Ph.D., Physical Chemistry, University of Maryland, 2004
B.A., Physics, Gettysburg College, 1995
General Chemistry I and II
Capstone Laboratory Experience
Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
First-Year Chemistry Colloquium
Solute partitioning in aqueous-organic liquid-liquid systems
New and/or revised experiments in the General Chemistry curriculum
Faculty Development Committee Summer Research Fellowship
Block Grant Fellowship, Dept. of Chemistry, UMCP
G. Forrest Woods Fellowship, Dept. of Chemistry, UMCP
Honors with Distinction, Graduate Research Interaction, Day, UMCP
Steel, W. H., Foresman, J. B., Burden, D. K., Lau, Y. Y., and Walker, R. A. “Solvation of Nitrophenol Isomers: Consequences for Solute Electronic Structure and Alkane/Water Partitioning”. J. Phys. Chem. B, 2009, 113 (3), 759-766.
Beildeck, C. L.; Steel, W. H.; Walker, R. A.; Surface Effects on Solvation Across Liquid-
Liquid and Model Liquid-Liquid Interfaces, Faraday Discussions, 2005, 129, 69.
Steel, W. H., Walker, R. A. “Measuring Dipolar Width Across Liquid/Liquid Interfaces Using Molecular Rulers”. Nature, 2003, 424, 296-298. (Highlighted in C&E News, July 21, 2003)
Steel, W. H., Damkaci, F., Nolan, R., Walker, R. A. “Molecular Rulers: New Families of Molecules for Measuring Interfacial Widths”. J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2002, 124, 4824-4831.
Steel, W. H. “Thermodynamic study of solute partitioning: A second-semester chemistry experiment”. (Poster) Chemical Education Poster Session, 245th ACS National Meeting, New Orleans, LA, April 2013.
Steel, W. H. “Linking Equilibrium to Kinetics in the General Chemistry Lab.” (Poster) Chemical Education Poster Session, 237th ACS National Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT, March 2009.
Capstone laboratory experience: The life cycle of a research project (Poster). 38th
Middle Atlantic Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Hershey, PA,
Capstone laboratory experience: A “cradle to the page” project for seniors (Poster).
229th ACS National Meeting, San Diego, CA, March, 2005.
Investigations of Solvent Polarity at Liquid Interfaces by SHG Spectroscopy Using Molecular
Rulers (Oral). York College Chemistry Society, Invited Speaker, April, 2005
York College Faculty Senate President 2013-Present
York College Faculty Senate Vice President 2011-2013
York College Chair of Faculty Senate Academic Programs Committee 2008-2011