Jonathan K. Schoer, Ph.D.

Jonathan K. Schoer

Associate Professor of Chemistry

Center for the Sciences 202


Analytical chemistry, environmental chemistry


Post-Doc – Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine
Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry – Texas A&M University (1997)
M.S. – Iowa State University (1989)
B.A. – Luther College (1985)

Research Interests

Interfacial, surface, thin-film, and membrane chemistry and phenomena, especially with in situ methods capable of providing nanometer-scale information, analytical aspects of environmental issues


  • Diver, S. Duncan, M. Korenko, C. Larson, S. Nudehi, R. Palumbo, J. Schoer, and L. Venstrom. “The Thermal electrolytic production of Mg from MgO.” 2014. US Provisional Patent:62/056258.
  • Crooks, R.M., Kim, T., Chan, K.-C., Schoer, J. “Polymeric self-assembled mono- and multilayers and their use in photolithography.” 1999. US Patent 588754.
Book Chapters:
  • R. M. Crooks; O. Chailapakul; C. B. Ross; L. Sun; J. K. Schoer “Synthesis and Characterization of Two-Dimensional Molecular Recognition Interfaces.” In Interfacial Design and Chemical Sensing; Mallouk, T. E., Harrison, D. J., Eds.; ACS Symposium Series 561; American Chemical Society: Washington, DC, 1994; pp. 104-122
Journal Articles:
  • Liu, M., Zhang, Z., He, Q., Wang, H., Li, X., Schoer, J. “Exogenous phosphorus inputs alter complexity of soil-dissolved organic carbon in agricultural riparian wetlands.” Chemosphere. 2014, Jan, 95, 572-80.
  • Palumbo, R., Diver, R.B., Larson, C., Coker, E.N., Miller, J.E., Guertin, J., Schoer, J., Meyer, M., Siegel, N.P., “Solar Thermal Decoupled Water Electrolysis Process I: Proof of concept,” Chem. Eng. Sci., 2012, 84, 372-380.
  • Gallegos A.M., Atshaves B.P., Storey S., Schoer J, Kier A.B., Schroeder F. “Molecular and Fluorescent Sterol Approaches to Probing Lysosomal Membrane Lipid Dynamics.” Chem. Phys. Lipids. 2002, 116 (1-2), 19-38.
  • Huang, H.; Schroeder, F.; Zeng, C.; Estes, M. K.; Schoer, J. K.; Ball, J. M. “Membrane Interactions of a Novel Viral Enterotoxin: Rotavirus Nonstructural Glycoprotein NSP4.” Biochemistry 2001, 40(13), 4169-4180.
  • J. K. Schoer, A. Gallegos, A. L. McIntosh, O. Starodub, J. Billheimer, F. Schroeder “Lysosomal Membrane Cholesterol Dynamics,” Biochemistry 2000, 39(26), 7662.
  • Gallegos, A. M.; Schoer, J. K.; Starodub, O.; Kier, A. B.; Billheimer, J. T.; Schroeder, F. “A potential role for sterol carrier protein-2 in cholesterol transfer to mitochondria,” Chemistry and Physics of Lipids 2000, 105(1), 9-29.
  • J. K. Schoer; R. M. Crooks “Scanning Probe Lithography. 4. Characterization of Scanning Tunneling Microscope-Induced Patterns in n-Alkanethiol Self-Assembled Monolayers,” Langmuir 1997, 13(8), 2323.
  • J. K. Schoer; F. P. Zamborini, R. M. Crooks “Scanning Probe Lithography. 3. Nanometer-Scale Electrochemical Patterning of Au and Organic Resists in the Absence of Intentionally Added Electrolyte Solutions,” J. Phys. Chem.1996, 100(26), 11086.
  • K. C. Chan; T. Kim; J. K. Schoer; R. M. Crooks “Polymeric Self-Assembled Monolayers. 3. Pattern Transfer by Use of Photolithography, Electrochemical Methods, and an Ultrathin Self-Assembled Diacetylenic Resist,” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 1995, 117, 5875.
  • J. K. Schoer; C. B. Ross; R. M. Crooks; T. S. Corbitt; M. J. Hampden-Smith “Scanning Probe Lithography. 2. Selective Chemical Vapor Deposition of Copper into Scanning Tunneling Microscopy-Defined Patterns,”Langmuir 1994, 10(3), 615.
  • T. S. Corbitt; R. M. Crooks; C. B. Ross; M. J. Hampden-Smith; J. K. Schoer “Scanning Probe Surface Modification.” Adv. Mater. 1993, 5(12), 930.
  • J. K. Schoer; R. S. Houk; R. J. Conzemius; G. L. Schrader “Ion Association by Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometry: A Study of V-P-O Catalysts,” J. Am. Soc. Mass Spec. 1990, 1(2), 129.
  • R. S. Houk; J. K. Schoer; J. S. Crain “Plasma Potential Measurements for Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometry with a Center-Tapped Load-Coil,” J. Anal. Atom. Spec. 1987, 2(3), 283.


  • American Chemical Society
  • American Institute of Physics/American Vacuum Society
  • Council on Undergraduate Research
  • The Electrochemical Society
  • Society for Electroanalytical Chemistry
  • Phi Lambda Upsilon Chemistry Honor Society
  • Sigma Pi Sigma Physics Honor Society
  • Sigma Xi Research Honor Society


  • US-DOE, ARPA-E, “Solar Thermal Electrolytic Production of Mg from MgO,” $2,300,000, (2014–2016)
  • NSF, “RUI-The solar thermal decoupled electrolysis process for Hydrogen Production,” $300,000 (2013–2016)
  • ASIANetwork, “Dynamics of Nutrient Exchange and Reduction of Nutrient Loading in Aquatic Ecosystems & Investigation into Reduction of Nutrient Loading in the Tai Hu Watershed,” $23,000 (2007–2008) and $30,000 (2012–2013)
  • ILMCP/NOAA, “Water Quality in Three Northern Indiana Watersheds of the Lake Michigan Watershed,” $13,000 (2011–2012)
  • Indiana Space Grant Consortium, “Expanding the potential of using filamentous fungi to convert human waste into protein,” $25,000 (2011–2012)
  • Flora Richardson Foundation, Water Quality in the Great Marsh Complex of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore,” $10,000 (2009–2010)
  • Indiana Lakes Management Society, Water Quality in the Valparaiso Chain of Lakes Watershed,” $5,000 (2005–2006)
  • Pittsburgh Conference Memorial National College Grant, Acquisition of a high-resolution UV-visible spectrophotometer for the chemistry department, $9,000 (2004)