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The Life Sciences Department offers degrees at our campuses in New York City and Long Island, NY.

Richard Pizer, Ph.D.

Richad Pizer

Department of Life Sciences

Manhattan Campus
Edward Guiliano Global Center, room 407

Phone: 212.261.1521 


Brandeis University Ph.D. (Inorganic Chemistry)
Johns Hopkins University B.A. (Chemistry)

Professional Experience

  • Faculty appointments: SUNY Potsdam (1969-71); New York University (1971-1973); Brooklyn College (1973-2002); Hunter College (2002-2006); NYIT (2006 - present)
  • Research appointments in the US and abroad: SUNY Buffalo (1971); New Mexico State University (1975); Australian National University (1979-80)
  • Research supervisor of BS, MS, PhD, and postdoctoral students
  • Consultant to industrial/pharmaceutical firms on research and patent issues
  • Academic administration from dean (Brooklyn College (1998 - 2002)) to provost (Hunter College (2002-2005); NYIT (2006-11))

Honors and Awards

  • General academic and departmental academic honors (1965)
  • Phi Lambda Upsilon (Chemistry) (1965)
  • Delta Phi Alpha (German) (1963)
  • Outstanding Teacher (1990)
  • Golden Key (2007)
  • Phi Eta Sigma (2009)


  • Chemistry (General, Inorganic, Nuclear, Thermodynamics, Kinetics)
  • Biology (Environmental Science)
  • Science (General, Scientific Process)
  • Core Curriculum (Inquiry, Special Baccalaureate Degree Program)
  • Undergraduate Honors Projects (Philosophy, English, Social Science)
  • Master's Degree Theses
  • Doctoral Theses

Research Interests

  • Complex Buffer Systems
  • Reaction Mechanisms
  • Computational Chemistry

Selected Publications

  • Pizer, R., Ricatto, P.J. "Thermodynamics of Several 1:1 and 1:2 Complexation Reactions of the Borate Ion with Bidentate Ligands. 11B NMR Spectroscopic Studies" Inorganic Chemistry, 1994, 33, 2402-2406
  • Pizer, R., Ricatto, P.J. "Ternary Alkaline Earth Metal Complex Ions in the M2+/Borate/ Tartrate System as Studied by 11B NMR" Inorganic Chemistry, 1994, 33, 4985-4990

Membership in Professional Societies

  • American Chemical Society
  • Sigma Xi
  • American Association of University Professors