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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)

    Clark, Rose A. & Zovinka, Edward P. Everything You Need to Know about the Elements – A Kid’s Guide to the Periodic Table. Rockridge Press under contract


    Research Publications:

    33. Michelle M. Karpinsky*, Anne M. Arnold, Genell Jasper*, Jaejung, Aidan Porter,
    Bockstaller, Stefanie A. Sydlik, Edward P. Zovinka Acid Mine Drainage Remediation:
    Aluminum Chelation Using Functional Graphenic Materials, in prep.

    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.

    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,  submitted, 12/15/17, revisions submitted 5/18.

    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 Members”, Mio, M.J. and Benvenuto, M.(eds.) published 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, ( 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.

    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