Winkelmann, Kurt

Associate Professor

As a chemist and educator, I am interested in both chemical research and education research.  Expanding my knowledge in both these areas helps me to become a better teacher for my students.  I also have a strong interest in service to Florida Tech, the Melbourne community and my profession.


Educational Background

B.S. Virginia Tech 1995
Ph.D. Auburn University 2000
Postdoctoral Researcher Northwestern University 2001


Recognition & Awards

2013 Florida Tech Kerry Bruce Clark Award for Excellence in Teaching

2012 Orlando ACS Award for Outstanding Four-Year College Teacher

2012 Florida Tech President’s Award for University Excellence

2009 Florida Tech Andrew W. Revay Jr. Award for Excellence in Service


Current Courses

I teach general and physical chemistry courses and I co-teach Introduction to Nanoscience and Technology, a laboratory course for freshmen.


Professional Experience

Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Nano Education

Florida Tech Faculty Senator

Science Chair, Florida Tech Online


Additional Duties

In addition to teaching chemistry and performing research, I serve as the General Chemistry Coordinator for the Chemistry Department.  In that capacity, I supervise all of the General Chemistry graduate teaching assistants and work with the chemistry stockroom staff to make sure that students learn as much as possible as they perform their laboratory experiments.  Other responsibilities include scheduling General Chemistry classes and organizing homework assignments and final exams.


Current Research

Chemical Education

It is well established that students learn most by actively participating in their education. For science classes, that often means students performing laboratory experiments. I enjoy devising new, interesting experiments for students and seeing them taught at Florida Tech. I also support many undergraduate students to help me develop these experimenters and they appear as co-authors on published articles and present our research at science education conferences. My current interests include experiments that highlight applications of nanotechnology and designing virtual chemistry experiments. This is my most active field of research and has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy and the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation. Read about current and recent projects by clicking on the links below.

Evaluating Students' Learning and Attitudes in a Virtual Chemistry Laboratory

Creating a Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Minor

Introducing Research-inspired Modules in the General Chemistry Lab Curriculum

Developing an Interdisciplinary Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology Academic Program


These new experiments are only useful if they benefit students helping them learn more or improve their appreciation of chemistry. This means that we must understand how the experience of performing the experiment can influence students’ knowledge and attitudes. Chemical education researchers apply statistical methods with a scientific approach in order to determine how a lab experiment might affect students. All of my current research evaluates the project's efficacy towards improving student learning and attitudes.


Physical Chemistry

Understanding the mechanism of a reaction allows us to optimize the reaction rate and predict its outcome. My current research in this area focuses on understanding how visible light can initiate chemical reactions that degrade pollutants into nontoxic or event useful products. Halogenated organic molecules provide interesting target molecules because they have a significant environmental impact as greenhouse gases and many such compounds cannot be destroyed by conventional oxidation techniques.



I am also interested in the design and application of novel nanomaterials. For instance, nanoparticles can possess properties very different from the analogous bulk material. Controlling the properties of these nanosized materials and characterizing them is an interesting challenge.



Selected Publications

Winkelmann, K.; Baloga, M. H.; Marcinkowski, T.; Giannoulis, C.; Anquandah, G.; Cohen, P. “Improving Students’ Inquiry Skills and Attitudes through Research-Inspired Modules in the General Chemistry Laboratory” J. Chem. Educ. 92(2), 2015, 247–255.

Winkelmann, K.; Baloga, M. H.; Menendez, A. “Lightning in a Bottle: Measuring NOx Formed by Electrical Discharge in an Inquiry-Based General Chemistry Laboratory Experiment” Chem. Educator 19 2014, 305-309.

Winkelmann, K.; Scott, M.; Wong, D. “A Study of High School Students’ Performance of Virtual Chemistry Laboratory in Second Life” J. Chem. Educ. 91(9) 2014, 1432-1438.

Winkelmann, K. “A Ten Year Review of the NSF Nanotechnology in Undergraduate Education (NUE) program” J. Nano Educ. 6(2) 2014, 109-116.

