Samuel Pazicni

Samuel Pazicni

Associate Professor

Education and Achievements

  • B.A., Chemistry and Music, Washington and Jefferson College (2001)
  • Ph.D., Chemistry, University of Wisconsin (2006)
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Biophysics and Chemistry Education, University of Michigan (2006-2009)
  • Samuel Jones Prize in Chemistry and Physics, W & J College (2001)
  • Phi Beta Kappa Society, W & J College (2001)
  • Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, University of Wisconsin (2003)
  • Teaching Fellow, University of Wisconsin (2005)
  • Chair, Gordon Graduate Research Seminar on Bioinorganic Chemistry (2008)
  • American Cancer Society Postdoctoral Fellowship, declined (2008)

Research Interests

Developing instructional methodologies to facilitate peer instruction in the classroom; designing assessment methods to evaluate learning progressions in undergraduate chemistry; enhancing graduate student professional development through teaching.

Chemistry and biochemistry of heme proteins and heme transport/sensing; exploring the structure-function relationships of heme-thiolate proteins and enzymes; application of synchrotron radiation techniques to questions in metallobiochemistry and metallophysiology.

Recent Publications

Rodriguez, Kyle J.; Hanlon, Ashley M.; Lyon, Christopher K.; Cole, Justin P.; Tuten, Bryan T.; Tooley, Christian A.; Berda, Erik B.; Pazicni, Samuel. Porphyrin-cored polymer nanoparticles: Macromolecular models for heme iron coordination. Inorganic Chemistry 2016, 55(19), 9493-9496. doi: 10.1021/acs.inorgchem.6b01113.

Tooley, Christian A.; Pazicni, Samuel; and Berda, Erik B. Toward a tunable synthetic [FeFe] hydrogenase mimic: single-chain nanoparticles functionalized with a single diiron cluster. Polymer Chemistry 2015, 6(44), 7646-7651. doi: 10.1039/c5py01196e.

Smith, Aaron T.; Pazicni, Samuel; Marvin, Katherine A.; Stevens, Daniel J.; Paulsen, Katherine M.; and Burstyn, Judith N. Functional divergence of heme-thiolate proteins: A classification based on spectroscopic attributes. Chemical Reviews 2015, 115(7), 2532-2558. doi: 10.1021/cr500056m.

Pyburn, Daniel T.; Pazicni, Samuel; Benassi, Victor A.; and Tappin, Elizabeth M. The Testing Effect: An intervention on behalf of low-skilled comprehenders in general chemistry. Journal of Chemical Education 2014, 91(12), 2045-2057. doi: 10.1021/ed4009045.

Pazicni, Samuel and Pyburn, Daniel T. “Intervening on behalf of low-skilled comprehenders in a college general chemistry course,” In Applying the Science of Learning in Education: Infusing psychological science into the curriculum; Benassi, V. A., Overson, C. E., & Hakala, C. M., Eds.; Retrieved from the Society for the Teaching of Psychology web site:, 2014.

Pyburn, Daniel T. and Pazicni, Samuel. Applying the Multilevel Framework of Discourse Comprehension to evaluate the text characteristics of General Chemistry textbooks. Journal of Chemical Education 2014, 91(6), 778-783. doi: 10.1021/ed500006u.

Pazicni, Samuel and Bauer, Christopher F. Characterizing illusions of competence in introductory chemistry students. Chemistry Education Research and Practice 2014, 15(1), 24-34. doi: 10.1039/c3rp00106g.

Pyburn, Daniel T.; Pazicni, Samuel; Benassi, Victor A.; and Tappin, Elizabeth M. Assessing the relation between language comprehension and general chemistry performance. Chemistry Education Research and Practice 2013, 14(4), 524-541. doi: 10.1039/c3rp00014a.

Vázquez, Anne V.; McLoughlin, Kaitlin; Sabbagh, Melanie; Runkle, Adam C.; Simon, Jeffrey; Coppola, Brian P.; and Pazicni, Samuel. Writing-to-teach: A new pedagogical approach to elicit explanative writing in undergraduate chemistry students. Journal of Chemical Education 2012, 89(8), 1025-1031. doi: 10.1021/ed200410k.

Updated 12/9/16

Professor Sam Pazicni
Department of Chemistry
Parsons W110
23 Academic Way
Durham, NH 03824