"My laboratory uses kinetic, mechanistic, and computational approaches to determine the products formed and the rate constants of reactions of the hydroxyl radical and the chlorine atom with various anthropogenic substances. Of particular interest at this time is the study of fuel additives."
Years at Knox: 1997 to present
Ph.D., 1999, Purdue University.
B.A., 1989, Knox College.
General chemistry, chemistry and environmental policy, inorganic chemistry, physical chemistry, chemical laboratory principles.
"A Microscale Method to Demonstrate the Belousov-Zhabotinskii Reaction." Baird, Carolyn, Reynolds, Helen B., Crawford, Mary A. Journal of Chemical Education 88.7 (2011): 960-961.
"Study of the Kinetics of an SN 1 Reaction by Conductivity Measurement." Marzluff, Elaine M., Crawford, Mary A., Reynolds, Helen. Journal of Chemical Education 88.11 (2011): 1586-1588.
"Kinetic Study of OH radical reaction with n-heptane and n-hexane at 240-340K using the relative rate/discharge flow/mass spectrometry (RR/DF/MS) technique." Crawford, Mary A., Dang, Bao, Hoang, John, Li, Zhuangjie. International Journal of Chemical Kinetics 43.9 (2011): 489-497.
"Determination of Myoglobin Stability by Circular Dichroism Spectroscopy: Classic and Modern Data Analysis." Mehl, Andy, Crawford, Mary, & Zhang, Lei. Journal of Chemical Education, 2009.
"A Kinetic and Product Study of Chlorine Atom with CH3CH2OD." Co-authored with Z. Li, H. Heuerman, and D. Kinscherff, Int. J. Chem. Kinet 36 (2004): 584.
"Kinetics and Mechanism of the Acetylperoxy + HO2 Reaction." Co-authored with T.J. Wallington, J.J. Szente, M.M. Maricq, and J.S.J. Francisco, Physical Chemistry A 103 (1999): 365.
"The Kinetics of Acetylperoxy=HO2." Department of Chemistry, Jackson State University, 1998.
What Students Say
"Professor Crawford served as my advisor for summer research in chemistry. She pushed me to learn on my own while still offering me insight into her knowledge. I have learned a lot from Mary, and she encourages and cares for her students. Mary has helped make my Knox experience great."
-Christopher Miles, Biochemistry Major
Knox's Team X-Ray places second among 15 liberal arts colleges that competed in an intense regional contest involving programming teams from colleges and universities in five states.
Finals and term projects can be more than tests and papers, as Knox College faculty make engaging assignments and exams -- including design your own superhero -- to evaluate student academic achievements.
A Knox College graduate and vice president of development at the Greater Peoria Business Alliance, Jim Lynch is among the young leaders recognized by InterBusiness Issues magazine.