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Dr. Dan Downey  

Dr. Daniel M. Downey
Analytical, Nuclear, and Environmental  Chemistry
Professor of Chemistry
office:  Physics/Chemistry 0116
voice:  540-568-6635
fax:  540-568-7938

Research Interests: Dr. Downey’s research is primarily in the area of environmental analytical chemistry. He is also interested in the analytical use of radioactive materials and in chemical separations. For more than ten years, he and his students have worked on acid deposition (acid rain) projects. The most important projects have involved mitigating acidity in streams and lakes to protect and enhance fisheries and other aquatic life. An example of this type work may be found in the recent project of liming the streams in the St. Mary’s Wilderness in Augusta County, Virginia . Projects have also been done on the impacts of gypsy moth defoliation on stream water chemistry, the fate and analysis of herbicides and pesticides, aquatic water chemistry habitat information for amphibians and threatened and enlarged species and other environmentally oriented projects. With his students who have worked on these projects, these research studies have been described in 67 papers presented at regional and national conferences and 50 publications in various journals. Funding has been obtained from the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, the National Science Foundation and the USDA - Forest Service and other agencies. Instrumentation acquired for his work includes:

  • Inductively Coupled Plasma - Mass Spectrometer 

  • Ion Chromatography 

  • Graphite Furnace Atomic Absorption Spectrometer 

  • Flame Atomic Absorption Spectrometer 

  • High Pressure Liquid Chromatograph 

  • Gas Chromatograph 

  • Nuclear Spectrometry Laboratory 


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