Yan Waguespack, Ph.D.

  • Professor 
    Department of Natural Sciences 
    Email:  yywaguespack@umes.edu 
    Phone: 410-651-6052



    • Ph.D. in Chemistry, Tulane University
    • B.S. in Environmental and Chemical Engineering, Beijing Polytechnic University


    • Spectroscopic Analysis of Phytoplankton Pigments from the Maryland Coastal Bays.
    • Lethal and sub lethal responses of early life-stages of winter flounder (Pseudopleuronectes americanus) to habitat contamination in their natal estuaries.
    • Determine sub lethal physiological effects of heavy metal on ecologically key marine and aquatic organisms by using P NMR, AAS, and ICP-AES.
    • Heavy metal and polyaromatic  hydrocarbon investigations on sediment along coastal bays.
    • Phyto remediation of TNT, DNT, and other contaminants.
    • Spectroscopic studies of biological AOT reversed micelles, nanoparticles and novel organo gel system.
    • Investigation of the interaction of colloid particles with active anodic sites on stainless steel and titanium metal surfaces.
    • Experimental probes of exciton dynamics by using lasers and analysis of inorganic manganese (II) salts and Pt, Rh, Ir compounds.

    Professional Experience:

    • Professor (Tenured), University of Maryland Eastern Shore, June, 2007-present
    • Associate Professor (Tenured), University of Maryland Eastern Shore, August, 1993-June 2007
    • Assistant Professor (tenure track), University of Maryland Eastern Shore, August 1993-June 1998
    • Assistant Professor, Fairfield (Jesuit) University, Fairfield, Connecticut, August 1990-Agust 1993
    • Visiting Faculty Researcher and Research Associate, Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana, May-August 1992-1994, 1996-1997.
    • Teaching and Research Assistant, Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana, August, 1985-August 1990.


    • “An assay to screen bacterial adhesion to mucus biomolecules”  Tkachenko, Andriy; Da Silva, Ligia; Hearne, Jennifer; Parveen, Salina; Waguespack, Yan. Letters in Applied Microbiology ISSN 0266-8254. 56, 79—82. 2012 The Society for Applied Microbiology. 

    • “The Content of Carotenes, Ascorbic Acid and Tocopherols in Selected Seaweeds". A. Tkachenko, M. Mitra, J. Schwarz, Y. Waguespack, C. Brooks. International Journal on Algae. Volume 13, Issue 1, 2011. 

    • Jennifer L. Hearne, Joseph M. Okoh, Charles Williams, Nancy Shapiro, Yan Waguespack, James Hayes, and Amelia Potter Eds John Ryan, Ted Clark and Alexis Collier.  Opening the Gateway: A Redesign of Freshman Chemistry.  Assessment in The Disciplines: Assessment of Chemistry, Association for Institutional Research, Volume 5. (2011)

    • “Heavy Metal Biomonitoring by Seaweeds on the Delmarva Peninsula, East Coast of the USA.” A. Chaudhuri, M. Mitra, C. Havrilla, Y. Waguespack, J. Schwarz. Botanica Marina 50, 151-158. (2007). 

    • “Pygmy Sperm Whale (Kogia Breviceps) and Beluga Whale (Delphinaapterus Leucas) Liver Trace Element Analyses by Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry” G. Kwakye, Y. Waguespack, A. Washington, S. White. Journal of Undergraduate Chemistry Research, 1, 15. (2007). 

    • “Spectral Characterization of a Novel Luminescent Organogel.”  Yan Waguespack and Shawn White. Journal of Chemical Education, 84, 333. (2007).

    • “Solid-State CP-MAS 13C NMR Analysis of Seaweeds from the Chincoteague Bay, Virginia”. C. Havrilla, M. Mitra, A. Chaudhuri, G. Mandouma, Y. Waguespack, J. Schwarz, S. Wu. Journal of Undergraduate Chemistry Research,  4, 175. (2006).

