Steve Bachofer

Steve Bachofer

Overview

Professional Overview: 

Scholarly Research:

1) Porphyrins and micelles;

2) Electrochemical measurements on surfactants;

3) Utility of XRF instruments;

4) Applying Field Sampling Methods as Educational tools.

Department: 
School of Science » Chemistry
School of Science » Environmental and Earth Science
SMC Email Address: 
Contact Information: 

Office
Brousseau Hall - 304

Contact:
Phone: 4694
Fax: 376-4027
Email: bachofer@stmarys-ca.edu
Mail: P.O. Box 4527

Education

  • Ph. D. Chemistry, Brown University, 1983
  • B.S. Chemistry, University of the Pacific, 1979

Professional Experience

Teaching Experience:

  • Professor, Department of Chemistry - Saint Mary's College of California (1988 - Present)
  • Department of Physical Sciences - Rhode Island College (1987 - 1988)

Professional Experience:

Research Experience:

  • Visiting Researcher - Rutgers University (May 2010 - July 2010)

Courses Taught

Recently Taught:

  • CHEMISTRY 10: General Chemistry II
  • CHEMISTRY 110: Special Topics in Chemistry
  • CHEMISTRY 118: Instrumental Chemical Analysis
  • CHEMISTRY 119: Environmental Chemistry
  • CHEMISTRY 11: General Chemistry Lab II
  • CHEMISTRY 8: General Chemistry I
  • CHEMISTRY 9: General Chemistry Lab I
  • EES 60/61: Urban Environmental Issues

Service

Professional Organizations:

  • American Chemical Society - California Section
  • Chemical Education Committee - local section chair.
  • Coordinating Regional Undergraduate Research Symposium, (bi-annually).
  • Non-voting Member of Callifornia Section Executive Committee.

Presentations

  • Undergraduate Research and Civic Engagement,        Bachofer, Steven, Sheardy, Richard,  & Maguire, Cynthia, (talk, speech or lecture)                                                              SENCER Regional Meeting Denver, CO, (June 2016)                  
  • Educating undergraduates on lead exposure as a civic issue, Bachofer, Steven, (talk, speech or lecture), ACS National Meeting San Diego, CA   (March 2016)
  • Urban Environmental Issues Rebooted: A General Science course yields a research direction. Bachofer, Steve (talk, speech or lecture) SENCER Regional Meeting, Denton, TX
    (January, 2016)
  • SENCER-ISE Work  Bachofer, Steve and Strongman, Melissa (talk, speech or lecture) SENCER Washington DC Symposium, Washington DC (September, 2015)
  • SENCER Outreach: Fulfilling the College's Educational Goals. Bachofer, Steve (talk, speech or lecture)
    SENCER Regional Meeting, Honolulu, Hawaii  (February 28, 2015)
  • Infusing Chemistry into a General Science Education Course through an ISE partnership. Bachofer, Steve (poster)
    American Chemical Society National Meeting, Dallas, Texas
    (March 2014)
  • XRF Soil Screening Experiment to benefit the community. Bachofer, Steve (talk, speech or lecture)
    American Chemical Society National Meeting, Dallas, Texas
    (March 2014)
  • Success Incorporating Civic Engagement in STEM. Bachofer, Steve (talk, speech or lecture)
    SCI-West Regional Meeting, Moraga, CA  (November 16, 2013)
  • Giving Meaning to Dissolved Oxygen Measurements. Bachofer, Steve (poster)
    SCI-West Regional Meeting,                                               Moraga, CA   (November 16, 2013)
  • Taking the Lab Outside. Bachofer, Steve (talk, speech or lecture, primary presenter)
    92nd AAAS Pacific Division Annual Meeting,                         San Diego, CA  (June 12, 2011)
  • Wetland Restoration as a Critical Civic Engagement Issue. Bachofer, Steve (talk, speech or lecture)
    SCI-West Regional Meeting  (October 08, 2010)
  • Exploring three civic engagement issues through XRF spectroscopy. Bachofer, Steve (talk, speech or lecture)
    20th Biennial Conference on Chemical Education,         Denton, TX    (August 04, 2010)
  • SuperFund Sites can be Super Fun?. Bachofer, Steve (talk, speech or lecture)
    20th Biennial Conference on Chemical Education,         Denton, TX    (August 04, 2010)
  • Sources of Lead Exposure and Our Attempts to Minimize It. Bachofer, Steve (talk, speech or lecture)
    SENCER Summer Institute  (August 02, 2010)
  • SCI-West Research Work: Watershed Projects. Bachofer, Steve (talk, speech or lecture)
    SCI-West Regional Meeting  Burbank, CA  (February 2010)
  • Field Sampling as Civic Engagement. Bachofer, Steve and Leckrone, Kristen (talk, speech or lecture)
    SENCER Summer Institute

