Bruce Mattson

Bruce Mattson, Ph.D.


Bruce Mattson, Ph.D.
Inorganic Chemistry

Hixson-Lied Science Building 262

Bruce Mattson

In Dr. Mattson's lab, we are interested in developing establishing safe and convenient methods for generating and manipulating small samples of gases for experiments and study. With undergraduate students performing the research, we have developed classroom demonstrations and laboratory activities suitable for use at a variety of levels ranging from the middle school and high school levels up through university-level freshmen chemistry students and chemistry majors taking descriptive inorganic chemistry. The results of this work have been published in a series of articles in the Journal of Chemical Education and Chem13 News and in two books. All together over 150 experiments have been devised for the a variety of gases including CO2, H2, O2, N2, NH3, NOx, C2H2, H2S, SO2, Cl2, HCl, CO, C2H4, CH4, and N20. Our most recent work deals with (a) ozone generation and reactions and (b) our gas reaction catalyst tube.

Please visit Dr. Mattson's site for information.


Ph.D. (1977) University of Minnesota
B.A. (1973) Southwest (Minnesota) State University

Selected Publications

Heterogeneous catalysis: deuterium exchange reactions of hydrogen and methane, Anne Mirich, Trisha Hoette Miller, Elsbeth Klotz, Bruce Mattson*, Journal of Chemical Education, (accepted for publication).

Structural characterization of dissolved organic matter: a review of current techniques, Elizabeth C. Minor, Michael Swenson, Bruce Mattson, and Alan Oyler Environmental Science: Processes and impacts, The Royal Society of Chemistry, 2014,16, 2064-2079.

Heterogeneous catalysis: The Horiuti-Polanyi mechanism and alkene hydrogenation. Bruce Mattson*, Wendy Foster, Jaclyn Greimann, Trisha Hoette, Nhu Le, Anne Mirich, Shanna Wankum, Ann Cabri, Claire Reichenbacher, and Erika Schwanke, Journal of Chemical Education, 2013, 90 (5), 613–619.

The Equilibrium Constant for Bromothymol Blue: A general chemistry laboratory experiment using spectroscopy, Elsbeth Klotz, Robert Doyle, Erin Gross* and Bruce Mattson**, Journal of Chemical Education, 2011, 88, 637 – 639.

Microscale Gas Chemistry, Bruce Mattson and Michael Anderson, invited paper to the Association for Science Education (UK)’s premier journal School Science Review, 2011, 92, 43 – 48.

The remarkable chemistry of potassium dioxide(1-) (potassium superoxide). Two Microscale Classroom Demonstrations.” Andrew Allen, Michael Anderson, and Bruce Mattson; Journal of Chemical Education 2009, 86, 1286 – 1289.

Hydrogen and palladium foil. Two classroom demonstrations. Elsbeth Klotz, E.; and Mattson, B. Journal of Chemical Education 2009, 86, 465 – 469.

Microscale Gas Chemistry, invited commemorative article, Mattson, B., Chem13 News 2008, 361, 15 - 18

“Microscale Gas Chemistry, Part 29. The Mini-Ozone Generator and Bacteria in Natural Aquatic Samples,” Bruce Mattson, Stephanie Gallegos, Laleh Mehrrafiee, Jiro Fujita, Chem13 News 2007, 351, 8 – 10.

“Incomplete Combustion of Hydrogen: Trapping the Hydroxyl Radical,” Mattson, B.; Hoette, T.; Journal of Chemical Education 2007, 84, 1668 – 1670.

“Demonstrating the Paramagnetism of  Liquid Oxygen with a Neodymium Magnet,” Mattson, B.; Journal of Chemical Education 2007, 84, 1296 - 1298.

“Microscale Gas Chemistry, Part 28. Mini-Ozone generator: 800 nanomole/minute,” Bruce Mattson,Janel Michels, Stephanie Gallegos, Jorge G. Ibanez, Alejandro Alatorre-Ordaz, Rodrigo Mayen-Mondragon, M. T. Moran-Moran, accepted for publication in Chem13 News 2007, 344, 6 – 11.

“Microscale Environmental Chemistry Part 5. Production of ClO2, an environmentally-friendly oxidizer and disinfectant;” Ibanez, Jorge G.; Navarro-Monsivais, Carlos; Terrazas-Moreno, Sebastian; Mena-Brito, Rodrigo; Pedraza-Segura, Lorena; Mattson, Bruce; Anderson, Michael P.; Fujita, Jiro; Hoette, Trisha, Chem. Educator 2006, 11, 174-177.

Invited book chapter, “Microscale Gas Chemistry,” Mattson, B., Microscale Chemistry Experimentation for All Ages, Peter Schwarz, Muhamad Hugerat, and Mordechai Livneh, editors; published by Arab Academic College for Education in Israel, Haifa, Israel, pages 267 – 285, 2006.

“Propanol to Propane.  An advanced laboratory experiment using two gas-phase heterogeneous catalysts;” Mattson, B.; Hulce, M.; Cheng, W. Greimann, W.; Hoette, T.; and Menzel, P.; Journal of Chemical Education, 2006, 83, 421 – 424.

Microscale Gas Chemistry, 4th Edition, (book), Mattson, B. M., Anderson, M. P.; and Mattson, S. E.; published by Educational Innovations, 2006.


"Classroom Demonstration Aids That You Can Build!" Mattson, B. M., Kubovy, M. A., Hepburn, J., Lannan, J., Flinn Scientific, 1997.

"The Chemistry of Gases, A Microscale Approach," Mattson, B. M., Anderson, M. P., Schwennsen, Cece, Flinn Scientific, 1999.

"Microscale Gas Chemistry," Educational Innovations, 2006, ISBN #0-9701077-0-6.