Dr. Richard R. Hark
Department of Chemistry
Dr. Richard R. Hark holds the H. George Foster Endowed Chair in Chemistry and is currently serving as chairperson of the Department of Chemistry at Juniata College in Huntingdon, PA. Dr. Hark earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry from the University of Rochester and a doctorate in organic chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania. He has worked on projects ranging from the synthesis of complex natural products to the development of novel reagents for visualizing latent fingerprints. Dr. Hark's current research efforts are principally focused on the application of analytical and imaging techniques to the study of cultural heritage objects, the analysis of geomaterials and items of forensic interest using laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS), and the synthesis of isotopically labeled organic compounds. In addition to teaching introductory and advanced level organic and analytical chemistry he has taught a multidisciplinary course called The Chemistry of Art for many years.
Current & Recent Courses
Analysis of Cultural Heritage
Laser-induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS)
Kuck, D., Heitkamp, S., Sproί, J., Letzel, M.C., Ahmed, I., Krohn, K., Parker, R.G., Wang, Y., Robbins, V.J., Ames, W.A., Schettler, P.D., Hark, R.R. Consecutive loss of two benzyl radicals from the [M + Na]+ adduct ions of di- and tri(benzyloxy)benzenes under ESI/CID conditions, Intl. J. Mass Spectr. 2015, 377, 23-28.
Hark, R.R., Harmon, R.S. Geochemical Fingerprinting Using LIBS, Chapter 12 in Laser-induced Breakdown Spectroscopy: Fundamentals and Applications, Musazzi, S., Perini, U. (Eds.), Springer-Verlag:Berlin, 2014.
Hark, R.R., East, L.J. Forensic Applications of LIBS, Chapter 14 in Laser-induced Breakdown Spectroscopy: Fundamentals and Applications, Musazzi, S., Perini, U. (Eds.), Springer-Verlag:Berlin, 2014.
Harmon, R.S., Russo, R.E., Hark, R.R., Applications of laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy for geochemical and environmental analysis: A comprehensive review, Spectrochim. Acta B 2013, 87, 11-26.
Our Research in the News
Bodily Bookbinding, Chemistry For Mummies, Chem. Eng. News, 2015, 93 (42), 40
The Macabre Practice of Binding Books in Human Skin, Hyperallergic, October 23, 2015
The Quest to Discover the World's Books Bound in Human Skin, Mental Floss, October 19, 2015.
Analysis of the State of the Art: LIBS, Spectroscopy, 2015, 30 (6), 74-84.
Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy: A Closer Look at the Capabilities of LIBS, Part I, Spectroscopy, 2014, 29 (7), 34-37.
Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy: A Closer Look at the Capabilities of LIBS, Part II, Spectroscopy, 2014, 29 (11), 34-37.
Fingerprinting Conflict Minerals, Chem. Eng. News, 2012, 90 (18), 36–37.
Dr. Richard R. Hark
1700 Moore Street
Huntingdon, PA 16652
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