Core Faculty

Simeen Sattar

Simeen Sattar

Professor of Chemical Physics
Office: Hegeman 202
Phone: (845)758-7226

PhD Yale University 1982 Chemistry
BA Rosemont College 1978 Chemistry

For my first 25 years at Bard, I taught general and physical chemistry to science majors.  Since then my teaching has switched to laboratory-based courses for non-science majors that are inspired by my interests.  Current among them are Paints and Examination of Paintings, Photographic Processes and Starlight.  I have also offered Curious Cooks (about the science of cooking) and a short course called Nuclear and Chemical Weapons.

In recent years I have concentrated on developing and writing up laboratory experiments for Photographic Processes and Paints.  My current projects are replicating some early experiments in photography and using thin-layer chromatography to identify natural textile dyes.

S. Sattar, “The chemistry of photography: still a terrific laboratory course for nonscience majors”, J. Chem. Educ., 2017, 94, 183.

R. J. Olsen and S. Sattar, Measuring the gas constant R: Uncertainty propagation and statistics, J. Chem. Educ, 2013, 90, 790.

Sattar, S. A unified kinetics and equilibrium experiment: Rate law, activation energy and equilibrium constant for the decomposition of ferroin, J. Chem. Educ., 2011, 88, 458.

Sattar, S.; Carroll, M. J.; Sargeant A. A.; Swift, J. A. Structure of lead urate and its effect on nucleation of monosodium urate monohydrate, CrystEngComm, 2008, 10, 155.

Jowza, M.; Sattar, S.; Olsen R.J. Modeling chlorite-iodide reaction dynamics using a chlorine dioxide-iodide reaction mechanism, J. Phys. Chem. A 2005, 109, 1873.