Pete E. Poston, Ph.D
Professor of Chemistry
Western Oregon University
345 Monmouth Ave N
Monmouth, OR 97361
(503) 838-8218
Office DFSC 211
postonp@wou.edu

Welcome to my Homepage, where you can find class materials, my schedule, as well as many useful chemistry-related links and IOS apps.

I do engage in student research projects, and you can learn more in the research section.

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Classes

|Ch 161|Ch 221-223|Ch 310|Ch 312|Ch 313|
|Ch 354|Ch 420|Ch 461|Ch 471|Ch 473|

Who am I?

My name is Pete Poston, Professor of Chemistry at Western Oregon University, Monmouth, OR. I received my BS in Chemistry from Fort Lewis College, in Durango CO. I received my Ph.D in Physical-Analytical Chemistry from the University of Utah under the mentorship of Prof. Joel M. Harris.

I teach a wide variety of courses including General Chemistry, Quantitative Analysis, Instrumental Methods, Computational Chemistry, Environmental Geochemistry, and Experimental Chemistry.

In my free time, I love to photograph and hike the spectacular redrock wilderness of the Colorado Plateau. And for most of my life I've been fascinated with the history, people, and culture of the Himalayas and Karakoram - browse my Mount Everest Trek (1996), Overland Journey from Kathmandu to Lhasa (2000), and K2 Base Camp Trek (2007) webpages.

Education

Post-Graduate Post-doctoral Research Fellow with Prof. Stephen Bialkowski at Utah State University , studies in Photothermal Spectroscopy at the National Center for Bio-Catalysis Science and Technology
Graduate Graduation 8/89; Ph.D Physical-Analytical Chemistry, studies in Photothermal Spectroscopy under Prof. Joel Harris, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
Undergraduate

Graduation 8/84; B.S. Chemistry, Fort Lewis College Chemistry Dept., Durango, CO, 81301

Graduation 8/81; B.S. Geology, Fort Lewis College Geology Dept., Durango, CO, 81301


Professional Experience

September 2002 - present

Professor of Chemistry - Western Oregon University , Division of Natural Science & Mathematics, Monmouth , OR , 97361

Summer, 2008

Volunteer – Hans Flat Ranger Station, Maze District, Canyonlands National Park , UT ; studied the composition of Barrier Canyon-style rock art pigments using Raman Spectroscopy

September 1995 - September 2002

Associate Professor of Chemistry - Western Oregon University , Division of Natural Science & Mathematics, Monmouth , OR , 97361

September 1990 - September 1995

Assistant Professor of Chemistry - Western Oregon University

August 1998 - present

What's New Editor for the journal Applied Spectroscopy - monthly column reporting on new instrumentation, electronics, and software of general interest to the spectroscopic community.

October 1999 - June 2002

Webmaster for the Society of Applied Spectroscopy

September 1997 - June 2000

Department Chair, Earth & Physical Sciences - Western Oregon University

June 1989 - August 1990

Post-doctoral Research and Teaching Fellow with Prof. Stephen Bialkowski at the Center for Bio-Catalysis Science and Technology, Utah State University, responsible for laser related photothermal instrumentation; teaching of General Chemistry.

September 1984-August 1989

Graduate Research And Teaching Fellow under Prof. Joel Harris at the U of Utah Chemistry Dept., research in Photothermal Spectroscopy, taught General Chemistry labs and recitations

January 1981 - April 1982

Mine Operations Geologist - Homestake Gold Mine, Lead, South Dakota , responsible for all geological activities in Division IV, including sampling, diamond drilling, mapping, and ore inventory

September 1980 - December 1982

Assistant Geologist - Co-op position at the Schwartzwalter Uranium Mine, Boulder, CO, logged drill core, setup diamond drilling, repaired geiger counters, generally backed up activities of Mine Geologists

 

Research

[Publications][Presentations and Posters]

Overview

My research interests are in applications of Laser Raman Spectroscopy and Xray Fluorescence to such diverse fields as Nanotechnology, Analytical Chemistry, and even a bit of Achaeology through the study of cartridge cases from the Battle of the Little Big Horn and rock art pigments found on the Colorado Plateau.

Publications

  1. UV Fluorescence-Enhancement from Nanostructured Aluminum Materials”, Danielle E. Montanari ; Nathan Dean ; Pete E. Poston ; Steve Blair and Joel M. Harris, Proceedings. SPIE 9926, UV and Higher Energy Photonics: From Materials to Applications, 99260X -1, (2016).

  2. “Portable Xray Fluorescence Analysis (pXRF) of Cartridge Cases From the Battle of the Little Big Horn”, preliminary report submitted to the National Park Service, 2016.

