Department of Chemistry



Michelle M. Ward

Lecturer II


107 CSC
Department of Chemistry Chevron Science Center 219 Parkman Avenue

Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Research Overview

Undergraduate Analytical Laboratory Coordinator

Dr. Michelle Ward joined our faculty in the summer of 2009 to teach Analytical Chemistry and coordinate the undergraduate Introductory Analytical Chemistry and Instrumental Analysis laboratory courses. She was awarded a B.S.Chem. in 1994 and a B.S.Ed. with credentials in secondary education in 1996, both from the University of North Dakota. Dr. Ward taught high school chemistry locally for four years, prior to enrolling in the graduate program here at the University of Pittsburgh.  She received a M.S. in 2003 and completed her Ph.D. in 2008.


  • J. Kevin Scanlon Award for the Promotion of Science
  • 2013 Students’ Choice Award from University of Pittsburgh College of General Studies Student Government
  • 2013 Outstanding Service Award from University of Pittsburgh Department of Chemistry American Chemical Society Student Affiliates


“Double-Polymer-Modified Pencil Lead for Stripping Voltammetry of Perchlorate in Drinking Water,” Izadyar A, Kim Y, Ward MM, Amemiya S, J.Chem.Edu, Vol. 89, 2012, Pages 1323-1326
“Dependence of Photonic Crystal Nanocomposite Elasticity on Crystalline Colloidal Array Particle Size,” M. M. Ward Muscatello, L. E. Stunja, P. Thareja, L. Wang, J. J. Bohn, S. S. Velankar, S. A. Asher, Macromolecules, Vol. 42, 2009, Pages 4403-4406.
“Polymerized Crystalline Colloidal Array Sensing of High Glucose Concentrations,” M. M. Ward Muscatello, L. E. Stunja, S. A. Asher, Anal. Chem., Vol. 81, 2009, Pages 4978-4986.
“Photonic Crystal Borax Competitive Binding Carbohydrate Sensing Motif,” Q. Cui, M. M. Ward Muscatello, S. A. Asher, Analyst, Vol. 134, 2009, Pages 875-880.
“Poly Vinyl Alcohol Rehydratable Photonic Crystal Sensor Materials.,” Ward Muscatello, M.M.; Asher, S.A., Adv. Funct. Mater. 2008, 18(8), 1186–1193., 2008,
“Photonic Crystal Aqueous Metal Cation Sensing Materials,” Asher, S.A.; Sharma, A.C.; Goponenko, A.V.; Ward (Muscatello), M.M., Anal. Chem. 2003,75(7), 1676-1683., 2003,
“Applying statistics in the undergraduate chemistry laboratory: experiments with food dyes,” Thomasson, K.; Lofthus-Merschman, S.; Humbert (Muscatello), M.; Kulevsky, N., J. Chem. Educ. 1998, 75(2), 231-233., 1998,