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Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D., Physical Chemistry, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia , May 1978

  • A.B., Chemistry, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA, June 1969

  • Academic Postdoctoral Experience

  • Assistant Research Scientist, New York University, July 1977-August 1980, New York, N.Y.

Teaching Experience

  • August 1988-Present, Associate Professor of Chemistry, Saint Anselm College, Manchester, NH

  • January 1994-May 1997, Adjunct Faculty Member, University of Massachusetts, Lowell

  • September 1986-August 1988 Associate Professor of Chemistry and Natural Sciences, University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, Johnstown, PA

  • September 1980-August 1986 Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Natural Sciences, University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, Johnstown, PA

  • September 1971-May 1977 Teaching Fellow, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

Courses Taught

  • Physical Chemistry I, II, III

  • General Chemistry I, II

  • Research and Seminar

  • Inorganic Chemistry

  • Chemistry and Society

Additional Academic Responsibilities

  • Chairman, Chemistry Department, September 1996-2000

  • Departmental Search Committees, 1990, 1992, 1993 (2), 1994, 1995, 1996 (2); 1998

  • Administration of Chemistry Comprehensive Examinations 1990-1996

  • Advising of Chemistry Majors

  • Research

    My most recent research efforts have involved the use of photoacoustic Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR-PAS) to

    1. classify and identify pollens
    2. investigate the surface chemistry of YBCO, a high temperature superconductor.

    Currently I am directing one student who is applying chemometric techniques to assess differences among the spectra of various pollens.

    As a physical chemist I am interested in studying the role that weak complex formation may play in facilitating some reactions. As a preliminary step in understanding this role students under my direction have been employing a variety of experimental and computational techniques to learn about the structures, energetics, and spectral properties of both weak complexes (held together by London forces) and stronger complexes (held together by hydrogen bonds). Two areas I have investigated in the past include:

    1. A Computational and Infrared Spectroscopic Study of Hydrogen Bonding in the Gas Phase. As early as the late 1930's workers were able to use infrared spectroscopy to measure the equilibrium constant for the dissociation of acetic acid dimers in the gas phase. By measuring how temperature affects this equilibrium constant it is possible to estimate the enthalpy change for the reaction (van't Hoff's equation) and relate that quantity to the energy of the hydrogen bonds holding the dimer together. One student repeated that early work using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. In addition he used a computational program (Spartan) to study the structures and energies for various geometric arrangements the dimer might assume.
    2. Amine Haloalkane Donor Acceptor Complexes. It is known that amines form weak complexes with alkyl halides. It has been suggested that these complexes take part in the photochemical and thermal reactions that mixtures of amines and alkyl halides undergo. Absorption spectroscopy, gas chromatography, and other techniques have been used to determine the equilibrium constants for complex formation, but in many cases with large uncertainties. I would like to apply additional techniques to investigate these equilibria and FTIR spectroscopy to study how these species interact with surfaces.
  • Scholarship

    Journal Articles

    • "Low-Cost Raman Spectroscopy using a Violet Diode Laser", P.J. Bisson, G. Parodi, D. Rigos, J.E. Whitten, The Chemical Educator, submitted

    • "A Comparison of FT-IR and FT-IR/PBD Spectra of Powders," P.G. Varlashkin, M.J.D. Low, G.A. Parodi, and C. Morterra, Applied Spectroscopy, 40, 636-641, (1986).

    • "Dispersive Photoacoustic Spectroscopy of Solids in the Infrared Range," M.J.D. Low and G.A. Parodi, J. Photoacoust., 1, 131-144, (1982).

    • "A Detection System for Photoacoustic Spectroscopy," M.J.D. Low, G.A. Parodi, and M. Lacroix, Chem., Biomed., and Environ. Instrumentation, 11 , 265-271, (1981).

    • "Reactions of Amines with Haloalkanes. 5. Dissolution of Copper Activated by Sulfur in n-Butylamine-Carbon Tetrachloride Solutions," G.A. Parodi and J.G. Miller, J.Phys. Chem. , 84 , 2968-72, (1980).

    • "Infrared Photoacoustic Spectroscopy of Surfaces," M.J.D. Low and G.A. Parodi, J. Mol. Struct., 61 , 119-124, (1980).

