Michael Malin

Undergraduate Discipline


BS, City College of New York, PhD, Rutgers University. Postdoctoral Fellow, Rutgers University, Brandeis University. Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Western Connecticut State University (WCSU); T. J. Lipton, Inc, tea chemistry; Technicon Instruments Corp/Bayer Diagnostics, hematology automated analyzer methods/reagents, photocurable adhesives, chemiluminescence, ceramic hardware degradation, phthalocyanine dyes; Bayer Technical Achievement Award, Automated Hemoglobin Detection Methods. Author of 20 publications and patents in biochemistry and chemistry. WCSU chemistry adjunct, 2010-2022. Author of The Chemistry and Mechanism of Art Materials: Unsuspected Properties and Outcomes, 2021. SLC, 2003 (guest), 2007-2009, 2023–

Previous Courses


General Chemistry II

Intermediate, Small Lecture—Spring

Prerequisite: General Chemistry I

This course is a continuation of General Chemistry I. We will begin with a detailed study of both the physical and chemical properties of solutions. This will enable us to consider the factors that affect both the rates and direction of chemical reactions. We will then investigate the properties of acids and bases and the role that electricity plays in chemistry. The course will conclude with introductions to nuclear chemistry and organic chemistry. Weekly laboratory sessions will allow us to demonstrate and test the theories described in the lecture segment of the course.


The Chemistry of Art Materials

Open, Seminar—Fall

Do you admire paintings? Color? Yes, of course. As they age, paintings develop cracks and blisters and discolor. What is going on? In this course, we will learn about the investigative tools used by art conservation scientists as they diagnose the aging issues associated with paintings and other artworks. The course will cover chemical aspects of art materials, including the preparation and discoloration of artists’ pigments with emphasis on inorganic pigments, toxicology of art materials, and the aging of the oil matrix of oil paintings. Students will be taught how to use chemical mechanism, based on changes in structure as a common language that applies to the aging of art materials. Students will develop an individual project that is based on the chemistry of art materials. The approach will be nonmathematical.