Cory Hawkins

Cory Hawkins

Ph.D. Student

Expected Year of Graduation: 2012
Research Lab: Mark Dietz
Major Area of Focus: Analytical Chemistry
Previously Attended:
Southern Oregon University, 1996-2000, B.S. Chemistry

Why I like Chemistry:

From a young age, an interest in how chemical transformations are intrinsically related to the relationships between matter and energy has driven my pursuit of a career in the field of chemistry. Methods of chemical analysis allow us to solve puzzles of great complexity and facilitate the design of useful materials.

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

The UWM Chemistry and Biochemistry department was a comforting place to visit, and offered competitive compensation. Having friends and family nearby, and five to six months of cold weather, Milwaukee seemed like the perfect place to study, while enjoying a city rich in culture.

Favorite things to do in Milwaukee:

I like to jog and bicycle on the local trails and along the lake. A plethora of festivals in the summer along with warm temperatures provide many outdoor activities.

Research Goals:

In short, the objectives of my research are to further elucidate and develop a means to predict and control some of the factors that affect metal ion partitioning into room-temperature ionic liquids. The ultimate practical goal is to begin to provide a basis for the rational design of separations media employing ionic liquids as solvents.


C.A. Hawkins, A. Rud, S.L. Garvey, M.L. Dietz, “Evaluation of hydroxyalkyl-functionalized imidazolium-based ionic liquids as solvents for the extraction of metal ions,” Proceedings of the 17th Symposium on Separation Science and Technology (Submitted)

C.A. Hawkins, S.L. Garvey, M.L. Dietz, “Structural Variations in Room-Temperature Ionic Liquids: Influence on Metal Ion Partitioning Modes and Extraction Selectivity,” Separation and Purification Technology, (2011) doi:10.1016/j.seppur.2011.12.004

M.L. Dietz, S.L. Garvey, C.A. Hawkins, 2011, 19th International Solvent Extraction Conference, Chapter 8, Salesianos Impresores, Santiago, Chile

C.A. Hawkins and J.W. Dolan, “Understanding Split Peaks”, LC/GC, 2003 21 (12), pages 1134-1138


3rd Prize Poster Milwaukee ACS YCC Chemistry in Southeastern Wisconsin, 2011
1st Prize Graduate Research Award, UW-Milwaukee Chemistry Department, 2011
3rd Prize Graduate Research Award, UW-Milwaukee Chemistry Department, 2010
Outstanding Service to the Southern Oregon University Chemistry Department, 2000