    • “Isolation of Intact High Molecular Weight (HMW) Glycoconjugates from the Skin Mucus of Morone Saxatilis (Striped Bass)”.A Tkachenko, Y Waguespack, J Okoh and E May. Journal of Fish Disease. 29, 433-436. (2006).

    •  “Interaction of 2,4-Dinitrotoluene with Soybean Glycine Max L. in Hydroponic Conditions.” Abimbola Olafusi, Andriy Tkachenko, XiaoLi Li and Yan WaguespackJournal of Undergraduate Chemistry Research, 4, 157. (2005).

    • “Conversion of Aniline in Aqueous Waste with the Fenton Reaction” Shardell Hawkins, Yan WaguespackJournal of Undergraduate Chemistry Research, 2, 51. (2003). 

    •  “An Organogel Formed by the Addition of Selected Dihydroxynaphthalenes to AOT Inverse Micelles.” Yan Waguespack, S. Banerjee, G. Irvin, V. John, G. McPherson. “Langmuir”,  16, 3036-3041. (2000). 

    •  “A Spontaneous Phase Transition from Inverse Micelles to Organogels due to Surfactant Interaction with 1,3- dihydroxyphenols”. M. Tata, V. John, Yan Waguespack, G. McPherson.  Journal of  Molecular Liquid. Vol. 72, pp 121-135. (1997).

    • “Fluorescence Quenching of CdS Nanocrystallites in AOT Water-in-Oil Microemulsions”. M Tata, S. Banerjee, V. John, Yan Waguespack, G. McPherson.  Colloids  and Surfaces, Vol Num 127, Pg 39-46. (1997).

    • “Intercalation in Novel Organogels with a "Stacked" Phenol Microstructure ”. M. Tata, V. John, Yan Waguespack, G. McPherson, Journal of American Chemical Society (JACS), Vol 116, Issue 21, P9464- 9470. (1994).

    • “Microstructural Characterization of Novel Phenolic Organo Gels through High Resolution NMR Spectroscopy ”. M. Tata, V. John, Yan Waguespack, G. McPherson., Journal of Physical Chemistry, 98,  3809-3817. (1994).

    • “An ESR Study of Temperature and Pressure Induced Microstructural Effects in AOT  Reversed Micelles”. N. Kommareddi, Yan Waguespack, V. John, G. McPherson. Journal of Physical Chemistry. Vol. 97,  No. 21. (1993). 

    • “Exciton Migration in a "pseudo" One-Dimensional Crystal: Luminescence Dynamics of Doped CsMnBr3”.G. McPherson, Yan Waguespack, T. Vanoy, W. Rodriguez, Journal of   Chemical  Physics,  92,  1768. (1990).

    • “Photophysics of a Flexible Ligand Bridged Rh (I) Dimer: An Excited State Conformational Change in a Crystalline Solid ”. R. Blakley, Yan Waguespack,  J. Mague, G. McPherson.Chemical. Physics. Letters, 157, 398. (1989).

    • “Medium Effects on the Absorption and Emission Spectra and on the Triplet State Lifetimes of the Tetrakis (u-methylenebisphosphonito) diplatinum (II) Chromophore” C.King, Yan Waguespack, G. McPherson, D. Roundhill, Journal of  Physical Chemistry, 93, 3451. (1989).

    • “Luminescence Decay as a Probe of Exciton Motion in One-Dimensional Crystals”. G. McPherson, W. Rodriguez, T. Vanoy, Yan WaguespackSPIE, 910,187. (1988).

    Course List:

    • Physical Chemistry I & II
    • Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
    • Bio-Inorganic Chemistry
    • Analytical Chemistry I & II
    • Instrumental Analysis
    • Principles of Chemistry I & II
    • Independent Study, Chemistry Undergraduate Research
    • MEES Seminar
    • MEES Master Thesis
    • MEES Ph.D Thesis
    • Method in Toxicology