Charles M. Sharpless, Associate Professor of Chemistry, earned a Ph.D. (1999) in analytical chemistry from Duke University and a B.A. (1989) in natural sciences from Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Sharpless’ research interests center on photochemistry in natural and engineered systems, particularly as it regards water treatment and the environmental fate of aquatic contaminants such as industrial pollution and oil spills. His research has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, Research Corporation, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Virginia Academy of Sciences.
Dr. Sharpless is a member of the American Chemical Society and the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors. His research appears in several high-profile peer-reviewed publications including Environmental Science Technology, Water Research, Environmental Sciences: Processes & Impacts, Aquatic Sciences, and the Journal of Environmental Engineering and Science, and he frequently reviews manuscripts for those journals as well as grant proposals for federal and private funding organizations.