Brian K. Niece, Ph.D

Department Chair, Biological and Physical Sciences

Professor of Chemistry

508-767-7209 Testa Science Center - Room 209

Degrees Earned

B.S., Georgia Institute of Technology; Chemistry, 1992
Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Chemistry, 1997
Ph.D. Thesis Title: “Surface and Structure of Catalytic Monolayers on Au (111) Electrodes”

Undergraduate Courses Taught

General Chemistry I
General Chemistry II
Honors Chemistry I
Honors Chemistry II
Analytical Chemistry
Inorganic Chemistry
Instrumental Chemistry

Publications & Editorships

“Custom-Printed 3D Models for Teaching Molecular Symmetry,” Niece, B. K. J. Chem. Educ. 2019. DOI: 10.1021/acs.jchemed.9b00053.

“Determination of Mercury in Fish: A Low-Cost Implementation of Cold-Vapor Atomic Absorbance for the Undergraduate Analytical Laboratory,” Niece, B. K.; Hauri, J. F. J. Chem. Educ. 2013, 90, 487-489. DOI: 10.1021/ed300471w.

“A Spreadsheet to Facilitate Group Theory Calculations and Display of Character Tables,” Niece, B. K. J. Chem. Educ. 2012, 89, 1604-1605. DOI: 10.1021/ed300281d.

“Leaching of Silver from Silver-impregnated Food Storage Containers”, Hauri, J. F.; Niece, B. K. J. Chem. Educ. 2011, 88, 1407-1409. DOI: 10.1021/ed101042y.

Niece, Brian K and Moyna, Guillermo “Showcasing 2D NMR Spectroscopy in an Undergraduate Setting: Implementation of HOMO-2D J-Resolved Experiments on Permanent Magnet NMR Systems” in Modern NMR Spectroscopy in Education, Rovynak, David and Stockland, Robert Jr., eds. American Chemical Society, Washington, D.C.: 2007, pp. 335-349.

“Simultaneous Display of Spectral Images and Graphs using a Web Camera and Fiber Optic Spectrometer,” Niece, B. K., J. Chem. Ed., 2006, 83, 761-764.

“Animating Graphical Data to Simulate Real-Time Data Collection in Lecture,” Niece, B. K. J. Chem. Educ., 2006, 83, 508-509.

“Who is Responsible for a Fraud: An Exercise Examining Research Misconduct and the Obligations of Authorship Through Case Studies,” Niece, B. K. J. Chem. Educ. 2005, 82, 1521-1522.

Kim, J.; Lee, L.; Niece, B. K.; Wang, J. X.; Gewirth, A. A. “Formation of Ordered Multilayers from Polyoxometalates and Silver on Electrode Surfaces.” , J. Phys. Chem. B. 108(2004): 7927-7933.

Niece, B.K., Gewirth, A.A. “Potential-Step Chronocoulometric and Quartz Crystal Microbalance of Underpotentially Deposited TI on Au(111) Electrodes.” J. Phys. Chem. B. 102 (1998): 818-823.

Gewirth, A.A., Niece, B. K. “STM and AFM Studies of the Electrified Solid/Liquid Interface: Monolayers, Multilayers, and Organic Transformations.” Electrochemical Nanotechnology: In-situ Local Probe Techniques at Electrochemical Interfaces. Eds. W.J. Lorenz, and W. Plieth. New York, NY: Wiley, (1998):113-124.

Gewirth, A.A., Niece, B.K. “Electrochemical Applications of in Situ Scanning Probe Microscopy.” Chemical Review 97 (1997):1129-1162.


“Underpotential Deposition of Bi From the Ionic Liquid 1-Ethyl-3-methylimidazolium Bromide,” presented at the American Chemical Society 224th National Meeting, August 20, 2002, Boston, MA.

“Turning Students Into Scientists: Writing as a Development Tool in Analytical Chemistry,” presented at the Northeast Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, June 20, 2000, University of Connecticut.

Grants and Awards

Faculty Development Grant Recipient, 2007. Molecular Structure and Characterization Laboratory