Marin Robinson, PhD


Professor, Environmental and Organic Chemistry
Phone: 928-523-6295
Office: Building 20, Room 122


CHM 235 Organic Chemistry I
CHM 238 Organic Chemistry II
CHM 300W Scientific Writing

Research interests

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Atmospheric Particulate and Aerosols

Dr. Robinson’s research group investigates the composition of fine particulate matter (PM-2.5) and aerosols in the earth’s atmosphere. She was recently awarded a Fulbright U.S. Scholar grant to study atmospheric aerosols at the National Institute of Chemistry in Ljubljana, Slovenia in Spring 2015. Previously, her group has examined the elemental composition of PM-2.5 in Shiprock, NM (influenced by two nearby coal-fired power plants) and the organic composition of PM-2.5 in the Coconino and White Mountain National Forests during prescribed burns. Her work has been supported with funding from Science Foundation Arizona, the Native American Cancer Partnership (NACP), and the National Science Foundation. 


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Textbooks and book chapters 

Stoller, F.L.; Robinson, M.S. 2015. Assisting ESP students in reading and writing disciplinary genres. In ESL Readers and Writers in Higher Education: Understanding Challenges, Providing Support. Eds. N. Evans, N. Anderson, W.G. Eggington. Routledge Publishers.

Stoller, F.L.; Robinson, M.S. 2014. An Interdisciplinary Textbook Project: Charting the Paths Taken. In English Language Teaching Textbooks: Content, Consumption, Production. Harwood, Nigel, Ed. Palgrave Macmillan, Publishers, pp. 262–298. 

Stoller, F.L.; Robinson, M.S. 2014. Drawing upon applied linguistics to attain goals in an interdisciplinary chemistry–applied linguistics project. In Language, Literacy, and Learning in STEM Education: Research Methods and Perspectives from Applied Linguistics. Eds. M. J. Curry & D. I. Hanauer, Philadephia, PA: John Benjamins, pp. 11–25.

Robinson, M.S.; Stoller, F.L.; Costanza-Robinson, M.S.; Jones J.K. 2008. Write Like a Chemist: A Guide and Resource, Oxford University Press, NY, NY 

Robinson, M.; Stoller, F. 2007. A Read-Analyze-Write Approach to Research-Related Literacy Skills for Upper-Division Chemistry Majors. In Designing, Implementing, and Sustaining a Research-Supportive Undergraduate Curriculum: A Compendium of Successful Curricular Practices from Faculty and Institutions Engaged in Undergraduate Research. Karukstis, K. and Elgren, T., Eds. Council on Undergrad. Research Press: Wash, D.C., pp 175–191. 

Peer-reviewed publications (re: scientific writing)

Stoller, F.L.; Robinson, M.S. Chemistry Journal Articles: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Move Analysis with Pedagogical Aims. English for Specific Purposes2013,32, 45–57.

Robinson, M. S.; Stoller, F. L.; Horn, B.; Grabe, W. Teaching and Applying Chemistry-Specific Writing Skills Using a Simple, Adaptable Exercise. J. Chem. Educ., 2009, 86,45-49. 

Robinson, M. S., Stoller, F. L., Jones, J. K. Using the ACS Journals Search to Validate Assumptions about Writing in Chemistry and Improve Chemistry Writing Instruction. J Chem. Ed. 2008, 85, 650–654.

Horn, B., Stoller, F. L., Robinson, M. S. Two Heads Are Better Than One: Interdisciplinary Collaboration. English Teaching Forum 2008, 42, 2–13.

Stoller, F. L., Horn, B., Grabe, W., Robinson, M. S. Evaluative Review in Materials Development. J. English for Academic Purposes 20065, 174–196.

Stoller, F. L., Horn, B., Grabe, W., Robinson, M. S. Creating and Validating Assessment Instruments for a Discipline-Specific Writing Course: An Interdisciplinary Approach. J. Applied Linguistics 20052, 75–104.

