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Frank Dorman

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  • Associate Professor, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
240 Chemistry Building
University Park, PA 16802
Phone: (814) 863-6805


  1. Ph.D., Analytical Chemistry: University of Vermont, Burlington, VT, October 1993. Thesis: "The Effect of Pressure, Atmosphere and Magnetic Field Frequency and Intensity on Magnetically-Confined Laser-Induced Plasmas"
  2. B.S., Chemistry: Juniata College, Huntingdon, PA, 1987


Frank Dorman is currently an Associate Professor at The Pennsylvania State University in University Park, PA. Frank is a member of the Forensics Science Program, and in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. In addition to Undergraduate and Graduate student instruction, Frank continues to pursue research interests in gas and liquid chromatography fundamental characterization, instrumentation and column development, and application to trace analysis in complex sample matrices. Prior to joining the faculty at PSU, Frank was the Director of Technical Development, at Restek Corporation, responsible for external research collaborations, new technology identification, and product development. Frank has a B.S. in Chemistry from Juniata College in Huntingdon, PA, and a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Vermont, Prior to coming to Restek, he worked for Inchcape Testing Services as Senior Chemist responsible for method development from 1991-96. Frank has experience with both GC and LC separations, mass spectrometry, and atomic spectroscopy, and has developed analytical methods for a variety of organic and organometallic compounds in various sample matrices.

Continuing Education

Fundamentals of Finance for the Technical Executive, MIT Sloan School of Management, Boston, MA, 2005.

Leadership Flight School, Bartell and Bartell Professional Consultants, State College, PA, 2004.

How to Balance Priorities and Manage Multiple Projects -Fred Pryor Seminars, State College, PA, 2003.

Solid Phase Micro Extraction - Theory and Applications, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, 2001.

Executive Training, Bartell and Bartell Professional Consultants, State College, PA, 2000.

Management Training, Bartell and Bartell Professional Consultants, State College, PA, 1999.

Know-Thy-Self, Bartell and Bartell Professional Consultants, State College, PA, 1997.

Supercritical Fluid Extraction and Chromatography, Short Course, Eastern Analytical Symposium, Somerset, NJ, 1996.

Introduction to the Internet, Short Course, Pittsburgh Conference, 1996.

Chemistry Information Resources Available on the Internet, Short Course, Pittsburgh Conference, 1996.

Total Quality Management, Inchcape Management Training Course, Boston, Ma, 1995.

Academic Employment History

Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Forensic Science Program, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, July 2010 to Present.

Undergraduate and graduate student instruction in spectroscopy, separations science, forensic toxicology and environmental forensics. Research program in chromatographic separations of environmental, and forensic compounds, fundamental processes of separations, and chromatographic columns.

Assistant Professor of Research: Juniata College, Huntingdon, PA. 2003 to present.

Research program is directed towards separation science, particularly gas chromatographic (GC) techniques including comprehensive 2-dimensional GC, and computer modeling of chromatographic separations. Principle Investigator status, and student instruction for courses involving separation science, mass spectrometry and elemental analysis.

Industrial Employment History

Director of Technical Development: Restek Corporation, Bellefonte, PA, 2000 to June 2010.

Responsible for discovering and managing new technical opportunities for the corporation, coordinating and managing external research and development projects with other industries and/or academic institutions. Travel approximately 100 days/yr in support of corporation in a high-level technical capacity.

Also direct HPLC columns R&D group, managing 4 direct reports. Responsibilities include department management, budget setting and managing new product innovation and introduction.

Senior Research and Development Chemist: Restek Corporation, Bellefonte, PA, 1998 to 2000.

Responsible for new product development and introduction. Primary contact for identifying and managing external research collaborations. Present technical seminars and training to Restek employees and customers. Travel approximately 60 days-per-year to represent Restek at trade shows, customer sites, and distributors in support of foreign and domestic scientific presentations.

Senior Applications Chemist: Restek Corporation, Bellefonte, PA, 1996 to 1998.

Successfully developed and demonstrated competitive advantages for chromatographic products. Analyzed customer samples, provided technical support, presented technical seminars and training. Managed, planned for, and trained up to four direct reports.

Senior Chemist: Inchcape Testing Services-Aquatec Laboratories, Colchester, VT, 1994 to 1996.

Responsible for local, and corporate-wide, development and implementation of new analytical chemistry methodology. Technical consultant for analytical environmental issues, working directly with outside clients. Used all common environmental analytical techniques, and specialized in capillary GC, GC/MS, and ICP methods. Involved in the negotiation of corporate contracts for purchasing. Traveled approximately 30 days/yr. to other laboratories in corporate network both domestic and international. Served as expert witness for some projects that went to litigation.

Organic Separations Manager: Inchcape Testing Services-Aquatec Laboratories, Colchester, and South Burlington, VT 1993 to 1994.

Responsible for the operation of the organic separations laboratories at two physical locations. Managed, planned for, and trained up to 29 direct reports over three shifts of operation at both locations. Familiar with most environmental separation methods. Specialized in biological matrices. Investigated improvements in conventional separation methods, as well as SPE, SFE, and microwave solvent extraction.

Method Development Chemist: Inchcape Testing Services-Aquatec Laboratories, Colchester, VT 1992 to 1993.

Responsible for the installation and development of new simultaneous and sequential ICP's. Also responsible for the development of analytical methods for the analysis of volatile and semivolatile organic compounds by GC/MS.


International Society for Environmental Forensics

American Chemical Society, Analytical and Environmental Divisions

American Association for the Advancement of Science

American Society of Mass Spectrometry

Society for Applied Spectroscopy


Honors and Awards

  • Karasek Award for Scientific Achievement in Environmental Science (2007)
  • 47th ICASS Special Award for Scientific contribution (2004)
  • Nominated to American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) advisory board as a grant evaluator for EPSCoR grants
  • Senior Teaching Assistant of the Year, University of Vermont, Department of Chemistry (1990).
  • Chemistry Department Summer Fellowship (1986).
  • Chemistry Department Summer Fellowship (1985).