Dr. Maria V. Schiza

Analytical Chemistry, Associate Professor

Dr. Maria V. Schiza

Contact Information


Office: Caputo 219
Phone: (717) 871-7437

Office Hours

M: 1 - 2 pm
T: 1 - 2 pm
W: 1 - 2 pm
R: 1 - 2 pm
F: 10-11 am
Comments: Summer I 2024


  • B.S. Chemistry - Roosevelt University, 1995
  • Ph.D. Analytical Chemistry - University of South Carolina, 2001
  • Post-doctoral research - University of South Carolina, 2001-2003

Courses Taught

  • Introductory Chemistry I & II (Chem 111 and 112)
  • Honors Seminar for Introductory Chemistry (Chem 113H)
  • Freshmen Seminar in Chemistry (Chem 188)
  • General, Organic and Biochemistry I & II Labs (Chem 103 and 104)
  • Organic Chemistry I & II Labs (Chem 231, 232 and 235)
  • Quantitative Analysis (Chem 265)
  • Analytical Chemistry (Chem 465)
  • Forensic Chemistry - Special Topics (Chem 486)
  • Senior Seminar (Chem 487 and 488)
  • Independent Study - Research (Chem 498)
  • Chemists Have Solutions – First Year Inquiry/Seminar (Univ 103)

Course Materials

Research Interests

Dr. Schiza's research interests include the development and characterization of new materials, particularly nanomaterials, for potential applications to analyte sensing and photocatalysis of organic contaminants, specifically organochlorides and organophosphides. Dr. Schiza is interested in the synthesis of inorganic nanoparticles using the sol-gel process and the study of their chemical and physical properties using spectroscopic techniques such as Raman, fourier transform infrared (FTIR), fluorescence, and UV-visible spectroscopy. Further investigation of the surface properties of these materials, using techniques such as transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), and scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), can also be used in order to examine their structure and morphological properties.

About Dr. Maria V. Schiza

Dr. Maria V. Schiza joined the Department in August 2005. Dr. Schiza did postdoctoral research at the University of South Carolina in the area of thin film fabrication and optical sensing. She also worked for Science and Technology Corporation in the area of bacterial spore detection. Dr. Schiza has published several papers in her area and has presented her work in a variety of national and international scientific meetings.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Chemical Society (ACS)
  • Middle Atlantic Association of Liberal Arts Chemistry Teachers (MAALACT)
  • Pennsylvania Academy of Science (PAS)
  • Southeastern Pennsylvania Section - American Chemical Society (SEPSACS)


  • B. M. Cullum, H. Li, M. V. Schiza, M. E. Hankus "Characterization of Multilayer-enhanced Surface-enhanced Raman Scattering (SERS) Substrates and Their Potential for SERS Nanoimaging" Nanobiotechnology, 3, pp.1-11 (2007).
  • M. V. Schiza, D. L. Perkins, R. J. Priore, P. Setlow, B. Setlow, B. V. Bronk, Diane M. Wong, M. L. Myrick "Improved Dispersion of Bacterial Endospores for Quantitative Infrared Sampling on Gold Coated Porous Alumina Membranes" Applied Spectroscopy, 59 (8), pp. 1068-1074 (2005).
  • P. G. Miney, M. V. Schiza, M. L. Myrick "A New Optically Reflective Thin Layer Electrode (ORTLE) Window: Gold on Thin Porous Alumina Film Used to Observe the Onset of Water Reduction" Electroanalysis, 16 (1-2), pp. 113-119 (2004).
  • R. J. Priore, F. G. Haibach, M. V. Schiza, A. E. Greer, D. L. Perkins, M. L. Myrick "Miniature Stereo Spectral Imaging for Multivariate Optical Computing" Applied Spectroscopy, 58 (7), pp. 870-873 (2004).
  • P. G. Miney, P. E. Colavita, M. V. Schiza, R. J. Priore, F. G. Haibach, M. L. Myrick "Growth and Characterization of a Porous Alumina Oxide Film Formed on an Electrically Insulated Support" Electrochemical and Solid-State Letters, 6 (10), pp. B42-B45 (2003).
  • F. G. Haibach, A. E. Greer, M. V. Schiza, R. J. Priore, O. O. Soyemi, M. L. Myrick "On-line Reoptimization of Filter Designs for Multivariate Optical Elements" Applied Optics, 42 (10), pp. 1833-1838 (2003).
  • D. A. Nivens, M. V. Schiza, S. M. Angel "Multilayer Sol-gel Membranes for Optical Sensing Applications: Single Layer pH and Dual Layer CO2 and NH3 Sensors" Talanta, 58 (3), pp. 543-550 (2002).
  • U. Evans, P. E. Colavita, M. S. Doescher, M. V. Schiza, M. L. Myrick "Construction and Characterization of a Nanowell Electrode Array" Nanoletters, 2 (6),pp. 641-645 (2002).
  • M. V. Schiza, M. P. Nelson, M. L. Myrick, S. M. Angel, "The Use of a 2D to 1D Dimension Reduction Fiber-Optic Array for Multi-Wavelength Imaging Sensors" Applied Spectroscopy,55 (2), pp. 217-226 (2001).