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Michael Polen
  • Lecturer of Chemistry

Chemistry
Michael Polen

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I graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a Ph.D. in Chemistry in 2018 and started teaching at McDaniel immediately afterward. At CMU I studied the impacts of particles from combustion (e.g. wildfires) on the formation and lifetime of cloud droplets. My studies mostly centered on the analytical and environmental chemistry. Outside of research, I also devoted a large amount of time bringing science to underprivileged students in Pittsburgh, PA.

At McDaniel, I am teaching the General Chemistry classes and I am spending my first summer improving and optimizing the General Chemistry Lab courses with some of our first/second year students. I believe firmly in giving students every opportunity I can offer as early as possible. Future research in my group will likely involve the efforts being explored at the Singleton-Matthews property and use my expertise in environmental and analytical chemistry. I am also planning to start my own STEM outreach to bring science to local grade and high schools.

Education

2018
Ph.D. in Chemistry, Carnegie Mellon University
2013
B.S. in Chemistry, Widener University

Research Interests

  • Improving general chemistry labs

  • Development of a STEM Learning Center

  • Impacts of particles on cloud formation/lifetime

  • Partitioning of pollutants between water/soil/air

Recent Courses

  • CHE 1103: General Chemistry I

  • CHE 1104: General Chemistry II

  • CHE 1001: General Chemistry I Lab

Michael Polen

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