Bruce M. Mattson, Ph.D.

Address, Phone, e-mail:       
Department of Chemistry
Creighton University
Omaha, Nebraska 68178

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•    1997 - 2000: University of Nebraska at Omaha, Russian language studies, completed six semesters of study.  

•    1979 - 1980: University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta Canada: Post-doctoral appointment.  Research in synthetic organometallic chemistry. Research Director: Dr. W. A. G. Graham

•    1973 - 1977: University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota: Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry, 1977. Research in synthetic inorganic coordination chemistry. Thesis Title: The Oxidation, Reduction, and Photochemistry of Ruthenium Dithiocarbamato Complexes; Research Adviser: Dr. L. H. Pignolet

•    1969 - 1973: Southwest State University, Marshall, Minnesota: B. A. in Chemistry, 1973.

•    American Chemical Society, 1974 - Present.

•    American Chemical Society Division of Chemical Education, 1986 - Present.

•    Sigma Xi, 1987 - Present

•    Area Chemistry Teachers, 1983 – 1997 (disbanded)

•    Council on Undergraduate Research

Work Experience:  
•    Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska:
•    1994 - Present: Professor of Chemistry

•    1985 - 1994: Associate Professor of Chemistry

•    1980 - 1985 and 1977 - 1979: Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Honors and Awards:
•    2002 Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers

•    2001 Omricon Kappa Delta

•    1998 Recipient Deans Award for Excellence in Teaching

•    1998 Co-recipient of the William F. Kelley, S.J. Achievement Award, Outstanding Service Achievement for our department's field day activities.

•    1997 Co-recipient of the William F. Kelley, S.J. Achievement Award, Outstanding Service Achievement for our “Melodious Musichemical Manifestation” program

•    Western Connecticut Section of the American Chemical Society, Visiting Scientist Award, 1995.

•    Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award, 1993, Southwest State University, Marshall, MN.

Administration experience:
•    Chair, Department of Chemistry, Creighton University, 1993 - 1999.  Our department had fourteen faculty members, three staff members and a sizeable budget.  We graduated over thirty students per year, most of whom receive the professional degree as certified by the American Chemical Society.  

Research (past five years: 1998 - Present):
Current Research Interests:
I am currently interested in developing methods for generation gases on the micromole level using microscale techniques.  I am also working to develop suitable experiments to be performed with the gases generated.  It was previously unfeasible to generate several of these gases in the classroom or student laboratory.  The results of this work have been published in a series of twenty-seven articles in Chem13 News.  All together over 150 experiments have been devised for 17 gases including CO2, H2, O2, N2, NH3, NOx, C2H2, H2S, SO2, Cl2, HCl, CO, C2H4, SiH4, CH4, and N2O, all described at our web site:


Research Supervision
Directed undergraduate research for numerous undergraduate students in the last five years, 18 of whom were coauthors on publications.

•    Courses taught (within the past 5 years, 2004 in blue)
•    Chm 203 and 205, General Chemistry, every year.

•    Chm 501-Lab, Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory, every year

•    Chm 451 (formerly Chm 501), Inorganic Chemistry

•    Organometallic Chemistry, Chm 502

•    Chm 546 Use of Chemical Demonstrations in the Teaching of Chemistry, a course for teachers taught each of the last three summers.

•    Chm 555 Microscale Gas Chemistry, new course for teachers offered for the first time, Summer 2002
•    Frs 111, Freshman Seminar

•    Author/Co-author of three books:
•    Microscale Gas Chemistry, Mattson, B. M., published by Educational Innovations, 2003.

•    The Chemistry of Gases, A Microscale Approach, Mattson, B. M., Anderson, M. P., Schwennsen, Cece, published by Flinn Scientific, 1999.

•    Classroom Demonstration Aids That You Can Build!, Mattson, B. M., Kubovy, M. A., Hepburn, J., Lannan, J., published by Flinn Scientific, 1997.

•    New Course Development:
•    Consumer Chemistry, Chm 201

•    Microscale Gas Chemistry, Chm 555

•    Organometallic Chemistry, Chm 502

•    Advanced Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory

•    Use of Chemical Demonstrations in the Teaching of Chemistry I, Chm 546

•    Use of Chemical Demonstrations in the Teaching of Chemistry II, Chm 547

•    Recipient of Faculty Development Awards, College of Arts and Sciences, including a $5450 grant in 2002 from the Summer Sessions Faculty Development Innovation Fund; project titled “Microscale Gas Chemistry”

•    NASA Nebraska Space Grant & EPSCoR FUND, Education Outreach Program; $1000; Bruce Mattson, Michael Anderson, Susan Mattson

•    American Chemical Society Committee work: General Chemistry Examination Committee, 1980-1988.

College and University Committees and Service:
•    College Rank & Tenure Committee, two terms; currently serving as chair of the committee.

•    Faculty Development Committee, chair; 2003 - 2004

•    New Science Building Steering Committee (2000 – 2004)

•    Chemistry Department webmaster, 2001 - Present

•    Cardoner Project Investigating/Discussing Scholarship as a Calling, 2004 – 2005 (this work will result in a $1000 research grant for my use.)

•    Faculty Senate (formerly Executive Council) of Creighton College

•    Academic Policy Committee (formerly Academic Policy, Discipline and Appeals Committee)

•    Faculty Grievance Committee

•    Academic Council

•    Fringe Benefits Committee

•    Pre-Health Advising Committee

Private Consulting:
•    Cetac Inc., Chemistry consultant in the area of chromatographic separation of metals by oxidation states with analysis by inductively coupled plasma (ICP), 1992 - 1994.

•    US Army Corps Engineers, Missouri River Division, Environmental Division, Chemical Review Section: Hazardous and Toxic Waste Site Cleanup Project Plans, 1984 - 1991.