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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


Selected Publications

"Gas Chromatography" (Fundamental Reviews), Frank L. Dorman, Joshua Whitting, Jack Cochran and Jorge Gardea-Torresdey, Anal. Chem., 82(12) (2010) 4775-4785.

"Development of Liquid Chromatography Atmospheric Pressure Chemical Ionization Tandem Mass Spectrometry for Analysis of Halogenated Flame Retardants in Wastewater", Simon Ningsun Zhou, Eric J. Reiner, Chris Marvin, Paul Helm, Nicole Riddell, Frank Dorman, Michelle Misselwitz, Li Shen, Patrick Crozier, Karen MacPherson and Ian D. Brindle, Anal Bioanal Chem., 396 (2010) 1311-1320.

"Liquid Chromatography-Atmospheric Pressure Photoionization Tandem Mass Spectrometry for Analysis of 36 Halogenated Flame Retardants in Fish", Simon Ningsun Zhou, Eric J. Reiner, Chris Marvin, Terry Kolic, Nicole Riddell, Paul Helm, Frank Dorman, Michelle Misselwitz, and Ian D. Brindle, J. Chromatogr., A, 1217 (2010) 633-641.

"Gas Chromatography" (Fundamental Reviews), Frank L. Dorman, Jorge Gardea-Torresdey, Ed Overton, Joshua Whitting and Jack Cochran, Anal. Chem., 80(12) (2008) 4487-4497.

"Using Computer Modeling to Predict and Optimize Separations for Comprehensive Two-Dimensional Gas Chromatography", Frank L. Dorman, Paul D. Schettler, Leslie A. Vogt and Jack Cochran, J. Chromatogr. A, 1186 (2008) 196-201.

"Gas Chromatography" (Fundamental Reviews), Eiceman, G.A; Gardea- Torresdey, J; Dorman, F; Overton, E; Bhushan, A; Dharmasena, H.P., Anal. Chem., 78(12) (2006) 3985-3996.

"Rapid Analysis Headspace Sampling and Stop-Flow Gas Chromatography", Wittrig, R.E; English, C.M; Dorman, F.L., Pharmaceutical Canada, (2005).

"Measurement of PCDD/F's and Selected PCB's in Various Types of Matrices Using GCxGC-IDTOFMS", Jean-Francois Focant, Jack Cochran, Eric Reiner, Karen MacPherson, Frank L. Dorman, Andreas Sjodin and Donald G. Patterson Jr., Talanta, 63 (2004) 1231-1240.

"Design, Fabrication and Evaluation of Micro-Fabricated Columns for Gas Chromatography", Gordon Lambertus, Andrea Elstro, Kathryn Sensenig, Joseph Potkay, Masoud Agah, Susan Scheuering, Mark Lawrence, Kensall Wise, Frank Dorman and Richard Sacks, Anal. Chem. 76(9) (2004) 2629-2637.

"Gas Chromatography" Gary A. Eiceman, Jorge Gardea-Torresdey, Ed Overton, Kenneth Carney, and Frank Dorman, Anal. Chem., 2004, 76(12), 3387-3394. "High Speed Analysis of Residual Solvents by Flow-Modulation Gas Chromatography", Rebecca E. Wittrig, Frank L. Dorman, Christopher M. English and Richard D. Sacks, J. Chromatogr. A, 1027 (2003) 75-82.

"Improving Resolution and Analysis Time for Gas Chromatographic Analysis, Using a Tandem Column Ensemble and Stop-Flow Modulation" Frank L. Dorman, Rebecca Wittrig, Chris M. English and Richard D. Sacks, Lab. Equip., March, 2003.

"Sampling and Monitoring of Biogenic Emissions by Eucalyptus Leaves Using Membrane Extraction with Sorbent Interface (MESI)", Limei Wang, Heather Lord, Rick Morehead, Frank Dorman and Janusz Pawliszyn, J. Agri. and Food Chem., 2002; 50(22), 6281 - 6286.

"Advances in Capillary Column Technology, and Instrumentation for Comprehensive 2-Dimensional Gas Chromatography", Frank L. Dorman, Lab. Equip., September, 2002

"Gas Chromatography" (Fundamental Reviews), Gary A. Eiceman, Jorge Gardea-Torresdey, Ed Overton, Kenneth Carney, and Frank Dorman, Anal. Chem., 2002, 74(12), 2771-2780.

"Predicting Gas Chromatographic Separation and Stationary-Phase Selectivity Using Computer Modeling," Frank L. Dorman, Paul D. Schettler, Christopher M. English, and Dinesh V. Patwardhan, Anal. Chem., 2002, 74(9), 2133-2138.

"Achieving the Optimum Gas Chromatographic Separation: Design of New Capillary Column Stationary Phases Using Computer Modeling," Frank L. Dorman, Paul D. Schettler, Christopher M. English, and Michael J. Feeney, 2000, LC*GC 18(9), 928.

"Complete Separation of Isomeric Penta- and Hexachloronaphthalenes by Capillary Gas Chromatography," Paul A. Helm, Liisa M. M. Jantunen, Terry F. Bidleman, and Frank L. Dorman, J. High Resol. Chromatogr., 1999, 22(11), 639- 643.

"Rational Design of Gas Chromatographic Capillary Column Stationary Phases," Frank L. Dorman, Christopher, M. English, Michael J. Feeney, and Julie Kowalski, American Laboratory, 1999, 31(6), 20-26.

"Using Hazardous Solvents," Frank Dorman and Jeff Widmer, Environmental Testing and Analysis, 1996, 5(4), 19-21.

"Evaluation of a Commercially-Available Laser-Scanning Microdensitometer for Emission Spectrographic Measurements," David S. Robinson, Kelly J. Mason, Frank L. Dorman, and Joel M. Goldberg, Applied Spectroscopy, 1990, 44(9), 1584-87.

Research Interests

Frank Dorman's Research Page

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).