Kevin P. Rhoads

Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Phone: (518) 783‑2443
Email: krhoads@siena.edu

Kevin P. Rhoads

Degrees:

Ph.D. Chemistry University of Maryland
M.S. Chemistry Tennessee Technological University
B.S. Chemistry University of Delaware

Bio:


I grew up in northern NJ and attended Montclair Highschool. I went to the University of Delaware and earned a B.S. degree in chemistry. After doing a short internship for Norsk Hydro, I worked with an environmental firm as a Field Chemist. About a year later, I decided to work on a Master’s degree at Tennessee Techological University. With my M.S. in hand, I moved to San Fransico and worked as an Industrial Hygienist. Several years later I decided to pursue a doctorate at the University of Maryland, College Park. After receiving my Ph.D., I took a post-doctoral research fellowship back at the University of Delaware in Mechanical Engineering department. After three delightful years of research, I found my current position at Siena.

My Favorite courses to teach are:

General Chemistry (first year)
Analytical Chemistry II (fourth year)
Analytical Chemistry I (second year)

Professional Experience:

Department Chair, Chemistry Siena College 2008 - 2010
Associate Professor(w/ tenure), Chemistry Siena College 2007 - Now
Adjunct Professor, Chemistry SUNY-Albany 2005 - Now
Research Scientist (1/4 time), Chemistry SUNY-Albany 2002 - 2005
Assistant Professor, Chemistry Siena College 2002 - 2007
Post Doctoral Research Fellow, Engineering University of Delaware 1998 - 2001
Research Assistant, Chemistry University of Maryland 1991 - 1998
Teaching Assistant, Chemistry University of Maryland 1990 - 1991
Industrial Hygiene Consultant, Environment EnviroGroup 1989 - 1990
Research Assistant, Chemistry Tennessee Tech. University 1987 - 1989
Field Chemist, Environment A. E. T. Corp. 1986 - 1987
Exchange Student, Engineering Norsk Hydro 1986 - 1986
Analytical Technician, Chemistry E. I. DuPont 1985 - 1986

Why I chose Siena:

I chose to work at Siena College because I was looking for an institution focused primarily on undergraduate education that had a strong science curriculum and a vibrant sense of community. During my interview, it was clear to me that I had found the place.

My current research:

My research interests concern the fate of anthropogenic substances in the environment and the effects that these materials have on the natural world. This research requires study in the laboratory, as well as at the scale of the ecosystem, and encompasses transport phenomena, geochemical reactions, and the development of reliable analytical methods for use in the field.

My teaching philosophy:

I feel that my role as a teacher is to act as guide who facilitates learning by promoting long-term knowledge retention through encouraging a student to think and apply information, not memorize and regurgitate facts. The ultimate aspiration of every teacher should not only be to provide a broad knowledge base, but to develop a student’s capacity for interpretive and critical thought by providing them with examples of such thought processes in practice. It is important to introduce the unknowns and mysteries in science as puzzles waiting for a solution to be found. I believe that the key to motivation in learning science is the ability to show students that what they are doing is worthwhile and relevant to everyday life. An engaged, interested student will make the effort necessary to gain an understanding of the subject. My goal in teaching is to spark a student’s interest and encourage him or her to pursue learning for its own sake.


