Mark Burton

Mark BurtonMark Burton is currently starting his third year of the Physical Chemistry PhD program at the University of Arizona. In 2015, he graduated Cum Laude with honors from Towson University with a B. S. in Chemistry. There he studied the influence of various environmental and laboratory conditions on the kinetics of a pro-herbicide transformation, under the direction of Prof. John Sivey. His aspirations have changed as he now looks up at the stars instead of down at the soil. He currently works for Prof. Lucy Ziurys using rotational spectroscopy to probe the structures of gas phase radical species. After determining a molecule’s unique rotational spectrum, radio telescopes can be used to determine if that molecule exists in space. Mark also holds the Masters of Ceremonies position in the professional chemistry fraternity Alpha Chi Sigma.