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Todd Mlsna

Todd Mlsna

Associate Professor of Analytical Chemistry

B.S. Albion College, 1985
Ph.D. University of Texas, Austin 1991
email: Dr. Mlsna
telephone: (662) 325-6744
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Research Interests

Dr. Mlsna and Students

Research interests in the Todd Mlsna group are in the general areas of Analytical and Inorganic Chemistry. Our diverse projects focus on development of biofuels, chemical sensors and environmental monitoring. Our bio-fuel work centers on the development of stable, energy rich fuels using only biomass of a feedstock. Our work with miniature chemical sensors encompasses both basic and applied research with a broad range of applications from environmental monitoring, to health diagnostics, to protecting soldiers on the battlefield. Our work on environmental monitoring focuses on tracking chemicals of emerging concerns including pharmaceuticals, pesticides and toxic metals.

Since Joining MSU


  1. “Materials for capacitive carbon dioxide microsensors capable of operating at ambient temperatures,” Patel SV, Hobson ST, Cemalovic S, Mlsna TE*. Journal of sol-gel science and technology. 2010;53(3):673-9. Impact factor 1.547.
  2. “Novel extraction of volatile biomarkers from canine breath for gas chromatography–mass spectrometry,” Dissanayake S, Lathan P, Mlsna T*. Journal of Breath Research. 2012;6(4):041001. Impact factor 3.590.
  3. “Liquid-Vapor Equilibrium of a Binary Solution and Gas Chromatography: An Experiment for General Chemistry Laboratory,” Bidhya Kunwar, Deb Mlsna, Shawna Tazik and Todd Mlsna*, Chemical Educator 18, 61-65, 2013. Impact factor n/a.
  4. "A Lateral Field Excited Acoustic Wave Peroxide Based Explosive Sensor," Duy, Walter D., Brian E. Hackett, Sara Nadeau, Sasha Alcott, Todd Eric Mlsna, David J. Neivandt, and John F. Vetelino*. Sensors Journal, IEEE, vol.13, no.12, pp.4780-4785, Dec. 2013. Impact factor 2.457.
  5. “A Simple Portable Gas Chromatograph for the Monitoring of Biomass Gasification,” Kunwar B, Wijaylapala H, Thieme J, Patel SV, Mlsna TE*. Journal of Sensors and Instruments. 2013;1:1-16. Impact factor n/a.
  6. "Analysis of Estrogens in Wastewater Using Solid-Phase Extraction, QuEChERS Cleanup, and Liquid Chromatography/Tandem Mass Spectrometry," Gunatilake, Sameera R., Shelby Craver, Jeong-Wook Kwon, Kang Xia, Kevin Armbrust, Jose M. Rodriguez, and Todd E. Mlsna*. Journal of AOAC International 96, no. 6 (2013): 1440-1447. Impact factor 1.385.
  7. "Rule Based Regression and Feature Selection for Biological Data", Sheng Liu, Shamitha Dissanayake, Sanjay Patel, Xin Dang, Todd Mlsna, Yixin Chen*, and Dawn Wilkins*, BMC Systems Biology (2014). Impact factor 2.85.
  8. "Monitoring MVOC Profiles over Time from Isolates of Aspergillus flavus Using SPME GC-MS," Sun, Dongdi, Alicia Wood-Jones, Wenshuang Wang, Chris Vanlangenberg, David Jones, Julie Gower, Patrice Simmons, Richard E. Baird, and Todd E. Mlsna*. Journal of Agricultural Chemistry and Environment (JACEN) Vol.3 No.2, May 20, (2014). Impact factor 0.13.
  9. “K-promoted Mo/Co- and Mo/Ni-catalyzed Fischer-Tropsch synthesis of aromatic hydrocarbons with and without a Cu water gas shift catalyst”, Rangana Wijayapala, Charles Pittman, Fei Yu and Todd Mlsna*, Applied Catalysis A: General 480 (2014): 93-99. Impact factor 3.674.
  10. “Analysis of Trace Dicyandiamide in Water using Solid Phase Extraction and Liquid Chromatography UV Spectrometry,” Huidong Qiu, Dongdi Sun, Sameera R Gunatilake, Jinyan She, Christoph Matthaei, Todd E Mlsna*, has been accepted for publication in Asian Journal of Chemistry, Volume 26 (2014). Impact factor 0.355.
  11. “Detection of Dicyandiamide in Environmental Water by Liquid Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry Combined with Solid Phase Extraction,” Huidong Qiu, Dongdi Sun & Todd Mlsna*, Journal of Liquid Chromatography & Related Technologies, just-accepted, (2014). Impact factor n/a.
  12. “Determination of five estrogens in wastewater using a comprehensive two-dimensional gas chromatograph,” Sameera R. Gunatilake, Taylor L. Clark, Jose M. Rodriguez, Todd E. Mlsna*, Analytical Methods, 6(15) 5652-5658, (2014). Impact factor 1.938.
  13. “Conducting Absorbent Composites for Parallel Plate Chemicapacitive Microsensors with Improved Selectivity,” Shamitha Dissanayake; Christopher Vanlangenberg; Brady Biggers; Laquinta Aaron; Hannah Harrell; Sanjay V Patel; Todd Mlsna*, Sensors and Actuators: B. Chemical, accepted for publication (2014). Impact factor: 4.101. Manuscript number SNB-D-14-01253R1.
  14. “A novel approach to determine estrogenic hormones in swine lagoon wastewater using QuEChERS method combined with solid phase extraction and LC/MS/MS analysis,” Sameera R. Gunatilake, Jeong-Wook Kwon, Todd E. Mlsna* and Kang Xia*, Analytical Methods, accepted for publication (2014). Manuscript ID AY-ART-07-2014-001804. Impact factor 1.938.
  15. “Ecologically Important Human Scent Discovery via Active SPME GCMS,” Shamitha Dissanayake, Christopher Vanlangenberg, Glenn Crisler, Bronson Strickland, Steve Demarais, Todd Mlsna*, Journal of Chemical Ecology, submitted - under review (2014). Manuscript number JOCE-D-14-00163, Impact factor 2.239.
  16. “Selection of Sorbent Polymers for Chemicapacitive Detectors in Gas Chromatography,” W. K. Tolley*, Todd Mlsna and Sanjay V. Patel, Sensors and Actuators: B. Chemical, submitted - under review (2014). Manuscript Number SNB-D-14-02273, Impact factor: 4.101.
  17. “Sorptive removal of salicylic acid and ibuprofen from aqueous solution using pine wood fast pyrolysis biochar,” Matthew Essandoh, Bidhya Kunwar, Charles U. Pittman Jr., Dinesh Mohan, Todd Mlsna* Chemical Engineering Journal, submitted - under review (2014). Manuscript Number: CEJ-D-14-04412, Impact factor: 4.058.
  18. “Hydrodeoxygenation (HDO) of bio oil model compounds with synthesis gas using a WGS and Mo/Co/K catalyst system,” Rangana Wijayapala, Damion Proctor, Charles Pittman Jr., and Todd Mlsna*, Green Chemistry, to be submitted (2014). Impact factor: 6.852.
  19. Book Chapters (Since Joining MSU)

