Dr. Michelle Rasmussen
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Academic Areas of Expertise:
- Analytical Chemistry
Courses Taught at LVC
CHM 305 Analytical Chemistry
CHM 306 Instrumental Analysis
CHM 307 Quantitative Chemical Analysis Lab
CHM 308 Instrumental Analysis Lab
COE 273NS The Evolution and Science of Global Energy Use
CHM 490 Chemical Sensor and Biosensors (advanced chemistry elective)
CHM 111 Principles of Chemistry I
CHM 112 Principles of Chemistry II
CHM 113 Introductory Laboratory I
CHM 114 Introductory Laboratory II
CHM 115 Techniques of Chemistry I
CHM 116 Techniques of Chemistry II
My research is focused on applications of biofuel cells, particularly in energy conversion or sensing devices.
The Rasmussen Lab adapts biological and electrochemical systems to solve important problems. Currently, we are working on two projects. The first is a biosensor for earlier diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease. This paper-based sensor responds to changes in concentration of two Parkinson’s biomarkers by changing color. The color change is recorded photographically and analyzed with computer software to correlate to biomarker concentration.
The second project is focused on developing an electrochemical method to determine the identity and concentration of chemicals secreted at the roots of food crops. The ultimate goal of the project is to tailor biofuel cells that operate using the chemicals of highest concentration for a specific plant.
VandeZande, G.R.; Olvany, J.M.; Rutherford, J.L.; Rasmussen, M. “Enzyme immobilization and mediation with osmium redox polymers.” Methods Mol. Biol. 2017, 1504, p. 165-179.
Rasmussen, M.; Abdellaoui, S.; Minteer, S.D. “Enzymatic biofuel cells: 30 years of critical advancements.” Biosens. Bioelectron. 2016, 76, 91-102.
Rasmussen, M.; Minteer, S.D. “Long-term arsenic monitoring with an Enterobacter cloacae microbial fuel cell.” Bioelectrochem. 2015, 106A, 207-212.
Rasmussen, M.; Minteer, S.D. “Comparative study of thylakoids from higher plants for solar energy conversion and herbicide detection.” Electrochim. Acta. 2014, 140, 304-308.
Rasmussen, M.; Ritzmann, R.E.; Lee, I.; Pollack, A.J.; Scherson, D. “An implantable biofuel cell for a live insect.” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2012, 134, 1458-1460.