Undergraduate Research Projects

Dr. Kevin D. Crawford
Associate Professor of Chemistry
University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
800 Algoma Blvd.
Oshkosh, WI  54901

The Project Areas:

Project: The Tools:
Environmental LC-MS              LC-MS (on campus = unit resolution, Ripon College = accurate mass TOF), 
             SPE sample prep
  • GC-MS for separation, identification, and quantitation of low-level environmental contaminants including phthalates and brominated diphenyl ethers.
Pigment Analysis
         HPLC-UV and LC-MS for separation and identification of pigments produced by
          bacteria isolated from the Fox River

Status: (as of 4/2015)
    I started in the fall of 2007 as a new faculty member at UW-Oshkosh after nine years at The Citadel in Charleston, SC.  I completed an environmental project assessing the sediments that have built up in stormwater retention ponds in coastal SC.  This project was funded by SC Sea Grant.  I have since worked on a number of projects detecting, identifying, and quantifying trace chemical compounds.  This includes my current sabbatical project attempting to quantify pharmaceutical and personal care products (PPCPs) in the Lake Winnebago system using LC-TOF MS.  I have published work describing quantitation of oak flavor compounds (for wine) via SPME-GC-MS, an article on the impact of silver nanoparticles on polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) degradation by a bacteria, and several articles on the levels of metals, pesticides, and PAHs in the sediments of stormwater ponds.  My currently active projects include the PPCP work as well as efforts in identifying pigments produced by bacteria from the Fox River.


Produced by Kevin D. Crawford, edited 4/2015