  20. T.E. Mlsna, S.V. Patel, and J. Fraden, “Chemical Sensors,” Chapter 17 in Handbook of Modern Sensors, 4th edition, by Jacob Fraden, Springer Science+Business Media, LLC., New York, 2010. DOI 10.1007/978-1-4419-6466-3 ISBN: 978-1-4419-6465-6. Citations – 4.
  21. Extended Conference Proceedings (Since Joining MSU)

  22. “Field detection and quantification of volatile organic compounds,” Hobson ST, Cemalovic S, Mlsna D, Mlsna TE, Patel SV, Thieme J, et al., editors. Abstracts of papers of the American Chemical Society; 2009.
  23. “Chemicapacitive sensor array: Application as GC detector,” Hobson ST, Mlsna D, Mlsna TE, Steele S, Thibadeaux A, Thieme J, et al., editors. ANYL 232- Abstracts of papers of the American Chemical Society; 2009.
  24. “Detection of peroxide based explosives utilizing a lateral field excited acoustic wave sensor,” Duy WD, Hackett BE, Alcott S, Mlsna TE, Vetelino JF, Neivandt D, editors. Ultrasonics Symposium (IUS), 2010 IEEE; 2010: IEEE.
  25. “Upgrading Bio-Oil with a Combination of Synthesis Gas and Alcohol,” Bidhya Kunwar and Todd Mlsna, Prepr. Pap.-Am. Chem. Soc., Div. Energy Fuels 2013, 58 (1).
  26. “Hydrodeoxygenation (HDO) of Guaiacol and Furfural using a WGS and Mo/Co/K catalyst system,” Rangana Wijayapala and, Todd Mlsna, Prepr. Pap.-Am. Chem. Soc., Div. Energy Fuels 2013, 58 (1).
  27. “K-promoted Mo/Co- and Mo/Ni-catalyzed Fischer-Tropsch synthesis of aromatic hydrocarbons with and without a Cu water gas shift catalyst,” Rangana Wijayapala, Fei Yu, Charles U. Pittman, Jr., Todd E. Mlsna, ACS 247th National Meeting, Dallas, TX (March, 2014).
  28. “Dual Cu based water gas and ZSM-5 supported iron catalysts for Fischer-Tropsch production,” Akila G Karunanayake, Rangana T Wijayapala, Huidong Qiu, Todd E Mlsna, ACS 247th National Meeting, Dallas, TX (March, 2014).
  29. Patents (Since Joining MSU)

  30. “Upgrading Bio-Oil with Synthesis Gas,” Todd Mlsna, Phillip Steele, Fei Yu, Patent Application, US 20140073827 A1, 2013. Citations – 0.
  31. Lab Manual (Since Joining MSU)

  32. Deb Mlsna, Jack Randall, William Tolley and Todd Mlsna, ‘Gas Chromatography Investigations with the Mini GC’ – User Manual for the Vernier Mini Gas Chromatograph, 2009.