I have several research interests including: analytical spectroscopy, forensic chemistry, environmental analytical chemistry, bioremediation, lasers, plasma sources, optics and sensors.
If you are interested in joining my research group, please send me an email to schedule an appointment: Gretchen-Potts@utc.edu.
Research Goals and Objectives: Presenting real-world applications of scientific theories gives the students the opportunity to understand how science interacts with their everyday lives. In addition, scientific material may seem less daunting when societal issues are addressed. Hands-on experience and applicability to the real world are key factors in encouraging students to think creatively and to expand on class-taught theories. Therefore, independent research is an essential component of undergraduate education. My research projects combine environmental and forensic science with analytical instrumentation to solve urgent issues. Research is conducted throughout the year, but it will be divided into short-term goals that can be accomplished during the summer term as well as during an academic semester. I believe that students who are engaged in dynamic problem solving develop essential skills that help them continue the learning process following their formal education.
Current Research Projects:
- Detection of Organic Gunshot Residues on Silicone Bracelets by HPLC (in collaboration with Dr. Chris Dockery, Analytical Methods, 2019, 21, 85-90. DOI: 10.1039/C9AY02305D.)
- Detection of pesticides and metals in CBD Products (collaboration with Dr. Chris Dockery)
- Detection of nanoparticles in surface waters (in progress, collaboration with Dr. Jejal Bathi)
Past Research Projects:
- Fluorescence analysis of pumpkin seeds
- GC-MS analysis of isothiocyanate in wasabi
- Analysis of Pollutants Released from Used Cigarette Litter in Seawater (a control study)
- Cigarette Butts in Coastal Waters: An Elemental Analysis of Seawater from St. Simon’s Island
- E-cigarette filling solutions: HPLC optimization and analysis of tobacco alkaloids
- Stoichiometric determination of 1-(2-pyridylazo)-2-naphthol complexation with Pb(II) by mass spectrometry, Underg. Chem. Res. 2014, 13, 74 – 76.
- ICP-OES Detection of Trace Elements Delivered by Nanoemulsion Technology
- Analysis of contaminants leached from cigarette litter into surface soils
- Analysis of Pollutants Released from Used Cigarette Litter in Fresh Water (Published: Tobacco Control, 2011, 20 (Suppl 1) i30-i35)
- Feasibility of use of nanoparticles for the selectivity of PAN for Cd.
- Analysis of Toxic Metals in Lentinus edodes by ICP-OES (Published: J. Under. Chem. Res. 2006, 2, 29-33)
- Elemental Analysis of Human Cremains Using Inductively-Coupled Plasma Optical Emission Spectroscopy (ICP-OES) to Distinguish between Legitimate and Contaminated Cremains (Published: J. For. Sci. 2006, 51, 967 – 973)
- Biomonitoring: Analysis of Toxic Metals In Chinese Privet by ICP-OES
- Analysis of Metals in Soils of the Chattanooga Creek
- Analysis of Absorbing Species in Environmental Water Samples Using the Ocean Optics PalmSpec™.