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Faculty Directory » Aisling M. O'Connor


Office Hours:

Semester: Fall 2020
Google Meet Appointment
Monday 2:00 - 3:30 pm
Wednesday 10:00 - 11:30 am

Office Information:

Room Number: SCI 330
Phone: 978.665.3401

Courses Taught:

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


Graduate Certificate, UMass Lowell (Business), 2007
Ph.D., University of Limerick (Industrial Chemistry), 1998
BSC, University of Limerick (Industrial Chemistry), 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:

O'Connor, A. M. (2007, July). Analysis of Nerve Agent Degradation Products by UPLC/MS/MS. The Florida Pesticide Residue Workshop. St. Pete Beach, Florida.

O'Connor, A. (2007, August). Analysis of Perfluorinated Compounds by UPLC/MS/MS: Contamination Reduction Strategies. The National Environmental Monitoring Conference (NEMC). Cambridge, Massachusetts.

O'Connor, A. M. (2006, August). Enhancement of EPA Method 535: Resolving Alachlor and Acetochlor ESA Metabolites. The National Environmental Monitoring Conference. Arlington, Massachusetts.

O'Connor, A. M. (2011, July). A Green Chemistry Curriculum for Science Club for Girls. ChemEd 2011. Kalamazoo, Michigan.

O'Connor, A. M. (2007, February-March). Sample Screening Using LC/MS and LC/MS/MS Libraries. The Pittsburg Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy. Chicago, Illinois.

O'Connor, A. M. (2010, August). Service Learning in Chemistry for Non Majors. Biennial Conference on Chemical Education 2010. University of North Texas, Denton, Texas.

Representative Publications:

Hegarty, M. S. et al. (1998). 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).

Hegarty, M. S. et al. (1998). Syngas Production from Natural Gas using Zirconia supported Metals. Catalysis Today, 42(3), 225-232.

Keulen, A. J. van et al. (2000). 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). 

Mirodatos, C. et al. (2006). Transient Studies of Carbon Dioxide Reforming Methane over Pt/ZrO2 and Pt/Al2O3 CatalystsCatalysis Today, 115(1), 191-198.

Meunier, F. C. et al. (1998). An in-situ DRIFTS study of the mechanism of the CO2 reforming of CH4 over a Pt/ZrO2 catalystStudies in Surface Science and Catalysis, 119, 819-824.

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