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Danielle Garrett, Ph.D.



Dr. Maria Danielle Garrett, Assistant Professor of Chemistry Education, joined Belmont University in the fall of 2014. She graduated Suma Cum Laude with her B.S. from the University of Tennessee, where she majored in Chemistry and minored in English. After graduating, Dr. Garrett began her studies as a graduate student in the Chemistry Department at Vanderbilt University, where her research work focused on band edge recombination in cadmium selenide, cadmium sulfide and cadmium sulfo-selenide alloy nanocrystals observed by ultrafast fluorescence upconversion. After completing her Ph.D., Dr. Garrett went on to receive her MAT from Trevecca Nazarene University.

Dr. Garrett has a diverse perspective on teaching, as her teaching experience lies in the high school and college levels. Dr. Garrett strives not only to implement a teaching style that has a strong foundation of student interaction, emphasizes practical applications and encourages thinking outside the box, but also to help students grow and cultivate their love of learning and science, finding a deeper appreciation for the world around them. She has taught courses in physical science, chemistry, physics and physical chemistry.

Dr. Garrett has served as faculty research advisor for undergraduate students, several of whom have made presentations at the Tennessee Academy of Science (TAS), the Southeast Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society (SERMACS), and the American Chemical Society (ACS) national meeting. Her research interests include, but are not limited to, spectroscopy, calorimetry, and greener options in the chemistry classroom. Dr. Garrett currently teaches general chemistry, science methods for elementary education and several special studies chemistry courses, including a survey of green chemistry and sustainability, and principles and methods of peer tutoring in chemistry. Dr. Garrett is also heavily involved in the development and implementation of STEM outreach events for high school students and teachers.


Garrett, M. D. Interdisciplinary Learning Communities: Bridging the Gap Between the Sciences and the Humanities Through Forensic Science. In Teaching Chemistry with Forensic Science; Editor, Harper-Leatherman, A. S.; Huang, L.; ACS Symposium Series 1324; American Chemical Society: 2019, pp 109-136. Web Release Date: 26-Sept-2019; DOI: 10.1021/bk-2019-1324.ch007 (Abstract)

Garrett, M. D. and Garrett, J. B. Wavelength Analysis of LEDs using Handheld Spectroscopes, Chem. Educator. 2017, 22, 130-134. (Abstract)

Garrett, M. D. The Effectiveness and Range of Natural Acid-Base Indicators, Chem. Educator. 2016, 21, 36-39. (Abstract)

Bowers, II, M. J., McBride, J. R., Garrett, M. D., Sammons, J. A., Dukes, III, A. D., Schreuder, M. A., Watt, T. L., Lupini, A. R., Pennycook, S. J. and Rosenthal, S. J. Structure and Ultrafast Dynamics of White-Light-Emitting CdSe Nanocrystals, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2009, 131, 5730-5731.

Garrett, M. D., Dukes, III, A. D., McBride, J. R., Smith, N. J., Pennycook, S. J. and Rosenthal, S. J. Band Edge Recombination in CdSe, CdS and CdSxSe1-x Alloy Nanocrystals Observed by Ultrafast Fluorescence Upconversion: The Effect of Surface Trap States, J. Phys. Chem. C 2008, 112, 12736-12746.

Kippeny, T. C., Bowers, II, M. J., Dukes, III, A. D., McBride, J. R., Orndorff, R. L., Garrett, M. D. and Rosenthal, S. J. Effects of Surface Passivation on the Exciton Dynamics of CdSe Nanocrystals as Observed by Ultrafast Fluorescence Upconversion Spectroscopy, J. Chem. Phys. 2008, 128, 084713.

Garrett, M. D., Bowers, II, M. J., McBride, J. R., Orndorff, R. L., Pennycook, S. J. and Rosenthal, S. J. Band Edge Dynamics in CdSe Nanocrystals Observed by Ultrafast Fluorescence Upconversion, J. Phys. Chem. C 2008, 112, 436-442.


Outreach Events:

It’s Easy Being Green: Budget-Friendly Safety-Conscious Chemistry Labs for the Science Classroom of Today summer workshop series for physical science and chemistry teachers

· Garrett, M. D. "Go Green with G3: Garden Indicators, Gases and Galvanic Cells." Belmont University: Nashville, TN, 2019.

· Garrett, M. D. "Beat the Heat, Catch a Wave and Make it Float." Belmont University: Nashville, TN, 2018.

· Garrett, M. D. "Please Pass the Salt: Chemistry – It’s 'Saltsational.'” Belmont University: Nashville, TN, 2017.

· Garrett, M. D. "Cranberry Chemistry: Science with Superfruits." Belmont University: Nashville, TN, 2016.

· Garrett, M. D. "Spice Up Your Chemistry Lab with Neutralization Reactions." Belmont University: Nashville, TN, 2015.


Celebrating the Women of Physical Science outreach event for high school students (2017 – present)


Sweet Sweet Chemistry: A Chromatography Challenge workshop for high school chemistry students (2016 – present)


Qualitative Analysis through Back Titrations: Neutralizing Agents – How Basic is It? workshop for AP chemistry students (2016 – present)


In the News:

C&EN: AACT's Science Coaches Program Celebrates 10 Years of Connecting Chemists with Teachers

Belmont Department of Chemistry, Physics Step Up Outreach Efforts

Garrett Hosts Science Workshops for Middle, High School Teachers

Garrett Hosts Field Trip for Local Students through work with the ACS Science Coaches Program

Annual Celebrating the Women of Physical Science outreach event

Back Titrations: Neutralizing Agents – How Basic is It?

Sweet Sweet Chemistry: A Chromatography Challenge