Richard Whiteley, PhD

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Course Information

At Pacific University, all faculty teach a variety of different courses. Typically, we do not use graduate teaching assistants, which means that your classes will be taught by professors and that you will have plenty of opportunities to get to know the faculty in your discipline.

Below I have listed some of the courses that I teach. We are always developing and trying out new classes. The list may change now and then.

CHEM 220/230 | General Chemistry

CHEM 340/341 | Quantitative Analysis

CHEM 444 | Instrumental Methods of Analysis

Areas of Research & Specialization

My interests are in the development and application of analytical methods for the evaluation of batteries, especially nickel-hydrogen and nickel-cadmium, but also lithium ion batteries. I have been involved in the design and development of batteries for the Hubble Space Telescope, the International Space Station and for several communication satellites that employ lithium ion technology.


PhD in Analytical Chemistry, University of Nebraska, in 1978

Bachelor of science in chemistry, California State University, Long Beach, Calif., in 1974

Recently Published Works

"The Simulation of an Oxidation Reduction Titration Curve with Computer Algebra." R.V. Whiteley, 2015, Americal Chemical Society, Journal of Chemical Education website, DOI 10.1021/ed500840u.

"Equilibrium in Analytical Chemistry Using Maple®  An emphasis on Ionic Equilibrium - Part I."  R.V. Whiteley, 2013, Ventus Publishing ApS.

"Equilibrium in Analytical Chemistry Using Maple®  An emphasis on Ionic Equilibrium - Part II."  R.V. Whiteley, 2013, Ventus Publishing ApS.

"The Analytical Determination of Kinetic Parameters for a Bimolecular EC Mechanism from Chronoamperometric Data." K.T. Gimre, R.V. Whiteley, Jr. and C.M. Guenther, J. of Math. Chem., 2012, 50 (4), 805-818.

"Acid / Base Equilibrium in General Chemistry Using Maple" Maple Summer Workshop, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, July 2004.

"Characterization of Lithium Battery Electrolytes by Computer Modeling" B.K. Moore, R.V. Whiteley, Jr., K.E. Johnson, and J.O. Currie, Jr., 2000 NASA Aerospace Battery Workshop, 14-16 Nov. 2000, Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL.

C.O. Kelly and R.V. Whiteley, Jr. "Recent Developments in Cathode Material Preparation and Characterization for Rechargeable Lithium Ion Batteries," Proceedings of the 37th Power Sources Conference, 17-20 June 1996, pp195-199.

"Low Temperature Synthesis, Chemical and Electrochemical Characterization of LiNixCo1-xO2 Cathode Materials for Rechargeable Lithium Ion Batteries" K.S. Nanjundaswamy, D. Standlee, C.O. Kelly, and R.V. Whiteley, Jr., 1996 NASA Aerospace Battery Workshop, 5 Dec. 1996, Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL.

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Murdock Hall 110 (Forest Grove)
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