Chemistry Department

Dr. Judith M. Bonicamp

Dr. Judith M. Bonicamp CONTACT INFO:

Phone: (615) 898-2075

Office: Davis Science Bldg. 221
P.O. Box : 0390


(1982) B.S., University of Tennessee, Chattanooga; M.S., Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville, Ph.D., Emory University, Atlanta. Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry: analytical applications of micelles; drug assay of biological specimens; chromatography and spectrometry; chemical education. Dr. Bonicamp directs graduate and undergraduate research. Dr. Bonicamp enjoys gardening, white water canoeing, and reading.


  • Director, Chemistry Instruction Internship Program.
  • Named Most Caring Faculty Member, Chemistry Department, 2002.
  • Nominated for the first Tennessee Academy of Science Distinguished University Scientist Award in 1999 and again in 2000.
  • Nominated for MTSU Outstanding Faculty Research Award, 2000.
  • Designated Fellow of the Academy by the Tennessee Academy of Science, November 1995.
  • Merit Award from the U.S. Army for work on sulfur mustard induced cytotoxicity, 1994.
  • Finalist for MTSU Outstanding Faculty Research Award, 1988.


Judith M. Bonicamp, Ashley Loflin, and Roy W. Clark, "The Measurement of Activity Coefficients inConcentrated Electrolyte Solutions; An Experiment for the Physical Chemistry Laboratory," Journal of Chemical Education, 2001, 78(11), 1541-1543.

Gary D. White, Debora A. Zartman, and Judith M. Bonicamp, "A Serious Look at Changeable Silly Putty," The Chemical Educator, 2000, 5(1):S1430-4171(00) 01349-8. Avail. The Chemical Educator

Judith M. Bonicamp, Kelly L. Martin, Gerald R. McBride, and Roy W. Clark, "Beer's Law Is Not a Straight Line: Amplification of Errors by Transformation," The Chemical Educator, 1999, 4(3): S1430-4171(99) 03295-8 Avail. The Chemical Educator

Judith M. Bonicamp and Ida L. Santana, "Can a Poppy Seed Food Addict Pass a Drug Test?," Microchemical Journal, 1998, 58, 73-79. Microchemical Journal

Judith M. Bonicamp and Elizabeth B. Moll, "Column Chromatography of Dyes: Microanalysis with a TLC Scanner Works to Beat the Bands," Microchemical Journal, 1997, 55(2),145. Abstract avail. Microchemical Journal

Judith M. Bonicamp, John W. Marsh, Terrence A. Lee, and James C. Howard, "Spreadsheet Assisted Learning in Quantitative Analysis," The Chemical Educator, 1996, 1(5):S1430-4171(96)05010-2. Avail. The Chemical Educator

Judith M. Bonicamp, Robin Cole, Rhonda Norrell, and Danny Bingham, "The Hair Roller As a Mind Bender: A Demonstration of Specific Heat and Heat of Fusion," J Col. Sci. Teaching, 1988, 18, 162.

Judith M. Bonicamp and Lorie Pryor, "Differentiating Cocaine from Other 'Caine Drugs and Common Adulterants Using Thin-layer Chromatography," J. Tenn. Acad. Sci., 1986, 61(1), 9.

Judith M. Bonicamp and Lorie Pryor, "Detection of Beta Blocker Drugs in Human Urine Using Thin-layer Chromatography," J Anal. Tox., 1985, 9, 180.

Judith M. Bonicamp and Oscar LaPlante, "A Comparison of Methods for Recycling Silver in Laboratory Wastes," J. Tenn. Acad. Sci. 1985, 60, 85-86


Dr. Nyanguila Kakolesha, Determination of acid ionization constants for weak acids by osmometry and the instrumental analysis self evaluation feedback approach to student preparation of solutions. (D.A. degree awarded, August 2001.)


Judith M. Bonicamp, "Who's Minding the Store?-Or How a Team of Undergraduate Teaching Interns Rejuvenated an ACS Certified Program," The Chemical Educator, 2002, (7), 324-327: S 1430-4171 (02)06629-9. Avail. The Chemical Educator

Judith M. Bonicamp, "Weigh this Way," Journal of Chemical Education, 2002, 79(4), 476. Roy W. Clark and Judith M. Bonicamp, "The Ksp--Solubility Conundrum," Journal of Chemical Education, 1998, 75(9), 1182-1185.

Judith M. Bonicamp, "False Results from SPEC.LTDTMMP3 Microcolumns for Screening Opiates--It's Not the Heat; It's the Humidity," Journal of Analytical Toxicology, 1998, 22, 341-342.

Judith M. Bonicamp, "Procedure Modification for the Use of Corn Starch Packing Puffs for Titration Endpoints," Journal of Chemical Education, 1996, 73, 258.

Roy W. Clark and Judith M. Bonicamp, "Tapered Resistors," The Physics Teacher, 1995, 33, 340-342.

Roy W. Clark, Gary D. White, Judith M. Bonicamp, and Exum D. Watts, "From Titration Data to Buffer Capacities: A Computer Experiment for the Chemistry Lab or Lecture," Journal of Chemical Education, 1995, 72, 746-750.