John Seeley

John Seeley

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Oakland University Professor John Seeley's scholarly pursuits have led to advances in both industry and academia. As a 14-year faculty member in the Department of Chemistry, he has guided students through multiple areas of the subject, from courses in general chemistry, physical chemistry and organic chemistry, to an advanced course in chemical separations.

Born in Davison, MI, Dr. Seeley received a Bachelor of Science in chemistry from Central Michigan University and went on to complete a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

In 2001, he earned a CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation. The honor came with grant funding, which Dr. Seeley used to create an outreach program with local high schools and to develop technologies that help scientists better characterize complex chemical mixtures.

Dr. Seeley’s inventions include a two-dimensional gas chromatography technique that allows researchers to study complex mixtures, such as air and gasoline. He holds several patents and has successfully marketed his devices for use in private industry.

For his latest enterprise, Dr. Seeley is part of a team of researchers that will study air composition in northern Michigan. This NSF-supported project is an effort to gauge the environmental impact that changes in the region’s forests will have on the surrounding climate and ecosystems. The group will conduct research at the University of Michigan Biological Station in Pellston, MI. 


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