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Michael Weir

Michael Weir is a professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Texas Wesleyan University

Michael Weir

Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Ella C. McFadden Science Center 310A


  • Ph.D. Analytical Chemistry, The University of Texas at Austin
  • M.S. Chemistry (Education), Lamar University
  • B.S. Chemical Engineering, Lamar University 

Research Interests

Dr. Weir is primarily interested in energy-related electrochemistry. Specifically, he is interested in making nanoparticles for use as catalysts in different reactions. This research involves characterization of these nanoparticles with a wide variety of analytical instruments, as well as measurements of their catalytic properties.

Dr. Weir is also interested in advancing chemical education through integration. The integration includes active learning principles, merging lab and lecture, and chemistry with related subjects (chemistry/biology, chemistry/geology, chemistry/medicine). Laboratory design and developing quantitative reasoning skills are other areas of interest.

Courses Taught at Texas Wesleyan

  • CHE 1316/1116 - General Chemistry II
  • CHE 3318/3118 - Analytical Chemistry 
  • CHE 4312/4113 - Instrumental Analysis 
  • NSC 1403/1403L - Nature of Physical Science  

Peer Reviewed

  1. Horsley, K.; Beal, R. J.; Wilks, R. G.; Blum, M.; Haeming, M.; Hanks, D. A.; Weir, M. G.; Hofmann, T.; Weinhardt, L.; Baer, M.; Potter, B. G.; Heske, C. “Impact of annealing on the chemical structure and morphology of the thin-film CdTe/ZnO interface” J. Appl. Phys. 2014, 116, 024312.
  2. Pande, S.; Weir, M. G.; Zaccheo, B. A.; Crooks, R. M. “Synthesis and Characterization of Pt and Pd Dendrimer-Encapsulated Nanoparticles by Galvanic Replacement Method” New J. Chem. 2011, 35, 20564-2060.
  3. Myers, V. S.; Weir, M. G.; Carino, E. V.; Crooks, R. M. “Dendrimer-encapsulated nanoparticles: New synthetic and characterization methods and catalytic applications” Chem. Sci. 2011, 2, 1632-1646.
  4. Weir, M. G.; Myers, V. S.; Frenkel, A. I.; Crooks, R. M. ”In-situ X-ray Absorption Analysis of 1.8 nm Dendrimer-Encapsulated Platinum Nanoparticles During Electrochemical CO Oxidation”, ChemPhysChem 2010, 11, 2942-2950.
  5. Weir, M. G.; Knecht, M. R.; Frenkel, A. I.; Crooks, R. M. Langmuir “Structural Analysis of Pd-Au Dendrimer-Encapsulated Bimetallic Nanoparticles” Langmuir 2010, 26, 1137-1146.
  6. Knecht, M. R.; Weir, M. G.; Myers, V. Sue; Pyrz, W. D.; Ye, H.; Petkov, V.; Buttrey, D. J.; Frenkel, A. I.; Crooks, R. M. “Synthesis and Characterization of Pt Dendrimer-Encapsulated Nanoparticles: Effect of the Template on Nanoparticle Formation” Chem. Mater. 2008 20, 5218-5228.
  7. Petkov, V.; Bedford, N.; Knecht, M. R.; Weir, M. G.; Crooks, R. M.; Tang, W.; Henkelman, G.; Frenkel, A. ”Periodicity and Atomic Ordering in Nanosized Particles of Crystals” J. Phys. Chem. C 2008, 112, 8907-8911.
  8. Knecht, M. R.; Weir, M. G.; Frenkel, A. I.; Crooks, R. M. “Structural Rearrangement of Bimetallic Alloy PdAu Nanoparticles within Dendrimer Templates to Yield Core/Shell Configurations” Chem. Mater. 2008, 20, 1019-1028.
  9. Gomes, J. A. G.; Daida, P.; Kesmez, M.; Weir, M.; Moreno, H.; Parga, J. R.; Irwin, G.; McWhinney, H.; Grady, T.; Peterson, E.; et al. “Arsenic removal by electrocoagulation using combined Al-Fe electrode system and characterization of products” J. Haz. Mat. 2007, 139, 220-231. 
  10. Parga, J. R.; Cocke, D. L.; Valverde, V.; Gomes, J. A. G.; Kesmez, M.; Moreno, H.; Weir, M.; Mencer, D. “ Arsenic removal via electrocoagulation from heavy metal contaminated groundwater in La Comarca Lagunera Mexico” J. Haz. Mat. 2005, 124, 247-254.
  11. Parga, J. R.; Cocke, D. L.; Valverde, V.; Gomes, J. A. G.; Kesmez, M.; Moreno, H.; Weir, M.; Mencer, D. “Characterization of electrocoagulation for removal of chromium and arsenic”  Chem. Eng. & Tech. 2005, 28, 605-612.

Non-Peer Reviewed

  1. Baillie, M.; Hlousek-Radojcic, A.; Leefeldt, T.; McVey, S.; Weir, M. i>Clicker Case Study: University of Delaware Managing i>clicker data from multiple lab sections. http:/
  2. Kaneshiro, J.; Deutsch, T.; Gaillard, N.; Chen, Z.; Kleiman-Shwarsctein, A.; Zhu, F.; Weir, M. I-III-VI2 Copper Chalcopyrites for Photoelectrochemical Water Splitting, White papers on Materials for Photoelectrochemical Water Splitting,http:/
  1. Materials Research Society Spring Meeting 2013 Oral (2)
  2. DOE-PEC Surface Validation Team Meeting 2013 Oral 
  3. Electrochemical Society PRiME Fall 2012 Poster 
  4. Electrochemical Society Spring Meeting 2012 Poster 
  5. Materials Research Society- Spring Meeting 2012 Poster