Dr. Kimberly Woznack


Department of Mathematics and Physical Sciences


Dr. Woznack knew when she was an undergraduate student at Hartwick College, that she wanted to one day be a chemistry professor. Her graduate work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison focused on the use of Synchrotron-based Photoelectron Spectroscopy to study metal to semiconductor contacts.  Her postdoctoral work at the University of New Hampshire with Christopher Bauer implemented changes to the General Chemistry curriculum and assessed the impact of those changes.

Dr. Woznack has been at PennWest California since completing her postdoc in 2004. She is also a an advisory board member for the PennWest California Women's Studies Program.

Research Interests

Dr. Woznack has an interest in research focused on chemical education, gender equity in STEM, and the field of materials science.   

Research Projects Including Students

  • Synthesis of a Fluorescent Molecular Indicator for Arsenic
  • Arsenic Absorption by Spinach Mustard in Hydroponic Conditions
  • Analysis of Silver as a Three-Dimensional Substrate for a Galvanic Cell

Service-learning Projects

Dr. Woznack is currently one of the advisors of the Chemistry Club.  Many members of the Chemistry Club are also student affiliate members of both the American Chemical Society (ACS) and the Society of Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh (SACP). Through both the ACS and SACP the student club participates in many outreach events throughout the year. One notable event is the National Chemistry Week event at the Carnegie Science Center, which occurs each October. The club also conducts demonstrations for local schools as well as assists with the annual regional Science Olympiad competition.  

  • B.S.: Hartwick College
  • Ph.D.: University of Wisconsin-Madison

Email: Woznack@pennwest.edu

Phone: 724-938-5734

Office: New Science Hall Room 202D