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Dr. Leslie Hiatt

Analytical and Instrumental Chemistry 

Leslie Hiatt Headshot

Dr. Hiatt enjoys teaching students how to quantitate analytes and how to use instruments to analyze complex samples. She mainly teaches general chemistry, quantitative analysis, and instrumental analysis. General Chemistry is the first course a chemistry major takes and teaches students the basics needed in all levels chemistry. Quantitative Analysis teaches students how to develop good experimental protocols and then how to properly analyze data using numerical evidence. Instrumental Analysis builds on the skills developed in Quant to teach students how to use instruments to perform more advanced analysis of samples. The students in this course become experienced users of all the advanced instruments our department has to offer.

Advising: Dr. Hiatt advises chemistry majors and pre-pharmacy majors.

Collaborations: Dr. Hiatt's Instrumental Analysis and Data Analysis students have utilized Arduino devices to create instruments and analyze data. She has created a website to facilitate collaboration with other Analytical Chemistry professors who might be interested in collaborating on a study of these devices in teaching (2021-2022). This information is found on her personal website

She loves working with students in the classroom and in the lab. Read below to find out about her research and to find out how you can become involved in undergraduate research!

Fun news story about the lighboard she made to improve video lectures!

Dr. Hiatt's Schedule and Chemistry Department Events and Seminars

There is nothing more inspiring than a well done seminar. We hope some of the speakers this semester will inspire you. Please see the calendar below for scheduled office hours, seminars, activities, and outreach.


Electronic cigarettes are gaining popularity across the globe. Marketed as a helpful tool to aid smokers who wish to quit, electronic cigarettes deliver nicotine to users as a vapor without additional chemicals found in tobacco products. Currently, electronic cigarettes are not under the authority of the Food and Drug Administration, since they do not contain tobacco. Without regulation, not only is the effect of these cigarettes not known, the content of these products has not come under close analytical scrutiny. Our lab, in conjunction with Dr. Meagan Mann, are attempting to determine the nicotine content in electronic cigarettes. Can consumers trust the labels that describe the amount of nicotine in each liquid refill bottle? Does the content vary across batches? Does it change significantly over time and after the liquid’s expiration date? Our research utilizes electrochemistry and other instrumentation to answer these questions.


Carotenoids are organic pigments that occur naturally in plants and other photosynthetic organisms. When you see the beautiful oranges, reds, and yellows of fall foliage; you are seeing a few of the vibrant colors associated with carotenoids. Carotenoids have reversible electrochemistry and have shown an electrochromic response to changes in membrane potentials. The changes in absorbance already identified allow us to hypothesize that the characterization of carotenoids would lead to the identification of an electrochromic material suitable for incorporation into an electrochromic device such as an electronic reader. 

Cyclic Voltametry of beta-carotene

If you are a student who enjoys asking questions, inventing new ways to approach problems, and you would like to work on an exciting problem that involves chemistry, biology, electricity, and technology, drop by my office to discuss possible research options. This research is in the field of bioanalytical electrochemistry and has many facets.

  1. Jacob Williams, Martin E. Miller, Brianna Avitabile, Dillon Burrow, Allison Schmittou, Meagan Mann, and Leslie Hiatt. “Teaching Students to be Instrumental in Analysis: Peer-Led Team Learning in the Instrumental Laboratory” J Chem Ed, 2017, accepted for publication.
  2.  Danielle W. Kimmel, Mika E. Meschievitz, Leslie A. Hiatt, and David E. Cliffel. “Multianalyte Microphysiometry of Macrophage Responses to Phorbol Myristate Acetate, Lipopolysaccharide, and Lipoarabinomannan” Electroanalysis, 2013, 25, 1706-1712.
  3.  Leslie A. Hiatt and David E. Cliffel. “Real time Recognition of Mycobacterium tuberculosis and Lipoarabinomannan using the Quartz Crystal Microbalance.” Sens Actuators, B, 2012, 174, 245-252.
  4.  Reese S. Harry, Leslie A. Hiatt, Danielle W. Kimmel, Clare K. Carney, Kristin C. Halfpenny, David E. Cliffel and David W. Wright. “Metabolic Impact of 4-Hydroxynonenal on Macrophage-Like RAW 264.7 Function and Activation.” Chem Res Toxicol 2012, 25, 1643-1651.
  5.  Leslie A. Hiatt, Jennifer R. McKenzie, Leila F. Deravi, Reese S. Harry, David W. Wright, and David E. Cliffel. “A printed superoxide dismutase coated electrode for the study of macrophage oxidative burst.” Biosens Bioelectron, 2012, 33, 128-133.
  6.  Scott A. Miller, Leslie A. Hiatt, Robert G. Keil, David E. Cliffel, and David W. Wright. “Multifunctional nanoparticles as simulants for a gravimetric immunoassay” Anal Bioanal Chem 2011, 399, 1021-1029.

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Feel free to drop by my office to read any of these if you wish.

Dr. Hiatt's CV

Research Students- Fall 2015 to Spring 2016

Brianna, Jake, Eric, and Dillon are all shown below presenting their research at the Fall 2015 APSU Chemistry Research Symposium. All these students are working on examining the nicotine in electronic cigarettes.

Fall 2016

Allison Winning an Award

Dillon 2016



Fall 2015

2015 Hiatt Research Presenters

 Fall 2014

SERMACS 2014- Jake and Eric

Jake Williams and Eric Miller are shown here presenting at 2014 SERMACS.

Past Research Students

Hiatt Research Group Photo 2014 Jonathon Pezzuto

  • Patrick Grady (Spring 2014)
  • Lolita Hicks (Spring 2014)
  • James Thomas (Fall 2013)
  • Billy Cameron Denley (Spring 2013, Studying Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences)
  • Jonathon Pezzuto (Spring 2013, Lab Tech at Cerillant)

If you need a letter of recommendation, please download, fill out this form, and submit it via email to Dr. Hiatt, placing LOR in the subject line. hiattl@apsu.edu

Letter of Recommendation Form- Hiatt 2016

May these links help you as you walk the path many chemists before you have trod.


Pre-pharmacy Links:

This website identifies pharmacy school admission requirements and breaks these down by school and by requirement, pretty useful! Pharmacy School Admission Requirements

Applying for pharmacy school requires you to go throught the PharmCAS website. It helps if you are aware of the process even before you are ready to begin filling out the forms! PharmCAS system

APSU Course Requirements for Pre-Pharmacy with a BS in Chemistry

Class Specific:


TRIO SSS Tutoring

APSU Writing Center

My Data Class has used Data Camp to successfully learn more about the programming language R. The tutorials are top notch!


TED: Ideas worth spreading

Dropbox: Free cloud storage system

Professional Organizations:

Nashville ACS Local Section Calendar of Events

The Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR- Free for APSU Faculty & Students)

The American Chemical Society (ACS)

Tennessee Academy of Science (TAS)

The Electrochemical Society (ECS)

The Society for Electroanalytical Chemistry (SEAC)

Just for Fun:

PhD Comics

PhD Comics: Enlightenment Path