Dr. Pam Vaughan, Chemistry, Office of Undergraduate Research

Dr. Pam Vaughan

Associate Professor, Analytical and Environmental
Office: Bldg. 58, Rm. 3
Phone: 850-474-3152

B.S.- Chemistry, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, 1989-1993
Ph.D.- University of Maryland, College Park, 1994-1999 
Post-doctoral - US Environmental Protection Agency, Athens, GA, 1999–2000
National Research Council Post-Doctoral Fellowship 
University of West Florida since 2006.

Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and Advising Award, 2008
National Research Council Fellowship, 1999

Working Group in Biological Chemistry 
Project SEED (Coordinator)
Pensacola Chapter, American Chemical Society (Chair Elect 2012)

Research focuses on photochemical reactivity of natural waters components including CDOM (colored dissolved organic matter), quinone-containing pesticides and petroleum products. Analytical techniques such as radical-trapping are used to quantify photochemically produced reactive oxygen species (i.e. hydroxyl radical and superoxide). Current research looks at the relationship between photochemical degradation and bacterial toxicity of these compounds.

P. P. Vaughan, M. P. Bruns, C. L. Beck and M. Cochran "Removal Efficiency of Heavy Metals Using Various Resins and Natural Materials" Journal of Applied Sciences, 2012, 12(19), 2065-2070.

Pamela P. Vaughan, Avery Bullock, Fabien Joux, Wade Jeffrey “The effects of solar radiation on the stability of 3H-thymidine and 3H-leucine during bacterioplankton production measurements”Limnology and Oceanography: Methods, 2010, 8, 562-566.

Pamela P. Vaughan, Paul Novotny, Nicole Haubrich, Luther McDonald, Michael Cochran, Julia Serdula, Raid W. Amin, Wade H. Jeffrey, “Bacterial Growth Response to Photoactive Quinones” Photochemistry and Photobiology, 2010, 86, 1327-1333.

Pamela P. Vaughan, Michael Cochran, and Nicole Haubrich “Quinone Photoreactivity: An undergraduate experiment in photochemistry” Journal of Chemical Education, 2010, 87 (12), 1389-1391.

Amanda Miller, Pamela Vaughan, Tara Sirvent “Effects of storage conditions on lycopene stability in tomato extracts, an undergraduate experiment” Journal of Chemical Education, 2009, 86, 1304.

Daqing Gan, Min Jia, Pamela P. Vaughan, Daniel E. Falvey, Neil V. Blough, “Aqueous Photochemistry of Methyl-Benzoquinone”, Journal of Physical Chemistry A, 2008, 112, 2803-2812.

Emily M. White, Pamela P. Vaughan, Richard G. Zepp, "Role of the Photo-Fenton reaction in the production of hydroxyl radicals and photobleaching of colored dissolved organic matter in a coastal river of the southeastern United States" Aquatic Sciences, 2003, 65, 402-414.

Aude Pochon, Pamela P. Vaughan, Daqing Gan, Peter Vath, Neil V. Blough, Daniel Falvey, "Photochemical Oxidation of Water by 2-Methyl-1,4-benzoquinone: Evidence Against the Formation of Free Hydroxyl Radical" Journal of Physical Chemistry A, 2002, 106, 2889-2894.

Pamela P. Vaughan and Neil V. Blough, "Photochemical Formation of Hydroxyl Radical by Constituents of Natural Waters" Environmental Science and Technology, 1998, 32, 2947-2953.

Pamela P. Vaughan; Trudy E. Thomas-Smith; Neil V. Blough, "Photochemical Production of the Hydroxyl Radical and the Hydrated Electron from Colored Dissolved Organic Matter", American Chemical Society, Division of Environmental Chemistry Extended Abstracts, Boston, MA, August, 1998, Featured in Chemical and Engineering News, "At Sea with Photochemistry", October, 19, 1998.

Courses Taught:
CHM 4930/CHM 5932 Environmental Chemistry (Advanced Topics) CHM 4912/4905 - Undergraduate Student Research/Directed Study
CHM 4130/CHM 5134- Instrumental Analysis lecture CHM 4130L/CHM 5134L- Instrumental Analysis lab
CHM 3120 - Analytical Chemistry lecture CHM 3120L - Analytical Chemistry lab
CHM 2045 - General Chemistry I lecture CHM 1032L- Fundamentals of Chemistry
CHM 2046 - General Chemistry II lecture CHM 2046L - General Chemistry II lab
CHM 1020 - Concepts in Chemistry lecture CHM 1020L - Concepts in Chemistry lab