Dr. Mentis is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry & Life Science. She teaches General Chemistry, CH101 and CH102; and Inorganic Chemistry, CH472. With a background in analytical chemistry, she explores research topics such as utilizing mass spectrometric analysis to explore questions relevant to atmospheric chemistry. Dr. Mentis is also a faculty representative for the USMA Ultimate Frisbee club.
Ph.D. University of Colorado Boulder, Analytical Chemistry 2004B.S. Appalachian State University, Chemistry 1998
Select publications (authored as E. K. Frinak):“Long-term study of VOCs measured with PTR-MS at a rural site in New Hampshire with urban influences” C. Jordan, E. Fitz, T. Hagan, B. Sive, E. Frinak, K. Haase, L. Cottrell, S. Buckley, R. Talbot Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 9: 4677-4697 July 17, 2009. “Br2 Production from the Heterogeneous Reaction of Gas-Phase OH with Aqueous Salt Solutions: Impacts of Acidity, Halide Concentration and Organic Surfactants” E. K. Frinak, J. P. D. Abbatt Journal of Physical Chemistry A 110(35): 10456-10464 September 7, 2006. “Infrared Characterization of Water Uptake by Low Temperature Na-Montmorillonite: Implications for Earth and Mars” E. K. Frinak, C. D. Mashburn, M. A. Tolbert, O. B. Toon Journal of Geophysical Research - Atmospheres 110(D9) Art. No. D09308 May 11, 2005.
Dr. Mentis’ current research centers on characterizing samples with MALDI-TOF MS. Preliminary work has focused on incorporation of the instrument into the teaching curriculum by characterizing polymer samples synthesized by cadets in CH471 and CH472; and identifying proteins in CH473. Future research directions include identification of microbial components of atmospheric aerosol particles. By understanding the naturally occurring microbial content, these components may be distinguished from anthropogenic components to include biological threats.
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