Christopher Pettit

Nationality: United States Citizen

April 2013

Contact Information:

Emporia State University
1200 Commercial St
Campus Box 4030
Emporia, KS 66801
620-341-5929

cpettit@emporia.edu

Education
5/99-12/05 PhD in Physics December 2005
General research area: Experimental condensed matter physics, interfaces, electronic materials characterization
Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY

1/97-5/99 MS in Physics conferred May 1999
Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY

9/92-5/96 BS in Physics with Chemistry Minor, conferred May 1996
SUNY-Oneonta, Oneonta, NY

Professional Development

  • 6/12 - Participated in DIY Modeling Conference – Specifically for NSF funded DIY Modeling Project in Houston, TX.
  • 7/11 - Participated in DIY Modeling Conference – Specifically for NSF funded DIY Modeling Project in Houston, TX.
  • 11/10 - Prticipated in the New Faculty Workshop Reunion, College Park, MD.
  • 6/10 - Participated in DIY Modeling Conference – Specifically for NSF funded DIY Modeling Project in Cocoa Beach, Fl.
  • 6/09 - Participated in DIY Modeling Conference – Specifically for NSF funded DIY Modeling Project in West Point, NY.
  • 11/07 - Participated in the New Faculty Workshop, College Park, MD.

Research Experience

PhD and MS Degree
Thesis title: Electrochemical Impedance and Surface Plasmon Resonance Studies of Reactions at Solid-liquid Interfaces
Advisor: Dr. Dipankar Roy, Dept. of Physics and Center for Advanced Materials Processing, Clarkson University

Thesis work includes selected topics of:

  • Characterization of chemically assembled nanomaterials
  • Utilization of Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy for time-resolved studies of interfacial reactions
  • Electrochemical Mechanical Planarization and Chemical Mechanical Planarization of electronic materials
  • Electrochemical Surface Plasmon Resonance Sensors

BS
Compilation of experimental results from various sources for NASA database. Digitized data into computer and prepared a summary of research techniques and researcher information.
Project Director: Dr. Kamala Mahanta, SUNY-Oneonta

Teaching Experience

  • 7/12 - present
    • Associate Professor of physics Emporia State University, Emporia, K
  • 8/06 - 6/12
    • Assistant Professor of physics Emporia State University, Emporia, KS
  • 1/06 -5/06
    • Visiting Assistant Professor for undergraduate class physics for life sciences Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY.
      • Managed graduate TA for the course
      • In charge of lectures and course management
  • 9/04-12/05
    • Instructor for undergraduate class physics for life sciences Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY.
      • Managed undergraduate TA's for the course
      • In charge of lectures and course management
  • 9/98-5/04
    • Teaching assistant for undergraduate physics labs and recitations Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY.
  • 9/01-8/06

Teamwork and Management Experience

  • Teamwork experience from working with other graduate and undergraduate students to generate experimental results and analyze data as well as building new experimental setups
  • Maintained and organized inventory and purchase records for all laboratory supplies and equipment for research lab (7/01 - present)

Technical Skills

  • Instrumentation and data acquisition methods for a variety of materials/interfaces characterization techniques, including voltammetry, impedance spectroscopy, optical second harmonic generation and surface plasmon resonance
  • Designed and built electrochemical and spectroelectrochemical cells and cell mounting apparatus for various applications

Computer Skills

  • Maintained computer hardware and software for physics department teaching laboratories
  • Proficient in Labview, Axum, Corel Draw, Windows 7, Windows XP and 98, Excel, Word and PowerPoint
  • Familiar with C, C++ and Matlab

Awards and Affiliations