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Ken Mopper

  • Ken Mopper
  • Professor
  • Chemistry & Biochemistry
  • 3100e Physical Science Bldg
  • Norfolk, VA 23529
  • 757-683-4094
  • kmopper@odu.edu
  • Web Page
  • Education

    MIT/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, 1973
    Major: Chemical Oceanography
    Degree: Ph. D.
    MIT, 1971
    Major: Chemistry (Marine)
    Degree: M.S.
    Queens College, The City University of New York, 1968
    Major: Chemistry
    Degree: B.A.
  • Research Interests

    -Studies of the composition and origin of dissolved organic matter (DOM, humic substances) in seawater and other natural waters using advanced analytical and spectroscopic techniques -Spectral and chemical characterization of light-absorbing species (i.e., chromophores) in natural waters -The impact of photochemical processes on estuarine, oceanic and global carbon cycling. These processes include CO_2 and CO photochemical production and the effects photo-degradation products on DOM microbial growth and respiration -Photo-production pathways and fate of free radicals (e.g., OH radicals) an stable species (e.g., CO_2, CO, formic acid, formaldehyde, H_2O_2, and photo-reduced trace metals). -The development/adaptation of analytical techniques for trace organics, total and dissolved organic carbon, and photo-chemically formed species in natural waters.
  • 2006: Most Inspirational Faculty Member , ODU College of Sciences
  • 2006: Selected for an interactive lunch meeting by Present Runte, Old Dominion University
  • Contracts, Grants and Sponsored Research

    Collaborative Research: Geochemistry and fate of Congo River organic matter
    Sponsoring Organization: NSF
    Date: 2010 - 2013
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Stubbins, A.; Mopper, K.; Spencer, R. M.; Six, J.; Hernes, P. J.
    Development of a high-precision TOC analyzer with a nM detection limit
    Sponsoring Organization: NSF (OCE-0850635)
    Date: October, 2009 - September, 2011
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Stubbins, A.; Mopper, K.
    Collaborative research: Comprehensive chemical characterization of marine dissolved organic matter using efficient isolation coupled to advanced analytical techniques
    Sponsoring Organization: NSF
    Date: June 22, 2010 - August 31, 2011
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Mopper, K.
    Collaborative Research: Comprehensive Chemical Characterization of Marine Dissolved Organic Matter using Efficient Isolation Coupled to Advanced Analytical Tehcniques
    Sponsoring Organization: NSF (OCE-0728634)
    Date: December, 2007 - November, 2010
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Stubbins, A.; Mopper, K.; Hatcher, P. G.; Mao, J.; Perdue, E. M.
    Collaborative research: Impact of DOM source and photooxidation on carbon cycling in estuaries
    Sponsoring Organization: NSF
    Date: July 17, 2006 - March 31, 2008
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Mopper, K.
    Collaborative research: Impact of DOM source and photooxidation on carbon cycling in estuaries
    Sponsoring Organization: NSF
    Date: April 1, 2004 - March 31, 2007
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Mopper, K.; Dias, R. F.; Bauer, J.
    Collaborative Research: The production and fate of algal extracellular polysaccharides in a eutrophic reservoir near Sao Paulo, Brazil
    Sponsoring Organization: NSF
    Date: January 15, 2001 - September 30, 2006
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Mopper, K.
    Effects of photodegradation on the composition, optical properties and bioavailability of DOM in estuaries
    Sponsoring Organization: NSF
    Date: June 1, 2003 - May 31, 2006
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Mopper, K.; Minor, E.
    Impact of photochemistry on carbon cycling in the sea
    Sponsoring Organization: NSF
    Date: February 1, 2001 - April 30, 2005
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Mopper, K.