Chetna Patel, Ph.D.

Professor of ChemistryPatel, Program Chair, Physical Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences

Stephens Hall, Room 202
Telephone:  630-844-5513
Fax:  630-844-3852
Email Address:  cpatel@aurora.edu
 
I came to America in 1979 and completed my undergraduate as well as graduate education at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  After my postdoctoral research at the University of Notre Dame, I was employed as a Process Development Scientist at Haarmann and Reimer Corp. (a Bayer Company, in Elkhart, IN) where my work resulted in three patents.  I have been teaching at Aurora University since 1996.  I am interested in exploring pedagogical methods that can help students learn chemistry and physical science concepts. 

Education
Ph.D. Organic Chemistry - University of Illinois at Chicago
B.A. Chemistry - University of Illinois at Chicago
B.S. Biology - University of Illinois at Chicago

Areas of Specialization
Organic Chemistry
General Chemistry
Physical Science

Courses Taught
Organic Chemistry I and II
General Chemistry I and II
Science Foundations
Biochemistry

Highlights of Publications, Presentations, Honors and Professional Contributions
"Teaching Intensive General Education courses May Term:  Science Foundations, Human Biology", presented at ACCA Faculty Symposium, Lewis University, 2008.
"Application of CPR, an online writing tool, in Chemistry Courses", presented at ACCA Faculty Symposium, University of St. Francis, 2005.
"Classroom strategies to Enhance Learning in Chemistry Courses", presented at ACCA Faculty Symposium, University of St. Francis, 2004.
"Recovery of organic acid from impure process streams by addition of strong acids and salts"  Felman, S.; Patel, C.; Patwardhan, B.; Solow, D., U.S. Patent 5,712,131, 1998.
"Recovery of organic acid salts from impure process streams by addition of bases"  Felman, S.; Patel, C.; Patwardhan, B.; Solow, D., U.S. Patent 5,449,824, 1995.

Highlights of Campus Involvement
Advisor, Health Science and Biology

Other Interests
Reading
Playing tennis and volleyball