Department of Chemistry

Lucille Benedict

Associate Professor of Chemistry, Director of Quality Control Collaboratory

Office Location

Room 386 B, 3rd Floor of the Science building

Faculty Office Hours Fall 2021

Tuesdays & Thursdays 9:30 - 10:30, Wednesday. 11:30 - 12:30


(207) 780-4722

Academic Degrees

  • Ph.D. Analytical Chemistry, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 2007
  • B.S. Chemistry, SUNY College at Oneonta, 1998

Areas of Expertise

Analytical Chemistry, Chemical Education

Research Interests

My research interests include the the development of methods and the analysis of compounds in food and beverage samples. This work supports quality control in a variety of Maine industries. 

Recent Publications

Benedict, L.A.; Ford, J. R Flipping Crazy: The Large Lecture Flipped Classroom Model at the University of Southern Maine. In Addressing the Millennial Student in Undergraduate Chemistry; Potts, G.E.; Dockery, C. R. Eds.; American Chemical Society Symposium series, 2014, vol. 1180, pp 59-70.

Benedict, L. A., Champlin, D., Pence H. E., 2013. Exploring Transmedia: The Rip-Mix-Learn Classroom. Journal of Chemical Education, 90, 1172-1176. DOI: 10.1021/ed300853g

Savery, L. C., Evers, D., Kerr, I., Payne, R., Thompson, W. D., Perkins, C., Zheng, T., Zhu, C., Benedict, L., Wise, J. P., 2013. Global Mercury and Selenium Levels in Skin from Free-Ranging Sperm Whales (Physeter macrocephalus). Science of the Total Environment, 450, 59-71.


Benedict, L. A., Pence, H. E., 2012. Teaching Chemistry Using Student-Created Videos and Photo Blogs Accessed with Smartphones and Two-Dimensional Barcodes. Journal of Chemical Education, 89, 492-496.

Wise, Sr., J.P., Thompson, W. D., Wise, S. S., LaCerte, C., Wise, J., Gianios, Jr., C., Perkins, C., Zheng, T., Benedict., L., Mason, M. D., Payne, R., Kerr, I., 2011. A global assessment of gold, titanium, strontium and barium pollution using sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus) as an Indicator Species. Journal of Ecosystem and Ecography, 1, doi:10.4172/2157-7625.1000101

Wise, J. P., Payne, R., Wise, S. S., Lacerte, C., Wise, J., Gianios C., Thompson, W. D., Perkins, C., Zheng, T., Zhu, C., Benedict., L., Kerr, I., 2009. A global assessment of chromium pollution using sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus) as an indicator species. Chemosphere, 75, 1461-1467.

Ocean Alliance, Inc. (co-authored), 2009. The Voyage of the Odyssey: The First Expedition March 2000-August 2005. Ocean Alliance, Lincoln MA; 175 pgs.

Yan, B., Abrajano, T. A., Bopp, R. F., Benedict, L. A., Chaky, D. A., Perry, E., Song, J., Keane, D. P., 2006. Combined application of δ13C and molecular ratios in sediment cores for PAH source apportionment in the New York/New Jersey harbor complex. Organic Geochemistry, 37, 674-687.

Yan, B., Abrajano, T. A., Bopp, R. F., Chaky, D. A., Benedict, L., A., Chillrud, S. N. Molecular tracers of saturated and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon inputs into Central Park Lake, New York City. Environmental Science and Technology, 2005, ASAP article.

Yan, B.; Benedict, L.; Chaky, D. A.; Bopp, R. F.; Abrajano, T. A. Levels and patterns of PAH distribution in sediments from New York/New Jersey Harbor Complex. Northeast. Geol. Environ. Sci. 2004, 26, 113-122.