Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Environmental Science
Department of Chemistry
Fundamental photochemistry and quantifying environmental toxins
One of Professor Amy Moskun's areas of research is photophysical characterization of novel organic and metal-organic complexes and their materials applications. This interdisciplinary work is part of a collaboration with Professor Ralph Isovitsch and several Whittier College students. These materials have potential applications in light emitting diodes, photovoltaic cells and as molecular switches. One recent project includes the study of a series of aryl azo morpholine compounds that isomerize, or change conformation, upon absorption of ultraviolet radiation. These results suggest these compounds are potential candidates for photo-induced molecular switches. This research has been presented at the spring 2008 and 2009 national meetings of the American Chemical Society.
Moskun is also interested in indentifying and quantifying local chemical pollutants. Students are beginning work on environmental sampling in local bodies of water, soils and beaches as well as analytical techniques to identify and quantitate the levels of pollution. This work is in collaboration with Professor Erica Fradinger in the Department of Biology who is interested in the effects of pollutants, such as endocrine disruptors on development of the model organism zebra fish.
The following paper and posters are co-authored with Whittier students:
“Structure and Photophysics of a Schiff Base-Bipyridine Ligand and its Rhenium(I) Tricarbonylchloro Complex,” Tenzing Doleck, Jonathan Attard, Frank R. Fronczek, Amy Moskun, and Ralph Isovitsch, Inorganica Chimica Acta, 362 (2009) 3872-3876.
“Aryl Azo Morpholines: Structure and Photochemical Characterization,” T. Chin, J. Attard, F. R. Fronczek, A. Moskun, R. Isovitsch. Spring National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Salt Lake City UT, 22-26 April 2009.
“The Synthesis and Characterization of a Novel Bipyridine-Hydroxyimino Ligand and its Rhenium(I) and Ruthenium(II) Complexes.” T. Doleck, J. Attard, A. Moskun, F. Fronczek, R. Isovitsch. Spring National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, New Orleans LA, 6-10 April 2008.