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Associate Professor

University of Central Oklahoma


Eric joined the UCO faculty in August 2017 to teach Inorganic, Environmental, and General Chemistry courses.  He has been active in research projects focused on undergraduate student experiences in areas of chemical education, inorganic chemistry, radiochemistry, and crystallography.

Education and Certifications

The University of Iowa, Ph.D. Chemistry 2017

Luther College, B.A. Chemistry 2012

Classes Taught

Most commonly taught:

CHEM 1103 General Chemistry I

CHEM 1112 General Chemistry I Lab

CHEM 3353 Environmental Chemistry

CHEM 4654 Inorganic Chemistry (& Lab)


Honors and Awards

UCO CETTL 21st Century Pedagogy Institute Lifetime Teacher-Scholar 2021

UCO CETTL 21st Century Pedagogy Institute Distinguished Teacher-Scholar 2021

UCO CETTL 21st Century Pedagogy Institute Distinguished Teacher-Scholar 2020

UCO CETTL 21st Century Pedagogy Institute Distinguished Teacher-Scholar 2019

UCO CETTL 21st Century Pedagogy Institute Teacher-Scholar 2018

VIPEr Fellowship, funded by an NSF IUSE grant, 2018-2020

Research, Published Work, and Scholarly Activities

  1. Thompson C.E., Nelson A.W., Gribble L.A., Caskey S.A., Eitrheim E.S. Chemical Safety and Security Education in ACS-Approved Chemistry Programs. Journal of Chemical Education, 2020 97, 7, 739-1746.
  2. Lee R.J., Huggins A., Waters A.L., Eitrheim E.S., Cook T. Analyzing Factors for First Semester General Chemistry Student Success at the University of Central Oklahoma. Proceeding of the Oklahoma Academy of Sciences, 2019 99, 120-125.
  3. Eitrheim E.S., Nelson A.W., Knight A.W., May D., Forbes, T.Z. Recent Advancements in the Radiochemistry of Elements Pertaining to Select Nuclear Materials and Wastes. ACS Symposium Series: Elements Old and New: Discoveries, Developments, Challenges, and Environmental Implications, 2017 9, 173 – 194.
  4. Perkins C.K., Eitrheim E.S., Fullmer L.B., Fulton B.L., Colla C.A.,Oliveri A.F., Park D., Casey W.H., Nyman M., Forbes T.Z., Johnson D.W., Keszler D.A. Synthesis of the Aluminum Hydroxide Octamer by a Simple Dissolution Method. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2017 56, 10161.
  5. Eitrheim E.S., May D., Schultz M.K., Forbes T.Z., Nelson A.W. Disequilibrium of Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials (NORM) in Drill Cuttings from a Horizontal Drilling Operation. Environ. Sci. Technol. Lett., 2016 3 (12), 425–429.
  6. Nelson A.W., Eitrheim E. S., Knight A.W., May D., Wichman, D.W., Forbes, T.Z., Schultz, M.K. Polonium-210 Accumulates in a Lake Receiving Coal Mine Discharges – Anthropogenic or Natural? J. Environ. Radioact. 2016 17, 211–221.
  7. Knight A.W., Eitrheim E.S., Nelson A.W., Peterson M., McAlister D., Forbes T.Z., Schultz M.K. Trace-Level Extraction Behavior of Actinide Elements by Aliphatic Alcohol Extractants in Mineral Acids: Insights into the Trace Solution Chemistry of Protactinium. Solvent Extr. Ion Exc., 2016 34 (6), 509–521.
  8. Nelson A.W., Johns A.J., Eitrheim E.S., Knight A.W., Basile M., Bettis E.A., Schultz M.K., Forbes T.Z. Partitioning of Naturally-Occurring Radionuclides (NORM) in Marcellus Shale Produced Fluids influenced by Chemical Matrix. Environ. Sci.: Processes Impacts, 2016 1, 456–463.
  9. Knight A.W., Eitrheim E.S., Nelson A.W., Forbes T.Z., Schultz M.K. A Chromatographic Separation of Neptunium and Protactinium using 1-octanol Impregnated onto a Solid Phase Support. J. Radioanal. Nucl. Chem., 2016 307 (1), 59-67.
  10. Knight A.W., Eitrheim E.S., Nelson A.W., Schultz M.K. A Calculation Model for Liquid-Liquid Extraction of Protactinium by 2,6-dimethyl-4-heptanol. Nukleonika, 2015 60 (4), 837-845.
  11. Nelson A.W., Knight A.W., May D., Eitrheim E.S., Schultz M.K. Naturally-Occurring Radioactive Materials (NORM) Associated with Unconventional Drilling for Shale Gas. In Drogos, D.L. (Ed.), 2015 4, 89–128. Washington DC: American Chemical Society.
  12. Nelson A.W., Knight A.W., Eitrheim E.S., Schultz M.K. Monitoring Radionuclides in Subsurface Drinking Water Sources near Unconventional Drilling Operations: A Pilot Study. J. Environ. Radioact. 2015 142, 22–28.
  13. Nelson A.W., Eitrheim E.S., Knight A.W., May D., Mehrhoff M.A., Shannon R., Litman R., Burnett C.W., Forbes T.Z., Schultz M.K. Understanding the Radioactive Ingrowth and Decay of Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials in the Environment: An Analysis of Produced Fluids from the Marcellus Shale. Environ. Health Perspect. 2015 123 (7), 689–696.
  14. Eitrheim E.S., Knight A.W., Nelson A.W., Schultz M.K. Separation of Gallium and Actinides in Plutonium Nuclear Materials by Extraction Chromatography. J. Radioanal.  Nucl. Chem. 2015 303 (1), 123–130.
  15. Nelson A.W., May D., Knight A.W., Eitrheim E.S., Mehrhoff M., Shannon R., Litman R., Schultz M.K. Matrix Complications in the Determination of Radium Isotopes in Hydraulic Fracturing Flowback Water from Marcellus Shale. Environ. Sci. Technol. Lett., 2014 1 (3): 204–208 *[ACS Editors’ Choice: Cover Feb. 2014].
  16. Knight A.W., Eitrheim E.S., Nelson A.W., Nelson S.T., Schultz M.K. A Simple Rapid Method to Separate Uranium, Thorium, and Protactinium for U-Series Age-Dating of Materials. J. Environ. Radioact. 2014 134, 66–74.

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