Department of Chemistry



Michelle M. Ward

Teaching Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Analytical Chemistry Laboratories


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


“Encounters of the Positive Kind,” Cole, R., Marzabadi, C., Webster, G., Woznack, K., Eds.; Springer In Mom the Chemistry Professor: Personal Accounts and Advice from Chemistry Professors who are Mothers 2018, 501
“Double-Polymer-Modified Pencil Lead for Stripping Voltammetry of Perchlorate in Drinking Water,” Izadyar A, Kim Y, Ward MM, Amemiya S J.Chem.Edu 2012, 89, 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 2009, 42, 4403-4406.
“Polymerized Crystalline Colloidal Array Sensing of High Glucose Concentrations,” M. M. Ward Muscatello, L. E. Stunja, S. A. Asher Anal. Chem. 2009, 81, 4978-4986.
“Photonic Crystal Borax Competitive Binding Carbohydrate Sensing Motif,” Q. Cui, M. M. Ward Muscatello, S. A. Asher Analyst 2009, 134, 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