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Emily Heider

Department of Chemistry
University of Central Florida
United States of America


Education: Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry with advisor Dr. Joel Harris in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Utah. Date of completion: December 2010 Dissertation: Fluorescence and Spectral Microscopy Analysis of Phospholipid Vesicle Structure and Contents Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Utah, May 2002. GPA: 3.69. Completed a 3-day POGIL Workshop at Westminster College, Summer 2010. Completed the American Chemical Society Summer School for Green Chemistry and Sustainable Energy at the Colorado School of Mines. Summer, 2009. Fellowship in the Writing Across the Curriculum program at the University of Central Florida. Spring, 2012. Lead, Faculty Learning Community in Chemistry for developing ways to increase the number of STEM graduates at the Florida Consortium of Universities. January 2016-October 2016.  

Research Interest

Increasingly large course enrollment, facilities limitations, and competition for resources constrain the educator’s ability to offer student experiences that enrich the undergraduate chemistry curriculum. Educators are tasked with rethinking delivery of laboratory content, hands-on learning manipulatives, access to informal learning, chemistry in the community, and service learning – while still conveying the essential chemistry concepts. Dr. Heider’s research focuses on developing high-impact, inclusive, low-cost avenues for delivering those enriching experiences and assessing their merit with respect to conventional teaching methods.


  • Heider, EC.; Peterson, EM, Barhoum, M.; Gericke, K-H.; Harris, JM. Fluorescence Detection of Single Molecule Occupancy in Individual Phospholipid Vesicles. Analytical Chemistry (2011), 83, 5128-5136.

  • Heider, EC.; Trieu, K.; Moore, A.F.T; Campiglia, AD. Portable Mercury Sensor for Tap Water Using Surface Plasmon Resonance of Gold Nanorods. Talanta (2012), Talanta (2012), 99, 180-185.

  • Wilson, WB.; Heider, EC.; Campiglia, AD, Barbosa Jr., F. Low-temperature multidimensional luminescence spectroscopy for the analysis of polycyclic aromatic compounds. Current Topics in Analytical Chemistry (2012) 9, 1-23.

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