Professor of Chemistry, Department of Chemistry
B.S. 1975, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame,
Ph.D., 1979, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Postdoctoral Fellow, 1979-81, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT
Analytical, Physical, & Environmental Chemistry. The Kenny
research group is focused on the uses of multidimensional fluorescence to solve
analytical problems in the environment as well as the
fundamental photophysics of fluorescence spectroscopy. Past projects have ranged
from detecting pollution in groundwater to supersonic jet spectroscopy to
calculation of the effects of greenhouse gases on global climate. Present
projects include photophysics of oxygen quenching of fluorescence, development
of portable instruments for multidimensional fluorescence measurement, and
developing chemometric methods to analyze three-way data to characterize
dissolved organic matter in natural waters and other complex mixtures.
Selected Recent Publications
“Application of PARAFAC to Determination of Distribution
Constants and Spectra of Fluorescent Solutes in Micellar Solutions", H. Chen and
J. E. Kenny, Analyst, 2010, 135, 1704-1710.
"Fluorescence Intensities and Lifetimes of Aromatic Hydrocarbons
in Cyclohexane Solution: Evidence of Contact Charge-Transfer Interactions with
Oxygen", T. J. Brownrigg and J. E. Kenny,
J. Phys. Chem. A, 2009, 113, 1049-1059.
of Inner Filter Effect Correction Based on Determination of Effective Geometric
Parameters Using Conventional Fluorimeter", Q. Gu and J. E. Kenny, Anal.
Chem., 2009, 81, 420-26
“Nitrogen Gas Purging for the Deoxygenation of Polyaromatic
Hydrocarbon Solutions in Cyclohexane for Routine Fluorescence Analysis”, T. Pagano, A. J. Biacchi, and J. E. Kenny, Appl. Spectrosc. 2008, 62,
“A Study of pH Effects on Humic Substances using Chemometric Analysis of
Excitation-Emission Matrices”, H. Chen and J. E. Kenny, Annals of Env.
Sci., 2007, 1.
“Estuarine water classification using EEM spectroscopy and PARAFAC-SIMCA,” G. J.
Hall and J. E. Kenny, Analytica Chimica Acta, 2007, 581, 118-124.
“Estuarial Fingerprinting through Multidimensional Fluorescence and Multivariate
Analysis”, G.J. Hall, K.E. Clow, and J.E. Kenny, Environ. Sci. Technol., 2005, 39, 7560-7567.
Additional publications HERE.