Michael Drummond, PhD

Assistant Professor, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Phone: (626) 815-6000, Ext. 6519
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Born and raised in Colorado, Michael grew up with a love of the outdoors and mountains. He then discovered a love of chemistry at APU, earning a B.S. in Chemistry. He completed his doctoral work at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, where he studied the effects of hydrogen bonding interactions in non-heme iron enzyme models. He then moved up the road to the University of Illinois Chicago to work as a lecturer and postdoctoral researcher developing new battery materials. Michael is now excited to be back at APU as an assistant professor of analytical chemistry. He enjoys connecting with APU students in the classroom and lab and teaching the scientific process and applications of chemistry in society. Drummond’s research interests include the development of organometallic and coordination complexes capable of efficient electron shuttling in new battery materials for the storage of renewable energy. Students conducting research in his lab will learn air-free synthesis, a variety of instrumentation for the characterization of molecules, and electrochemistry.


  • PhD, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, 2019
  • BS, Chemistry, Azusa Pacific University, 2014


  • Postdoctoral researcher and lecturer, University of Illinois Chicago, 2020

Academic Area

  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
    • Department of Biology and Chemistry


  • Air-free synthesis
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Electrochemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Molecular characterization
  • Spectroscopy and Spectrometry

Courses Taught

  • Chem 151 - General Chemistry I
  • Chem 152 - General Chemistry II
  • CHEM 300 - Quantitative Chemical Analysis Theory
  • CHEM 310 - Quantitative Chemical Analysis Lab
  • CHEM 320 - Instrumental Analysis Theory
  • CHEM 330 - Instrumental Analysis Lab