Emanuel Waddell

Associate Professor, Chemistry


301 Sparkman Drive
Materials Science Building
Room 207E
Huntsville, AL 35899
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Dr. Waddell's research is in the area of near infrared time-resolved fluorescence. Following the receipt of his doctorate, Dr. Waddell completed a National Research Council Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, MD where he became interested in the laser ablation of polymer substrates and its application in microfluidic (lab-on-a-chip) devices.

Laser Ablation and Surface Modification of Polymer Substrates for the Fabrication of Microfluidic Devices Micro total analytical systems (m-TAS) are rapidly emerging as a means to perform rapid, chemical analysis on small platforms that greatly reduce time and space requirements. For example, researchers have performed the polymerase chain reaction, oligonucleotide hybridization, chemical warfare agent identification, and DNA sequencing in m-TAS. Traditionally, these systems have been fabricated in glass substrates by chemical etching. Recently, there has been increased interest in fabricating m-TAS in polymer substrates due to reduced costs and amenability to multiple environments. One of the methods by which these systems may be fabricated in polymer substrates is by laser ablation. This technique utilizes the output of a pulsed laser to ablate microfluidic channels in polymer substrates. We are in the beginning stages of a research program that explores the use of UV laser ablation of polymers and its application towards m-TAS and sensor development.

Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D., Analytical Chemistry, Louisiana State University, 2000
  • M.S., Physical Chemistry, University of Rochester, 1995
  • B.S., Chemistry and Physics, Morehouse College, 1991

Honors & Awards

  • President, National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers, June 2017 - Present
  • Reviewer, Department of Chemistry at the University of Memphis, Spring 2017
  • Co-Chair, Student Instructor Evaluation Committee, UAH, Fall 2014
  • Member, Search Committee, Vice President of Student Affairs, UAH, Summer 2014
  • Member, Search Committee, Dean, College of Nursing, UAH, Spring 2014
  • Member, Graduate Council, UAH, Fall 2012-Summer 2014
  • Member, Chief Information Officer Search Committee, UAH, April - October 2017
  • Member, Department of Chemistry, Graduate Program Committee Participant, Pardee RAND Graduate School Summer Faculty Workshop, July 2013
  • National Role Model Faculty Mentor Award, Minority Access Incorporated, September 2013


  • Microfluidics
  • Near infrared time-resolved fluorescence
  • Molecular Patterning

Recent Publications

  • Tantawi, K., Musa, Y., Dowd, S., Kamali, R., Waddell, E. A., & Williams, J. (2018). Using microstructures of gold-coated photo definable glass as substrates for surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy. In Abstracts of Papers of the American Chemical Society.

  • American Chemical Society.Surface Free Energy Determination of APEX Photosensitive Glass, William R Gaillard, Emanuel Waddell, John D Williams, Micromachines2016 7 (3), 34

  • Accumulation of Silicon in Cacti Native to the United States: Characterization of Silica Bodies and Cyclic Oligosiloxanes in Stenocereus thurberi, Opuntia littoralis, Opuntia ficus-indica, and Opuntia stricta, Cynthia R. Wright, Emanuel A. Waddell, and William N. Setzer, Natural Products Communications, 2014 9 (6) 873-878

  • In-plane spectroscopy with optical fibers and liquid-filled APEXTMglass microcuvettes, William R Gaillard, Khalid Hasan Tantawi, Emanuel Waddell, Vladimir Fedorov and John D Williams, Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering, 2013 23 (10), 107001.

  • In-plane spectroscopy of microfluidic systems made in photosensitive glass, Tantawi, K.H., Gaillard, W., Helton, J., Waddell, E., Mirov, S., Fedorov, V., Williams, J.D., Microsystem Technologies, Volume 19, Issue 2, 2013, Pages 173-177

  • Reactions of Zn2+, Cd2+, and Hg2+ with Free Adenine, Yahia Z Hamada, Theodore Burkey, Emanuel Waddell, Mahesh Aitha, Nsoki Phambu, Journal of Applied Solution Chemistry and Modeling, 2013 2 (2), 77-84.

  • In-plane spectroscopy of microfluidic systems made in photosensitive glass, Khalid Hasan Tantawi, William Gaillard, Jake Helton, Emanuel Waddell, Sergey Mirov, Vladimir Fedorov, John D. Williams, Microsystem Technologies,2013, 19 (2), 173-177.

  • Spectroscopic and potentiometric studies of the interaction of adenine with some trivalent metal ions, Yahia Z. Hamada, Jasmine T. Greene, Veronica Shields, Monique Pratcher, Shandera Gardiner, Emanuel Waddell, Stephen Shreeves, Anderson Sunda-Meya, and Nsoki Phambu, Journal of Coordination Chemistry, 2010 63 (2), 284-295.

  • Surface Modification of Sylgard 184 polydimethylsiloxane by 254 nm excimer radiation and characterization by contact angle goniometry, infrared spectroscopy, atomic force and scanning electron microscopy, Emanuel Waddell, Stephen Shreeves, Holly Carrell, Christopher Perry, Branden Reid, and James McKee. Applied Surface Science, 2008, 254 (17).

  • Control of Electroosmotic Flow in Laser Ablated and Chemically Modified Hot Imprinted Poly(ethylene terephthalate glycol) Microchannels, Alyssa C. Henry, Emanuel Waddell, Rubina Shreiner, and Laurie E. Locascio, Electrophoresis, 2002,23(5), 791-798.