    • "Infrared Photoacoustic Spectra of Solids and Surface Species," M.J.D. Low and G. A. Parodi, Applied Spectroscopy, 34 , 76-80, (1980).

    • "Infrared Photoacoustic Spectra of Solids ," M.J.D. Low and G.A. Parodi, Spectrosc. Lett., 13 , 151-158, (1980).

    • "An Infrared Photoacoustic Spectrometer," M.J.D. Low and G.A. Parodi, Infrared Physics, 20 , 333-340, (1980).

    • "The Use of Carbon as a Reference in Photoacoustic Spectroscopy," M.J.D. Low and G.A. Parodi, Spectrosc. Lett., 13 , 663-669, (1980).

    • "Infrared Photoacoustic Spectra of Surface Species in the 4000-2000 cm-1 Region Using a Broad Band Source," M.J.D. Low and G.A. Parodi, Spectrosc. Lett., 11 , 581-588, (1978).

    Other Publications

    • "Covalent Solids," George A. Parodi, Magill's Survey of Science, Physical Science Series, 3, 597- 604, (1992).

    • "Ionic Solids," George A. Parodi, Magill's Survey of Science, Physical Sciences Series, 4, 1190-1196, (1992).

    • "Metals," George A. Parodi, Magill's Survey of Science, Physical Science Series, 4, 1380-1386, (1992 ).

    Presentations, Collaborations, Supervised Articles

    • "Synthesis and Photochemical Reactivity of Isopseudopsoralens," Loredana Soceneantu (Tetsuo Otsuki and George Parodi). Presented by Loredana Soceneantu at the Fifth National Undergraduate Research Conference, Pasadena, California, March 1991.

    • "Complexes of Alkylamines with Carbon Tetrachloride," G.A. Parodi. Presented as a poster at the Fourth Annual Symposium of the North Carolina Section of the American Chemical Society, Challenges in Computational Chemistry, September, 14, 1990.

    While at Saint Anselm College

    • Summer Research Grant, "Surface Modifications of High Temperature Superconductors.", Summer 2003.

    • Sabbatical awarded by Saint Anselm College, Fall Semester 1997;

    • "Improving Upper-Level Laboratory Instruction at Saint Anselm College," $18,000 funded by the Special Grants Program of the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation and Saint Anselm College, 1992;

    While at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown

    • "Further Studies of the Quantitative Aspects of Photoacoustic Spectroscopy," Natural Sciences Division, University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, $835, October 1987;

    • College Grant to Aid Education in Spectroscopy, Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh, $2021, January 1984;

    • "Quantitative Aspects of Photoacoustic Spectroscopy," University of Pittsburgh, $2,000, June 1982;

    • "Construction and Operation of an Infrared Photoacoustic Spectrometer," University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, $2000, June 1982;

  • Professional Development

    Courses, Seminars, and Workshops

    • NSF Workshop, Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning in the Classroom and Laboratory, September 20, 2003.

    • American Chemical Society Short Course, "Chemometric Techniques for Quantitative Analysis," August 14, 1998;

    • NSF Minicourse, "Applications of Lasers to Chemistry," June 14-22, 1997;

    • NSF Workshop, "LIMSport Computer Data Acquisition," July 21-27, 1996;

    • New England Association of Chemistry Teachers Conference, "Industrial Inorganic Chemistry," October 6, 1990;

    • Gordon Research Conference, "Electron Donor-Acceptor Interactions: Long Range Electron Transfer," August 20-24, 1990;

    • Quantum Chemistry Program Exchange Short Course, Computational Chemistry, 1 Week, July 1989;

    • New England Association of Chemistry Teachers Conference, "Perceptions of Chemistry," March 4, 1989;

    • Hewlett Packard Seminar, "Hyphenated Techniques: GC-IR and GC-MS," 1 Day, September 1988;

    • Annual Meeting of the Pennsylvania Association of College Chemistry Teachers, 1 Day, Summer 1986;

    • Annual Meeting of the Pennsylvania Association of College Chemistry Teachers, 1 Day, Summer 1984: