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Ken Mopper

Ken Mopper

Chemistry & Biochemistry

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  • Expertise

    Chemical Oceanography
    Analytical and photochemical
  • Research Interests

    Impact of sunlight and photochemistry on oceanic & global carbon cycling and greenhouse gas production (e.g., CO2). Studies of dissolved organic matter and light-absorbing chemical species in natural waters using advanced analytical and spectroscopic techniques. Impact of enhanced UV-B radiation during the ozone hole on photochemical processes and microbial activity in Antarctic surface waters. Development of new analytical methods for trace analysis of organic and reactive oxygen species..
  • 2017: In the top ten most highly cited researchers at ODU, Google Scholar
  • 2016: Most cited researcher in the Deparment of Chemistry and Biochemistryfor 2015-2016, Research Gate
  • 2016: The Top 60 Papers from the First 60 Years of L&O [Limnology & Oceanography], Limnology & Oceanography (Impact Factor 4.3) L&O 60th Anniversary Special Collection
  • 2016: 2015-2016 Distinguished Research Award, College of Sciences, Old Dominion University
  • 2016: 32nd Annual Reasearch Award, Old Dominion University
  • 2015: "Ocean Carbon Chair Professorship of Xiamen University" China
  • 2014: NSF “Research Highlight”, National Science Foundation
  • 2014: ETH Zurich Research Fellowship Award, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich
  • 2014: University of Oldenburg Research Fellowship Award, University of Oldenburg, Germany
  • 2013: Elected as a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union (AGU), American Geophysical Union (AGU)
  • 2013: C&EN special news feature, Chemical & Engineering News
  • 2006: Most Inspirational Faculty Member , ODU College of Sciences
  • 2006: Selected for an interactive lunch meeting by Present Runte, Old Dominion University
  • 2004: San Paulo Research Foundation, Brazil (FAPESP) Fellowship, Federal University of São Carlos
  • 2001: Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) Fellowship, Centre d'Oceanologie de Marseille, Marseille, France
  • 1999: Ray Lankester Investigatorship Award, Marine Biological Association of the U.K.
  • 1999: Lund University Guest Researcher Fellowship, Lund Universit
  • 1999: Hanse Institute for Advanced Study Fellowship, Max Planck Institut
  • 1995: Antarctic Service Medal for Scientific Achievement, Department of the Navy (as authorized by U.S. Congress)
  • 1995: Antarctic Service Medal for Scientific Achievement, The National Science Foundation (as authorized by U.S. Congress)
  • 1973: Thord-Gray Memorial Fund Fellowship, American-Scandinavian Foundation
  • Contracts, Grants and Sponsored Research

    Mulholland, M.; Kenneth, M. "REU Supplement to: Cyanate in the Sea: Sources, Sinks, and Quantitative Significance" $13,188. July 01, 2015 - February 28, 2018
    Mulholland, M.; Mopper, K. "Cyanate in the Sea: Sources, Sinks, and Quantitative Significance" $478,222. Federal. March 01, 2015 - February 28, 2018
    , "Collaborative Research: A Dual-Dye Approach to Measuring In Situ Light Fields: Development and Preliminary Field Testing" $83,621. Federal. December 1, 2012 - November 30, 2015
    Mopper, K. "REU supplement to Collaborative research: Comprehensive chemical characterization of marine dissolved organic matter using efficient isolation coupled to advanced analytical techniques" $5,000. Federal. June 22, 2010 - November 30, 2012
    Stubbins, A.; Mopper, K.; Hatcher, P. G.; Mao, J.; Perdue, E. M. "Collaborative Research: Comprehensive Chemical Characterization of Marine Dissolved Organic Matter using Efficient Isolation Coupled to Advanced Analytical Tehcniques" $465,320. Federal. December, 2007 - November, 2012
    Stubbins, A.; Mopper, K. "Development of a high-precision TOC analyzer with a nM detection limit" $394,750. Federal. October, 2009 - September, 2011
    Mopper, K. "REU supplement to Collaborative research: Impact of DOM source and photooxidation on carbon cycling in estuaries" $6,000. Federal. July 17, 2006 - March 31, 2008
    Mopper, K.; Dias, R. F.; Bauer, J. "Collaborative research: Impact of DOM source and photooxidation on carbon cycling in estuaries" $926,898. Federal. April 1, 2004 - March 31, 2007
    Mopper, K. "Collaborative Research: The production and fate of algal extracellular polysaccharides in a eutrophic reservoir near Sao Paulo, Brazil" $40,169. Federal. January 15, 2001 - September 30, 2006
    Mopper, K.; Minor, E. "Effects of photodegradation on the composition, optical properties and bioavailability of DOM in estuaries" $498,896. Federal. June 1, 2003 - May 31, 2006
    Mopper, K. "Impact of photochemistry on carbon cycling in the sea" $95,182. Federal. February 1, 2001 - April 30, 2005
    , "REU supplement to “Impact of photochemistry on carbon cycling in the sea.”" $6,000. Federal. June 1, 2003 - April 30, 2004