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Ray von Wandruszka

Ray von Wandruszka

Department Chair & Professor


Renfrew Hall 116 & 331



Mailing Address

Department of Chemistry
875 Perimeter Dr, MS 2343
Moscow, ID 83844-2343

  • B.Sc. (Honours), Chemistry, University of the Witwatersrand, 1973
  • Ph.D., Analytical Chemistry, University of Wyoming, 1977

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Chemistry of surface active materials

1978–79 Postdoctoral Lecturer, University of Georgia
1980–87 Lecturer and Senior Lecturer, University of the Witwatersrand
1986, Research Associate (sabbatical), University of Florida
1988–1992 Assistant Professor, University of Idaho
1992–1998 Associate Professor, University of Idaho
1998 – Professor, University of Idaho
2006 – Professor and Chair of Chemistry, University of Idaho

  • "The Clouding of an Anionic Surfactant in Acid Solution: Mechanistic and Analytical Implications", Joey Charboneau and Ray von Wandruszka*, J. Surfact. Deterg., 13(3), 281-286 (2010).
  • "Radical stabilization in dissolved humates”, Barbora Bakajova and Ray von Wandruszka*, Open J. Phys. Chem., 1(3), 55-60 (2011).
  • "Chemical analysis of gunpowder recovered in an archaeological excavation at Sandpoint, Idaho”, Alicia Freeman, Mark Warner, Margaret Clark, Ray von Wandruszka*, Idaho Archaeologist, 35(1), 1-5 (2012).
  • "Construction and evaluation of a fluorescent sensor for the detection of high explosives”, Ray von Wandruszka*, Matthew Pollard, Michael Spinner, Anal. Lett., 46, 266-274 (2013).

  • The study of humic materials in the environment, with a focus on their solution behavior, aggregation, and interaction with xenobiotic substances;
  • The study of surface active agents, especially non-ionic surfactants and the clouding phenomenon associated with these materials;
  • The chemical analysis of archaeological artifacts recovered from historical sites in the Pacific Northwest.

University of Idaho Award for Excellence in Research or Creative Activity, 1997


Department of Chemistry

Physical Address:
Renfrew Hall 116

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Dr, MS 2343
Moscow, ID 83844-2343

Phone: 208-885-6552

Fax: 208-885-6173


Web: Department of Chemistry