Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Ph.D., Chemistry, Penn State University, 1998
B.Sc., Chemistry, Ursinus College, 1991
Office: 220 Luerssen Building
Dr. David J. Aurentz is an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Penn State Berks. Prior to coming to Berks, Aurentz was a Senior Research Chemist at Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. in Allentown PA. His research is focused on the application of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy to different types of materials. Dr. Aurentz is interested in using solid-state NMR methods to observer the nature of aluminum atoms in a zeolite's framework with the purpose of understanding zeolitic reactivity. Additionally Aurentz studies the physical state of water when associated with materials such as zeolites, glasses, gels and cement and employs deuterium (2H) NMR to probe deuterated water (D2O) in these hydrated materials. Finally, he is interested in the application of spectroscopy to relevant biological systems.
Most Recent Publications:
David J. Aurentz, Anthony F. Tierno, and Kevin J. Sutovich, ”Characterization of Aluminum in Cation-Exchanged NH4NaY and USY Zeolites by 27Al MAS NMR Spectroscopy”, Catalysis Letters, 2009, 132, 133-137. DOI 10.1007/s10562-009-0078-9
Tami H. Mysliwiec, Anthony F. Tierno, and David J. Aurentz, "Characterization of Bacillus subtilis sporulation and bacteriophage infection via FT-IR spectroscopy", Spectroscopy, 2009, 23, 165-174. DOI 10.3233/SPE-2009-0389