    Chicago, IL    (August 07, 2009)
  • Regional Planning Opportunities and Challenges. Bachofer, Steve, Krumpe, Keith, Lehman, Dennis, Odenbrett, Glenn, Mappen, Ellen and Sanford, Rob (panel or forum member)
    SENCER Summer Institute  (August 2009)
  • Our Students as Partners in SENCERizing the Curriculum. Bachofer, Steve, Goldey, Ellen and Levine, Samantha (talk, speech or lecture, invited, primary presenter)
    SENCER Summer Institute  (August 2008)
  • Lead Poisoning Prevention - A Program for Undergraduate Research and Community Outreach. Bachofer, Steve (talk, speech or lecture, primary presenter)
    SENCER Summer Institute   (August 2008)
  • Bachofer, Steve, Bower, Peter, Harris, Yvonne and Liddicoat, Joseph (talk, speech or lecture, panel or forum member)
    SENCER Summer Institute  (August 2008)
  • Urban Environmental Issues: Studying the Redevelopment of a Superfund Site. Bachofer, Steve (poster)
    Washington Symposium

    SENCER Washington DC Symposium and Poster session on Capitol Hill
    Washington D.C.    (April 2008)
  • An Environmental Chemistry Experiment: The XRF Soil Screening Lab. Bachofer, Steve (poster)
    SENCER Summer Institute, Portland ME

    Listed by institution name, St. Mary's College  (August 2007)
  • Featured Model: Superfund Site Redevelopment; The RETUrN Learning Community. Bachofer, Steve (talk, speech or lecture)
    SENCER Summer Institute, Portland, ME  (August 2007)
  • Lead Poisoning Prevention. Bachofer, Steve (talk, speech or lecture)
    SENCER Summer Institute, Portland, ME  (August 2007)
  • Expanding Students' Understanding of Civic Issues: Integrating the Sciences with Other Disciplines. Bachofer, Steve, Devanas, Monica, Katz, Edward and Krumpe, Keith (panel or forum member)
    SENCER Summer Institute, Portland, ME  (August 2007)
  • Quantifying Lead in Soils and Dust: A field portable XRF lab - Chem Ed 1727. Bachofer, Steve (talk, speech or lecture)
    ACS National Meeting, Chicago, IL
      (March 2007)
  • Engaging General Science Education Students by Studying a Superfund Site. Bachofer, Steve (talk, speech or lecture)
    ACS National Meeting, San Diego, CA  (March 2005)
  • Exploring Civic Engagement using XRF in the Laboratory. Bachofer, Steve (talk, speech or lecture)
    ACS National Meeting, San Diego, CA   (March 2005)
  • Safely Using X-rays to Benefit the Community. Bachofer, Steve (poster)
    SENCER Summer Institute, Santa Clara, CA  (August 2003)
  • Incorporation of Field Portable XRF into the Environmental Chemistry Lab. Bachofer, Steve (talk, speech or lecture)
    ACS National Meeting, New Orleans, LA   (March 2003)
  • An Environmental Chemistry Experiment Using Cyclodextrins. Bachofer, Steve (talk, speech or lecture)
    36th ACS Western Regional Meeting, San Francisco, CA
    (October 2000)
  • Anchoring the Curricular Thread on Electronic Structure, Quantum Theory and Spectroscopy: A General Chemistry Exploration of Energy and Color Experiment. Bachofer, Steve, Wesemann, J.L. and Brown, Ken (talk, speech or lecture)
    36th ACS Western Regional Meeting, San Francisco, CA
    (October 2000)
  • Effects of Ortho Substituents on the Formation of Cationic TTA+/benzoate Micelles. Bachofer, Steve, Simonis, Ursula and Stiles, P. (poster)
    214th ACS National Meeting, San Francisco, CA
    Colloid poster session 268   (March 2000)
  • Using Bioluminescent Bacteria to Teach the concepts of QSARs. Bachofer, Steve (talk, speech or lecture)
    34th ACS Western Regional Meeting, San Francisco, abstract number 116  (October 1998)
  • Incorporating Spectroscopic Analysis, Spreadsheets and Poster Presentations in General Chemistry. Bachofer, Steve, Wesemann, J.L. and Brown, Ken (talk, speech or lecture)
    34th ACS Western Regional Meeting, San Francisco, CA,  abstract number 123  (October 1998)
  • Investigations of Small and Large Molecules at Micellar Interfaces. Bachofer, Steve, Simonis, Ursula, Vernathen, Martina, Louie, Elizabeth and Harrop, Todd C. (talk, speech or lecture)
    214th American Chemical Society National Meeting, Boston, MA  (August 1998)
  • A Tandem Approach of NMR Spectroscopy and Conductivity to Probe Aggregate Colloids. Bachofer, Steve and Simonis, Ursula (talk, speech or lecture)
    14th Biennial Conference Chemical Education, Clemson University
    (August 1996)
  • Parameters Influencing the Photodegradation of Dyes. Bachofer, Steve and Burns, Laura E. (talk, speech or lecture)
    14th Biennial Conference Chemical Education, Clemson University
    (August 1996)

