Office: UC 116
Professor and Dean, CNMS
Dr. LaCourse’s research interests include myriad techniques. His group performs basic and applied research on hydrodynamic electroanalytical techniques in liquid chromatography and capillary electrophoresis, adsorption phenomena at noble metal electrodes, and advanced sample preparation techniques (e.g., microdialysis and pressurized-fluid extraction). A major thrust of his efforts is to further understand and expand the limits of pulsed electrochemical detection (PED) techniques for the determination of polar aliphatic compounds. Dr. LaCourse applies PED to (bio)analytical problems of critical significance in the areas of pharmaceutical, toxicological, forensic, environmental, and life science arenas. Recent pursuits have expanded to mass spectrometry, with graduate student research resulting in the development of a novel platform for a desorption atmospheric pressure chemical ionization (DAPCI) source for mass spectrometry.
Dr. LaCourse’s experience extends beyond the laboratory and classroom, as he actively works to improve higher education structure. LaCourse was integral in developing the widely recognized Chemistry Discovery Center, an interactive, team-based supplement to lecture courses, improving student grades and retention in introductory chemistry courses. Current initiatives include improving transfer student success through curriculum alignment between community colleges and four-year institutions as well as creating a comprehensive, multidimensional model for public research universities to increase the number of students from all backgrounds completing majors in the biomedical and behavioral sciences through the STEM BUILD NIH grant. LaCourse also implemented the creation of revitalized core facilities at UMBC to allow members of the university and surrounding research community to have increased access to advanced instrumentation for chemistry, biology, imaging, and design.
Honors and Awards
Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society
- CHEM 100: The Chemical World
- CHEM 101: Principles of Chemistry I
- CHEM 102: Principles of Chemistry II
- CHEM 300: Analytical Chemistry