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Winkelmann Research Group


The most important part of the laboratory is the people in it. Working with smart students is what makes research so much fun. Here are some short biographies of the poeple working in our lab.


Ms. Salomey Sasu earned her Bachelor's degree in Chemistry at Stephen F. Austin University before joining Florida Tech's chemistry PhD program. She initially worked under the mentorship of Dr. Mary Sohn but upon Dr. Sohn's retirement, Salomey switched to our research group and completed her research in 2019. She studied the detection of alkanes and alkenes in Chukchie Sea sediments. Her research demonstrated that the sedimentary record of the Chuchkie Sea deposites reflects the complex Arctic ecosystem. Most n-alkanes originated from terrestrial sources, with less input from aquatic or petroleum sources. She reported the presence of n-alkenes in Chuchkie Sea sediments for the first time.

Salomey is a Research Scientist at EK Labs in Longwood, Florida.





graduated with a MS degree in December 2016. His thesis, "Phytotoxicity of Silver Species to and Applications to Phytoremediation," was our group's first investigation of nanoparticle toxicity towards plants. Lenny also performed education research as an undergraduate in our group, working on the development of new experiments for Florida Tech's introductory nanotechnology lab course. He earned his undergraduate Chemistry BS degree (research option) at Florida Tech as well. He graduated as co-author of two peer-reviewed articles and lead author of two more. Lenny now is a scientist at Harris Corporation, here in Melbourne.






Dr. Kurt Winkelmann was professionally trained as a physical chemist at Auburn University and Northwestern University and continued his research of photochemical reaction kinetics when he first arrived at Florida Tech.  His first experience teaching general chemistry piqued his interest in understanding how students learn chemistry. Since then, his research has expanded beyond chemistry due to successful collaborations with faculty in many different fields, including education, aeronautics, engineering, geology, and biology. He currently leads research projects in both chemical and education research. In addition, Dr. W takes an active role in service to Florida Tech, serving twice as as Faculty Senate President and leading the Science Program for the online science classes taught through Florida Tech Online. Other past administrative duties include coordinator of the Chemistry Department’s General Chemistry program and co-director of the university’s Teaching Assistant Training Seminar.

Dr. W grew up in Virginia and has spent most of his life in the southeastern US. He enjoys traveling, watching college and pro football, and performing science experiments with his daughter.