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Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Faculty and Staff Directory

Augustus W. Fountain III

Title: Senior Instructor
Department: Chemistry and Biochemistry
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Phone: 803-777-3904
Fax: 803-777-9521
STB 227
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Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Augustus Fountain


Ph.D., Chemistry, Florida State University, 1997
M.S., The United States Army War College, 2003
B.S., Stetson University, 1985

Honors and Awards

2024 Garnet Apple Award 
2019 SET Panel Excellence Award (SPEA), NATO Science and Technology Board
2016 Presidential Rank Award – Meritorious Senior Professional, Department of the Army
2014 Fellow SPIE
2013 U.S. Army Research & Development Achievement Award, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Research and Technology)

Research Interests

 Analytical Chemistry: Vibrational Spectroscopy, Laser Spectroscopy, Chemometrics and Electrochemistry. My primary interests involve the development of novel methodologies, especially those using optical spectroscopy, for qualitative and quantitative analysis to solve difficult chemical problems. I am especially interested in the coupling of vibrational spectroscopy (both infrared and laser Raman spectroscopy) and optical imaging to gather chemical information remotely.

Selected Publications

Ashish Tripathi, Erik D. Emmons, Neal D. Kline, Steven D. Christesen, Augustus W. Fountain, and Jason A. Guicheteau; Molecular Structure and Solvent Factors Influencing SERS on Planar Gold Substrates; The Journal of Physical Chemistry C; Just Accepted Manuscript;  DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.8b00353.

Guicheteau, Jason; Tripathi, Ashish; Emmons, Erik D; Christesen, Steven; Fountain, Augustus W; Reassessing SERS Enhancement Factors: Using Thermodynamics to Drive Substrate Design, Faraday Discussions, 2017. DOI: 10.1039/C7FD00141J.

Martin Moskovits, Steven D. Christesen, Ashish Tripathi, Augustus Way Fountain, Jason A. Guicheteau, and Erik D Emmons. The Critical Role of Adsorption Equilibria on the Determination of Surface Enhanced Raman Enhancement, ACS Nano, 2015, 9 (1), pp 584–593. DOI: 10.1021/nn5058936.

Augustus W. Fountain III, Steven D. Christesen, Erik D. Emmons, Raphael P. Moon, and Jason A. Guicheteau; Recent Advances and Remaining Challenges for the Spectroscopic Detection of Explosive Threats (Invited Focal Point); Applied Spectroscopy, 2014, 68(8), pp. 795-811.DOI: 10.1366/14-07560.

E.D. Emmons, A. Tripathi, J.A. Guicheteau, S.D. Christesen, and A.W. Fountain III Raman Chemical Imaging of Explosive-Contaminated Fingerprints Appl. Spectrosc., 63, 11, pp1197 – 1203., DOI: 10.1366/000370209789806812.

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