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As an analytically trained inorganic chemist my heart lies in the synthesis and characterization of inorganic compounds. At Hunter my role is primarily as an undergraduate educator, and in that capacity I explore both the fields of Chemical Education pedagogy as well as the role of undergraduate students in authentic research projects.

My own love of research stems from work that I began doing as a graduate student: Technetium-99 radioactive waste remediation using polyoxometalates as mimics for metal oxide storage matrices.

While I spend the majority of my time thinking about student learning and teaching chemistry courses, I am very interested in the immersion of undergraduate students in authentic research projects. In this capacity I run a small research group comprised solely of undergraduate students.  Browse the Research Projects tab for more information on Undergraduate Research Projects.

This year we are continuing our work on the synthesis and characterization of rhenium tri-peptides. Our goal is to develop an understanding of the way rhenium binds to simple D-amino acid tripeptides to help advance the development of radiotherapuetic drugs for the treatment of cancer.

This website is a work in progress and will change routinely - I hope you enjoy browsing the contents.     

                                                                                  ~Donna

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Click here for more informationSmell_Me_11_12/Smell_Me_11_12.html

NYC Artist Martynka Wawrzyniak’s "Smell Me" is now opening at Torch Gallery in Amsterdam. The Show will run from May 24th until June 28th 2014.


The exhibit was originally on show at envoy enterprises in NYC from October 20 until November 18, 2012. The 2011 research team worked with Martynka for 18 months to extract and isolate the essence of her body. This team of students were instrumental in helping this artist realize her dream of an exhibit dedicated

to an Olfactory Self Portrait.

CONGRATULATIONS to the 2011 Research Team:

One of my favorite Quotes about science:


“Many people say that it is the intellect which makes a scientist. They are wrong: it is character”



                                    -- Albert Einstein