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Steven J. Christopher

Research

Dr. Christopher’s current research focuses on developing reference analytical methods for the determination of trace elements in NIST Standard Reference Materials, research on petroleum materials, isotopic chemical forensics measurements via multicollector ICP-MS, investigating novel instrument couplings, and solid-sampling and imaging research using laser ablation interfaced to ICP-MS. He is an adjunct professor at the Medical University of South Carolina’s Marine Biomedicine and Environmental Sciences Center.

Experience

Dr. Christopher has 20+ years of research experience in plasma-based spectroscopies, including inductively coupled plasma and glow discharge plasma mass and emission spectrometries, sector field ICP-MS and multicollector ICP-MS; Comprehensive knowledge of analytical instrumentation and method development for quantification of trace elements; experience with trace element and isotopic chemical separations and microwave sample decomposition methodologies; application of quantification strategies employing high-accuracy measurement and calibration schemes, including isotope dilution mass spectrometry, method of standard additions and mercury quantification methods.

Student Mentoring Experience

  • Aubrey Galusha, PhD candidate, SUNYAlbany/Wadsworth Center School of Public Health (Summer Mentor)
  • Portia Thomas, BS, Erskine College (Summer Mentor)
  • Matt Bertin, PhD, Medical University of South Carolina Marine Biomedicine and Environmental Sciences Program (Committee Member)
  • Rebecca Derex, MS, College of Charleston Graduate Program in Marine Biology (Laboratory Measurements)
  • Renata Amais, PhD, University of São Paulo, Brazil (Guest Research Mentor)
  • Blakely Adair, PhD (NRC Postdoctoral Advisor)
  • Rusty Day, MS, College of Charleston Graduate Program in Marine Biology (Committee Member)
  • Colleen Bryan, MS, College of Charleston Graduate Program in Marine Biology (Major Advisor)
  • Jeffery Schwenter, MS, College of Charleston Graduate Program in Marine Biology (Committee Member)
  • Courtney Arthur, MS, College of Charleston Graduate Program in Marine Biology (Committee Member)
  • Heidi Williams, MS, College of Charleston Graduate Program in Marine Biology (Laboratory Measurements)
  • Gaelle Blanvillain, MS, College of Charleston Graduate Program in Marine Biology (Laboratory Measurements)
  • Colleen Bryan, PhD, Medical University of South Carolina Marine Biomedicine and Environmental Sciences Program (Major Advisor)
  • Anisha Amatya, Academic Magnet High School, North Charleston, SC, Thesis Advisor
  • W. Clay Davis, PhD (NRC Postdoctoral Advisor)
Steven Christopher

Position:

Research Chemist
Chemical Sciences Division
646.01

Education:

  • Ph.D., Clemson University, 1998
  • B.S., State University of New York, Buffalo, NY, 1993
Contact

Phone: 843-762-4872
Email: steven.christopher@nist.gov
Fax: 843-762-8742