Mark Vitha received his Ph.D.in analytical chemistry from the University of Minnesota in the laboratory of Professor Peter Carr, and his B.A. degree from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. He started at Drake in 1998 after teaching for one year at the University of Minnesota, Duluth. At Drake, he routinely teaches General Chemistry, Quantitative Analysis, and Instrumental Analysis (Advanced Analytical Chemistry), and periodically offers Honors Courses such as Characters in Science and Paths to Knowledge. He was been awarded Drake University’s Troyer Research Fellowship, been named a Windsor Professor of Science, and has received the University’s Madelyn M. Levitt Teacher of the Year Award and the Honors Program’s Teacher of the Year Award.
His research focuses on characterizing the types and strengths of intermolecular interactions that govern chromatographic retention and solvatochromic shifts in spectroscopy. Recently, he has become interested in the application of analytical chemistry to the study of artworks.
Mark is also the editor of the Chemical Analysis Series—a series of nearly 200 monographs on analytical chemistry and its applications published by John Wiley and Sons. The series, which started in 1941, was originally produced by Interscience Publishing under the editorship of Beverly L. Clarke, I.M. Kolthoff, and Hobart H. Willard. As the editor, Mark seeks to encourage the publication of books that 1) reflect the breadth of analytical chemistry, 2) deepen our understanding of existing techniques, and 3) motivate and foster the development of new analytical instrumentation, methodologies, and applications.