Rachael Kipp, PhD

Associate Professor, Chemistry & Biochemistry

Send a Message

Associate Provost for Academic Planning and Accreditation


  • PhD, Tulane University
  • BS, University of Rochester
  • National Institutes of Health Postdoctoral Fellow (2001-2003), Princeton University Department of Chemistry 

Recent Work

Research Experience

  • Suffolk University (2011-2019)
  • Analysis of Pharmaceuticals in the Environment: The detection of sulfonamide antibiotics in the environment is of interest due to the emergence and spread of antibiotic resistance. Detection is complicated both by the complex nature of environmental systems and by the presence of many other compounds. A simplified version of a natural soil system was developed as a model system. Various methods to isolate and detect antibiotics in soil samples were explored, including solid phase extraction, gas chromatography mass spectrometry, fluorescence and absorbance.
  • Suffolk University (2010-2017)
  • Project SHArK and Project SEAL: Metal oxide semiconductors seem to be a promising avenue to efficiently and inexpensively photoelectrolyze water producing hydrogen that could later be used as an energy carrier. No one metal oxide semiconductor or combination of different metal oxides is currently known to proficiently split water to generate hydrogen. Due to the vast number of possible combinations, distributed research projects called Solar Hydrogen Activity Research Kit (SHArK) and Solar Energy Activity Lab (SEAL), created by Bruce Parkinson (University of Wyoming), were used to mobilize many different schools to test various metal oxide combinations for their effectiveness.
  • Princeton University, Princeton, NJ (January 2000-November 2003), Advisor: George L. McLendon
  • Development and utilization of a fluorescence based assay to screen small molecule mimics of natural binding partners of inhibitor of apoptosis proteins.
    Exploration of the parameters of the binding interaction and also the development of potential drug candidates.
  • Tulane University, New Orleans, LA (May 1995-December 1999), Advisor: Russell H. Schmehl
  • Investigations of transition metal complex photophysics using optical and electrochemical techniques.
  • University of Rochester (June-Aug 1992, June 1993-May 1994), Advisor: David G. Whitten
  • Synthesis and characterization of picket fence porphyrins and an unsymmetrically substituted phthalocyanine for potential use in photodynamic therapy of cancer.
Faculty Default

Contact Me

Office Hours

Courses Taught

Laboratory Courses

  • General Chemistry I and II
  • Physical Chemistry I and II
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Instrumental Analysis

Lecture Courses

  • General Chemistry I and II
  • Instrumental Analysis
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Environmental Chemistry