Dr. Simpson received a B.A. degree in Chemistry from Augustana College in 1996. He completed his PhD degree from Iowa State University in the field of Analytical Chemistry working with Professor Dennis Johnson in August 2002. Dr. Simpson's graduate work mainly focused on the Development of novel electrode materials for the electrocatalysis of oxygen-transfer and hydrogen-transfer reactions. He joined Coastal Carolina University in the Fall of 2002.
Dr. Simpson's research interests are in the field of Analytical Chemistry. One focus of his research is in the field of Electrochemistry. Electrochemistry is the study of chemical processes as they relate to electrical current and potential. Current research is being conducted on developing new electrode materials for use in various electrochemical processes. The new electrode materials have possible applications for use in electrochemical detection (a process in which measured voltage and/or current can be used to identify and quantify various analytes of interest), electrochemical incineration (a process in which organic compounds are electrochemically oxidized to more environmentally friendly forms) and fuel cell technologies. An additional focus is the development of new analytical detection methods. Research is currently being conducted on the development of UPLC (Ultra Performance Liquid Chromatography) methods.