Chemistry Faculty:  Stuart Chalk, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Chemistry

Stuart Chalk

Office: Science & Engineering (Building 50), Room 3514

Lab: Science & Engineering (Building 50), Room 3512

Phone: (904) 620-1938



Bachelor of Science - Loughborough University (UK) 1988

Ph.D. - University of Massachusetts at Amherst 1994

Postdoctural Research - Duquesne University, Pittsburgh 1994-1996


Dr. Chalk teaches Modern Analytical Chemistry, Quantitative Analytical Chemistry, Senior Seminar, Structure Elucidation, General Chemistry I, and Chemical Informatics.

Research Interests

Dr. Chalks research is focused on the following areas in analytical chemistry:

Automated Remote Analytical Chemistry

Our research group focuses on the development of colorimetric assays for environmental and chemoterrorism applications. These include:

  • Phenolphathlin chemistry for cyanide detection
  • Vanadomolybdate chemistry for arsenate detection
  • Vanadomolybdate chemistry for phosphonate detection
  • Microdrop flow analysis systems (currently for cyanide)
  • Nitrite to nitrate reduction using zinc
  • Continuously variable volume reactor (CVVR)

Chemoinformatics and Analytical Science

We are developing an XML (Extensible Markup Language) based web application for storing, processing and disseminating research results. Supported for Summer 2011 by a UNF Faculty Scholarship Grant.

Other Projects

  • Book on XML/Markup Languages for Chemists (Early 2013)
  • State of the St Johns River Report - Water Quality Section, Data Management, Report Editor, and Director of the Digital Archive

Research Group

  • Stuart Chalk - XML/programming projects
  • Natalie Cleaveland - Vanadomolybdate chemistry for arsenate/phosphate
  • Ashley Sever - Nitrate/nitrite analysis
  • Maria Khalaf - Microdrop flow analysis system for cyanide