'A Water Cyclone to Preserve Insoluble Aerosols in Liquid Flow, 'An Interface to Flow Cytometry to Detect Airborne Nucleic Acid'
Aerosol Science and Technology
2008
Interference of organic signals in highly time resolved nitrate measurements by low mass resolution aerosol mass spectrometry
Journal of Geophys. Res.
2007
Intercomparison of Real Time Ammonium Measurements at Urban and Rural Locations in New York
Aerosol Science and Technology
2007
Size-selective nonrefractory ambient aerosol measurements during the Particulate Matter Technology Assessment and Characterization StudyNew York 2004 Winter Intensive in New York City
Journal of Geophys. Res.
2006
Sulfate and Nitrate Measurements at an Urban and a Rural Location in New York: PMTACS-NY Summer 2001 and 2002 Campaigns
Journal of Air and Waste Management Assoc.
2004
Size-resolved ultrafine particle composition analysis: Part 1: Atlanta
Journal of Geophys. Res.
2003
A comparison of particle mass spectrometers during the Atlanta supersite experiment
Journal of Geophys. Res.
2003
Performance of a single-ultrafine-particle mass spectrometer
Aerosol Science and Technology
2002
Application of ART-2A Algorithm To Laser Ionization Ablation Mass Spectrometry of Particle Standards
Anal. Chemistry
2001
High-speed particle beam generation: A dynamic focusing mechanism for selecting ultrafine particles
Aerosol Science and Technology
2000
Ozone in the Remote Marine Boundary Layer: A Possible Role for Halogens
Journal of Geophys. Res.
1999
Tropospheric O3 distribution over the Indian Ocean During Spring 1995 Evaluated with a Chemistry-Climate Model
Journal of Geophys. Res.
1999
Ground-based and airborne observations of carbon monoxide during NASA/MAPS missions SRL-1 and SRL-2
Journal of Geophys. Res.
1998
The Composition of the Troposphere over the Indian Ocean during the Monsoonal Transition
Journal of Geophys. Res.
1997
Large-scale pollution of the atmosphere over the remote North Atlantic Ocean: Evidence from Bermuda
Journal of Geophys. Res.
1995
Evaluation of Acid Catalysis and Conventional vs. Microwave Heating in the Acid-Catalyzed Synthesis of Biodiesel
2010
Undergraduate Research Symposium for the Eastern New York Section of the American Chemical Society, Loudonville, New York
Highly Time Resolved Measurements of Aerosol Carbon Using the Water Cyclone: An Ambient Comparison against the Sunset-ECOC Analyzer
2008
27th Annual Conference of the American Association of Aerosol Research Meeting, Orlando, Florida
Fast and Synchronous Measurements of Inorganic and Organic Components in Atmospheric Aqueous Samples
2008
27th Annual Conference of the American Association of Aerosol Research Meeting, Orlando, Florida
Gentle Collection of an Airborne Virus with a Cyclone for Online Detection with Flow Cytometry
2007
26th Annual Conference of the American Association of Aerosol Research Meeting, Reno, Nevada
Interference of Organic Signals in Highly-time Resolved Nitrate Measurements by Aerosol Mass Spectrometer
2007
26th Annual Conference of the American Association of Aerosol Research Meeting, Reno, Nevada
The Gentle Capture of an Airborne Virus for Online Detection with Flow Cytometry
2007
234th ACS National Meeting, Boston, Massachusetts
Airborne Virus for Online Detection with Flow Cytometry
2006
2nd National Conference on Environmental Sampling and Detection for Bio-Threat Agents, Brooklyn, New York
Intercomparison of Real Time PM2.5 Ammonium Measurements at Urban and Rural Locations in New York
2006
7th International Aerosol Conference, St. Paul, Minnesota
PILS-IC (Particle into Liquid Sampling Analyzed by Ion Chromatography) Overview of Results for the PM2.5 Technology Assessment and Characterization Study in New York (PMTACS-NY)
2005
Particulate Matter Supersites Program and Related Studies (American Association of Aerosol Research International Specialty Conference, Atlanta, Georgia
Semi-continuous PM2.5 Sulfate and Nitrate Measurements in New York: Routine Field Measurements and Intensive Field Campaigns
2005
Particulate Matter Supersites Program and Related Studies (American Association of Aerosol Research International Specialty Conference, Atlanta, Georgia
Highlights and Lessons Learned: PM2.5 Technology Assessment and Characterization Study in New York  PMTACS-NY Supersite Program
2005
Particulate Matter Supersites Program and Related Studies (American Association of Aerosol Research International Specialty Conference, Atlanta, Georgia
Characterization of the Particle-into-Liquid Sampler (PILS) : A Method for Measuring Atmospheric Aerosol Composition
