Chemistry Department

Dr. Earl F. Pearson, Chair

Dr. Earl F. Pearson, Chair CONTACT INFO:


Phone: (615)
Office: Davis Science Bldg. 239
P.O. Box : 68


(1998) B.S., Western Kentucky University; M.A. Western Kentucky University, Ph. D. Vanderbilt University, Postdoctoral research at University of Southern California and State University of New York at Binghamton.

My research interests include non-linear optical properties (particularly 3rd order) of thin films and nanoparticles. I am especially interested in the effect of microgravity on the quality of optical films and the uniformity of size distribution and packing density of nanoparticle films. I have collaborated extensively with U.S. Army researchers at Redstone Arsenal and at NASA in Huntsville, Alabama. I designed a Mach-Zhender interferometer to be fabricated of nonlinear optical materials. The device should find applications for switches and gates used in communication devices. NASA is interested in fabricating the device in space to take advantage of the increased uniformity and packing density of the microgravity environment. Currently my major emphasis is in chemical education, especially concerning new methods and analogies for teaching fundamental chemical concepts.


Earl F. Pearson, "Magnet and BB Analogy for Millikan's Oil Drop Experiment"; in press.

"Radon Exposure in Prospectiv ";-Completed to be sent to the J. Chem. Educ.

"Balancing Equations with only Two Variables";-Completed to be sent to The Chem. Educator.

"Application of the Gibbs Phase Rule to Balancing Equations";-Completed to be sent to Chem. Educator.

"Stoichiometry Calculations by Re-balancing the Equation-to be sent to J. Chem. Educ.


Earl F. Pearson, "Revisiting Millikan's Oil Drop Experiment"; J.Chem. Educ. 2005, 82(6), 851.

Joseph K. McDonald, Earl F. Pearson and Kenneth LaiHing, "Nonlinear Optical Properties of Layered Composites"; Proc. SPIE. Nonlin. Opt. Matl, 1992, 49, 7.

Earl F. Pearson, "Revealing the Secret of the Arctic Bomb";, J. Chem. Educ. 1993, 70(4), 315.

Norman W. Hunter, Curtis C. Wilkins, and Earl F. Pearson, "Gas Chamber Stoichiometry";, J. Chem. Educ. 1992, 65(5), 389.

Curtis C. Wilkins, Norman W. Hunter, and Earl F. Pearson, "Storing Solar Energy in calcium Chloride";, J. Chem. Educ. 1992, 65(9), 753.

Earl F. Pearson, Curtis C. Wilkins, and Norman W. Hunter, "Chemistry in Action-Another Approach to Descriptive Chemistry";, J. Chem. Educ. 1988, 65(8), 716.


Academic Building Planning Conference, Baylor University, Waco, TX, May, 2004.

Project Kaleidoscope Academic Building Planning Conference, University of Chicago, IL, September 2004.

Tradeline Academic Building Planning Conference, San Francisco, CA, November 2004.

Earl F. Pearson, "Solving Stoichiometry Problems Outside the Factor-Label Box";, 16th Biennial Conference on Chemical Education, University of Mich. Ann Arbor, Michigan, July 31- August 3, 2000.

Earl F. Pearson, Lynn Parsons, John McDaniel, Melody Phillips, "Facilitating Research in a Teaching Intensive Environment";, Middle Tennessee State University, Faculty Research Conference, April 27, 2000.

Earl F. Pearson, "Magnets and BB's Make Good Oil Drops and Electrons"; 15th Biennial Conference on Chemical Education, Waterloo, Canada, August 9-13, 1998.

Earl F. Pearson, "Any Equation Can be Balanced with only Two Variables"; 15th Biennial Conference on Chemical Education, Waterloo, Canada, August 9-13, 1998.

Earl F. Pearson, "Solving Stoichiometry Problems by Re-balancing the Equation";, SERMACS, Knoxville, TN, October 17-20, 1998.

Attended, Pittsburgh Conference, New Orleans, LA, March 12-17, 2000.

Attended, National Conf. on Chairing Academic Departments, San Diego, CA, February, 17-20, 1999.

Attended, Leadership Institute, Fall Creek Falls, TN, March 29-April 1, 1999.