Dr. Edward Zovinka

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Position: Professor, Inorganic Chemistry

Department: Biochemistry, Chemistry

Office: Science Center 218


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About Dr. Edward Zovinka


  • B.S., Roanoke College
  • Ph.D., University of California at Davis
  • Postdoc., North Carolina State University


Dr. Zovinka joined the faculty at Saint Francis in 1994.  His research focuses on the aluminum surface chemistry in acid mine drainage using Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) methods, Green Chemistry (mechanochemical and microwave enhanced) synthetic methods, and the use of chemistry in artwork (Paint Pouring).   Using grants from the National Science Foundation, the American Chemical Society and The Pittsburgh Conference, he has published in journals such as the Journal of the American Chemical Society, Organometallics, Applied Materials and Interfaces, & Journal of Chemical Education.   Along with  journal articles, Dr. Zovinka authored or co-authored two chemistry books, A Kids Guide to the Periodic Table and Real Chemistry Experiments.  He has a passion for science outreach and leading the Rural Outreach Chemistry for Kids (ROCK) program for 25+ years, assisting over 75,000 K-12 students have fun with science!


Courses Taught

  • Chemistry and the Community, CHEM 105
  • Chemical Principles II, CHEM 122
  • Inorganic Chemistry, CHEM 324
  • Introduction to Spectroscopy, CHEM 401