Publications

Active Research Projects

Surfactant Chemistry

Chemical Trapping to determine Surfactant Micelle Aggregate Morphology

NMR studies on surfactant micelles with aromatic counterions

Electrochemical measurement to probe Micelle Aggregate Structure

Chemical Kinetics of Oxidants

Porphyrin Photodynamic Therapy Agents

XRF Analyses

Honors, Awards & Grants

Grants: 
  • SENCER Summer Institute 2013 Implementation Grant - SENCER (January 01, 2014)
    Award ($ 3,000) supports dissemination of SENCER-ISE Collaboration with Lindsay Wildlife Museum
  • Sharing our Futures - SENCER-ISE (June 2013 to June 2016)
    co-PI with Melissa Strongman (Lindsay Wildlife Museum) $ 50,000 supports three year effort to collaborate.
  • SENCER Summer Institute 2012 Implementation Grant - SENCER (January 2013)
    co-PI with Vidya Chandrasekaran; Award ($3,000) supports incorporation of civic engagement in STEM curriculum
  • Screening Technologies - Thomas J. Long Foundation (June 2006)
    co-PI with Michelle Shulman $15,000 Grant supports the incorporation of two screening technologies to improve the laboratory curriculum.
  • Special Grant Program - Dreyfus Foundation (January 2004)
    Grant # SG-04-083; $ 17, 000; Project Director, Grant supports the extension of the Quantum Theory and electronic transitions curricular thread (the field portable XRF initiative).
  • SENCER grant - AAC&U (2003)
    Project team leader; $ 3,500, Project involves development of new science education curriculum with explicit civic engagement aspects.
  • Agilent Technologies University Grant - Agilent Technologies (2000)
    Steve Bachofer, PI; Ken Brown, Judd Case, Fawzia Saeed, and Jodi Wesemann, co-PIs; $ 135,801, Interdisciplinary grant supports the intermolecular force curricular initiative
  • Course Curriculum and Laboratory Improvement (DUE-CCLI 9951392) - National Science Foundation (1999)
    National Science Foundation Grant (DUE-CCLI 9951392), Jodi Wesemann, PI; Steve Bachofer and Ken Brown co-PI's; Grant supports the Quantum Theory and Electronic transitions curricular thread initiative
  • Educational Research Grant - Azur Environmental (1998)
    Co-investigator with Fawzia Saeed; $10,000, Grant supports the purchase of the Microtox 500 instrument. The bioluminescence measurements of microbes in the presence of potential toxins.
  • Research Grant - Research Corporation (1990)
    $17,900 (two-year grant) Cationic Micellar Catalyzed Peroxide Oxidations
  • Research Grant - Research Corporation (1989)
    $7,900 (one-year grant) Viscoelastic Cationic Micellar Surfactant studies.

Interests

Scholarly Interests: 

Interests

  • Peroxide Oxidation Studies: Chemical Kinetics of Organosulfide Oxidations
  • Counterion Binding in Micellar Systems utilizing numerous methods
    Methods employed to study of cationic micelles includes: NMR, conductivity, chemical trapping, molecular fluorescence, and surface tension.
  • Solubilization of Porphyrin Molecules into Model Membranes Studies to develop better photodynamic therapy agents (PDTs)
  • Trapping Various Pollutants with Surfactant-modified Zeolites
  • Wetlands

    Quantifying analytes in wetlands in urban and rural areas using screening methods

  • X-ray Fluorescence (XRF) studies

    Demonstrating the utility of XRF to quantify various metals in soils and other media