Dr. Nick Kuklinski grew up in Charlotte, N.C. where, with some pushing from an aggressive biology teacher, he was set on a path of science and teaching. What ensued were some rather disastrous experiments with a blood-glucose meter and some worms for a science fair followed by a summer internship with the Chemistry Department at Davidson University.

Dr. Kuklinski earned his bachelor of science degrees in chemistry and statistics from North Carolina State University in 2003. During his freshman summer orientation, Dr. Kuklinski’s father saw an advertisement for the university’s student peer-tutoring program and made sure his son joined before they left for home. It was a natural fit, and Dr. Kuklinski loved every minute of it, working closely with both peer tutoring and the university’s Supplemental Instruction program until he graduated. As a junior and senior, Dr. Kuklinski worked in the lab of Dr. Morteza Khaledi, which helped him solidify his desire to become an analytical chemist.

Upon graduation from North Carolina State, Dr. Kuklinski attended graduate school at Pennsylvania State University in Dr. Andrew Ewing’s lab. In 2007, he followed his research advisor to the University of Gothenburg to help setup a second lab for the group. There, he spent the remainder of his graduate career as a visiting scientist, absorbing the wonderful culture and finishing his Ph.D in analytical chemistry from Penn State in 2010. In 2011, he moved to San Antonio for his postdoc in the lab of Dr. Michelle Bushey at Trinity University, both teaching and conducting research with undergraduate students until he joined Furman's faculty in 2012.​

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CHM-075

Seminar in Chemistry

Seminars presented based on current literature. Presentations include articles detailing the application of chemical principles and techniques to the natural environment. Surveys of assigned journals are presented individually; more detailed presentations are made by small groups working as teams. Topics include: coverage of recent important developments, global awareness of the application of chemistry to the natural world, experience in making scientific presentations, and encouragement of good literature reading habits.

CHM-115

Kntcs, Thrmodynmcs, & Environ

Kinetic and thermodynamic principles of chemical reactions including the laws of thermodynamicss, acid-base chemistry, solubility, electrochemistry and colligative properties applied in an environmental context. Nuclear chemistry including radioactive decay, nuclear power, and the energetics of nuclear reactions.

CHM-251

Advanced Research Methods

An exploration of the techniques and protocols of modern laboratory research, including chemical safety, information fluency, and advanced instrumentation methods. Additional topics include scientific ethics, data analysis, and individualized instruction on project specific techniques.

CHM-330

Analytical Chemistry

Advanced analytical measurements, data analysis and instrumental methods including titrimetry, atomic and molecular spectroscopy and electro-chemistry. Advanced chemical separations including extraction, gas and liquid chromatography and electrophoresis. Laboratory emphasizes intensive hands-on experience with state of the art equipment including voltammographs, ICP, capillary GC-MS, HPLC, HPCE, UV/Vis and emission spectroscopy.

As an analytical chemist, Dr. Kuklinski uses instrumentation to compare behavior with the neurochemistry of non-mammalian model systems such as sea anemones, flour beetles, zebra fish, and fruit flies. Neuromodulators such as biogenic amines and estrogen play crucial roles in many neurological functions, yet most research focuses on understanding their role in mammals, particularly mice and rats. Non-mammalian model systems offer smaller sizes with simpler genomes compared to mammals while using many of the same chemical species and pathways.

Dr. Kuklinski and his students are working to further develop new sample-handling methods to study these biological systems using high pressure liquid chromatography with electrochemical, UV-Vis, and mass spectrometric detection. Using these techniques, measured molecular levels are then compared under various behavioral changes to investigate the chemical mechanisms have on reproduction and learning.

Education
Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University
B.S., North Carolina State University

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