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Faculty Directory » Aisling M. O'Connor


Office Hours:

Semester: Fall, 2017
Tuesday, 12:45-2:00
Thursday, 9:00-10:45

Office Information:

Room Number: Antonucci Science Complex 330
Phone: 978/665-3401

Courses Taught:

Pre-Biochemistry I
Analytical Chemistry
General Chemistry I (CHEM 1300)
General Chemistry II (CHEM 1400)
General Analytical Chemistry (CHEM 2400)
Forensic Chemistry (CHEM 4400)


Graduate Certificate, Business, UMass Lowell, 2007
Ph.D., Industrial Chemistry, University of Limerick, Ireland, 1998
BSC, Industrial Chemistry, University of Limerick, Ireland, 1994

Research Interests:

Green Chemistry Education
K–12 STEM Education
High Performance Liquid Chromatography and Mass Spectrometry
Environmental and Food Safety Analysis
Industrial Adoption of Green Chemistry
Heterogeneous Catalysis

Current Projects:

Recent Presentations:

Oral presentation given at ChemEd 2011, Kalamazoo, MI, July 24 – 28, 2011. A Green Chemistry Curriculum for Science Club for Girls.

Oral presentation given at the Biennial Conference on Chemical Education 2010 (BCCE), Denton, TX, August 1 – 5, 2010. Service Learning in Chemistry for Non Majors.

Oral presentation given at The National Environmental Monitoring Conference (NEMC), Cambridge, MA, August 19 -25, 2007. Analysis of Perfluorinated Compounds by UPLC/MS/MS: Contamination Reduction Strategies.

Poster presentation given at The Florida Pesticide Residue Workshop, St. Pete Beach, FL, July 22 - 25, 2007. Analysis of Nerve Agent Degradation Products by UPLC/MS/MS.

Oral presentation given at The Pittsburg Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy (Pittcon) Chicago, IL, February 25 – March 2, 2007. Sample Screening Using LC/MS and LC/MS/MS Libraries.

Oral presentation given at The National Environmental Monitoring Conference (NEMC), Arlington, VA, August 28 -31, 2006. Enhancement of EPA Method 535: Resolving Alachlor and Acetochlor ESA Metabolites.

Representative Publications:

O'Connor, A.M., Y Schuurman, J.R.H. Ross and C. Mirodatos. Transient Studies of Carbon Dioxide Reforming Methane over Pt/ZrO2 and Pt/Al2O3 Catalysts. Catalysis Today, 115 1 (2006) 191-198.

Ross, J.R.H., A.H.J. van Keulen, A.M O'Connor, et al. Effect of the method preparation and pretreatment on the dispersion and catalytic behavior of finely divided Pt or Ni particles supported on zirconia for the dry reforming of methane. Abstracts of Papers of the American Chemical Society, 219: 68-Petr Part 2 (2000).

O'Connor, A.M, and J.R.H. Ross. The Effect of O2 Addition on the Carbon Dioxide Reforming of Methane over Pt/ZrO2 Catalysts. Catalysis Today, 46 2-3 (1998), 203-210.

Hegarty, M.E.S., A.M. O'Connor and J.R.H. Ross. Syngas Production from Natural Gas using Zirconia supported Metals. Catalysis Today, 42 3 (1998), 225-232.

O'Connor, A.M., F.C. Meunier and J.H.R Ross. An in-situ DRIFTS study of the mechanism of the CO2 reforming of CH4 over a Pt/ZrO2 catalyst. Studies in Surface Science and Catalysis, 119 (1998) 819-824.

Ross, J.R.H., A.M. O'Connor, M.E.S Hegarty. Syngas production from natural gas using CO2-reforming or CO2 reforming combined with steam reforming or partial oxidation over a Pt/ZrO2 catalyst. Abstracts of Papers of the American Chemical Society, 215: 216-Coll. Part 1, April 2, 1998.