Ashland University Trustees’ Distinguished Professor of Chemistry Dr. Jeffrey Weidenhamer has made a difference with his research. Weidenhamer’s 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. His 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.
Weidenhamer has been featured in the national media for his testing of inexpensive jewelry items for lead and cadmium content. His research, which included work done by Ashland University students under his supervision, has been featured in newspapers and national television news shows across the country and has led to the recalls by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Banner Spotlight photo caption: Dr. Weidenhamer talks with two undergraduate students who assisted him with some of his research in the Kettering Science Labs on the AU campus.