Department Chair

  • Daniel Moriarty
    Associate Professor Chemistry
    Morrell Science Center 219
    (518) 783-2472

Dr. Jodi O'Donnell


Research Group Webpage

Educational Background

B.A., Chemistry, 2000- Drew University, Madison, NJ

Graduate Education

Ph.D., Chemistry, 2005 - Northwestern University, Evanston IL

Courses Taught

  • General Chemistry I
    • CHEM 110 and associated lab
  • General Chemistry II
    • CHEM 120 and associated lab
  • Inorganic Chemsitry I
    • CHEM 240
  • Chemical Communications
    • CHEM 311
  • Inorganic Chemistry II
    • CHEM 340
  • Integrated Lab II
    • CHEM 326


Research Interests

My research focuses on synthesis and characterization of thin-film and membrane materials. Our goal in designing these materials is to use them for a variety of applications, including as VOC, ion pair, and biomimetic sensors, in novel liquid crystalline materials, photovoltaic devices and in electrochromic materials.



 Recent Publications


  1. W. W. Kennerly, K. B. Billings, A. G. Geragotelis, J. L. O'Donnell, "A Computational Approach to Walsh Correlation Diagrams for the Inorganic Chemistry Curriculum", The Chemical Educator, 2012, 17, 57-63.
  2. A. C. Paske, M. J. Gunsch, J. L. O'Donnell, "Electropolymerized Ultrathin Chromophore Films for VOC Sensing", Electrochemical Society Transactions,2011, 35 (31), 29-34.
  3. A. C. Paske, L. D. Earl, J. L. O'Donnell, "Interfacially Polymerized Metalloporphyrin Thin Films for Colorimetric Sensing of Organic Vapors",Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical, 2011, 155, 687-691.
  4. J. L. O'Donnell, A. J. Goshe, X. Zuo, L. Sariskov, R. Q. Snurr, J. T. Hupp, D. M. Tiede, "Solution Phase Structural Characterization of Supramolecular Assemblies by High-Angle Molecular Diffraction", Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2007, 129(6), 1578 – 1585.
  5. J. L. O’Donnell, N. Thaitrong, A. P. Nelson, J. T. Hupp, “Liquid/Liquid Interface Polymerized Membranes Displaying Size- Selective Molecular and Ionic Permeability”, Langmuir, 2006, 22(4), 1804-1809.


Recent Oral Presentations


  1. Poster Presentation. M. J. Gunsch, K. A. Leamy, A. C. Paske and J. L. O’Donnell. “Sensing of Chlorocarbon and Alcohol Vapors by Electropolymerized Porphyrin Thin Films”, 244rd American Chemical Society National Meeting and Exposition, Philadelphia, PA, August 2012.
  2. Poster Presentation. J. C. Kranick, N. J. DeMarte, L. J. Tucker and J. L. O’Donnell. “Synthesis of Cholesteric Liquid Crystalline Porphyrins”, 243rd American Chemical Society National Meeting and Exposition, San Diego, CA, March 2012.
  3. Poster Presentation. A. C. Paske, M. J. Gunsch, and J. L. O’Donnell. “Electropolymerized Ultrathin Chromophore Films for VOC Sensing”, 219th Electrochemical Society Meeting, Montreal, QC, May 2011.



Associate Professor