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Dr. Edward P. Zovinka

  • Edward P. Zovinka

    Position: Professor, Inorganic Chemistry

    Department: Chemistry, Biochemistry

    Office: Science Center 209

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    About Dr. Edward P. Zovinka

    Office Hours: Monday: 10:00-11:00 Wednesday; 10:00-11:00 Friday: 10:00-11:00; Also when office door is open. Meeting times can also be arranged through email or voicemail.


    • B.S., Roanoke College
    • Ph.D., University of California at Davis
    • Postdoc., North Carolina State University


    • Research & Teaching
    • Publications
    • Professional Membership & Service
    Research & Teaching

    Research Interests

    • Acid Mine Drainage (AMD) remediation with focus on aluminum removal
    • Atomic Force Force Microscopy of calcite surfaces
    • Green Chemistry in Inorganic Chemistry


    • Chemistry and the Community, CHEM 105
    • Chemical Principles II, CHEM 122
    • Inorganic Chemistry, CHEM 324
    • Introduction to Spectroscopy, CHEM 401


    Recent Publications (* denotes undergraduate author at SFU)

    Popular Books:

    Zovinka, Edward P. Real Chemistry Experiments: 40 Exciting STEAM Activities for Kids. Rockridge Press, 2019 (ISBN 978-1-64152-684-5), available on Amazon.

    “Air Force” Experiment featured on Science with Shields,  

    https://www.wearecentralpa.com/wtaj-plus/science-with-shields/science-with-shields-episode-27-air-pressure/” April 2020

     “Totally Iron” Experiment featured on Science with Shields, https://www.wearecentralpa.com/wtaj-plus/science-with-shields-episode-46-iron-cereal/ August 2020.

    Clark, Rose A. and Zovinka, Edward P. A Kid’s Guide to the Periodic Table. Everything you need to Know about the Elements. Rockridge Press, 2020 (ISBN 978-1-64611-689-8), available on Amazon.

    Research & Education Journal Publications:

    35. Bandstra, Joel Z., Spellman, Charles J.; Krug, James P.*;  Krupa, Rebekah C.*;  Mosier, Dallas R.*;  Weyant, Caleb J.*; Schulte, Jessica; Youmbi, P.*;  Strosnider, William H.J.; Zovinka, Edward P. “Mass Transport Limitations on the Rate of Aluminum Removal in Open Limestone Channels for Treatment of Aluminum Dominated Mine Drainage, in prep.

    34.  Zoe M. Wright, Avanti M. Pandit, Michelle Karpinsky*, Brian D. Holt, Stefanie A. Sydlik, Edward P. Zovinka Modified Bone Cement Supports Bioactive Functional Graphenic Material Fillers without Loss of Mechanical Integrity, submitted to Advanced Healthcare Materials, 7/3/20.

    33.  Michelle M. Karpinsky*, Anne M. Arnold, Jaejung Lee, Genell Jasper*, Michael R. Bockstaller, Stefanie A. Sydlik, Edward P. Zovinka Acid Mine Drainage Remediation: Aluminum Chelation Using Functional Graphenic Materials, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 2020, 12, 29, 32642-32648 (Energy, Environmental, and Catalysis Applications) DOI: 10.1021/acsami.0c06958

    32. MacLeod, K. C.; DiMucci, I; Zovinka, E.P.; McWilliams, S. F.;  Mercado, B.Q.; Lancaster, K.M.; Holland, P.L.; Masked Radicals: Iron Complexes of Trityl, Benzophenone, and Phenylacetylene Organometallics, 2019, 38, 21, 4224-4232. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.organomet.9b00534

    Reports the 1st iron organometallic complex with an elongated Fe–C bond, which is easily broken by neutral π-acceptor ligands to generate the triphenylmethyl radical. The formally FeI complexes are more consistent with an FeII center in which doubly occupied frontier molecular orbitals are shared by the iron and π-acceptor ligands, with the unpaired electrons residing on the metal. (Part of Sean McWilliams 2020 Inorganic Young Investigator Award)

