Objective for this course is to provide the students with an appreciation and understanding of the fundamental principles of toxicology like of basic chemistry of the toxicants, sources and fate contaminants in the human organism and effects of toxicants. Topics to be discussed will include major classifications of drugs as they relate to organ systems or major pathophysiological disease entities. The clinical toxicology section of the course will review the more common toxins, their effects, and appropriate treatments. A toxicology lab to go along with this course will be coming Spring 2021.


Dr. Jan Halamek has been teaching a variety of chemistry courses at the University at Albany since 2013, some of which he initiated and developed himself. These courses include: 

General Chemistry (ACHM 120): Atomic theory, quantitative relationships in chemical change, electronic structure of atoms and chemical periodicity, chemical bonding, and states of matter.

Quantitative Analysis (ACHM 226) :  Theory of quantitative analysis based on modern chemical principles. The theory and practical applications of gravimetric, volumetric, potentiometric and colorimetric analysis. The statistical treatment of experimental data is described.

Instrumental Analysis (ACHM 429): Theoretical principles and chemical applications of selected methods of instrumental analysis. Main emphasis is on modern analytical methods including polarography, conductance, potentiometry, and coulometric methods, gas chromatography, mass spectrometry, atomic absorption as well as absorbance and fluorescence spectroscopy. Statistical analysis of data will be discussed.


Advanced Forensic Chemistry (ACHM 447/547): This course focuses on current topics and analytical methods utilized in today's modern forensic laboratories. Forensic Chemistry will include topics such as introduction to criminalistics, ethical dilemmas, computer-assisted data analysis, public speaking on technical and non-technical subjects, as well as courtroom testimony. The course will also include a detailed description of how modern analytical techniques are applied to forensic chemistry. Specifically, gas chromatography, mass spectrometry, DART, headspace chromatography, TLC, liquid-liquid extraction, solid phase extraction, immunoassay and electrochemistry will be applied to the fields of forensic drug chemistry and toxicology. The course includes advanced statistical methods such as chi-square tests, multiple regression and correlation, nonparametric statistics, and analytical variances. 

Advanced Forensic Chemistry Lab (ACHM 448/548): This course focuses on becoming proficient in forensic laboratory techniques that are currently used in the field to accurately determine the concentration of various chemical substances (both organic and inorganic) in forensic samples. This two semester lab session was initiated and developed by Dr. Halamek. Research performed in The Halamek Lab is implemented regularly in the advanced forensic chemistry lab.

Fingerprint Analysis: Moving Toward Multiattribute Determination via Individual Markers:

Ages at a Crime Scene: Simultaneous Estimation of the Time since Deposition and Age of Its Originator:

Before lecturing at the University at Albany, Dr. Jan Halamek also lectured several chemistry courses at Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York. 

-Freshman Seminar

-Undergraduate Seminar

-Separation and Electrochemistry (substituting for Professor Katz)

-Bio-electronics and Bioanotechnology (substituting for Professor Katz)

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