Dr. Daniel R. Albert

Physical Chemistry, Associate Professor, Department Chair

Dr. Daniel R. Albert

Contact Information


Office: Caputo 214
Phone: (717) 871-7391

Office Hours

T: 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
W: 2:00 - 3:30 pm
R: 9:00 - 11:00 am
Comments: Spring 2024


  • B.A. Chemistry – Ohio Wesleyan University, 2007
  • M.S. Chemistry – University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2008
  • Ph.D. Physical Chemistry – Cornell University, 2013

Courses Taught

  • Fundamentals of Chemistry (Chem 110)
  • Introductory Chemistry I and II (Chem 111 and 112)
  • Freshman Seminar in Chemistry (Chem 188)
  • Physical Chemistry I and II (Chem 341 and 342)

Course Materials

Research Interests

Dr. Albert’s current research interests involve investigating chemical reactions taking place on aerosol particles and how molecules on the surfaces of these particles influence their reactivity.  Dr. Albert is interested in modifying the surfaces of soot particles and liquid surfaces to determine how those changes affect the reactivity of gas-phase molecules impinging on the surface.  From a chemical education perspective, Dr. Albert is interested in developing low-cost instruments for teaching about and using instrumentation in classrooms.       

About Dr. Daniel R. Albert

Dr. Daniel R. Albert joined the Chemistry Department in August 2016.  He received his B.A. (2007) from Ohio Wesleyan University, his M.S. (2008) the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and his Ph.D. (2013) in Physical Chemistry from Cornell University.  As a graduate student, Dr. Albert’s research involved using molecular beam scattering to characterize chemical reactions.  Much of his graduate work involved developing high-intensity vacuum ultraviolet laser sources for molecule detection via “soft” single-photon ionization.  Before coming to Millersville, Dr. Albert was an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point from 2013 – 2016.  His major teaching responsibilities are Introductory Chemistry and Physical Chemistry. 

Professional Affiliations

American Chemical Society (ACS)

Recent Publications

  • Todt, M.A.; Albert, D.R.; Davis, H.F. “High Intensity Vacuum Ultraviolet  and Extreme Ultraviolet Production by Noncollinear Mixing in Laser Vaporized Media.” Rev. Sci. Instrum. 2016, 87, 063106.
  • Albert, D.R. “Deflategate: A Real Application of the Ideal Gas Law” National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science, University at Buffalo, State University of New York, 2015.
  • Albert, D.R.; Davis, H.F. “Experimental Studies of Bimolecular Reaction Dynamics Using Pulsed Tabletop Vacuum Ultraviolet Photoionization Detection.” Invited Perspective Article, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 2013, 15, 14566-14580.
  • Albert, D.R.; Todt, M.A.; Davis, H.F. “A Low-Cost Quantitative Absorption Spectrophotometer.” J. Chem. Educ. 2012, 89, 1432-1435.