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Seth Burkert, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Chemistry



717-766-2511, ext. 2164

Interest and areas of expertise

Physical Chemistry, Nanomaterials, Drug Delivery, Biological Mimics


B.S. Chemistry (Saint Francis University, PA)
Ph.D. Physical Chemistry (University of Pittsburgh)

Classes I teach

CHEM 105: General Chemistry I (lecture and lab)
CHEM 106: General Chemistry II (lecture and lab)
CHEM 437: Physical Chemistry I (lecture and lab)
CHEM 438: Physical Chemistry II (lecture and lab)


Professor Seth Burkert grew up in Eastern Pennsylvania in the small town of Fleetwood. He then went on to major in chemistry at Saint Francis University, PA where he was also actively involved in the chemistry club and conducted research on the enzymatic activity of metalloenzymes. After completing his undergraduate degree, he began his PhD studies at the University of Pittsburgh studying physical and materials chemistry specifically in the application of carbon nanomaterials for drug delivery, electrocatalysis, and chemical sensing. After completing his PhD in 2019 he served as a Visiting Assistant Professor at both Lafayette College in Easton, PA and Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA. Professor Burkert is new to Messiah University as of Fall 2022 and looks forward to conducting research into the synthesis of metal coordinated carbon nanomaterials and exploring their applications in biological systems. Outside of the classroom, Professor Burkert enjoys golfing, hiking, and kayaking.

Selected Publications and Presentations

Shugar, S.; Burkert, S.C. “Synthesis of Iron Single Atom Catalyst as Phenylalanine Hydroxylase Mimic” ACS National Meeting, March 20–24 2022, San Diego, CA. ID: 3654550.

Burkert, S.C.; He, X.; Shurin, G.V.; Nefedova, Y.; Kagan, V.E.; Shurin, M.R.; Star, A. Nitrogen-Doped Carbon Nanotube Cups for Cancer Therapy. ACS Appl. Nano Mater. 2021, DOI: 10.1021/acsanm.1c03245