Adam Rowland

Personal History:

Adam Rowland is a recent graduate of the group, leaving in December 2008 after completing his dissertation "Explorations of electrothermal vaporization inductively coupled plasma time-of-flight mass spectrometry for isotopic analysis."

I was born and raised in Texas. The majority of my childhood was in Lake Jackson, which is a bit south of Houston. I did my undergraduate work at Texas A&M University, in College Station. I received my BS in Chemistry in 2004. I now live here in Austin and am enjoying the graduate student life. I married Jessica Daniel (now Rowland) on June 12, 2004. She works with the American Cancer Society here in Austin.


Graduate Research Interests

Though I worked on a variety of activities, my work was largely devoted to 2 topics:

1. Separation of Rb and Sr by using the thermal control capabilities of the an electrothermal vaporizer combined with ICP-MS. This allowed for removal of the isobaric overlap at mass 87 and has possible applications in the field of geological isotopic dating.

2. Exploration and correction of isotopic ratio inaccuracy encountered with ICP-TOF-MS. It was found that the analog mode often used on commercially available ICP-TOF-MS instrumentation can lead to an inherent bias in recorded isotope ratios. This was related to the efficiency with which ions were recorded in the detection system, and a correction methodology was established.

Peer-reviewed Publications:

Undergraduate Work

I performed a wide variety of undergraduate research. In the summer of 2002, I did an REU session at Oklahoma State in the McKeever Lab in conjunction with the Arkansas Oklahoma Center for Space and Planetary Science. In Spring 2003 at A&M, I did some research in the Simanek group on the possible development of an AB4 type dendrimer. From the fall of 2003 to summer of 2004, I worked in the Clearfield labs at A&M. My work was in the synthesis and characterization of high surface area organometallic materials. The first work focused on layered zirconium compounds of alkyl diphosphonates. I later moved into zirconium aryl diphosphonates and some very interesting tin phosphonate compounds.

Resulting publications:

1. McKeever, S. W. S.; Banerjee, D.; Blair, M.; Clifford, S. M.; Clowdsley, M. S.; Kim, S. S.; Lamothe, M.; Lepper, K.; Leuschen, M.; McKeever, K. J.; Prather, M.; Rowland, A.; Reust, D.; Sears, D. W. G.; Wilson, J. W. Concepts and approaches to in situ luminescence dating of martian sediments. Radiation Measurements (2003), 37(4-5), 527-534.

2. Subbiah, Ayyappan; Pyle, David; Rowland, Adam; Huang, Jin; Narayanan, R. Aravinda; Thiyagarajan, P.; Zon, Jerzy; Clearfield, Abraham. A Family of Microporous Materials Formed by Sn(IV) Phosphonate Nanoparticles. Journal of the American Chemical Society (2005), 127(31).

3. Huang, Jin; Subbiah, Ayyappan; Pyle, David; Rowland, Adam; Smith, Brentley; Clearfield, Abraham. Globular Porous Nanoparticle Tin(IV) Phenylphosphonates and Mixed Methyl Phenylphosphonates. Chemistry of Materials (2006), 18(22), 5213-5222

Contact Information

Adam Rowland
1 University Station, A5300
Austin, TX 78712

(512) 471-1180