Academic Title

Associate Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry & Director, Master of Science in Applied Chemistry

Research Interests
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Chemical Education
  • Green Chemistry
  • Nano Materials
Research Summary

My laboratory research focuses on studying the interactions between nanoparticles and biomolecules, including proteins, DNA and small molecules. Current projects include developing a method to quantify the number of proteins bound to each nanoparticle, and determining the cellular proteins targeted by nanoparticles of varied core sizes and charges. In this work, my students and I use a variety of analytical instrumentation and molecular biology methods, including ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy, fluorescence spectroscopy, electrophoresis, NMR spectroscopy, gas phase mass spectrometry and liquid phase mass spectrometry. Teaching interests include developing guided inquiry activities for the general chemistry lab, and experiments focused on polymers and nano-materials for introductory and advanced courses.

  • Ph.D.Chemistry, University of Oregon
  • M.S.Chemistry, University of Oregon
  • B.S.Chemistry, Trent University
Areas of Expertise
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Chemical Education
  • Green Chemistry
  • Nano Materials
Recent Publications

Truong, L.; Zaikova, T.; Baldock, B.L.; Balik-Meisner, M.; To, K.; Reif, D.M.; Kennedy, Z.C.; Hutchison, J.E.; Tanguay, R.L. “Systematic determination of the relationship between nanoparticle core diameter and toxicity for a series of structurally analogous gold nanoparticles in zebrafish,” Nanotox. 2019, published online 02 April 2019.

Baldock, B.L.; Hutchison, J.E. “UV-Visible Spectroscopy-based Quantification of Unlabeled DNA Bound to Gold Nanoparticles.” Analytical Chemistry, 2016, 88 (24), 12072-12080.

Baldock, B.L.; Exton, D. B.CH 6. “Determination of the Heat Exchanged in Chemical Reactions,” Hayden McNeil LLC, 2016, 2017, University of Oregon Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry “Experiments in General Chemistry” p. 39-46.

Baldock, B.L.; Exton, D. B. CH 6. “Determination of the Heat Exchanged in Chemical Reactions,” McGraw-Hill Education, 2014, 2015, University of Oregon CH 227 General Chemistry Laboratory Manual p. 65-69.

Honors and Awards
  • Scientific Teaching Mentor, Summer Institute on Scientific Teaching for Undergraduate STEM Education, Center for Teaching and Learning, Yale University, 2016-17
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Tom and Carol Williams Fund for Undergraduate Education, 2016
  • Science Education Fellow, The National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, 2015-16
  • Advanced Teaching Certificate, Teaching Engagement Program, University of Oregon, 2015
  • Science Literacy Program Fellow, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, University of Oregon, 2015
  • Zampell Faculty Fellow