The University of Delaware
Dep. of Chemistry & Biochemistry
124 Lammot du Pont Laboratory
Newark, DE 19711
Ph. D. in Analytical Chemistry__________________________________________________ _Fall 2009
Advisor: Dr. Douglas P. Ridge
Relevant Course Work: Principles of Mass Spectrometry, Analytical Spectroscopy, Biochemistry, Molecular Biophysics, Multidisciplinary Biotechnology, Protein Structure and Function, Chemical Dynamics, Surface Analysis, Pedagogy, Learning, Faculty Roles.
B. A. Chemistry ______________________________________________________________May 2003
Relevant Course Work: General Chemistry I & II, Quantitative Analysis I & II, Instrumental Analysis, Organic Chemistry I & II, Physical Chemistry I & II, Organometalic Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Biochemistry, Physics I & II, Calculus I & II.
Research Assistant___________________________________________________January 2004-Present
Research centers on the characterization of environmentally significant macromolecules using Fourier Transform Ion Cyclotron Resonance Mass Spectrometry (FT-ICR MS) and computational chemistry.
Research Fellow_______________________________________________ __July 2004-September 2004
Focused on the gas phase fragmentation energetics and mechanisms of oxidized peptides using SID ESI-FT-ICR mass spectrometry, RRKM modeling and Molecular Dynamics.
Independent Study__________________________________________________August 2002-May 2003
Thesis completed on the development of ion selective electrode methodology for the analysis of cyclohexyl phosphoserine small molecule analogs.
Research Assistant_________________________________________________ _May 2002-August 2002
Synthesized multi-block polymer “brushes” on solid substrates using atom transfer radical polymerization and characterized using NMR, ATR-FTIR, TGA, Tensiometry, and Ellipsometry.
Research Assistant_____________________________________________ _ _May 2001-September 2001
Utilized TGA and DSC to determine the importance of drying analytical primary standards in undergraduate chemistry laboratories.
Research Assistant________________________________________________ __May 2000-August 2000
Conducted focused research on the Human Rotavirus using enzyme-linked immunosorbant assay experiments for monoclonal-antibody detection.
Teaching Fellow_______________________________________________________June 2007-Present
Designed problem based learning (PBL) activities, aligned with curricular needs, allowing students to experience the benefits of guided-inquiry learning environments.
Guest Lecturer__________________________ __________________ _Spring 2005, Fall 2005, Fall 2007
Provided lectures for Chem 437: Instrumental Methods of Analysis and Chem 624: Principles of Mass Spectrometry.
Teaching Assistant________________________________________ _ _Spring 2005, Fall 2005, Fall 2006
Laboratory Instructor for Chem 438: Instrumental Methods Laboratory. Responsibilities included providing pre-lab instruction, grading laboratory reports, instrument maintenance, and maintaining a safe working environment. Conducted educational research on the effects of reciprocal peer teaching on student performance.
Teaching Assistant__________________________________________________________Spring 2006
Laboratory Instructor for Chem 120: Quantitative Methods Laboratory. Responsibilities included teaching students proper quantitative techniques, laboratory set-up and maintaining a safe working environment.
Student Instrument Instructor____________________________________ __September 2000-May 2003
Designed problem based learning activities for local high school students to get hands on experience with chemical instrumentation. Specialized in the use and instruction of FT-IR, TGA and DSC.
Gas Phase Ion-Molecule Reactions of Metal Salt Clusters with Hydrogen Sulfide, Spraggins, Jeffrey; Papson, Kaitlin; Zeringo, Nick; Ridge, Douglas; Manuscript in Preperation.
Metal Salt Nucleation Observed using ESI FT-ICR MS, Spraggins, Jeffrey; Kim, Una; Ridge, Douglas; Manuscript in Preperation.
Hydrothermal Vents: Discovery of a New Ecosystem, Spraggins, Jeffrey; Problem-Based Learning Clearinghouse: http://www.udel.edu/pblc (2009).
Fragmentation Mechanisms of Oxidized Peptides Elucidated by SID, RRKM Modeling and Molecular Dynamics, Spraggins, Jeffrey; Lloyd, Julie; Johnston, Murray; Laskin, Julia; Ridge, Douglas; J. Am. Soc. Mass Spectrom. (2009), 20(9), 1579-1592.
Peptide Ozonolysis: Product Structures and Relative Reactivities for Oxidation of Tyrosine and Histidine Residues, Lloyd, Julie; Spraggins, Jeffrey; Johnston, Murray; Laskin, Julia; J. Am. Soc. Mass Spec. (2006), 17(9), 1289-1298.
Is it necessary to dry primary standards before analysis?, Spraggins, Jeffrey; Williams, Theodore; J. Chem Ed. (2005), 82(2), 311-312.
Presentations: See presentations (click here)
Fellowships and Awards:
Fellowship________________________ _________________________________June 2007, June 2008
Award_________________________________________________________________ __ __May 2008
Award__________________________________________________________________ __ _May 2006
Fellowship____________________________________________________________ ___ __June 2004
Fellowship_____________________________________________________________ __ __June 2003
Award_____________________________________________________June 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2002