Pomeroy, Robert
The application of analytical chemistry to forensic, environmental and industrial chemistry, then bridge these experiences into the classroom. This also includes the role technology and instrumentation play in discovery and problem solving.

Contact Information
Teaching Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry
1992-1993 United States Naval Academy Asst Prof
1993 -2007 Nova Southeastern University Prof

Office: Urey Hall 2266
Phone: 858-822-5736
Email: rpomeroy@ucsd.edu
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1990 PhD, Analytical Chemistry, University of Arizona
1986 MS, Analytical Chemistry, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
1983 BA, Chemistry, University California San Diego
Awards and Academic Honors
UC San Diego Faculty Chancellors Associates Award for Community Service
Muir Environmental Fellow
UCOP Climate Action Champion
Institute of the Americas – Outstanding Service Award
Diversity Award
NOBCChE Western Regional Service Award
Outstanding Community Advisor of the Year – Center for Student Involvement
Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Sustainability - Outstanding Faculty
Research Interests
Analytical Chemistry has been defined by some as the art of determining how much of what is where and in which form. I translate to the classroom relevant chemical and instrumental analysis:

Ault, Andrew P., and Robert Pomeroy. "Quantitative investigations of biodiesel fuel using infrared spectroscopy: An instrumental analysis experiment for undergraduate chemistry students." Journal of Chemical Education 89.2 (2011): 243-247.

Limtiaco, J. K., Pomeroy, R. S., Burkart, M., & Mayfield, S. (2012). Educating and developing workers for the green economy. Biofuels, 3(2), 119-121.

Stacey Brydges, Robert Pomeroy, Matthew J Ruppel, and Kim Prather, Science in the classroom, “Do Clouds Need Passports?”, http://scienceintheclassroom.org/research-papers/do-clouds-need-passports/highschool

I have interests in the use of SNP analysis and qPCR with High Resolution Melt Analysis as a forensic tools:

Pomeroy, R., Duncan, G., Sunar-Reeder, B., Ortenberg, E., Ketchum, M., Wasiluk, H., & Reeder, D. (2009). A low-cost, high-throughput, automated single nucleotide polymorphism assay for forensic human DNA applications. Analytical biochemistry, 395(1), 61-67.

Balamurugan, K., Pomeroy, R., Duncan, G., & Tracey, M. (2010). Investigating SNPs flanking the D1S80 locus in a Tamil population from India. Human biology, 82(2), 221-226.

Pomeroy, R. S., Balamurugan, K., Wong, H., & Duncan, G. High‐resolution melt analysis of the minisatellite D1S80: A potential forensic screening tool. Electrophoresis, 35(21-22), 3020-3027. (2014)

In environmental chemical Analysis:

Guasco, Timothy L., et al. "Transition Metal Associations with Primary Biological Particles in Sea Spray Aerosol Generated in a Wave Channel." Environmental science & technology 48.2 (2013): 1324-1333.

Kim, Michelle J., Jennifer M. Michaud, Renee Williams, Byron Pedler Sherwood, Robert Pomeroy, Farooq Azam, Michael Burkart, and Timothy H. Bertram. "Bacteria‐driven production of alkyl nitrates in seawater." Geophysical Research Letters 42, no. 2 (2015): 597-604.

In Bio-based renewable polyurethanes:

Hai, Thien An Phung, Nitin Neelakantan, Marissa Tessman, Suryendra D. Sherman, Graham Griffin, Robert Pomeroy, Stephen P. Mayfield, and Michael D. Burkart. "Flexible polyurethanes, renewable fuels, and flavorings from a microalgae oil waste stream." Green Chemistry 22, no. 10 (2020): 3088-3094.

Natasha R. Gunawan, Marissa Tessman, Ariel C. Schreiman, Ryan Simkovsky, Anton

A. Samoylov, Nitin K. Neelakantan, Michael D. Burkart, Robert Pomeroy, and Stephen

P. Mayfield, “Rapid biodegradation of renewable polyurethanes, identification of microorganisms and decomposition products" Bioresource Technology Reports. (2020)
Primary Research Area
Chemical Education
Interdisciplinary interests
Atmospheric and Environmental

Outreach Activities
I am involved in outreach activities through CAICE, CalCAB, FF21, and the Institute of the Americas (IoA). In the local community I work with Robert Manroe at Castle Park High School where each year the students at CPHS present their work at the Science and Engineering Festival at PetCo Park and the Science in Your Backyard community events.
Image Gallery

Summary Slide on the Use of VOCs to track the Health of an Algae Pond.

The following is just one collection of HRM based on profiling the DNA samples with one primer set. The HRM profile was analyzed as the 1st derivative of dissociation of fluorescent signal

LCMS chromatograms of enzyme-degraded foam. From top plots correspond to diol 1, diol 2, diacid 1, and bottom plots correspond to MDA. A&B) Foam degraded with Pseudomonas sp. Cholesterol esterase for