O'Donnell Research Group

Dr. Deanna M. O'Donnell
Assistant Professor

           Robbins Science Center, room 224
           (651) 523-2559


Dr. O'Donnell's group uses chromatographic and spectroscopic methods to identify small molecules in forensic sciences and cultural heritages samples.  Both forensic evidence and cultural heritage objects must be analyzed in a non-destructive manner, so the analytical methods required for analysis are quite similar.  

 Group News 

May 2, 2014
Darby Nelson successfully defends his honors thesis.

April 30, 2014
Stephanie Perry presents her senior research project titled Atomic Analysis of Building Materials Obtained from Hamline University's Historic Buildings at Hamline's Chemistry Seminar.

April 26, 2014
Andrew Francis presents his research paper titled Coupling LEGO® Building Blocks and a Cell Phone Camera to Construct a Reliable Spectrophotometer at Minnesota Academy of Science Winchell Undergraduate Research Symposium.

April 10, 2014
Claire Drysdale presents her research at Breck School's Advanced Science Research Seminar.

March 17, 2014
Darby Nelson presents his research poster titled Raman and surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy of designer drugs known as "bath salts" at the 234rd ACS National Meeting in Dallas, TX.
Jenna Lee and Rachel Mazac present their research poster titled Alumina nanoparticle synthesis for surface enhanced infrared absorption spectroscopy at the 234rd ACS National Meeting in Dallas, TX.

November 8-9, 2013
Claire Drysdale competes in the Regional Semifinals of the Siemens Competition at the University of Notre Dame.

November 2013
Application of Raman Spectroscopy, Surface-Enhanced Raman Scattering (SERS), and Density Functional Theory for the Identification of Phenethylamines published
Taplin, Francis; O’Donnell, Deanna; Kubic, Thomas; Leona, Marco; Lombardi, John; Applied Spectroscopy, 2013, 67, 1150-1159.

October 18, 2013
Claire Drysdale was named the only finalist Siemens Competition in the state of Minnesota, and she is one of only five individual projects chosen in our region of 13 states for her project titled Combining Chemistry and Artistry: Identification of Artistic Copper Patinas Using Raman Spectroscopy. (press release)

October 12, 2013
Deanna presents her group's work titled Gel Extraction of 'Caine' Drugs off of Banknotes at the Midwest Universities Analytical Chemistry Conference (MUACC) at the University of Notre Dame.

September 12, 2013
At the annual Hamline Fall Symposium Aileen Scheibner, Angela Carlson, Lathe Morseth, and Darby Nelson present their summer research.

July 14-19, 2013
Deanna attends the cCWCS Chemistry in Art workshop in Bismark, ND.

July 17, 2013

At the ACTC Summer Research Poster Session held at the University of St. Thomas four research posters were presented. Aileen Scheibner presents her poster titled Nondestructive Analysis of ‘Caine Drugs’ on Banknotes, Darby Nelson and Lathe Morseth presented their poster titled Gel Extraction of Caine Drugs off Banknotes with Identification by Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy, Angela Carlson presents her poster titled Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy Study of Caine Drugs: Calculating the SERS Enhancement Factor for Procaine, and Claire Drysdale presents her poster titled Patination of Solid and Electroplated Copper Substrates: Controlling the Electrochemistry and Characterizing Patination Products.

May 27, 2013

Summer research begins!  This summer the O'Donnell group includes Darby Nelson, Lathe Morseth, Aileen Scheibner (HHMI Hamline student), Angela Carlson (HHMI NHCC student), Claire Drysdale (Breck high school student), and Dr. Matt Morgan (postdoc).

May 3, 2013
Asho Kalif passes her departmental honors thesis defense.

April 13, 2013
Asho Kalif presents her research poster titled Calculations of Relative Enhancement Factors for Xanthene Dyes Using Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy at Minnesota Academy of Science Winchell Undergraduate Research Symposium. Asho won best chemistry poster by the local MN ACS chapter.

January 8, 2013
Deanna gives an invited talk to the Minnesota Local Section of the American Chemical Society.

November 9, 2013
Deanna gives an invited talk at the University of St. Thomas Chemistry Seminar.