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College of Arts and Sciences

College of Arts and Sciences

Jose Barreto

Jose BarretoProfessor, Chemistry
Phone: (239) 590-7486
Office: SH 438

Research and Teaching Interests
Dr. Jose Barreto conducts research on radicals, oxidants, biocides and chemical education.

In the past, Dr. Barreto has published in the field of acid permeability across artificial membranes, and on the role of free radicals and oxidants in the pathogenesis of ulcers in the gut. He has taught many generations of students at a variety of academic levels including,  lower division, upper division, graduate and post-doctoral students; he has been employed as a full time faculty member at a community college, university and a medical school. During his tenure at FGCU (1998-present), he established an active undergraduate research program that is now focused on investigating the production of radicals and oxidants produced by a titanium oxide photocatalytic system. The aim of this “green chemistry” project is to develop new technologies for sterilizing and destroying germs and biological toxins without creating persistent environmental hazards. Dr. Barreto is also actively involved curricular reform in chemistry and in designing new labs for undergraduate chemistry students; he is the principal author (with his Chemistry faculty colleagues as co-authors) of the FGCU lab manual for General Chemistry I&II.

Some recent examples of scholarly work

The destruction of a Sudan IV, an azo dye target, in a CTAB micelle: A model for the destruction of photocatalytic biological toxins in the hydrophobic core of a cell membrane. Jose C. Barreto Ph.D., Cristina Coates, Ph.D.; Wllliam Caldwell and Patricia Barreto, B.S. In preparation, January 2007

Beta-carotene protects sudan (IV) from photocatalytic oxidation in a micellar model system: Insight into the antioxidant properties of the golden staphylococcus aureus. Cristina M. Coates, Bill Caldwell, Randall S. Alberte, Patricia D. Barreto, and Jose C. Barreto. World Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology. In Press,  January 2007.

Multiple Pedagogical Reforms Implemented in a University Science Class To Address Diverse Learning Styles. Terry Dubetz, Ph.D., Jose C. Barreto, Ph.D., David Deiros., Joseph Kakareka, Ph.D., David Brown, Ph.D., and Cynthia Ewald, M.Ed. Journal of College Science Teaching,  In press.

Barreto, J.C.;  T.A. Dubetz, D.W. Brown, P. D. Barreto, C.M. Coates, and A.Cobb. Determining the Enthalpy, Free Energy, and Entropy for the Solubility of Salicylic Acid with the Van’t Hoff Equation: A Spectrophotometric Determination of Keq. The Chemical Educator. 12(1) pp 18-21. 2007.

Combustion and Energy Transfer Experiments as a Laboratory Model for Linking Core Concepts Across the Science Curriculum. By Jose C. Barreto, Terry A. Dubetz, Diane L. Schmidt, Sharon Isern, Thomas Beatty, David W. Brown, Edward Gillman, Randall S. Alberte, and Nosa O. Egiebor. Journal of College Science Teaching. 36(4) p. 50-53. 2007.

A photocatalytic coating deposited on a titanium metal surface may be useful for sanitizing the water used in aquaculture: A demonstration of biocidal power, and a model for toxin destruction. By: Jose C. Barreto, Cristina M. Coates, Sharon Isern, Aswani Volety, Vincent Encomio, Arthur Weissbach, Patricia D. Barreto, Kelly Huitema and Javed Ali. Poster presentation at Bioflorida: November 2006.

Barreto, JC; David Brown, Terry Dubetz, Joseph Kakareka, and Randall S. Alberte:
A Spectrophotometric Determination of the Energy of Activation (Ea) for a Complexation Reaction: The Kinetics of Formation of a Cr(III)/EDTA Complex Chem. Educator 10(3), p. 196-199. 2005

Barreto, JC. NSF Integrating the General Chemistry and General Biology Curriculum.  Journal of Chemical Education.  Volume: 77 p.11 2000.