Frederick T. Schaefer PhD

Frederick T. Schaefer PhD

Interim Director of Forensic Science Program

Associate Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry


BA (Franklin and Marshall College)

PhD (University of Wisconsin Madison)

Research Interests

Investigating the relationship between the chemical structure of the solute and modification of solvent properties by studying viscosity and other physical properties related to the motion of the molecules in the solution.


Modification of solvent dynamics by dissolved polymer in solutions has been documented. This phenomenon has implication for analytical techniques where polymer properties are derived from solution properties via the assumption that the solvent is a Newtonian continuum with the properties related only to those of the pure solvent. Based on the premise that interactions between molecules of greatly different size must occur on the spatial scale of the smaller molecules studies of the solution properties of low molecular weight analogs of common polymers are being made. Viscosity and other physical properties related to the motions of the molecules in solution are being used to investigate the relationship between the chemical structure of the solute and the modification of solvent properties.

Selected Scholarly Activity

Mahalingam, M.; Schaefer, F.; Morlino, E. “Promoting Student Learning through Group Problem Solving in General Chemistry Recitations”. ; J. Chemical Edu. 2008, 85, 1577-1581.
"Electrochemistry - Watching Electrons Move" Delaware Valley Sciences Fair, Fort Washington, PA, Wednesday, April 5, 2006.
"Enhanced Learning through Group Problem Solving", F. Schaefer, M. Mahalingam and E. Morlino, 229th American Chemical Society National Meeting, San Diego, CA, March 14, 2005.
“High-Performance Liquid Chromatography and Thin Layer Chromatography Assay for Devil’s Club (Oplopanax horridus),” J. W. Gruber, N. Kittipongpatana, J. D. Bloxton II, A. DerMarderosian, F. T. Schaefer, and R. Gibbs, J. Chromatog. Sci., 2004, 42, 196.
Response in “Our Readers Sound Off…Group Activities that Work Best,” M. Mahalingam and F. Schaefer, Strategies for Success, Benjamin Cummings, San Francisco, CA, 2004, 41.
"Technology for Chemical Education - Finding the Right Tools", F. Schaefer, 36th Middle Atlantic Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Philadelphia, PA, June 10, 2003.
"A Compendium of Models for VSEPR", F. Schaefer, ChemEd 2001, York University, Toronto, Canada, August 1, 2001.
"Chemistry and Mathematics Integrated in the Laboratory", F.T. Schaefer, M. Shahin, 76th Annual Meeting of the Pennsylvania Academy of Science, April 15, 2000.
"Experiments Involving Computerized Data Acquisition and Analysis - Innovative Chemistry with Connections to Biology and Mathematics", F.T. Schaefer, K.E. Walker, and M. Shahin, 218th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, New Orleans, LA, August 26, 1999.
"Extending the Capabilities of Instuments by Computer Interfacing", F.T. Schaefer, ChemEd '99, Sacred Heart Univerisity, August 3, 1999.

Contact Information

Office location: Griffith Hall, Room 222A
Mailing address: Box 48
University of Sciences
600 South 43rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4495
Office Phone: 215.596.8842

f [dot] schaef [at] usciences [dot] edu