Barbara Belmont, MSc, ACUE

Lecturer, CSU Dominguez Hills Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Teaching CHE230, Quantitative Analysis, this semester

Office: SCI 320

Contact: Get my office phone and email address by searching on my last name in the CSUDH Directory

Office Hours: I keep regular office hours during the Fall and Spring semesters, see current syllabus for those times.

Appointments: Find a mutually convenient time to meet outside of office hours via my calendar.

photo of Barbara in the lab photocredit to Tara Pixley

About Me

  • Expertise: education technologies; chemistry education; analytical methods development and validation; molecular spectroscopy (FTIR, MS, UV-VIS); gas chromatography; chemical product quality issue investigations; coating and adhesive defect investigation; materials characterization; VOC compliance consulting

  • Teaching at CSUDH since 2002

  • Professional Science Masters, Analytical Chemistry, Illinois Institute of Technology, 2004

  • Bachelor of Arts, Chemistry and Biology, La Verne College, 1977

  • former President and Laboratory Director, American Research and Testing Inc.

  • Member: ACS, AAAS, ADSE, Math/Science Interchange, Out to Innovate, SACNAS, NOBCChE

  • AAAS Fellow (Class of 2002), ACS Fellow (Class of 2013)

  • Credentials/Certifications: ACUE Credential in Effective College Instruction; Advancing Inclusive Mentoring Training


Classes I've taught:

  • CHE 230, Quantitative Analysis Lecture and Lab: since 2005

  • CHE 112L, General Chemistry II Lab: Fall 2002, Spring 2003, Fall 2005, Fall 2006, Fall 2007

  • CHE 110, General Chemistry I Lecture: Spring 2014; Lab: Fall 2003, Spring 2004, Fall 2004, Fall 2006

  • CHE 313L, Organic Chemistry II Lab: Spring 2006

CHE 230 Resources

Essays about Science

Publications

Research Interests

I have many interests -- from developing or enhancing experiments for the analytical chemistry classroom, to using analytical techniques for characterizing or investigating a chemical conundrum. I am committed to taking on at least one research student per semester to do research for course credit. Talk to me to see whether our mutual interests may lead to me advising/mentoring you in directed research or a supervised project at CSUDH. Here is a list of some projects that I have advised:

  • Exploration of Regulated VOCs in Consumer Products; Berenice Rojas (Fall 2022)(2)

  • Characterization of an Unknown Phthalate by Pre-Analysis Derivitization GS-MS; Yolanda McDow (Fall 2022)(3,5)

  • Investigation of Ventilation Safety Using a Self-Built Carbon Dioxide Monitor; Berenice Rojas (Summer 2022)(3)

  • Detection of Diisononyl Phthalate in Commercial DINCH Plasticizer by GC-MS; Yolanda McDow (Summer 2022)(3)

  • Vitamin C, Acetaminophen, N-acetyl cysteine Cyclic Voltammetry Assay using the TeensyStat; Omar Santizo (2019-2021)(4)

  • Development of Environmentally Friendly Precipitation Experiment; Caire Ladan (2019-2020)

  • Hacking Electrochemistry: Implementation of a Low Cost Potentiostat in the Undergrad Teaching Lab; Claire Ladan (2018-2020)

  • Maker's Electrochemistry: Development of a Low Cost Potentiostat; Justin Hathaway (2016-2018)(1)

  • Exploring Methyl Paraben Content of Fresh Blueberries by GC/MS; Hillary Belo Gonzales (Fall 2016)

  • Estimation of Hydrophilic Lipophilic Balance of Gasoline Detergent Additives via Ethoxy Assay by GC-MS; Noman Al (Spring 2015)(1)

  • Development of a Low Cost Cyclic Voltammetry Undergraduate Laboratory Experiment; Sidney Loretta Domholdt (Spring/Fall 2015)(1)

  • Development of Copper(II) Ion Selective Electrode Membrane Using Luxol Fast Blue; Lisa Dinh (Fall 2014)(1)

  • Development of a GC-MS Quick Reference Manual; Noman Al (Fall 2014)

  • Determination of Manganese in Steel Sample: Identification and Prevention of Precipitate Produced in Steel Sample; Lara Angela Laurel (Fall 2014)(1)

  • Exploration of sensitivity and construction parameters of a copper Ion Selective Electrode; Lisa Dinh (Spring 2014)(1)

  • Chemical characterization of a copper-azoviolet ionophore; Saad Syed (Spring 2014)(1)

  • Methyl Paraben in Blueberries by HPLC-MS-MS; Cassandra Maddux & Elizabeth Grotemeyer (coadvisor 2013-2014)(2)

  • Comparison of Antioxidant Properties of Nopal and Aloe Leaves; Anthony Jones (coadvisor 2013-2014)(2)

  • Construction of a low cost copper Ion Selective Electrode; Warren Nanney (Fall 2013)(1)

  • Construction of a low cost calcium Ion Selective Electrode; Warren Nanney (Spring 2013)

  • pH optimization and rescue of the Fe(bipy)3 chromophore; Brian Castellon (Spring 2012)

  • Characterization of high density polyethylene structural failure by brittle fracture; Karl Berwyn (Spring 2012)


  1. Supported by the 2013 Society of Analytical Chemists of Pittsburg Undergraduate Analytical Chemistry Research grant
  2. Supported by CSUDH RISE
  3. Supported by CSUDH Office of Undergraduate Research
  4. Supported by McNair Scholars Program
  5. Supported by LS-AMP Program