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Mary Kate Donais, Ph.D.

9/95 - 12/96 - National Institute of Standards and Technology, NRC Postdoctoral Associate.
1996 - Ph.D. University of Massachusetts. Analytical Chemistry.
1994 - M.S. University of Massachusetts. Analytical Chemistry.
1991 - B.S. Bucknell University. Chemistry.

I teach several courses, ranging from General Chemistry to Forensic Chemistry to Instrumental Analysis. My speciality areas of teaching focus in analytical chemistry and instrumentation.


My research interests are applications of instrumentation for analytical measurements. This broad area of study has provided me with the opportunity to work on a diverse range of samples from beer to turtles. My recent research efforts have involved analytical measurements on archaeological samples such as ancient bronze coins, lead pipes, fresco, floors, glass tesserae and mortar. Some of this work is conducted in the laboratories at Saint Anselm College while a large amount is conducted using portable instrumentation at archaeological excavation sites in Italy.

Student Involvement

My research students have the opportunity to present their research at local, national, and international conferences and often are co-authors on research publications. Outside of the Chemistry Department, I am an advisor to the Alpha Zeta Sigma Chapter of Alpha Phi Omega, a national co-ed service organization. My involvement with APO provides myself and my family with the opportunity to give back to the campus and community through various service projects.


Society for Applied Spectroscopy Fellow - 2014
Research featured on several journal covers - Applied Spectroscopy, Analytical Methods, Spectroscopy

Contact Information

Prof. Mary Kate Donais

Mary Kate Donais
Department of Chemistry
Saint Anselm College
100 Saint Anselm Drive
Manchester, NH 03102

(603) 641-7218

2112 Goulet Science Center

Research laboratory:
1113 Goulet Science Center

Analytical Teaching Laboratory:
1111 Goulet Science Center

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