Karen Castle

Karen Castle

Professor of Chemistry
Chemistry Department Chair
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About Karen Castle

Educational Background

  • B.S., California at Irvine
  • Ph.D., Oregon State

Scholarly Interests

  • Physical Chemistry
  • Laser Spectroscopy
  • Space Physics
  • Atmospheric Chemistry
  • Symmetry

Recent Activities

  • Chemistry Department Chair
  • Co-Leader of The Clare Boothe Luce Research Scholars, Physical Sciences Scholars, and STEM Scholars Programs
  • Associate Dean of Faculty, College of Arts & Sciences, 2016-2020
  • Russell-Childers Professorship, 2016-2021
  • Served on many committees including Faculty and Academic Personnel, Faculty Development, the Committee on Instruction, University Space, and Residential Colleges Steering Committees
  • Symposium Organizer and session chair for ACS National Meetings, including "Effective Team-Teaching in Undergraduate Chemistry Programs" and “Creative Approaches to Physical Chemistry Instruction”

Personal website

Selected Publications

Cole M. Hediger* and Karen J. Castle, Chemical Physics Impact 2, 100018 (2021). “Self-Quenching of CO(v=1,2) Measured via Diode Laser Absorption Spectroscopy.”

JiaJia Dong, Karen Castle, and Mary Beth Gray, Futurum, https://doi.org/10.33424/FUTURUM88 (2020). “Helping Low Income Students Become Professional Scientists.”

Rileigh Casebolt*, S. Jewel Cook*, Ana Islas*, Alyssa Brown*, Karen Castle, Dabrina Dutcher, Tobacco Control 29, 652-655 (2019). “Carbon Monoxide Concentration in Mainstream E-Cigarette Effluent Measured with Diode Laser Spectroscopy.”

Lauren V. Eckermann*, Conor J. Flynn* and Karen J. Castle, ACS Earth and Space Chemistry 2, 4, 286-291 (2018). “Vibrational Relaxation in CO2 (1000) – CO2 Collisions.”

Further Information

Contact Details


317 Rooke Chemistry Building