  3. “Stable, Dispersible Surface-Enhanced Raman Scattering Substrate Capable of Detecting Molecules Bound to Silica-Immobilized Ligands”, Pete E. Poston and Joel M. Harris, Applied Spectroscopy, 2010, 64, 1238-1243

  4. Final Report: Raman Spectroscopic Analysis of Rock Art Pigment from the Great Gallery, Maze District, Canyonlands National Park, Utah”, and the Supplementary Materials (Tables), Dr. Pete E. Poston, 2009

    I should add that some other rock art researchers and me were fortunatate enough to be included in a National Geographic "America's Wild Spaces" special about Canyonlands National Park.

  5. "Luckiamute River Watershed, Upper Willamette Basin: an integrated environmental study for K-12 educators", S.B. Taylor, B.E.Dutton, and P.E. Poston, Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries, Special Paper 36: 2002, 167-186

  6. "In Situ Adsorption Studies at Silica/Solution Interfaces by Attenuated Total Internal Reflection Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy: Examination of Adsorption Models in Normal-Phase Liquid Chromatography", Dion Rivera, Pete E. Poston, Rory H. Uibel, and Joel M. Harris, Analytical Chemistry, 2000, 72, 1543-1554

  7. "In Situ Detection of Adsorbates at Silica/Solution Interfaces by Fourier Transform Infrared Attenuated Total Reflection Spectroscopy Using a Silica-Coated Internal Reflection Element", Pete E. Poston, Dion Rivera, Rory H. Uibel, and Joel M. Harris, Applied Spectroscopy, 1998, 52, 1391-1398

Presentations and Posters

  1. “Xray Fluorescence Analysis of Cartridge Cases from the Battle of the Little Big Horn”, Pete E. Poston, Invited Seminar, Oregon State University, 2017, Corvallis, OR

  2. “Portable Xray Fluorescence Analysis (pXRF) of Cartridge Cases From the Battle of the Little Big Horn”, Society of Western Analytical Professors, 2017, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah.

  3. “Raman Spectroscopic Analysis of Rock Art Pigment from the Great Gallery, Maze District, Canyonlands National Park, Utah”, Pete E. Poston, Society of Western Analytical Professors, 2010, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT

  4. “Raman Spectrometric and Scanning Electron Microscopy – Energy Dispersive X-ray spectrometry (SEM-EDX) Analysis of Rock Art Pigment From the Great Gallery, Maze District, Canyonlands National Park, UT”, Pete E. Poston, 2011 Pecos Conference in Archaeology, Aug 11-14, Jacob Lake, AZ

  5. “Stable, Dispersible Surface-Enhanced Raman Scattering Substrate Capable of Detecting Molecules Bound to Silica-Immobilized Ligands”, Society of Western Analytical Professors, 2011, University of California , Riverside

  6. “Raman Spectroscopic Analysis of Rock Art Pigment from the Great Gallery, Maze District, Canyonlands National Park, Utah”, Pete E. Poston, Society of Western Analytical Professors, 2010, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT

Links and Apps

Western Oregon University Links

  1. Western Oregon University
  2. Portal
  3. Banner Faculty Menu
  4. Library
  5. Online Class Schedule
  6. Academic Calendar
  7. Final Exam schedule

Chemistry Department

  1. Chemistry Department Homepage

Educational Links

  1. American Chemical Society Educational Webpage
  2. Education in Chemistry - Royal Society of Chemistry
  3. Chemical Education Exchange
  4. Mahjong Chem - Stetson University
  5. Khan Academy Chemistry
  6. Chemical Education Digital Library

Apps - IOS only

  1. ODYSSEY VSEPR Theory
  2. ODYSSEY Atomic Orbitals
  3. Royal Society of Chemists -
  4. Periodic Table
  5. Chemistry World
  6. Education in Chemistry
  7. American Chemical Society -
  8. inChemistry - news, careers, resources
  9. NOVA Elements
  10. iMolview - molecules in 3D
  11. Molecules - another 3D viewer
  12. Building Atoms, Ions, and Isotopes HD Lite
  13. AP Chemistry Practice & Prep
  14. Spectrum Analyzer

World-Wide-Web Online Courses

  1. Massive Online Open Courses (MOOC)
  2. MIT MOOC courses

Databases

  1. NIST Webbook - Extensive database of compound info such as MS and FTIR spectra, etc

Periodic Table

  1. Webelements.com

Chemical Organizations

  1. American Chemical Society
  2. Society for Applied Spectroscopy
  3. Association of Official Analytical Chemists

Journals

  1. American Chemical Society Journal List
  2. Journal of Chemical Education
  3. Analytical Chemistry

Government Agencies

  1. National Science Foundation
  2. Environmental Protection Agency