Michael A. Brown

Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry

(901) 678-4427
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Dr. Brown received his B.S. degree in 2003 and his Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry in 2008 from The University of Memphis. He went on to teach and conduct research at SUNY Brockport for eight years. He then joined Foundation Instruments, Inc. in Collierville, TN in 2016 as the Director of Technical Services. In 2019, he joined the Department of Chemistry at The University of Memphis as a Research Scientist then as an Assistant Professor in 2021. He has over 17 years of analytical chemistry experience and six years of forensic chemistry experience. He has successfully managed three major external research grants from NIJ/DOJ USDA, and NIEHS. During his time at SUNY Brockport, he began development of new forensic methods for bone analysis. At The University of Memphis, he has continued this work and continues to collaborate with faculty at SUNY Brockport and UT Knoxville. He also collaborates with Drs. Emmert and Simone on exciting instrumentation development projects. Dr. Brown’s teaching interests include instrumental analysis, environmental chemistry, and forensic chemistry


  • BS in Chemistry, The University of Memphis, 2003
  • PhD in Analytical Chemistry, The University of Memphis, 2008

Research Interests

The Brown Forensic Research Lab currently has two primary areas of research. The first area focuses on the development of novel multivariate models for the determination of post-mortem interval of human skeletal remains. The second area focuses on the development of enhanced methods for analysis of fingerprints (e.g., type, age, chemical) and gun shot and fire residue. Dr. Brown is also interested in development of automated, low-cost instrumentation for analysis of drinking water and environmental samples.

Recent Publications:

  1. Boppana, N. P. D. Snow, R. A., Simone, P. S., Emmert, G. L. Brown, M. A. Low-cost automated pipetting system using a single board computer and 3D-printing. Instr. Sci. & Tech., 2023, 51, 355-370, Published on-line 10/03/22, DOI: 10.1080/10739149.2022.2129677
  2. Boppana, N. P. D. Snow, R. A., Simone, P. S., Emmert, G. L., Brown, M. A. A low-cost automated titration system for colorimetric endpoint detection. Analyst, 2023, 148, 2133-2140, Published on-line 4/6/23, DOI: 10.1039/D2AN02086F
  3. Boppana, N. P. D. Snow, R. A., Simone, P. S., Emmert, G. L. Brown, M. A. An automated titration system for performing pH-based titrations. Instr. Sci. & Tech., 2023, 51, 374-590, Published on-line 2/27/2023, DOI: 10.1080/10739149.2023.2180031
  4. Brown, M. A., Bunch, A. W., Froome, C., Gerling, R.; Hennessy, S., Ellison, J. Citrate content of bone: an external validation study. J. Forensic Sci., 2018, 63 (5), 1479-1485, Published on-line 12/26/2017, 10.1111/1556-4029.13716