Dr. Jeffrey Weidenhamer, Professor
Dr. Jeffrey Weidenhamer
Trustees’ Distinguished Professor of Chemistry
419 , Kettering Science Center
Dr. Jeffrey Weidenhamer
Trustees’ Distinguished Professor of Chemistry


  • Joined Ashland University in 1989 and teaches General Chemistry, courses in analytical chemistry and core science courses including Science as a Cultural Force and Lead and Civilization
  • Has mentored more than 50 undergraduate students in research projects
  • Research interests include the development of methods for analysis of plant root exudates in soil, and the contamination of consumer products with heavy metals such as lead and cadmium
  • Research in chemical ecology has been funded by the National Science Foundation
  • Research with students and colleagues on lead contamination of consumer products has resulted in at least 14 recalls by the Consumer Product Safety Commission involving more than 1.5 million children’s items, and has been cited in a congressional resolution seeking a ban on U.S. export of electronic waste


The University of South Florida, Ph.D. in Biology, 1987
Louisiana State University, M.S. in Analytical Chemistry, 1991
The Ohio State University, M.S. in Agronomy, 1983
Ashland University, B.S. in Chemistry, 1979