Sarah Gallant completed her B.S. in Biochemistry at the University of Maryland, College Park, and her doctorate in chemistry at Dartmouth College. She joined the Norwich University Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry in 2017 as an adjunct instructor and began a full-time position as a lecturer in 2019. In 2021, Gallant became an assistant professor of chemistry at Norwich University.
As an undergraduate, Gallant discovered her love of inorganic chemistry while working as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Undergraduate Research Fellow in a joint project between the University of Maryland, College Park and the Library of Congress. She studied the synthesis and structure of Iron Gall Ink, which was used to write many historical documents including the Declaration of Independence, to investigate the degradation of precious artifacts.
In her graduate work at Dartmouth College, Gallant investigated catalytic systems to generate new phosphine ligands using earth-abundant metal catalysts. She also generated a novel class of emissive materials from copper-phosphine complexes. In 2018, Gallant received the Karen E. Wetterhahn Graduate Chemistry Fellowship from the Dartmouth College Department of Chemistry in recognition of outstanding performance in chemistry. She also had the opportunity to mentor two undergraduate researchers at Dartmouth.
In 2022, Gallant received a $25,000 Pilot Award from the Vermont Biomedical Reseaech Network to develop a spectrophotometric method for detecting uranium in drinking water. She also received $10,000 in Vermont Biomedical Reseaech Network funding that was supplemented with $13,000 from the Office of Academic Research to buy a Shimadzu UV-2600i ultraviolet-visible spectrophotometer to develop a spectrophotometric method for detecting uranium in drinking water.
Also in 2022, she joined Dr. Page C. Spiess and Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Dr. Julia Bernard as facilitators for the Inclusive STEM Teaching Project.
Gallant’s research interests include developing a spectrophotometric method for the detection of uranium in drinking water, water-soluble luminescent materials, green chemistry, and the reduction of laboratory waste. She has a strong commitment to active learning in the classroom and inclusive mentoring strategies and hopes to continue working with undergraduate researchers throughout her time at Norwich.
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