    31.  Clark, R.A.; Schorr, H.*; Zovinka, E.P. “Fundraising to Keep the SFU Chemistry Club Active and Engaged” in ACS Books Symposium Series "Building and Maintaining Award-Winning ACS Student Members”, Mio, M.J. and Benvenuto, M.(eds.) Vol 3. ACS Symposium Series “Building and Maintaining Award-Winning ACS Student Member Chapters Volume 3 Dec 14, 2018 10.1021/bk-2018-1278 ACS Symposium Series, Vol. 1278, Chapter 8, pp 97–105

    30. Clark, R.A.; Fry, C.M.*, Mosier, D.R.*, Zovinka, E.P. “Using Community Service Activities to Invigorate the SFU Chemistry Club” in ACS Books Symposium Series "Building and Maintaining Award-Winning ACS Student Member Chapters”, Mio, M.J. and Benvenuto, M.(eds.)October 5, 2016 DOI 10.1021/bk-2016-1230.ch009. ACS Symposium Series, Vol. 1230, Chapter 9, pp 95–108 

    29.  Fry, C.M*; Mosier, D.R.*; Zovinka, E.P. Saint Francis University Chemistry Club: Learning to be Green The Nexus, (http://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/greenchemistry/the-nexus-newsletter-blog.html) October 22, 2015

    28. Clark, R.A.; Stock, A.E.*; Zovinka, E.P. "Metalloporphyrins as Oxidation Catalysts of Organic Substrates accepted for Comprehensive Organic Chemistry Experiments for the Laboratory Classroom (COCELC); Afonso, C., Ed.; Royal Society of Chemistry: Cambridge, March 2015.

    27. Spellman Jr., C*; Carvajal, S.*;  Weyant, C.J.*; Krug, J.P.*; Krupa, R.C.*; Wolfe, D.*;  Li, Y.;  Zovinka, E.P.; Rose, A.;  Strosnider, W. Research, Teaching and Service with Open Limestone Channels and Undergraduates in the Allegheny Highlands Reclamation Matters, Spring 2015, 28-31.

    26. Arnold, A.M.*; Kwak,D.J.*;  Löfgren, L.E.*;. Walters, B.M.*; Wilt, A.L.*; Woldemeskel, S.A.*; Zovinka, E.P. Microwaving Metals:  Inserting Metals into Porphyrin Ligands using Microwave Methods The Chemical Educator, 2014, 19, 296-298.

    25. Horner* A. R., Clark; R.A. , LoRusso; S. M., and Zovinka E. P. "Measuring Potassium in Muscle Tissue Utilizing an Atomic Absorption Spectrometer Validation of an Adaptation for a Whole-body Potassium Counting Method" American Journal of Undergraduate Research, December 2012 (vol. 11, no. 3&4), pp.1-8.

    24. Rosmus, T.*; Minor, J.*, Zovinka, E.P. “Science R.O.C.K.s at Saint Francis University and Soon will ROLL, InChemistry Apr/May 2012 pp. 19-23

    23. Clark, R.A.; Stock, A.E.*; Zovinka, E.P. “Metalloporphyrins as Oxidation Catalysts: Moving Toward“Greener” Chemistry in the Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory” J. Chem. Educ., 2012, 89 (2), 271–275.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/ed100609f

    22. Stock, A.; Zovinka, E.P. “Microwaves: Green Machines for Green Chemistry?” J. Chem. Educ. 2010, 87(4), 350-352

    Professional Membership & Service


    • American Chemical Society
      • Councilor, Pittsburgh Section (2018-2021)
    • Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh (SSP)
      • Secretary, 2019-2020
    • Executive Committee of the CSB2 STEM Ecosystem
    • Board of Directors, A Quaint Corner Children’s Museum & Discovery Center, Altoona PA

    Community Service

    • Director, Rural Outreach Chemistry for Kids (R.O.C.K.)
    • Faculty Advisor, SFU Chemistry Club
    • Faculty Advisor, SFU Alpha Phi Delta Fraternity
    • Faculty Athletic Mentor, SFU Women's Golf Team