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Dr. William C. Wetzel
Associate Professor

Phone: 859-344-3647
Fax: 859-344-3542
Office Location: S411

Dr. Wetzel obtained a B.S. in Chemistry from John Carroll University in 1999. At John Carroll, Bill performed research in both Analytical Chemistry and Physical Chemistry under Dr. Michael Ketterer and Dr. David Ewing, respectively, and enjoyed singing in the John Carroll Concert Choir. After his undergraduate studies, Bill moved to Bloomington, IN where he worked for Professor Gary Hieftje at Indiana University. In the Hieftje Research Group, Bill constructed a time-of-flight mass spectrometer which he used to identify and overcome limitations found in atomic mass spectrometry. He also worked with a number of analytical plasma sources, including an Inductively Coupled Plasma (ICP) and a variety of glow discharges. Bill completed his doctoral dissertation, entitled “Overcoming Interferences in Plasma Source Mass Spectrometrty: Alternative Ionization Sources, Novel Correction Methods, and New Instrumentation,” and received a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry in 2006.

Dr. Wetzel began teaching at Thomas More in 2006, and is currently an Associate Professor of Chemistry. In addition to teaching General Chemistry, Quantitative Analysis, Instrumental Analysis, and Physical Chemistry, he has been involved with other Thomas More science faculty in the Thomas More STEM Initiative (TSI). He also currently serves on the board of the Science and Engineering Fair of Northern Kentucky (SEFNK). His current research involves the analysis of environmental samples (periodical cicadas, zebra mussels, flowering tree blossoms, etc.) by various instrumental methods, including Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry or Inductively Coupled Plasma-Atomic Emission Spectrometry. Dr. Wetzel has authored five peer-reviewed publications, co-authored eleven publications, co-authored one patent, has reviewed Analytical Chemistry and Physical Chemistry textbooks, and has given contributed and invited research presentations at regional, national, and international conferences. Similarly, Bill’s undergraduate students at Thomas More have presented their research at local, regional, and national conferences, including the Pittsburgh Conference in Analytical Chemistry, the Argonne Undergraduate Research Symposium, and the Thomas More Research Forum.

Selected Publications

Methods and Apparatus for Ionization and Desorption Using a Glow Discharge, Gary M. Hieftje, Steven J. Ray, Francisco J. Andrade, William C. Wetzel, Michael R. Webb, Gerardo Gamez, and Jacob T. Shelley, U.S. Patent Number 7893408.

Wetzel, W.C., Shelby, D.E. and Hieftje, G.M., Overcoming Interferences in Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry via Gas-Flow Modulation:  Part 2 – Correlation Methods, J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 21(12), 1377-1386 (2006).

Wetzel, W.C., Andrade, F.J., Broekaert, J.A.C., and Hieftje, G.M., Development of a Direct Current He Atmospheric Glow Discharge as an Ionization Source for Elemental Mass Spectrometry via Hydride Generation, J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 21(8), 750-756 (2006).

McClenathan, D.M., Ray, S.J, Wetzel, W.C., and Hieftje, G.M., Plasma Source TOFMS,
Anal. Chem., 76(9) 159A-166A, (2004).

Wetzel, W.C., Broekaert, J.A.C., and Hieftje, G.M., Determination of arsenic by hydride generation coupled to time-of-flight mass spectrometry with a gas sampling glow discharge, Spectrochimica Acta, Part B, 57B(6), 1009-1023, (2002).

Ketterer, M.E., Wetzel, W.C., Layman, R.R., Matisoff, G., and Bonniwell, E.C., Isotopic Studies of Sources of Uranium in Sediments of the Ashtabula River, Ohio, U.S.A., Environ. Sci. Technol., 34(6), 966-972, (2000).

Selected Undergraduate Research Presentations:

Utilization of Zebra Mussels (Dreissena polymorpha) as Bioindicators of Water Quality, Adam W. Reis and William C. Wetzel, 36th Meeting of the Federation of Analytical Chemistry and Spectroscopy Societies, Louisville, KY, October 18-22, 2009. 

Elemental Analysis of Eastern Hamilton County and Western Clermont County, Ohio Brood XIV Periodical Cicadas, Corinne E. Weinel and William C. Wetzel, 36th Meeting of the Federation of Analytical Chemistry and Spectroscopy Societies, Louisville, KY, October 18-22, 2009. 

Effect of Geographical Location on Trace-metal Pollutants from Coal-Fired Power Plants Using Lichens as Biomonitors, Edward A. Yeary and William C. Wetzel, 2011 Pittsburgh Conference, Atlanta, GA, March 13-18, 2011.

Methods for Separation and Identification of Volatile Oils in Bradford Pear Blossoms by GCMS, Amberlie A. Clutterbuck and William C. Wetzel, Argonne National Laboratory’s 21st Symposium for Undergraduates in Science, Engineering, and Mathematics, Argonne, IL, October 14, 2011.


B.S., John Carroll University, University Heights, OH (1999)
Ph.D., Indiana University, Bloomington, IN (2006)

William C. Wetzel first came to Thomas More College in 2006.