Dr. James K. Kearns
General / analytical / instrumental chemistry
I am an analytical chemist and an assistant professor of chemistry focusing on the measurement and determination of atoms and molecules. Investigating compounds with atomic and molecular spectroscopy, I use instruments to measure how atoms and molecules ionize when they interact with light and electric fields. I am particularly interested in researching the interface of biology and environmental chemistry to determine human health implications. I am also the undergraduate coordinator for CHE 120 and 121.
Office: Jennings Hall 330
Phone: (203) 392-6263
Fax: (203) 392-6396
RISE Research Fellowship; Indo-US Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF); Kolkata, India Fall 2009
Ph.D. University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Analytical Chemistry, December 2010
Thesis: Field Portable Methods for the Determination of Arsenic in Environmental Samples. Advisor: Julian F. Tyson
MS in Analytical Chemistry from University of Massachusetts at Amherst December 2004
BSc in Biochemistry from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst 1997
Kearns, J.; Tyson, J. Improving the accuracy and precision of an arsenic field test kit: increased reaction time and digital image analysis, Anal. Methods, 2012, DOI: 10.1039/c2ay05655k
Banerjee N, Nandy S, Kearns JK, Bandyopadhyay AK, Das JK, Majumder P, Basu S, Banerjee
S, Sau TJ, States CJ, Giri AK Polymorphisms in the TNF-α and IL10-gene promoters and
risk of arsenic-induced skin lesions and other non-dermatological health effects Toxicol.
Sci. first published online February 25, 2011 doi:10.1093/toxsci/kfr046
Diamond and diamond-like carbon from a preceramic polymer J. Am. Chem. Soc. Mar 17; 126 (10) 3191-3202.
CoursesCHE 120 General Chemistry I
CHE 121 General Chemistry II
CHE 440 Instrumental Methods of Analysis
CHE 540 Advanced Analytical Chemistry