Richard Whiteley

Professor, Chemistry


UC Box: A121

Office: Murdock 110


PhD in Analytical Chemistry, University of Nebraska, in 1978.

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, California State University, Long Beach, CA in 1974.

Areas of Research & Specialization

Dr. Whiteley 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. Dr. Whiteley had 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.

Published Works

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

"Equilibrium in Analytical Chemistry Using MapleĀ®  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.

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 opportunites 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. You can use the links to the left to read descriptions of the courses listed below.

CHEM 220/230 General Chemistry

CHEM 340/341 Quantitative Analysis

CHEM 444 Instrumental Metholds of Analysis