Joe Kyger

Assistant Professor, Mathematics & Chemistry


Areas of Expertise:

  • Analytical and radiochemistry, with emphasis on environmental analyses of atmospheric pollutants.


  • Ph.D., Analytical Chemistry, University of Missouri, 2006
  • Graduate-level coursework, Chemistry, Southwest Missouri State University, 1997-1999
  • B.S., Chemistry, Southwest Missouri State University, 1982

Professional Achievements:

  • Assistant Professor of Chemistry, William Woods University, 2005-present
  • Research Assistant, University of Missouri-Columbia, 2001-2005
  • Sponsor for undergraduate summer internship, 2003 and 2004
  • Teaching Assistant, University of Missouri-Columbia, 1999-2001
  • Teaching Assistant, Southwest Missouri State University, 1997-1999
  • Community Service
  • Volunteer scientist in the “Magic of Chemistry” Workshop, a University of Missouri sponsored outreach program for Girl Scouts
  • Participant/Finisher, Multiple Sclerosis 150-Mile Bike Ride, 2007 and 2008
  • Participant/Finisher, Waddell & Reed Kansas City Marathon, 2008
  • Speaker/facilitator for community astronomical presentations and sky viewings


  • American Chemical Society
  • Phi Lambda Upsilon Honorary


  • Relationship between soil lead and airborne lead concentrations at Springfield, Missouri, USA. Science of the Total Environment.
  • Sulfur isotope ratios in PM2.5. Fuel Chemistry Division Preprints.
  • Combining a leaching procedure and XAFS spectroscopy for identification of sulfur and metal species in fine particulate matter from combustion sources. Fuel Chem. Preprints
  • Structural determination of 99mTc radiopharmaceuticals and compounds using X-ray absorption spectroscopy. Radioanalytical Nuclear Chemistry.
  • Percent true calcium absorption, mineral metabolism, and bone mineralization in children with cystic fibrosis: Effect of supplementation with vitamin D and calcium. Pediatric Pulmonology.
  • Elemental modes of occurrence in an Illinois #6 coal and fractions prepared by physical separation techniques at a coal preparation plant. International Journal of Coal Geology.


  • Developed technique based on sulfur isotopic ratio analysis for sourcing air particulate utilizing high resolution ICP- MS
  • Developed INAA technique for measuring trace metals on PM2.5 air filters
  • Performed multi-elemental analyses in various matrices utilizing Quadrupole ICP-MS, HR-ICP-MS, INAA, and energy dispersive XRF
  • Developed and performed a trace metals and soil research project
  • Measurement of calcium isotope ratios in premature infants, supporting ongoing research into calcium absorption at the University of Missouri Medical School
  • Characterization of radiopharmaceuticals utilizing the high energy light source at Argonne National Laboratory


  • American Chemical Society Regional Meeting, Kearney, Nebraska, October 2008. Session: Atmospheric Aerosols: Composition, Chemistry, and Climate Sulfur Isotope Measurement of PM2.5 Air Particulate Utilizing Single Collector High Resolution Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry