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Peter Sandusky, Ph.D.

Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry

The most important goal in teaching college level chemistry is to engage the students’ interest and imagination. It has been my experience that students can master an absolutely incredible amount of chemistry, and at a fairly high level of technical rigor, if they become interested in the subject. I also try to convey to my students how tremendously useful a mastery of chemistry is to the study of other areas of science.”

I received my PhD in physical chemistry from The University of Michigan, and did postdoctoral research first at Stanford University, and then back again at Michigan. From 2001 to 2003 I was a chemist at the U. S. Customs Service Laboratory in Savannah, Georgia (now Bureau of Customs and Border Protection Laboratory).

Over the past few years I have had the privilege to teach in some outstanding undergraduate chemistry programs, including those of Eckerd, Hamilton, Pomona, and Wellesley. I have taught extensively in the areas of physical chemistry and general chemistry, and also developed and taught courses on energy and the environment, and developed new experiments for physical chemistry laboratory sections.

I also enjoy drawing and painting, and reading 20th century American history.


Postdoc (Zuiderweg Group) The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 

Postdoc (Solomon Group) Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA 

PhD (Chemistry) The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 

MS (Chemistry) The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 

BS (Chemistry) The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Publications and Exhibitions

Sandusky, P. (2014) “Expansion of the Classic Acetylacetone Physical Chemistry Laboratory NMR Experiment: Correlation of the Enol-Keto Equilibrium Position with the Solvent Dipole Moment” The Journal of Chemical Education 91 739-742 

Sandusky, P.; Appiah-Amponsah, E. and Raftery, D. (2011) “Use of Optimized 1D TOCSY NMR for Improved Quantitation and Metabolomic Analysis of Biofluids”, J. Biomolecular NMR 49 281-290 

Eaton, R. W. and Sandusky, P. (2010) “Biotransformations of Goesmin by Terpene Degrading Bacteria”, Biodegradation 21 71-79 

Eaton, R. W. and Sandusky, P. (2009) “Biotransformations of 2-methylisoborneol by Camphor Degrading Bacteria”, Applied and Environmental Microbiology 75 583-588 

Sandusky, P. (2007) “Limitations in the Deduction of Carbon NMR Spectra from the f1 Dimension of Standard 2D Heteronuclear Experiments When Applied to Natural Products”, Journal of Natural Products 70 1895-1900 

Payton, F.; Sandusky, P. and Allworth, W. (2007) “NMR Study of the Solution Structure of Curcumin”, Journal of Natural Products 70 143-146 

Sandusky, P. and Raftery, D. (2005) “Use of Semiselective TOCSY and the Pearson Correlation for the Metabonomic Analysis of Biofluid Mixtures: Application to Urine”, Analytical Chemistry 77 7717- 7723 

Sandusky, P. and Raftery, D. (2005) “The Use of the Selective TOCSY NMR Experiment for Quantifying Minor Components of Complex Mixtures: Application to the Metabonomics of Amino Acids in Honey”, Analytical Chemistry 77 2455-2463 

Sandusky, P.O. (2005) “The Use of Natural Abundance Hydrogen and Carbon Isotope Ratios in the Determination of the Place of Origin of Imported Apple Juice”, manuscript accepted for publication in Customs and Border Protection Laboratory Bulletin 

Sandusky, P.O. and Ha, S. (2004) “The Use of SNIF-NMR to Detect Sugar Adulteration in Imported Fruit Juices and Spirits”, Customs and Border Protection Laboratory Bulletin 12 27-42 

Ziehler, W.A.; Yang, J.; Kurochkin, A.V.; Sandusky, P.O.; Zuiderweg, E.R.P. and Engelke, D.R. (1998) “Structural Analysis of the P10/P11-P12 RNA Domain of Yeast RNase P RNA”, Biochemistry 37 3547-3557 

Sandusky, P.O.; Wooten, E.W.; Mandecki,W. and Zuiderweg, E.R.P. (1995) “Occurrence, Solution Structure and Stability of DNA Hairpins Stabilized by a CG/GA Helix Unit”, Nucleic Acids Research 23 4717-4723