Winkelmann, K.; Bernas, L.; Saleh, M. “A Review of Nanotechnology Learning Resources for K-12, College and Informal Educators” J. Nano Educ. 6(1) 2014, 1-11.

Winkelmann, K. “Learning about the Societal Impacts of Nanotechnology through Role Playing” J. Nano Educ. 4(1) 2012, 67-81.

Kurt Winkelmann “Virtual Worlds and Their Uses in Chemical Education” in Pedagogic Roles of Animations and Simulations in Chemistry Courses ACS Symposium Series, Jerry Suits and Kimberly Pacheco (Eds). 2013; New York: Oxford University Press, pp 161-179.

Kurt Winkelmann, Robert L. Calhoun and G. Mills, “Effects of Periodic Illumination and Aqueous/Organic Interfacial Surface Area on Chain Propagation of CCl3F Reduction” J. Phys. Chem. C, 116(4) 2012, 2829–2837.

Kurt Winkelmann, Helen German, Cory Hodes, Jia Li, Monica Price, Christina Termini, and Catherine Thiele “Synthesis of Iron Nanoparticles in Aqueous and Nonaqueous Solutions and their Use in Simulated Waste Remediation: An Experiment for First-Year College Students” J. Nano Educ., 3(1) 2012, 75-81.

Zaccardi, Margot J.; Winkelmann, Kurt; Olson, Joel A. “Preparation of Chemically Etched Tips for Ambient Instructional Scanning Tunneling Microscopy” J. Chem. Educ. 87(3) 2010, 308-310.

Kurt Winkelmann “A Review of Nanomaterial Synthesis Experiments for the General Chemistry Laboratory Course” in Nanotechnology in Undergraduate Education ACS Symposium Series, Kimberly Pacheco (Ed). 2010; New York: Oxford University Press, pp. 135-154.

Kurt Winkelmann “Student Participation in Nanotechnology Education Research” CUR Quarterly, 2009, 30(2), 45.

Winkelmann, Kurt “Practical Aspects of Creating an Interdisciplinary Nanotechnology Laboratory Course for Freshmen” J. Nano Educ. 1(1) 2009, 34-41.

Winkelmann, Kurt; Sharma, Virender K.; Lin, Yekaterina; Shreve, Katherine A.; Winkelmann, Catherine; Hoisington, Laura J.; Yngard Ria A. “Reduction of Ferrate(VI) and Oxidation of Cyanate in a Fe(VI)–TiO2–UV–NCO system” Chemosphere 72(11) 2008, 1694-1699.

Kurt Winkelmann, James Mantovani, James Brenner “Interdisciplinary lab course in nanotechnology for freshmen at the Florida Institute of Technology“ in Nanoscale Science and Engineering Education: Issues, Trends and Future Directions A.E. Sweeney, S. Seal (Eds). 2008; Stevenson Ranch, CA: American Scientific Publishers, pp. 269-291.

Noviello, Thomas; Brooks, Stephen; Winkelmann, Kurt “Preparation of CdS Nanoparticles by First-Year Undergraduates” J. Chem. Educ. 84(4) 2007, 709-710.

Winkelmann, Kurt; Mills, German; Calhoun, Robert L. “Chain Photoreduction of CCl3F in TiO2 Suspensions: Enhancement Induced by O2” J. Phys. Chem. A 110(51) 2006, 13827-13835.

Sharma, Virender K.; Winkelmann, Kurt; Krasnova, Yekaterina; Lee, Changyoul; Sohn, Mary “Heterogeneous Photocatalytic Reduction of Ferrate(VI) in UV-Irradiated Titania Suspensions: Role in Enhancing Destruction of Nitrogen-Containing Pollutants” Int. J. Photoenergy 5(3) 2003, 183-190.

Calhoun, R. L.; Winkelmann, K. J.; Mills, G. “Photoreduction of CFC-11 in TiO2 Suspensions” J. Phys. Chem. B 105(40) 2001, 9739-9746.