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Amy Witter

Professor of Chemistry (1999); Dickinson in Otago Faculty Director, June 2021

Contact Information

Stuart Hall - Rector Complex Room 2109


My long-term research interests lie in the field of environmental analytical chemistry, specifically, aquatic chemistry. Water is a central theme that ties together many of my past and current publications. In graduate school, my research involved using electrochemistry to understand metal speciation in aquatic systems, and this interest continued during my postdoctoral studies, where I studied iron speciation in the ocean. My current research projects involve studying the chemistry of urban runoff and its impacts on stream sediment chemistry and drinking water quality. At Dickinson, my students and I collaborate with Dr. Tom Arnold in the Biology Department on the development of new analytical methods for studying plant secondary metabolites.


  • B.A., Wellesley College, 1987
  • Ph.D., University of California at Davis, 1996

2022-2023 Academic Year

Fall 2022

CHEM 131 General Chemistry I with Lab
The first semester of intro chemistry for students majoring in the physical and biological sciences, who have completed one year of HS chemistry but do not place into Chemistry 141. Core principles and applications of chemistry will be covered that will aid students in understanding "Why Chemistry Matters" regardless of discipline. Topics will include: atomic and molecular structure (Lewis, VSEPR), stoichiometry, gas laws, energy and chemical reactions, periodicity, and solubility and intermolecular forces. Three hours of classroom and three hours of laboratory per week.

CHEM 141 Accelerated General Chem w/Lab
A one-semester introductory course for students who are especially well-prepared for general chemistry, replacing CHEM 131, 132 as a prerequisite for more advanced courses in the major. Topics include atomic structure, chemical bonding, thermodynamics, kinetics, equilibrium, electrochemistry, acid/base chemistry, solubility, and transition metal chemistry. The laboratory experiments will relate directly to topics covered in lecture, and will include statistical analysis of data, molecular modeling, instrumental methods of analysis, and quantitative analytical and inorganic chemistry. Admittance into this course is based on a placement exam. Three hours of classroom and three hours of laboratory per week.