Svetlana Bashkova

Svetlana Bashkova

Associate Professor of Chemistry
Department of Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Physics



  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Instrumental Analysis
  • General Chemistry
  • Mentored Research in Chemistry
  • Research and Thesis
  • Independent Study
  • Environmental Chemistry


  • Materials Chemistry
  • Green Chemistry
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Carbon Chemistry
  • Environmental Remediation
  • Water Purification


  • BA, Chemistry, Riga Technical University
  • MS, Chemical Engineering, Riga Technical University
  • MS, Chemistry, CUNY City College of New York
  • PhD, Analytical Chemistry, CUNY Graduate Center

Academic Profile

In my research group, we work on the synthesis, characterization, data analysis, and testing of carbon-containing materials and metal nanoparticles. The main focus is on the “green chemistry” approach in the synthesis of activated carbons ordered mesoporous carbons (OMCs), and metal nanoparticles from sustainable resources, i.e. cashew nut shells, tannins, lignin, etc. These materials are designed and tailored in a way to address their application in the area of environmental remediation. We are specifically interested in water purification processes, removal, and photocatalytic degradation of synthetic dyes, heavy metals, pharmaceuticals, and other anthropogenic pollutants. The green chemistry concept is highly emphasized by using sustainable precursors, green solvents, and energy-efficient practices. The materials are characterized by a wide scope of analytical techniques (UV-Vis, FT-IR, nitrogen sorption, SEM, TEM, XRD, XPS, etc.) to assess their structural, textural, and surface parameters, which are further linked to the adsorption/removal capabilities of the studied materials. Some research work is accomplished through internal and external collaborations with researchers around the world.

For more on my research and publications


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