Stoller, F. L., Jones, J. K., Costanza-Robinson, M. S., Robinson, M. S. Demystifying disciplinary writing: A case study in the writing of chemistry. Language and Learning Across the DisciplinesInterdisciplinary Perspectives on Language, Learning, and Academic Writing 2005 (

Peer-reviewed publications (research-related)

Gonzalez-Maddux, C., Marcotte, A., Upadhyay, N., Herckes, P., Williams, Y., Haxel, G., Robinson, M. Elemental composition of PM2.5 in Shiprock, New Mexico, a rural community located near coal-burning power plants and abandoned uranium mine tailings sites. Atmospheric Pollution Research2014,5, 511-519, doi: 10.5094/APR.2014.060.

Robinson, M.S.; Zhao, M; Zack, L; Brindley, C.; Portz, L.; Quarterman, M.; Long, X.; Herckes, P. Characterization of PM2.5 collected during broadcast and slash-pile prescribed burns of predominately ponderosa pine forests in northern Arizona. Atmospheric Environment2011, 45, 2087–2094.

Hutchings, J. W.; Robinson, M. S.; McIlwraith, H.; Triplett, J.; Herckes, P. The chemistry of intercepted clouds in northern Arizona during the North American monsoon season, Water Air and Soil Pollut. 2009, 199:191–202.DOI 10.1007/s11270-008-9871-0.

Robinson, M. S.; Anthony, T. R.; Littau, S. R.; Herckes, P.; Nelson, X.; Poplin, G. S.; Burgess J. L. Occupational PAH Exposures during Prescribed Pile Burns. Ann. Occup. Hyg. 200852, 497–508.

Robinson, M. S., Chavez, J., Velazquez, S., Jayanty, R. K. M. Chemical speciation of PM-2.5 collected during prescribed fires of the Coconino National Forest. J. Air & Waste Managemt Assoc. 2004, 54, 1112–1123.

La Spisa, S., Waldheim, M., Lintemoot, J., Thomas, T. Naff, J., Robinson, M. S. Infrared and vapor flux studies of vapor-deposited amorphous and crystalline water ice films between 90 and 145 K. J. Geophys. Res. 2001, 106, 33351–33361.

Robinson, M., Mallick, G., Spillman, J. L., Carreon, P. A., Shalloo, S. Using polarization dependent interference effects in grazing-angle FTIR-reflection absorption spectroscopy to determine the thickness of water-ice films. Appl. Optics199938, 91–95. 

Zondlo, M. A., Onasch, T. B., Warshawsky, M. S., Tolbert, M. A., Mallick, G, Arentz, P., Robinson, M. S. Experimental studies of vapor-deposited water-ice films using grazing-angle FTIR-reflection absorption spectroscopy. J. Phys. ChemB1997101, 10887–10895.

DePuy, C. H., Bierbaum, V. M., Robinson, M. S., Davico, G. E., Gareyev, R. The Gas-Phase Reactions of the Allenyl Anion with CS2, COS, and CO2Tetrahedron199729, 9847–9856.

Robinson, M. S.; Polak, M.; Bierbaum, V. M.; DePuy, C. H.; Lineberger, W. C. Experimental Studies of Allene and Methylacetylene: Electron Affinity, Gas-Phase Acidity, Bond Dissociation Energies, and Ion-Molecule Chemistry J. Am. Chem. Soc.1995,117, 6766–6778.

Robinson, M. S., Bierbaum, V. M., DePuy, C. H. The Gas Phase Ion-Molecule Chemistry of Carbon-13 Labeled Ketenyl and Methylketenyl Anions with CS2, COS, and CO2Int. J. Mass Spectrom. Ion Proc.1994137, 107–119.

Robinson, M. S., Breitbeil III, F. W. The Gas Phase Ion/Molecule Chemistry of Four Carbanions Generated from Vinylene Carbonate and its Methyl and Dimethyl Derivatives. Int. J. Mass Spectrom. Ion Proc.1992, 117, 647–658.

Schiffman, A., Nelson, D. D., Robinson, M. S., Nesbitt, D. J. High Resolution Infrared Flash Kinetic Spectroscopy of OH Radicals. J. Phys. Chem.1991, 95, 2629–2636