Dr. Eugene Wickenheiser

Dr. Eugene B. WickenheiserDepartment of Chemistry
Northern Michigan University
Phone :  (906) 227-2985
E-mail:  ewickenh@nmu.edu

Research Interests

I am interested in the environmental chemistry of heavy metals and metalloids, such as antimony, arsenic, bismuth, mercury, and silicon. Recently, new analytical methods have been developed which allow the study of several different chemical species of these elements at trace levels, and I employ these methods to elucidate their chemistry.

My research interests include the chemistry involved in the metabolism of metals by microorganisms; I am also interested in improving the current method of analysis, and the study of the chemistry of metals in other living systems.

Primary Areas of Work

-development of new techniques employing inductively-coupled plasma mass spectrometry ICP-MS and atomic fluorescence (AFS) detectors, and refinement of the hydride generation- inductively-coupled plasma mass spectrometry (HG/ICP-MS) method we currently employ for the trace-level analysis of organometallic species in environmental samples.

-the application of trace-level methods to the study of heavy metal species in living systems, including the study of the factors influencing the methylation of metals in biological systems, and the identification of methylation mechanisms.

-determination of the identity and significance of unknown organometallic species found in environmental systems.

Selected Publications/Presentations

Volatile compounds in gases emitted from the wetland bogs near Lake Cadagno, E.B.  Wickenheiser, K. Michalke, R. Hensel, C. Drescher, A.V. Hirner, B. Rutishauser, R.  Bachofen, Documenta Istituto Italiano Di Idrobiologia, 63, 137-140, 1998.

The development and application of liquid and gas chromatographic speciation techniques with element specific (ICP-MS) detection to the study of anaerobic arsenic metabolism, E.B. Wickenheiser, K.T. Michalke, C. Drescher,  A.V. Hirner, R. Hensel, Fresenius' Journal of Analytical Chemistry, Vol. 362, Issue 5, 498-501, 1998.

Speciation of ionic & volatile As-containing metabolites produced under anaerobic conditions. E.B. Wickenheiser, K.T. Michalke, C. Drescher,  A.V. Hirner, R. Hensel, 1st International Conference on Trace Metal Speciation in Munich, Germany, May, 1998.

Production of organometallic and organometalloid compounds by sewage sludge and pure cultures of methanogenic Archaea. K. Michalke, E. Wickenheiser, R. Hensel, A.V. Hirner, der Jahrestagung 1998 der Vereinigung fuer Allgemeine und Angewandte Mikrobiologie e.V. (VAAM), Frankfurt, Germany, March  22-25, 1998.

Development of HG-GC, PT-GC and HPIC coupled to ICP-MS and application to the study of  mobile and organometalloid species produced by a methanogen. E.B. Wickenheiser, K.T. Michalke, C. Drescher,  A.V. Hirner, R. Hensel, J. Ladmann, M. Mehring 1998 Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry, Scottsdale, Arizona, January 5-10, 1998.

Metal/metalloid speciation analysis of human body fluids by using hydride generation ICP-MS methodology J. Feldmann, E.B. Wickenheiser, W.R. Cullen, in Trace Elements in Man and Animals - 9. (Proceedings of the Ninth International Symposium on Trace Elements in Man and Animals), P.W.F. Fischer, M.R.L’Abbe, K.A. Cockell, R.S. Gibson, eds., NRC Research Press, Ottawa, Canada, 1997, 252.

Characterization and Fluxional Behavior of a Carboxylate-bridged Rhodium Dimer.  W.R. Cullen, S.J. Rettig, J. Trotter, E.B. Wickenheiser, Canadian Journal of Chemistry, Vol. 72, No. 5 (1994), 1294.

Presentations by Undergraduate Researchers

In Situ Generation of Methylated Selenium Compunds for Environmental Analysis, Michael C. Krzoska*, Julie Majorin, Eugene B. Wickenheiser, Ninth Annual Argonne Symposium for Undergraduates in Science, Engineering and Mathematics, Argonne National  Laboratory, Argonne, Illinois, November 6-7, 1998.