Jonathan E. Kenny

Department of Chemistry
Pearson Chemistry Laboratory
62 Talbot Avenue
Tufts University 
Medford, MA 02155 

Office: X-104

Tel: 617-627-3397  Fax: 617-627-3443

E-mail:  jonathan.kenny@tufts.edu

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Current Appointments


Professor of Chemistry, Department of Chemistry




B.S. 1975, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN
Ph.D., 1979, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Postdoctoral Fellow, 1979-81, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT


Research Interests

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

"Investigation of the Fluorescence Quenching of 1-Aminoanthracene by Dissolved Oxygen in Cyclohexane," Pagano, Todd; Carcamo-Ortiz, Nelsy; Kenny, Jonathan, J. Phys. Chem. A, 2014, 118, 11512–11520, doi:10.1021/jp5094806.


“Trends in Levels of Allochthonous Dissolved Organic Carbon in Natural Water: A Review of Potential Mechanisms under a Changing Climate,” Pagano, Todd; Bida, Morgan; Kenny, Jonathan E. Water, 2014, 6, 2862-2897, doi:10.1021/jp5094806.


“Multidimensional Fluorescence Fingerprinting for Classification of Shrimp by Location and Species,” Jake Eaton, Acacia Alcivar-Warren, and Jonathan E. Kenny, Environ. Sci. Technol., 2012, 46, 2276–2282.


“Multidimensional Fluorescence Studies of the Phenolic Content of Dissolved Organic Carbon in Humic Substances,” Todd Pagano, Annemarie D. Ross, Joseph Chiarelli, and Jonathan E. Kenny, J. Environ. Monit., 2012, 14, 937-943.


“Application of PARAFAC to a two-component system exhibiting Fluorescence Resonance Energy Transfer: from theoretical prediction to experimental validation,” Hao Chen and Jonathan E. Kenny, Analyst, 2012, 137, 153-162, doi:10.1039/C1AN15805H.


“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.


"Improvement 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, 333-336.

“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.


Additional publications HERE.