Sarah Garvey

Sarah Garvey

Ph.D. Student

Expected Year of Graduation: 2012
Research Lab: Dr. Mark Dietz
Major Area of Focus: Analytical Chemistry
Previously Attended:
University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, 2001-2006, B.S.

Why I like Chemistry:

I enjoy problem solving and chemistry is one big puzzle.

Why I chose the Chemistry and Biochemistry Program at UW-Milwaukee:

I chose UW-Milwaukee because it had the programs that I sought to study in and it was close to home.

Favorite things to do in Milwaukee:

There is always something going on in Milwaukee, concerts, plays, festivals. The summer is especially eventful.

Research Goals:

I want to go teach analytical chemistry at a small 4 year university.


D.C. Stepinski, G.F. Vandergrift, III, I.A. Shkrob, J.F. Wishart, M.L. Dietz, D.T.D. Qadah, and S.L. Garvey, "Sequestration of tetra-oxo anions into a hydrophobic ionic liquid electrolyte without concomitant ion exchange," Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 2010, 49, 5863.

M. L. Dietz, S. L Garvey and C.A. Hawkins, "Mechanisms of metal ion transfer into RTILs – implications for their use as extraction solvents," Proceedings of the 19th International Solvent Extraction Conference, Santiago, Chile, Chapter X, 2011.

C. A. Hawkins, S. L. Garvey, and M. L Dietz, “Structural Variations in Room-Temperature Ionic Liquids: Influence on Metal Ion Partitioning Modes and Extraction Selectivity,” Separation and Purification Technology, 2011.


Marshallton Achievement Award, 1st Place Poster Presentation for the 17th Symposium on Separation Science and Technology for Energy Applications (2011).
Greater Milwaukee Foundation Alice C. Helland Scholarship (2008-2009).
Chemistry Alumni Research Award (2005).
Gilbert F. and Katherine L. Pollnow Tuition Scholarship Award in Physical Chemistry (2005).