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Patricia J. Kreke, Ph.D.

Patricia Kreke, Ph.D.

Professor of Chemistry and Director of Health Professions Advising

Department of Science

Coad Science Building
Room 306

301-447-5566
  • University of Tennessee, Knoxville and Oak Ridge National Lab:
  • Post-Doctoral Research Associate (January, 1994 - June, 1995)
  • University of Tennessee, Knoxville: Ph.D. Organic Chemistry; 1993
  • Transylvania University: BA in Chemistry, Spring, 1988

Areas of Expertise

Organic chemistry, surfactant chemistry.

Courses Taught

Organic Chemistry I, Organic Chemistry II, Macromolecules, Advanced Organic Chemistry.

Raker, J., Murphy, K., Kreke, P., Michels, O., and Mio, Matt Preparing for Your ACS Examination in Organic Chemistry: The Official Guide ACS Publications, (January, 2020)

J. L. Reichard-Brown, P. J. Kreke, D. Swarner, and C. Weinreb Pre-Health Advising in Smaller Institutions: Comments from the NEAAHP Meeting which May Lead to Further National Discourse The Advisor, 36:1, 46-47 (2016).

P. J. Kreke, S. A. Fleming, S. A. Brouet Analogies and Mnemonic Devices for Aha! Moments in the Organic Chemistry Classroom accepted to The Chemical Educator December, 2015.

B. Branan, J. Hart, P. Kreke Preparing (and Sharing) for Change: The AAMC Pre-Health Collection The Advisor, 35:2, 17-23 (2015).

P.J. Kreke, L.J. Magid, and J.C. Gee 1H and 13C NMR Studies of Mixed Counterion, Cetyltrimethylammonium Bromide/Cetyltrimethylammonium Dichlorobenzoate Surfactant Solutions: The Intercalation of Aromatic Counterions Langmuir 12, 699 (1996).

P. D. Butler, L. J. Magid, W. A. Hamilton, J. B. Hayter, B. Hammouda, and P. J. Kreke, Kinetics of Alignment and Decay in a Highly Entangled Transient Threadlike Micellar Network Studied by Small-Angle Neutron Scattering J. Phys. Chem. 100, 442 (1996).

P. D. Butler, L. J. Magid, W. A. Hamilton, P. J. Kreke and J. B. Hayter, Effects of Shear on a System of Small Rodlike Micelles. MRS Symposium Proceedings Series, volume 376 T. Neumann, B. Wuensch, Eds.; Materials Research Society: Pittsburgh, PA, 313 (1995).

P. D. Butler, L. J. Magid, W. A. Hamilton, P. J. Kreke, J. B. Hayter, and B. Hammouda, Novel Kinetics Effects in Viscoelastic Surfactant Solutions under Shear. MRS Symposium Proceedings Series, volume 376 T. Neumann, B. Wuensch, Eds.; Materials Research Society: Pittsburgh, PA, 309 (1995).

Research Interests

Investigating the synthesis and characterization of nanoparticles utilizing surfactant systems of various morphologies. Our research group has focused on the synthesis of gold nanoparticle micelles.

Adapting the Organic Chemistry laboratory curriculum to include the synthesis compounds to be utilized within the Organic Course or in other courses within the Science Dept. Current projects focus on linking three experiments into one sequence. The undergraduate organic chemistry laboratory course has utilized this procedure for several years.

Analysis of exam items for psychometric traits including item-order effects related to differentiation and difficulty.

Current Lab Members

  • Santino Servagno* (C ’22)
  • Laura Kingham (C’21)

Past Lab Members

  • Nicholas Einolf (fall, 2019-spring, 2020)
  • Charlotte Elrod (fall, 2019)
  • Tom Richardson* (fall, 2019)
  • Emily Davis (fall, 2018-spring, 2019)
  • Michael Hochstein* (fall, 2018 – spring, 2020)
  • Zachary Lawson* (summer, 2018-spring, 2020)
  • Chardane Logan (fall, 2018-present)
  • Gianna Pomykacz (fall, 2017-present)
  • Leobardo Rodriguez* (fall, 2017-fall, 2018)
  • Juliette Lacoste* (fall, 2016-spring, 2018)
  • Oneneeobari Nwogu (fall, 2016-spring, 2018)
  • Shannon Zavetz (fall, 2016–2018)
  • Matthew Koury (fall, 2015-spring, 2016)
  • Jacqueline Rowan (fall, 2015- 2017)
  • Sarah Bonson* (spring 2014-spring, 2018)
  • Kristina Caravelli (fall, 2014-spring, 2015)
  • Greg Fultz (spring, 2014)
  • Paola Kleinmann (summer,2014-2015)
  • TJ Warshel (spring, 2014)
  • Joe Lesniewski* (fall, 2013-spring, 2014)
  • Derek Saku (spring 2013-spring, 2014)
  • Dylan Soller (fall, 2013 – spring, 2015)
  • Laura Greul (fall, 2012 – spring, 2013)
  • Morgan Ostasewski (summer, 2012 – 2013)
  • Alexandra Shoup (fall, 2012-spring, 2013)
  • Megan Whelan (fall, 2012- spring, 2013)
  • Quintin Gabler (fall, 2011- spring, 2012)
  • Molly Kristiniak (spring, 2011 – spring, 2012)
  • Anthony Stecca (fall, 2011-spring 2012)
  • AnhTu Luu (summer, 2010-spring, 2012)
  • Lauren Schoukroun (summer, 2010-spring, 2011)
  • Emily Vernamonti (spring, 2009-spring, 2011)
  • Megan Appelbaum (fall, 2008 – spring, 2009)
  • Duyen Mai (summer, 2008)
  • Kelly Marciniak (fall, 2008)
  • Ryan Andrews (spring, 2007 and spring, 2008)
  • Ben Rush (spring, 2007-spring, 2009)
  • Amy Reightler (summer, 2006- spring, 2007)
  • Paula Cantuaria (spring, 2005-2008)
  • Lindsay Wood (fall, 2005-spring 2006)
  • Scott Feldman (summer, 2004 - 2006)
  • Ryan Cleary (spring, 2004 - spring, 2006)
  • Julianna Slavik (summer, 2003-spring,2005)
  • Anna Kalema (summer, 2002)
  • Chris Becker (fall, 2001; fall 2002-spring 2003)
  • Ernest Cibelli, (spring, 2001)
  • Stephen Meyers (fall 2001-spring 2003)
  • Dan Delaney (fall, 2000-spring 2001)
  • Tara Bunchalk (spring, 1999-summer, 1999)
  • Harriete Sanderson (summer, 1999-spring 2001)
  • Kellie Yourren (fall, 1999- spring, 2000)
  • Dan Gardner (summer, 1998)
  • Ewy Mathe (summer, 1998-summer, 1999)
  • Erin Malone (summer, 1997)
  • Robin Kloster (fall, 1996-spring, 1997)

*co-advisor is Danny Miles.