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Brian Leafblad

Job Title

  • Adjunct Professor
    Chemistry, College of Arts and Sciences

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I am a Bethel chemistry alum who has spent 22 years in industry inventing new products and tools for the facilities cleaning market, mentoring young scientists, doing analytical test method development, giving presentations at conferences and for both customers and senior corporate leadership, and teaching people how to apply science to every day life. I love digging into the meaning of chemistry and science in general: how it works and why it matters.

Started at Bethel

2020

Education

  • Bethel College - B.S. Chemistry, 1993

Courses Taught

NAS 103D

Awards

  • Ecolab Excellence Award     2007
  • Ecolab Excellence Award Nominee      2000, 2001, 2002, 2008
  • GAANN Electronic Materials Graduate Research Fellowship    1994 - 1996
  • Supplemental Research Grants in conjunction with GAANN Fellowship     1994, 1995             

Publications

  • "Compositions and Method for Floor Cleaning or Restoration" Leafblad, Brian R.; Lindh, Grant D.; Hoffman, Avila H.; Gioino, Traci L.; Larson, Dale C.  US patent application 20180327694
  • "Floor-Saviness For Environmental Services - How to Maximize Effectiveness While Minimizing Downtime" Explore, 2015, Fall, 22
  • "Best foot forward" Brian Leafblad.  Health Facilities Management, 2013, 28(6), 40
  • "Tread Lightly - Maintaining a durable and attractive hospital floor" Brian Leafblad.  Health Facilities Management.  2011, 24(3), 42.
  • "Flat Mop With Abrasive Pad" Levitt, Mark D.; Leafblad, Brian R.; Mattia, Paul.  US patent 8,166,597 B2
  • "Fast Dissolving Solid Detergent" Bartelme, Michael; Marquardt Julie; Lentsch, Steve; Man, Victor; Leafblad, Brian.  US patents 8,093,200 B2, 8,309,509 B2, 8,697,625, 9,267,097, and 10,005,986,
  • "Floor Finish Stripper Composition That Thickens Following Dilution with Water and Method of Stripping" Griese, Gregory G.; Levitt, Mark D.; Leafblad, Brian R.; Li, Minyu; Hei, Robert D.P.; Lange, Steven J.; Shulman, Jan E.  EP1869132 A1, WO 2006/113144 A1, AU2006236933 (A1), CA2601035 (A1)
  • "Floor Stripper/Cleaner containing Organic Acid-Base Pair" Hei, Robert D.P.; Leafblad, Brian R.; Li, Minyu; Carlson, Lauren K.; Kriens, Nicola; Liko, Christian F.; Molinaro, Matthew P, Lange, Steven J.; US patent 7,674,760,
  • "Stripping Floor Finishes Using Composition That Thickens Following Dilution With Water" Griese, Gregory G.; Levitt, Mark D.; Leafblad, Brian R.; Li, Minyu; Hei, Robert D.P.; Lange, Steven J.; Shulman, Jan E.  US patent 7,588,645 B2,
  • "Method For Stripping Floor Finishes Using Composition That Thickens Upon Dilution With Water" Griese, Gregory G.; Levitt, Mark D.; Leafblad, Brian R.; Li, Minyu; Hei, Robert D.P.; US patent 7,365,046 B2
  • "Antimicrobial and Antiviral Compositions Containing an Oxidizing Species" Hei, Robert D. P.; Richter, Francis L.; Reinhardt, Duane J.; Leafblad, Brian R.  US patent 6,855,328 B2
  • "The Hydrogen-Bonded Framework Construction of the First Anti-Zeotype: {[(H2NEt2)2]2[CuCl4]}[AlCl4]" J.D. Martin; B.R. Leafblad.  Angew. Chemie. 1998, 37(23), 3318

Presentations

  • Floor Cleaning & Disinfection: What's New, What's True, and What to Do. Carbone, Hank and Leafblad, Brian.  Association for The Healthcare Environment (AHE), Exchange 2019 Annual Convention, San Antonio, TX 2019
  • Flooring Strategies and Selection, Leafblad, B.R.  Association for The Healthcare Environment (AHE), Express AHE on the Go Educational Podcast, Pittsburgh, PA, February, 2017   
  • Spotless, "Hospital Clean" Floors, Leafblad, B.R.  Association for The Healthcare Environment (AHE), Exchange 2015 Annual Convention, Grapevine, TX 2015
  • The What, How and Why of Sustainable Floor Care.  Leafblad, B.R., Association for The Healthcare Environment (AHE), Exchange 2012 Annual Convention. Phoenix, AZ 2012
  • Towards Understanding Iodine-Based Interhalide Synthesis Using IC-Conductivity and IC-MS.  Leafblad, B.R. Minnesota Chromatography Forum (MCF), 23rd Annual Spring Symposium. Minneapolis, MN 2002
  • The Analysis of Commercially Available Poly-Protic Phosphonates by IC-Conductivity and IC-MS. Leafblad, B.R., and Johnson, J.A.  40th Eastern Analytical Symposium & Exposition. Atlantic City, NJ.  2001 and Minnesota Chromatography Forum, 22nd Annual Spring Symposium. Minneapolis, MN.  2001
  • Development of Validated Methods for the Analysis of NTA and Boiler Water Amines by Capillary Electrophoresis.  Leafblad, B.R., Holt, S.D, and Lynch, M.A.  Minnesota Chromatography Forum, 21st Annual Spring Symposium.  Minneapolis, MN.  2000 and Poster 1899P. PITTCON 2000.  New Orleans, LA.  2000
  • Development of Validated Methods for the Analysis of Industrial Cleaning Product Components by Capillary Electrophoresis.  Leafblad, B.R., Varshavsky, K.A., and Ryther, R.J. Minnesota Chromatography Forum, 20th Annual Spring Symposium.  Minneapolis, MN.  1999 and Paper 1173.  PITTCON '99. Orlando, FL.  1999
  • CuAlX4 (X = Cl, Br): A New Mixed-Metal Halide With An Open Framework Structure.  Leafblad, B.R.; Martin, J.D. Poster 242, 210th  ACS National Meeting. Chicago, IL. 1995
  • CuAlX4 (X = Cl, Br): A New Mixed-Metal Halide With An Open Framework Structure.  Leafblad, B.R.; Martin, J.D.  Inorganic Triangle Project Poster Session.  The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 1995
  • Characterization and Elution Profiles of a Microencapsulated Steroid.  Rohly, K.; Leafblad, B.; Wellman, L. Poster 136P, PITTCON '93. Atlanta, GA. 1993

Professional Organizations, Committees, and Boards

  • National Floor Safety Institute            2018 - 2019
  • Household & Commercial Products Association            2016 - 2019
  • American Society for Quality            2006 - 2011
  • President, Minnesota Chromatography Forum            2002 - 2003
  • Newsletter Co-Editor, Minnesota Chromatography Forum            2000 - 2003
  • Member, Minnesota Chromatography Forum            1998 - 2005
  • Phi Lambda Upsilon, Honorary Chemical Society           Induction 1997