Kevin O'Halloran

Dr. Kevin O'Halloran

Associate Professor of Chemistry

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Dr. Kevin O'Halloran joined the GGC faculty in 2011. He chose GGC because of its commitment to high-quality student mentoring and active learning in the classroom. O'Halloran enjoys teaching general chemistry because it is an opportunity to give students the knowledge that they need to be successful in college and their careers. He is the faculty coordinator of the pharmacy club at GGC. He earned a Ph.D. in chemistry from Emory University where he was awarded for his teaching and research accomplishments. His doctoral research involves metal-oxo clusters and transition metal compounds in several different contexts. Prior to his doctoral work, he earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry from the University of Kansas.


  • Doctorate – chemistry – Emory University
  • Bachelor's – chemistry – University of Kansas

Academic Interests

  • Metal-oxo cluster science
  • Scholarship of teaching and learning


  • O’Halloran, K. P.; Tangirala, S.; Sun, F.; Anagho, L. E.; Agbegha, G.; Runck, C.; Roth, D. and Erickson, A. H. An Experiential Report on the Thayer Method of Teaching across College-Level Chemistry, Biology, Math and Physics Courses. Ga. J. Sci. 2020, 78(2), Article 4.
  • O’Halloran, K. P. Puzzle to Build Organic Molecules with Sticky Notes. J. Chem. Educ. 2019, 96(4), 725-728. 
  • Chai, D.; Hou, Y.; O’Halloran, K. P.; Pang, H.; Ma, H.; Wang, G.; Wang, X. Enhancing Energy Storage via TEA‐Dependent Controlled Syntheses: Two Series of Polyoxometalate‐Based Inorganic‐Organic Hybrids and their Supercapacitor Properties. ChemElectroChem. 2018, 5(22), 3443-3450. 
  • Li, S.; Zhang, L.; Lan, Y.; O’Halloran, K. P.; Ma, H.; Pang, H. Polyoxometalate-Encapsulated 20-Nuclear Silver-tetrazole Nanocage Frameworks as Highly Active Electrocatalysts for the Hydrogen Evolution Reaction. Chem Comm. 2018, 54, 1964–1967. 
  • O’Halloran, K. P. Teaching Functional Groups with a Sticky Note on Forehead Game. J. Chem. Educ. 2017, 94(12), 1929–1032. 
  • Xu, H.; Bai, Z.; Wang, G.; Tan, L.; O’Halloran, K. P.; Ma, H. Voltammetric Determination of Folic Acid at Physiological pH Values by Using a Glassy Carbon Electrode Modified with a Multilayer Composite Consisting of Polyoxometalate (H8P2Mo16V2O62) and Reduced Graphene Oxide and Prepared via Layer-By-Layer Self-Assembly and In-situ Photoreduction. Microchim. Acta. 2017. 184(11), 4295–4303. 
  • Zuo, J.; Gao, N.; Yu, Z.; Kang, L.; O’Halloran, K. P.; Pang, H.; Zhang, Z.; Ma, H. “An amperometric sensor of iodate based on the composite film of a crown heteropolyanions and Cu@Ag nanoparticles” J. Electroanal. Chem., 2015, 751, 111-118. 
  • Li, S.; Zhang, L.; O’Halloran, K. P.; Ma, H.; Pang, H. “An unprecedented 3D POM–MOF based on (7,8)-connected twin Wells–Dawson clusters: synthesis, structure, electrocatalytic and photocatalytic properties” Dalton Trans., 2015, 44, 2062.
  • Li, S.; Ma, H.; O’Halloran, K. P.; Pang, H.; Ji, H. “Enhancing Characteristics of Composite Film by Combination of Vanadium-Substituted Molybdophosphate and Platinum Nanoparticles for Electrochemical Sensor.” Electrochim. Acta, 2013, 108, 717-726.
  • Zhao, C.; Huang, Z.; Rodriguez-Cordoba, W.; Kambara, C. S.; O’Halloran, K. P., Hardcastle, K. I.; Musaev, D. G.; Lian, T.; Hill, C. L. “Synthesis and Characterization of a Metal-to-Polyoxometalate Charge Transfer Molecular Chromophore”J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2011, 133 (50), 20134–20137.


  • 2009–2010 Achievement Rewards for College Scientists fellowship from the ARCS Foundation
  • 2007 Outstanding teaching assistant award, Emory University

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