Professor of Chemical Physics
Academic Program Affiliation(s): Physics
Area of Specialization: Physical chemistry
Biography:Simeen Sattar has taught both general and physical chemistry to science majors and laboratory-based courses for nonscience majors that are inspired by her interests, including paints and the examination of paintings, photographic processes, starlight, the science of cooking, and nuclear and chemical weapons. Current research projects include replicating some early experiments in photography and using thin-layer chromatography to identify natural textile dyes. Her publications include articles in J. Chem. Educ., including “Characterizing Color with Reflectance” (cover article, 2019); “Writing with Sunlight: Recreating a Historic Experiment” (2018); “The Chemistry of Photography: Still a Terrific Course for Nonscience Majors” (2017); and “A Unified Kinetics and Equilibrium Experiment: Rate Law, Activation Energy, and Equilibrium Constant for the Decomposition of Ferroin” (2011).
BA, Rosemont College; PhD, Yale University. At Bard since 1984.
- Research Interests: IR spectroscopy of solutions
- Teaching Interests: Thermodyamics, kinetics, quantum chemistry, spectroscopy
- Other Interests: Chemistry of food and cooking
Location: Hegeman Science Hall