Balwant Chohan

Dr. Bal. Chohan was born, bred, and educated in the UK before coming across the pond some two decades ago. He received a BSc from the University of Leicester (UK), and a MS and PhD from the University of Massachusetts. He has taught a number of courses at a handful of institutions over the years, including Chemical Concepts, History of Science, General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Biochemistry, Polymer Chemistry, Analytical/Instrumental Chemistry, and advanced courses in Environmental Chemistry, Aquatic Chemistry, and Bioinorganic Chemistry. Many of these courses are designed to help students develop an understanding of scientific reasoning and the scientific method, and expose students to the excitement of discovery in the world of chemistry. Other specialized courses are purposefully designed to provide the essential hands-on skills and tools that students will need to successfully navigate a pathway to the modern workplace or provide a stepping stone to an advanced professional degree.

Field(s) of Interest/Expertise

Dr. Chohan’s research interest are essentially two-fold: One aspect extends his formal training as a bio-inspired inorganic/organic synthetic chemist and aims to create functional materials related to the biological world, catalytic world, and/or the nano-electronics world. The other aspect focuses on science & chemical education, pedagogical content knowledge, the development & use of analytical instruments, and promotion of the STEM subjects to middle/high school and undergraduate college students.

Courses Taught at Felician University

General Chemistry

Analytical Chemistry


Zinc(II) and Nickel(II) Complexes that Demonstrate DNA Selectivity: Potential Quadruplex DNA Binders.
O’Riley, S.; Frampton, A. K.; Crouse, H. F.; Basu, S.; Chohan, B. S. Journal of Undergraduate Chemistry Research. 2017, 16, 1-7.
Construction and Characterization of a Compact, Portable, Low-Cost Colorimeter for the Chemistry Lab.
Chohan, B. S.; Clippard, C. M; Hughes, W.; Sykes, D. G. Journal of Chemical Education. 2016, 93, 1241–1248.
Interaction of Small Zinc Complexes with Globular Proteins and Free Tryptophan.
Butkus, J; O'Riley, S.; Chohan, Balwant S.; Basu, S. International Journal of Spectroscopy. 2016, ID 1378680, 12 pages (open access publication).
The Use of a Custom-Built Coulometric Karl Fischer Instrument for the Determination of Water Content in Chocolate.
Clippard, C. M.; Nichisti, J. C.; Kreuter, R.; Sykes, D.; Chohan, Balwant S. Food Analytical Methods. 2015, 8, 929-936.
Static Quenching of Tryptophan Fluorescence in Proteins by a Dioxomolybdenum(VI) Thiolate Complex.
Rhodes, A. A.; Swartz, B. L.; Hosler, E. R.; Snyder, D. L.; Benitez, K. M.; Chohan, Balwant S.; Basu, S. Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology A: Chemistry. 2015, 293, 81-87.
Structural Features of a Series of S-Alkylated and non-S-Alkylated Diaminothiolate Ni(II) complexes.
Chohan, Balwant S. Crystallography Reports. 2014, 59, 979-986.
Development and Characterization of an Inexpensive Portable Cyclic Voltammeter.
Mott, J. R.; Munsons, P. J; Sykes, D.; Chohan, Balwant S. Journal of Chemical Education. 2014, 91, 1028–1036.
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Ph.D., Chemistry, University of Massachusetts, Amherst/MA
M.S., Chemistry, University of Massachusetts, Amherst/MA
B.Sc. (Hons) Chemistry & Biochemistry, Leicester University, UK

Positions Held

Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Felician University
Centenary University, NJ
Penn State University, PA
Susquehanna University, PA
Southwest Texas State University
Smith College, MA