2005
Eastern New York American Chemical Society, Undergraduate Research Symposium & 6th Annual Robert A. Laudise Symposium, Schenectady, New York
PM2.5 Technology Assessment and characterizaiton study in New York - PMTACS-NY: An overview of the 2004 winter intensive in Queens, NY
2004
23rd Annual Conference of the American Association of Aerosol Research Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia
Continuous sulfate, carbon, and PM2.5 mass at Addison, NY during the summer 2004 NEAQS/ITCT Intensive
2004
23rd Annual Conference of the American Association of Aerosol Research Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia
Measurements of ambient aerosol composition using and Aerodyne aerosol mass spectrometer in New York City: Winter 2004 Intensive Study
2004
23rd Annual Conference of the American Association of Aerosol Research Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia
Intercomparison of Semi-Continuous Particulate Sulfate and Nitrate Measurement Technologies in New York City: Summer 2001 and Winter 2004 Intensive Studies
2004
23rd Annual Conference of the American Association of Aerosol Research Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia
Intercomparison of Semi-continuous Particulate Sulfate and Nitrate Measurement Technologies at a New York State Urban and Rural Location
2003
NYSERDA EMEP Conference, Albany, New York
Intercomparison of Semi-continuous Particulate Sulfate and Nitrate Measurement Technologies at a New York State Urban and Rural Location
2003
22nd Annual Conference of the American Association for Aerosol Research, Particulate Matter Conference, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Speciation of Size-Resolved Indivdual Ultrafine Paritcles in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania
2002
21th Annual Conference of the American Association of Aerosol Research, Charlotte, North Carolina
Composition of Individual Particles during August 1999 in Atlanta, Georgia
2000
Eos, Trans. Am. Geophys, Unknown, Unknown
An Intercomparison of particle mass spectrometers during the Atlanta SuperSite Experiment
2000
Eos, Trans. Am. Geophys. Union, Unknown, Unknown
Field Observations of Ultrafine Particles in Atlanta Using Rapid Single-Particle Mass Spectrometry
2000
19th Annual Conference of the American Association of Aerosol Research, St. Louis, Missouri
Photochemistry in the Marine Boundary Layer over the Indian Ocean
1996
Eos, Trans. Am. Geophys. Union, Unknown, Unknown
The Composition of the Troposphere over the Indian Ocean during the Winter Monsoon
1996
Eos, Trans. Am. Geophys. Union, Unknown, Unknown
Measurements of Reactive Nitrogen Compounds Over the Indian Ocean
1996
Amer. Chem. Soc, New Orleans, Louisiana
Observations of Summertime Air Quality Over the U. S. Mid-Atlantic Region
1995
Eos, Trans. Am. Geophys. Union, Unknown, Unknown
The Composition of the Troposphere Over the Indian Ocean
1995
Eos, Trans. Am. Geophys. Union, Unknown, Unknown
Ground-Based and Airborne Observations of Carbon Monoxide in Support of NASA/MAPS Mission STS-59
1994
Eos, Trans. Am. Geophys. Union, Unknown, Unknown
Ground-Based Intercomparison of Instrumentation for Measurements of Key Photochemically Active Trace Gases
1994
Eos, Trans. Am. Geophys. Union, Unknown, Unknown
NOx, NOy and Non-Methane Hydrocarbons during a Period of Elevated Ozone Concentration at Bermuda
1994
Eos, Trans. Am. Geophys. Union, Unknown, Unknown
High Sensivity NOx and Noy Measurements Downwind of an Urban Environment
1994
Eos, Trans. Am. Geophys. Union, Unknown, Unknown
Sulfur and Nitrogen Species during 1993 Intensives at Bermuda: Relationships of Aerosol and Gas-Phase Concentrations and Particle Size Distributions to Sources and Meteorology
1994
Eos, Trans. Am. Geophys. Union, Unknown, Unknown
Meteorological conditions leading to high 0zone and CO on Bermuda: Spring 1992
1994
Proceedings of the Conference on Atmospheric Chemistry, Am. Meteor. Soc., Nashville, Tennessee
Interrelationships among aerosol species, ozone, and CO in the marine boundary layer during spring at Barbados, West Indies
1993
Eos, Trans. Am. Geophys. Union, Unknown, Unknown
Trace gas chemistry at Bermuda and Barbados
1993
Eos, Trans. Am. Geophys. Union, Unknown, Unknown
Long-range transport of air pollutants from North America to the remote Atlantic Ocean
1993
Eos, Trans. Am. Geophys. Union, Unknown, Unknown
Carbon monoxide and ozone measurements in Bermuda and Barbados
1992
Eos, Trans. Am. Geophys. Union, Unknown, Unknown