensors, adhesives, microelectronic devices, and nanotechnology. The immediate goal of my research project – to demonstrate the feasibility of controlled chemical etching of metal pieces as a way to reproducibly prepare thin, reactive metal foils – has been achieved.

Receptor-Conjugated Nanoparticles for Fluorescent Biowarfare Agent Detection and Microwave-Assisted Neutralization in Buildings
June 2003 - April 2004. Nano Science Diagnostics, Inc., Federal, $30,000.00. Funded.

Introducing Molecular Modeling and Computational Chemistry Into the Undergraduate Curriculum: Applications in Organic Chemistry, Advanced Organic Chemistry, Undergraduate Research and Seminar Courses
January 1996 - December 1997. Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, Inc., Private, $6,000.00. Funded. Monies have been used to purchase and IBM Aptiva™ PC and an IBM ThinkPad™ notebook computer, used to facilitate instruction and student learning

Courses Taught

Past Courses

CHE 101: Introduction to Chemistry I
CHE 111: General Chemistry I
CHE 113: Prin of Chem for the Hlth Prof
CHE 223: Organic Chemistry I
CHE 223: Organic Chemistry I (Lab)
CHE 223: Organic Chemistry I (Lecture)
CHE 223: Organic Chemistry I Recitation
CHE 224: Organic Chemistry II
CHE 224: Organic Chemistry II (Lab)
CHE 224: Organic Chemistry II (Lecture)
CHE 224: Orgnc Chmstry II Recitation
CHE 330: Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
CHE 333: Advanced Organic Chemistry
CHE 392: Chemistry Seminar I
CHE 395: Independent Study in Chemistry
CHE 480: Research in Chemistry
CHE 491: Chemistry Internship I
CHE 492: Chemistry Seminar II

Publications and Presentations

Publications

Active Sites in Soluble Ziegler Polymerization Catalysts Generated from Titanocene Halides and Organoaluminum Acids
(1992). Moser, W. R., Slocum, D. W. (Eds.), Washington, DC , United States:American Chemical Society Symposium Series. Vol 230 , pages Chapter 40.

Formation of Ion Pairs in the Ziegler Ethylene Polymerization Catalyst System Cp2Ti(Cl)CH2SiMe3—AlCl3
(1991). Organometallics. Vol 10 , pages 3417-9.

The Mechanism of Formation of Grignard Reagents: Trapping of Free Radical Intermediates by Reaction with Tetramethylpiperidine-N-oxyl
(1989). Journal of the American Chemical Society. Vol 111 , pages 5405-12.

Proton-Transfer Reactions. 4. Near-Unity Isotope Effects for the Hydron Exchange and Defluorination Reactions
(1983). Journal of the American Chemical Society. Vol 105 , pages 2394-9.

The Mechanism of Formation of Grignard Reagents. The Rate of Reaction of Cyclopentyl Bromide with a Rotating Disk of Magnesium
(1981). Journal of the American Chemical Society. Vol 103 , pages 5474-9.

Presentations

Preparation and Characterization of Organic Films on Metallic Surfaces
(2005, April). Chemistry & Phys. Sci./Biology Faculty Research Night. Pace University,

Innovative Solutions to Copper Metal Surface Treatment
(2005, March). Destination Discovery’s Synervations Expo. Binghamton University,

Preparation and Characterization of Organic Films on Metallic Surfaces
(1999, November). Dept. of Chem./Phys.Sci.. Pace University,

Assigning a Literature-Based Term Paper in the Sophomore Organic Chemistry Course
(1999, May). 32nd Middle Atlantic Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society. Middle Atlantic Region of the American Chemical Society,

Preparation and Characterization of Organic Films on Metallic Surfaces
(1999, May). 32nd Middle Atlantic Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society. Middle Atlantic Region of the American Chemical Society,

Preparation and Characterization of Organic Films on Copper and Magnesium Disks
(1997, May). 31st Middle Atlantic Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society. Middle Atlantic Region of the American Chemical Society,

Preparation and Characterization of Organic Films on Copper and Magnesium Disks
(1997, May). New York Section Student Affiliates Undergraduate Symposium. ACS's New York Section, Inc.,

Preparation and Characterization of Organic Films on Copper and Magnesium Disks
(1997, April). Pace Science Day. Pace University,

Preparation and Characterization of Organic Films on Copper and Magnesium Disks
(1997, March). 213th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society. American Chemical Society,

Preparation and Characterization of Organic Films on Copper and Magnesium Disks
(1996, April). Pace Science Day. Pace University,

Mechanism of Formation of Grignard Reagents
(1994, March). Dept. of Chem.Phys. Sci.. Pace University,

Nature of the Active Sties in Soluble Ziegler Polymerization Catalysts Generated from Titanocenyl Halides and Organoaluminum Lewis Acids: Methyltitanocene Chlorides
(1992, June). 22nd Northeast Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society. Northeast Region of the American Chemical Society,

Mechanism of Formation of Grignard Reagents
(1988, November). Department of Chemistry. Ithaca College,

Professional Contributions and Service

Intellectual Property

Patent: Process for Preparation of Thin Metallic Foils and Organic Thin-Film-Metal Structures [Non-Provisional] , United States