Kenneth Martin

Kenneth Martin

  • Department Chair
  • Professor
  • Phone: 619.849.2329

Education

  • B.A. Point Loma College
  • M.S. University of California, Davis
  • Ph.D. University of Kansas / Wichita State University

Background

Education:

 

 

1973-77

Ph.D., Physical Chemistry, University of Kansas/Wichita State University (with Allan M. Nishimura)

 

1970-73

M.S., Physical Chemistry, University of California-Davis (with D.S. Tinti)

 

1966-70

B.A., Chemistry and Mathematics (double major), Pasadena College (Cum Laude)

Dissertation:

 

 

 

Phosphorescence Microwave Double Resonance Studies of Aromatic Aldehydes

Employment:

 

 

1990-present

Professor, Department of Chemistry, Point Loma Nazarene University

 

1977-1990

Professor, Department of Chemistry, Gordon College


Major Committee Assignments
:

 

Member and Chair, Campus-Wide Planning and Budgeting Committee (1995-97); Academic Policy Committee (1994-96; 2004-07; 1999-2003); Educational Programs Self-Study Committee (1994-96); Member and Chair, Faculty Council (1992-94 and 2006-2008); President’s Ad Hoc Committee on Quality (1991-92); Strategic Planning Committee (2005-2008).

Membership

1973 - present

American Chemical Society

 

1977 - present

American Scientific Affiliation

 Institutional Activities:

  • Member, General Education Committee
  • Member, Professional Development Committee
  • Chair and Member of Faculty Council
  • Member, President’s Ad Hoc Committee on Quality
  • Member, Ad Hoc Committee to Establish a Wesley Study Center
  • Member, Pre-Med Committee
  • Member, Ad Hoc Committee on Department Chair Load
  • Member, Educational Programs Self Study Committee
  • Member, Academic Policy Committee
  • Chair and Member, Campus-wide Planning and Budgeting Committee
  • Member, Safety Committee
  • Member, Teacher Education Committee
  • Member, Strategic Planning Committee
  • Member, Wesleyan Center Steering Committee

Research

Current Research

Our present research studies investigate the electronic interactions of substituted naphthalene compounds that have been deposited as thin layers on an inert surface in an ultrahigh vacuum chamber. The properties and the behaviors of organic surfaces molecules are important in understanding catalysis. Furthermore, the interactions of different kinds of molecular surfaces have relevance in the development of future electronic devices such as organic light emitting diodes.

Three separate manuscripts dealing with this work were prepared by the end of the summer. Two are in the hands of referees and one, titled “Formation of Naphthalene-Dichloronaphthalene Exciplexes on Al2O3 (0001)”, is scheduled to be publication in the Journal of Undergraduate Chemistry Research later this year.


 

Areas of Research

Dr. Martin's research interests are in the general area of molecular spectroscopy. Most recently, he and his PLNU students have worked with Dr. Allan Nishimura at Westmont College on collaborative projects in two broad areas.

The first area of research involves the spectroscopic study of energy transfer in thin organic films deposited on an Al2O3 surface. These studies are conducted under ultrahigh vacuum (UHV) conditions and in a temperature range from 100 K to 900 K.

The second area of research involves experiments that fall under the general heading of Optically Detected Magnetic Resonance (ODMR) techniques. In these experiments, optical signals are collected from a sample immersed in a liquid helium bath (~ 1.4 K) and excited with both UV and microwave radiation. Such studies detect subtle changes in the triplet state of excited aromatic compounds. These signals indicate changes in the local molecular environment.

These research efforts seek a better understanding of the dynamics of energy transfer within solid substances. Such processes are involved in catalysis, photosynthesis, and similar important phenomena.

Interests

Other Areas of Institutional Service:

Gordon College

  • Director, Core Curriculum Program
  • Member, Academic Policy Committee
  • Member, Faculty Senate
  • Chair and Member, Core Curriculum Committee
  • Chair and Member, Field and Cooperative Education Committee
  • Participant, Individual Faculty Development program, thirteen years

Publications

Five most recent Professional Publications:

  1. “Evidence of resonance energy transfer in molecular bilayers on Al2O3 (0001)”, Samantha R. Gardner, Seth W. Simonds, K.A. Martin, A.M. Nishimura, Journal of Undergraduate Chemistry Research, 2011, 10(3), 95.
  2. “Evidence of resonance energy transfer in molecular bilayers on Al2O3 (0001)”, Samantha R. Gardner, Seth W. Simonds, K.A. Martin, A.M. Nishimura, Journal of Luminescence, 2011, Vol. 131, 1661-1663.
  3. “Observation of Resonance Energy Transfer in Naphthalene-Phenanthrene Molecular Bilayers on Al2O3 (0001)”, Seth W. Simonds*‡, Samantha R. Gardner*, K.A. Martin‡ and A.M. Nishimura†, Journal of Undergraduate Chemistry Research, 2011, Vol. 10(1), 1.
  4. “Observation of Resonance Energy Transfer in Dichlorobenzene-Fluorenone Bilayer on Al2O3 (0001)”, Laura M. Selby*, Michael S. Douglas‡*, K.A. Martin‡ and A.M. Nishimura†, Journal of Undergraduate Chemistry Research, 2011, Vol. 10(1), 5.
  5. “Perturbation in the Formation of Excimers in Methylnaphthalenes on Al203 (0001)”, Michael S. Douglas‡*, Laura M. Selby*, K.A. Martin‡ and A.M. Nishimura†, Journal of Undergraduate Chemistry Research, 2010, Vol. 9(4), 117.