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Dr. Mark Vitha

Windsor Professor in Science
Professor of Chemistry

Office Location: 211 Cline Hall
Dr. Vitha CV

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Mark Vitha received his analytical chemistry from the University of Minnesota in the laboratory of Professor Peter Carr, and his B.A. degree from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. He started at Drake in 1998 after teaching for one year at the University of Minnesota, Duluth. At Drake, he routinely teaches General Chemistry, Quantitative Analysis, and Instrumental Analysis (Advanced Analytical Chemistry), and periodically offers Honors Courses such as Characters in Science and Paths to Knowledge. He was been awarded Drake University’s Troyer Research Fellowship, been named a Windsor Professor of Science, and has received the University’s Madelyn M. Levitt Teacher of the Year Award and the Honors Program’s Teacher of the Year Award.

His research focuses on characterizing the types and strengths of intermolecular interactions that govern chromatographic retention and solvatochromic shifts in spectroscopy. Recently, he has become interested in the application of analytical chemistry to the study of artworks.

He is the author of two books:

Chromatography:  Principles and Instrumentation, John Wiley and Sons, 2016.  ISBN 978-1119270881

Spectroscopy:  Principles and Instrumentation, John Wiley and Sons, 2016, ISBN 978-1119436645

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