Director, Sustainability Studies Program
Faculty Advisor, Coastal Environmental Studies
Ph.D. Cornell University, 1999
chemistry education research, sustainable and green chemistry
Department of Chemistry
Google Scholar Profile
Katherine Aubrecht is a chemist whose research and teaching interests include: the development of learning materials and curricula connecting chemistry to issues of sustainability, context-based approaches in chemistry education, fostering and assessing student transfer of chemistry concepts, biodegradable and biorenewable polymers, and environmentally benign synthetic methodology. She earned a B. A. in Chemistry from Reed College and a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Cornell University.
Aubrecht, K. B. Teaching Relevant Climate Change Topics in Undergraduate Chemistry Courses: Motivations, Student Misconceptions, and Resources, Curr. Opin. Green Sustain. Chem. 2018, 13, 44-49. (DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cogsc.2018.03.008)
Aubrecht, K. B.; Padwa, L.; Shen, X.; Bazargan, G. Development and Implementation of a Series of Laboratory Field Trips for Advanced High School Students To Connect Chemistry to Sustainability. J. Chem. Educ. 2015, 92, 631-637. (DOI: 10.1021/ed500630f)
Yang, R.; Su, Y. Aubrecht, K. B.; Wang, X.; Ma, H.; Grubbs, R. B.; Hsiao, B. S.; Chu, B. Thiol Functionalized Chitin Nanofibers for As(III) Adsorption. Polymer 2015, 60, 9-17. (DOI:10.1016/j.polymer.2015.01.025)
Yang, R.; Aubrecht, K. B.; Ma, H. Wang, R.; Grubbs, R. B.; Hsiao, B. S.; Chu, B. Thiol-modified Cellulose Nanofibrous Composite Membranes for Chromium (VI) and Lead (II) Adsorption. Polymer 2014, 55, 1167-1176. (DOI:10.1016/j.polymer.2014.01.043)
Cai, Y.; Aubrecht, K. B.; Grubbs, R. B. Thermally-induced Changes in Amphiphilicity Drive Reversible Restructuring of Assemblies of ABC Triblock Copolymers with Statistical Polyether Blocks. J. Am. Chem. Soc.2011,133, 1058.(DOI: 10.1021/ja109262h)
Robert, J. L.; Aubrecht, K. B. Ring Opening Polymerization of Lactide to Form a Biodegradable Polymer: an Organic Chemistry Laboratory. J. Chem. Ed. 2008, 85, 258. (DOI: 10.1021/ed085p258)
Wiberg, K. B.; Hintz, W.; Jarret, R. M.; Aubrecht, K. B. Conformational Preferences for 1,2- and 1,4- Difluorocyclohexane. J. Org. Chem. 2005, 70, 8381. (DOI: 10.1021/jo051049w)
Aubrecht, K. B.; Grubbs, R. B. Synthesis and Characterization of Thermoresponsive Amphiphilic Block Copolymers Incorporating a Poly(Ethylene oxide-stat-Propylene oxide) Block. J. Polym. Sci., Part A: Polym. Chem. 2005, 43, 5156. (DOI: 10.1002/pola.21007)
Aubrecht, K. B.; Hillmyer, M. A.; Tolman, W. B. Polymerization of D,L-Lactide by Monomeric Sn(II) Alkoxide complexes. Macromolecules 2002, 35, 644. (DOI: 10.1021/ma011873w)
Other Professional Activities
ACS Committee on the Environment (CEI) Award for Incorporation of Sustainability into Chemistry Education (2016)
With support from NSF TUES (Transforming Undergraduate Education in Science) program, developed inquiry-based learning materials and a project-based lab for three undergraduate chemistry courses that focus on sustainability.
With support from the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation’s Special Grant Program in the Chemical Sciences, developed a series of hands-on workshops for high school students that link chemistry content to issues of sustainability. These workshops are offered through the Institute for STEM Education at Stony Brook University.
Chemistry in Technology and the Environment/Chemistry for Environmental Scientists/Chemistry in Society (CHE 310/ENV 320/CHE 591), Chemistry for Environmental Scientists Laboratory (ENV 321), Chemistry, Life, Environment (CHE 115/ENV 115), Tools of Chemistry (CHE 385), Integrative, Collaborative, Systems Studies (SBC 401), General Chemistry (CHE 131-S), Organic Chemistry (CHE 321-S), General Chemistry Laboratory (CHE 133-S)
Congratulations to our graduates! The annual SoMAS Convocation occurred on Friday, May 18, 2018 at the Student Activities Center auditorium. Students gathered with their friends and family and SoMAS faculty and staff to celebrate the completion of their journey at...
This Friday, the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences will celebrate our graduating students at Convocation, where 101 undergraduate and 36 graduate students will have their degrees conferred. Profiles for a few of our graduating students are...
SoMAS had great, enthusiastic participation at Earthstock this year. Thank you to everyone at SoMAS who helped with the event in some way: Interim Dean Larry Swanson kicked the week off with his lecture, “Dredging Stony Brook Harbor,” at the Three Village Historical...
Photo above: Algae-scrubber team includes, from left, Christina Giordanella, Elisabeth Van Roijen, Shauna Wright and Associate Professor Kate Aubrecht. From Stony Brook Students Wield Science on Behalf of Sustainability by Glenn Jochum on SBU Happenings, April 16,...
Photo above: Mark Lang cavorts with the dancing sand shrimp. From Earthstock 2018 to Combine Traditions and Innovations by Glenn Jochum on SBU Happenings, April 11, 2018 Earthstock, Stony Brook’s annual celebration of Earth Day, kicks off Monday, April 16, featuring...
Photo above: Joy Pawirosetiko, an Honors College student who works with Dr. Sharon Pochron in Sustainability Studies, researched the effects of Roundup fertilizer on earthworms. From "President Stanley Joins International Coalition of Universities to Tackle Climate...
Interim Dean Larry Swanson thanks everyone who joined us at our Retrospective Event: This wonderful event brought us all together to reminisce, reflect, and look hopefully to the future." Many thanks to our colleagues who helped put the evening together. They include:...
Many thanks for those that joined us on December 14, 2016 for our Holiday Retrospective with great food and people. The highlight was when Santa arrived and the little ones all got a ride with him. A special thank you to those who helped organize the event including...