Rosemarie C. Chinni, Ph.D.

Professor of Chemistry/Forensic Science
Science and Mathematics Department Chair
Director of the Forensic Science Program

Professional Education

  • Bachelors of Science in Chemistry with a minor in mathematics - King's College
  • Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry - University of South Carolina

Courses Taught

  • Fundamentals of Chemistry
  • Fundamentals of Chemistry Lab
  • Analytical Chemistry with Lab
  • Instrumental Analysis with Lab
  • Physical Chemistry I with Lab
  • Physical Chemistry II with Lab

Professional Organizations

  • Society of Applied Spectroscopy    
  • American Chemical Society
  • American Academy of Forensic Science
  • Pennsylvania Academy of Science  

Research and Interest

Dr. Chinni has extensive research experience using various molecular and atomic spectroscopies and also using separation techniques of gas chromatography (GC) and high pressure liquid chromatography (HPLC).  Dr. Chinni currently focuses on using laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) for various research studies including showing its applicability to undergraduate education.

She also encourages undergraduate research and helps students to develop projects relating to Analytical Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, and Spectroscopy.  She has had students present their research at local and national conferences and also has published their research in peer-reviewed journals. Examples of undergraduate research projects that have led to publications and/or presentations at local/national conferences include detecting mercury in natural waters in Berks County, studying the dependence of LIBS results on pulse energies and timing parameters using soil simulants, and using HPLC to analyze additives in carbonated beverages, enhanced water, and energy drinks.

Selected Publications:

R.C. Chinni, D. Kline, and A. Roche. “Penny Analysis Using Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS),” Journal of Undergraduate Chemistry Research, 2015, 14 (4) 83-85.*

R.C. Chinni, D. Kwasniewski, and R. Cupo. “High Pressure Liquid Chromatography Determination of Additives in Various Drinks,” Journal of Undergraduate Chemistry Research, 2014, 13 (2), 21-25.*

L. Kurek, M.L. Najarian, D.A. Cremers, and R.C. Chinni.  “Dependence of Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy Results on Pulse Energies and Timing Parameters Using Soil Simulants.” J. Visualized Experiments, 2013, e50876, DOI: 10.3791/50876.*

M.L. Najarian and R.C. Chinni.  "Temperature and Electron Density Determination on Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) Plasmas: A Physical Chemistry Experiment.” J. Chem. Ed. 2013; 90 (2), 244-247, DOI: 10.1021/ed3003385.*

A. McGettigan, D. Kwasniewski, and R.C. Chinni.  “Detection of Mercury in Natural Water in Berks County, Pennsylvania, Using Cold Vapor Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy.”  J. Pennsylvania Academy of Science 2012, 86 (1), 51-57.*

R.C. Chinni.  "A Simple LIBS (Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy) Laboratory Experiment to Introduce Undergraduates to Calibration Functions and Atomic Spectroscopy." J. Chem. Ed. 2012, 89 (5), 678-680.

D.A. Cremers, A. Beddingfield, R. Smithwick, R.C. Chinni, C.R. Jones, B. Beardsley, and L. Karch "Monitoring Uranium, Hydrogen, and Lithium and Their Isotopes Using a Compact LIBS Probe and High Resolution Spectrometer" Appl. Spec.  2012; 66: 250-261.

*student publications

Selected Presentations

Alexandra Aloia, Peter Rampson, and Rosemarie C. Chinni, “Elemental Analysis of Oil Paints Using Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS),” Middle Atlantic Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society (MARM), Forensic Chemistry Session, Hershey, PA, June 2017.*

Rosemarie C. Chinni, “Incorporation of Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) Into Analytical Chemistry/Instrumental Analysis and an Innovative Lab Experience For Students,” Middle Atlantic Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society (MARM), Innovations in Analytical Chemistry Education Session, Hershey, PA, June 2017.

Ian Evans and Rosemarie C. Chinni, “Determination of Impurities in Over-the-Counter Pain Relievers with Common Illicit Drug Cutting Compounds Using Attenuated Total Reflectance Fourier Transform Infrared (ATR-FTIR) Spectroscopy,” HECBC, Penn State Berks University, Reading, PA, April 2017.*

Daniel Martin and Rosemarie C. Chinni, “Using High Pressure Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) For the Analysis of Artificial Sweeteners and Caffeine in Soft Drinks, Carbonated waters, and Singles to Go Packets,” American Chemical Society Conference, San Francisco, CA, April 2017.*

Elizabeth Gordineer and Rosemarie C. Chinni; “Analysis of Metal Concentrations in Tattoo Ink, Henna, and Body Paints,” HECBC, Alvernia University, Reading, PA, April 2016.*

Curie Runk and Rosemarie C. Chinni, “Blood Variations Among Different Species Using Attenuated Total Reflectance Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (ATR-FTIR),” HECBC, Alvernia University, Reading, PA, April 2016.*

Kelsey Schubert, Ryan Cupo, and Rosemarie C. Chinni, “Detection of Lead in Soil Samples Collected Throughout Berks County, Pennsylvania, Using Flame Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy,” American Chemical Society Conference, San Diego, CA, March 2016.*

Danielle Avington and Rosemarie C. Chinni, "Animal Hair and Fiber Analysis Using FTIR," HECBC. Albright College, Reading, PA, April 2015.*

Caitlyn McGrellis and Rosemarie C. Chinni, "Fiber Database for Comparison with Trace Evidence using ATR-FTIR," HECBC, Albright College, Reading, PA, April 2015.*

Rosemarie C. Chinni, "A Novel Experience for Undergraduates to Develop Their Own Laboratory Experiment During Their Instrumental Analysis Course," Invited Workshop Presentation, Pittcon (The Pittsburgh Conference), New Orleans, LA, March 2015.

*student presentations

Contact Information

Rosemarie C. Chinni, Ph.D.
Science & Mathematics Department Chair and Director of the Forensic Science Program
Bernardine Hall 234