Professor of Chemical Physics
Office: Hegeman 202
PhD Yale University 1982 Chemistry
BA Rosemont College 1978 Chemistry
For my first 25 years at Bard, I taught general and physical chemistry. Since then my teaching has switched to generating and teaching laboratory-based courses for non-science majors. Among them are Paint and Examination of Paintings, which arose from my interest in art history; Photographic Processes, which arose from an interest in the process of invention; and Starlight, which arose from teaching quantum mechanics and spectroscopy. I also offer a short course called Nuclear and Chemical Weapons, because I feel that a basic scientific understanding is vital to understanding the news and issues at stake.
In recent years I have concentrated on developing and writing up laboratory experiments for Paints and Photographic Processes. Currently, I am extending an experiment 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., (Web) October 2016.
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.