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Paul Simone

Assistant Professor, Chemistry Department

3744 Walker Ave., 11 Smith Chemistry, Memphis, TN 38152
Office Hours
Detailed in class syllabi each term, or by appointment by email

About Dr. Paul Simone

Dr. Paul S. Simone, Jr. is an assistant professor of chemistry at The University of Memphis, where he earned his B.S. Ch., M.S. and Ph.D., and started his career as an tenure-track professor at The Citadel in Charleston, SC. Dr. Simone works at the nexus of research and business, developing new technologies at The University of Memphis to help drinking water utilities comply with ever stricter USEPA regulations of drinking water disinfection by-products. The new technologies are protected through patents and subsequently commercialized through Foundation Instruments, Inc. Foundation Instruments was co-founded with Gary L. Emmert and Wei Wu-Emmert, and is a high-tech, small business spun out from The University of Memphis.


2002 - B.S. in Chemistry (ACS), The University of Memphis

2006 - M.S. in Analytical Chemistry, The University of Memphis

2008 – Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry, The University of Memphis


2010, Assistant Professor

Research and Scholarly Activities

Broadly, Dr. Simone's research interests are in trace analysis of regulated chemical species in environmental samples which are at the nexus of Research, Business and Regulations. More specifically, Dr. Simone is interested in development and commercialization of new, fully-automated chemical analysis systems for two classes of chemical carcinogens, the trihalomethanes (THMs) and haloacetic acids (HAAs) regulated by the USEPA in finished drinking water. These new chemical analysis systems handle all sampling handling, chemical analysis, and reporting of concentrations.




National Science Foundation – Small Business Innovation Research (NSF-SBIR) Phase 1: Evaluating the Feasibility of a fully-automated, on-line, real-time analyzer for simultaneous determination of individual THMs and HAAs. P.S. Simone (PI), G.L. Emmert (Co-PI).  $150,000, 07/01/14 – 07/31/16

Fed Ex Institute of Technology: Development and USEPA Certification of On-line Analyzers for Trihalomethanes and Haloacetic Acids in Drinking Water Distribution Systems. P.S. Simone ( PI), G.L. Emmert (Co-PI) (1 month).  $78,000, 07/01/13 – 06/30/15.

Graduate Students

Heather L. Fleming (2015), Thomas E. Watts, III (2016), Noel Harris (2018), Dylan Benningfield (2018), Robyn A. Snow (2019)


Graduate Coordinator of the Department of Chemistry - Chair of the Graduate Studies committee

Member of College of Arts and Science Graduate Council

Chair of the Analytical Chemistry Cumulative Exam Committee

Member of the Van Vleet Memorial Doctoral Award Selection Committee

Session Chair at 34th Annual Undergraduate  Research Conference

Supervisor for multiple departmental instruments in Rooms 016 and 017 including: Buck Scientific Atomic Absorption, SRI Gas Chromatograph with Flame Ionization detection, Dionex Ion Chromatograph, Varian HPLC with UV-Vis absorption, and Varian gas chromatograph with mass spectrometry