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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

    • Synthetic models of Hydroxylamine Oxidoreductase from Nitrosomonas europea
    • Green Chemistry in Inorganic Chemistry
    • Effect of Service Learning on Student Learning


    • Chemical Principles I and II
    • Human Chemistry I and II
    • Inorganic Chemistry
    • Other courses:  Introduction to Spectroscopy

    Recent Publications (* denotes undergraduate author at SFU)

    35. Zovinka, E.P.; McWilliams, S. F.;  MacLeod, K. C.; Mercado, B.Q.; DiMucci, I; Lancaster, K.M.; Holland, P.L.; Organometallics, in preparation

    34.  Clark, R.A.*; Radford, S. A.; Zovinka, E.P. Understanding the Importance of Calibration and Statistical Analysis in the Laboratory in preparation for The Chemical Educator

    33. 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, Journal of Environmental Quality in preparation.

    32.  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.

    31. 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

    30.  Fry, C.M*; Mosier, D.R.*; Zovinka, E.P. Saint Francis University Chemistry Club: Learning to be Green The Nexus, ( October 22, 2015

    29. 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.

    28. 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.

    27. 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.

    26. 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.

    25. 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

    24. 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.

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

    22. Felix, A.; Zovinka, E.P. “One STEP: Enhancing Student Retention Through Early Introduction of Research for STEM Majors”, CUR Quarterly, Fall 2008, 29(1), 42-47.

    21. Zovinka, Edward P. "ROCK Program rolls into schools." The Tribune-Democrat 27 January 2008: E9.

    20. Conrad, D.*; DeCoskey, J.*; Mock, S.*; Petrovic, J.*, Noll, B.C.; Zovinka, E.P. “Zinc Tetra(2,6-dimethoxy phenyl)porphyrin”, Acta Cryst (2007). E63, m3058.

    19. Conrad, D.*; DeCoskey, J.*; Yeisley, C.*; Zeller, M.; Hunter, A.D.; Zovinka, E.P. “Nickel Tetra(2,6-dimethoxyphenyl)porphyrin” Acta Cryst (2007). E63, m2824.

    Professional Membership & Service


    • American Chemical Society
    • Project Kaleidoscope
    • Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh

    Community Service

    • Director, Rural Outreach Chemistry for Kids
    • Member, Hollidaysburg Area School District Parent Leadership Council
    • Committee Chairman, Boy Scout Troop 3032, Hollidaysburg, PA
    • Faculty Advisor, Chemistry Club
    • Faculty Advisor, Alpha Phi Delta Fraternity
    • Faculty Athletic Mentor, Women's Golf Team