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Kimberly A. Milligan, PhD

Kimberly A. MilliganVisiting Assistant Professor
Department of Chemistry
Office: SCS Rm 326
Lab: SCS Rm 305
kmilligan [at] desu.edu


Triple Alumna of Delaware State University

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) in Applied Chemistry

Master of Science (M.S.) in Biological Sciences

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Chemistry

Technical Skills

  • Thermal Analysis: Thermal Gravimetric Analysis (TGA), Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC)
  • Microscopy: Confocal Laser Scanning Microscopy (CLSM), Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM), Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM)
  • Spectroscopy: Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR), Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrometry (FTIR), Inductively Coupled Plasma Atomic Emission and Mass Spectroscopy (ICP-AES & ICP/MS), X-Ray Diffraction (XRD), Liquid Chromatography- Mass Spectrometry (LC-MS)
  • Other Techniques: Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR), Western Blot, Fluorescence-Activated Cell Sorting Cytometry (FACS)

Research Interests/Area

I have a broad range of scientific interests; including improving higher education and applications of research in teaching, as well as, biopolymers and surface modification of nanoscale systems for drug delivery applications.

Accreditation of DSU’s Water Testing Laboratory

Through a collaborative effort with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Southern Utah University, Delaware State University strives to be only the 2nd University in the nation and the 1st HBCU to open a certified drinking water testing laboratory, in order to enhance research, teaching, outreach, career development and stewardship in environmental sciences. This Partnership will promote:

  • a seamless pipeline to bring environmentally and technologically capable candidates trained at Delaware State University to the workforce
  • increasing the number of minorities with careers in environmental science and related fields
  • an environmental stewardship ethic in students at all educational levels

Other Research Interests

Develop surface modified nanoparticle for the removal of heavy metals (i.e. lead/arsenic) from drinking water

Investigate chitosan (biopolymer) nanoparticles for the extended-release of oxytocin, which shows great potential in the treatment of neurological disorders.

Using Virtual Reality Classroom (VRC) to Enhance General Chemistry Teaching

  • This is an ongoing research project funded by Center for Teaching and Learning for 2018-2019.
  • The purpose is to improve the student learning and experiential participation by integrating the Virtual Reality Classroom (VR) technology in General Chemistry teaching.

Professional Memberships

  • Director of DSU’s Drinking Water Analysis Laboratory
  • HHMI Faculty Institute (Summer 2018)
  • Faculty Mentor for HHMI Scholars (2018-2019)
  • Faculty Mentor for Teal Fellows (2018-2019)
  • INCLUDES and Renewable Energy Group Faculty Member
  • American Chemical Society (ACS) Member (2001-Present)
  • Delaware Sustainable Chemistry Alliance (DESCA) Member (March 2012- Present)


  • Milligan K, Winstead C, Smith J. Preparation and Physiochemical Characterization of Chitosan Nanoparticles for Controlled Delivery of Oxytocin. International Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Research. April 2018.

Honors & Awards

  • Center for Teaching & Learning 13th Annual Mini Grant Award Recipient  “Using Virtual Reality Laboratory (VRL) to Enhance General Chemistry Teaching” (Spring 2018)
  • MSI-PWI Seed Grant Recipient - Biochemical Summer Undergraduate Research Experience Program (BioSURE) - Collaboration with faculty from University of Texas (RGV), SUNY, and University of California, MERCED (2018-2019) 
  • Center of Excellence for Student Success Volunteer Award (2017)


Institution Course Role Year
DESU General Chemistry 101/102 Lecture/Lab 2016-Pres.
DESU Chemistry for Health Lecture/Lab 2008-2010
DTCC Nursing Chemistry Lecture/Lab 2007-2008
Strawbridge HS Earth and Environmental Science Teacher 2007-2008
UD Biology Laboratory TA 2006-2007
DESU Organic Chemistry TA 2004
DESU Genetics Laboratory TA 2003