• I am from Birmingham and completed my PhD at UAB studying polymer chemistry. I hold a degree in music from UAB as well. My PhD studies included enhancing the medical applications of biocompatible polymers via chelation of metal ions: manganese for antioxidant cell coatings, gadolinium for MRI contrast of polymer drug carriers, and radioactive zirconium-89 for evaluating the biodistribution of polymer microcapsules. I also studied the effects of ultrasound on polymer microparticles and investigated the behaviors of polymer assemblies on the nanometer scale using neutron scattering at Oak Ridge National Lab.

    During graduate school I had the opportunity to develop new undergraduate lab experiences in general, organic, and polymer chemistry. I enjoyed this part of my work so much that I joined the department of chemistry as the upper division laboratory coordinator in 2020.
  • Research Overview

  • My main research interests now are in the development of new laboratory exercises and teaching methodologies for undergraduate chemistry labs. I am always looking to incorporate the techniques and concepts from high-impact and really cool research into upper-division labs; even classical chemistry concepts can be investigated from within the framework of research methods that look like what chemistry students might actually pursue when they graduate.
  • Education And Training

  • Doctor of Science in Chemistry, University of Alabama at Birmingham 2019
  • Master of Sciences or Mathematics in Chemistry, University of Alabama at Birmingham 2014
  • Bachelor of Science or Mathematics in Music, University of Alabama at Birmingham 2007
  • Full Name

  • Patrick Alford