Assistant Professor

Expertise: Analytical Chemistry


B.S. Rose- Hulman Institute of Technology
Ph.D. Arizona State University

Dr. Setter joined the faculty in 1999. Prior to that, he performed developmental work on lithium ion batteries for Eveready Battery. Dr. Setter teaches General and Environmental Chemistry courses, as well as the beginning and advanced Analytical Chemistry courses. Dr. Setter’s main research area is the surface chemistry of powders. The emphasis is on development of techniques to determine the surface composition of powders by examining the liquid phase in suspensions of the powders. Dr. Setter currently uses Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy, High Performance Liquid Chromatography, and Anodic Stripping Voltammetry for this work. The hope is that the surface composition can lead to an improved understanding of the characteristics critical to the powders’ performance in several areas, such as batteries and catalysis. In an unrelated project, Dr. Setter uses Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry to determine the trace element composition of samples in collaboration with Dr. Nichols’ aquatic environment studies. Dr. Setter has been very active within the local sections of the American Chemical Society, receiving awards from both the Central Arizona section and the San Diego section for his activities. Within the Cleveland section, he initiated the yearly chemical demonstration programs presented at area libraries during National Chemistry Week. The American Chemical Society recognized Dr. Setter’s 1996 and 1997 programs as being the best in the nation.