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Sudipa Mitra-Kirtley

Professor of Physics and Optical Engineering

Dr. Sudipa Mitra Kirtley is an expert in X-ray absorption spectroscopy, X-ray photo electron microscopy, and scanning electron microscopy. Throughout her faculty tenure, Dr. Kirtley has been analyzing sulfur chemical moieties at the Brookhaven National Laboratory’s National Synchrotron Light Source, Argonne National Laboratory’s Advanced Photon Source, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s Advanced Light Source. She involves undergraduate and graduate students in her studies. Dr. Kirtley is a recipient of the Board of Trustees Outstanding Scholar Award, and advises the Society of Women Engineers and the physics honor society student organizations.

Teaching Interests

  • Introductory physics
  • Atomic, particle, and thermal physics
  • Synchrotron radiation and its applications
  • Theoretical mechanics
  • Statistical and quantum mechanics
  • Physical and paraxial optics
  • Mathematical methods in physics
  • Biophysics

Research Experiences

  • X-ray absorption spectroscopy
  • Micro x-ray absorption
  • X-ray diffraction
  • UV-visible fluorescence spectroscopy.

Select Publications & Presentations

  • Pomerantz, A.E., Le Doan, T. V., Craddock, P., Bake, K., Kleinberg, R., Burnham, A., Wu, Q., Zare, R., Brodnik, G., Lo, William C., Grayson, M., Mitra-Kirtley, S., Bolin, T. and Wu, T., “Impact of Laboratory-Induced Thermal Maturity on Asphaltene Molecular Structure,” Energy Fuels, Vol. 30, 7,025-7,036, 2016
  • Mitra-Kirtley, S., “Elucidation of Sulfur Chemistry Petroleum Products from Different Deposits Using Different Methods,” Annual Petrophase Conference, Elsinore, Denmark, 2016
  • Bolin, T. B., Birdwell, J. E., Lewan, M. D., Hill, R. J., Grayson, M. B., Mitra-Kirtley, S., Bake, K. D., Craddock, P. R., Abdallah, W. and Pomerantz, A. E., "Sulfur Species in Source Rock Bitumen before and after Hydrous Pyrolysis Determined by XANES,” Energy Fuels, Vol.. 30 (8), 6,264-6,270, 2016
  • Greenfield, M. L., Byrne, M., Mitra-Kirtley, S., Kercher, E. M., Bolin, T. B., Wu, T., Craddock, P. R., Bake, K. D. and Pomerantz, A. E., “XANES Measurements of Sulfur Chemistry during Asphalt Oxidation,” Fuel, Vol. 162, 179-185, 2015
  • Mitra-Kirtley, S., Mullins, O. C. and Pomerantz, A. E., “Sulfur and Nitrogen Chemical Speciation in Crude Oils and Related Carbonaceous Materials,” Applying Nanotechnology to the Desulfurization Process in Petroleum Engineering, IGI Global Publishing, 53-83, 2015
  • Mitra-Kirtley, S., “Characterization of Different Stages of Crude Oils and their Derivatives by X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy Using Synchrotron Radiation,” Annual Petrophase Conference, Galveston, Texas, 2014
  • Pomerantz, A., Bake, K. D., Craddock, P. R., Kurzenhauser, K., Kodalen, B.G., Mitra-Kirtley, S. and Bolin, T. B., “Sulfur Speciation in Kerogen and Bitumen from Gas and Oil Shales,” Organic Geochemistry, Vol. 68, 5-12, 2014
  • Mitra-Kirtley, S., “Sulfur Chemical Characterization of Different Asphaltenes,” Annual Petrophase Conference, Rueil-Malmaison, France, 2013
  • “Sulfur Speciation in Kerogen & Bitumen from Green River Shale,” Annual Petrophase Conference, St. Petersburg, Florida, 2012
  • Mitra-Kirtley, S., “Sulfur Speciation in Different Coal Oils and Coal Asphaltenes by XANES Spectroscopy” (Poster Presentation), Petrophase Conference, Imperial College, London, 2011

Awards & Honors

  • Board of Trustees Outstanding Scholar, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, 2009
  • Finalist, Leading Light Award, Women and Hi-Tech
  • Nominee, National U.S. Professor of the Year Competition
  • Excellence in Service Award, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

Academic Degrees

  • PhD, University of Kentucky, Physics, 1991
  • BA, Berea College, Physics, 1983