Wayne L. Felty


Mailing Address                                                            Contact Information                                  

PENN STATE/Wilkes-Barre                                           Office:  S108D, Science Center        

P. O. Box PSU                                                                  Phone:  (570) 675-9268 

Lehman, PA 18627-0217                                                  FAX:  (570) 674-9072

                                                                                           E-mail:   fh0@psu.edu or




  Ph.D. (Analytical Chemistry), Ohio State University, 1971

   M.S. (Analytical Chemistry), Ohio State University, 1968

   B.S., ACS-certified, with Departmental Honors (Chemistry), Lebanon Valley College, PA, 1965



  Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Penn State University, Wilkes-Barre Campus, 1973-2008; Retired (but still active), July 2008-present.

  Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Mansfield State College (now Mansfield University of PA), PA, 1972-73

  Post-Doctoral Research Assistant/Instructor, Penn State University, University Park, 1971-72

  Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Ohio State University, summer 1971

  Graduate Teaching Assistant (9 quarters), Graduate Research Assistant or Associate (7 quarters), Assistant Instructor (2 quarters); Ohio State University, 1965-71

  Undergraduate Research Participant, Lebanon Valley College, summer 1964-summer 1965



Teaching:    General and analytical chemistry

       In recent years, regularly taught PSU’s  majors-level general chem (Chem 108, 110, 111, 112, 113) [formerly Chem 6, 12, 13, 14, 15].  Have also taught liberal arts chem (Chem 001, formerly Ph Sci 8 ), introductory chem (Chem 101, formerly Chem 11), sophomore analytical chem (formerly Chem 23), general chem for electrical engineering technology (formerly Chem 201, 202), chem segment of Engineer-In-Training review (at numerous locations), and summer high school program.

      At Mansfield, taught majors-level general chem class and lab, non-majors general chem lab, quantitative analysis, instrumental analysis, senior seminar.

       At Univ Park, majors-level first-semester general chem recitation classes [then Chem 12] (3 sections for 2 terms).

       At OSU, sophomore analytical labs and occasional lectures (7 quarters), grader for graduate-level inorganic/analytical course (2 quarters), head teaching assistant in analytical division of chemistry dept (2 quarters) (supervising undergraduate analytical labs and approximately 13 teaching assistants). 


 Research:    Potentiometric methods of analysis, computer applications in chemistry, chemical education, equilibrium and kinetic studies involving protonation and transition metal complexation.



1.  H. Scheidegger, W. Felty, and D. L. Leussing.  “Complexing of Zinc(II) in the Transamination System: a-Ketogluarate +  a-Alaninate  D  Glutamate + Pyruvate,” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 1970, 92, 808.   

2.  W. L. Felty, C. G. Ekstrom, and D. L. Leussing.  “Equilibrium Studies Involving Schiff Base Complexes.  The Zinc(II) − Pyridoxal Phosphate − Glycine and  − a-Alanine Systems,”  J. Am. Chem. Soc. 1970, 92, 3006.

3.  Wayne L. Felty and Peter C. Jurs.  “Multicategory Prediction Using Arrays of Binary Pattern Classifiers,”  Anal. Chem. 1973, 45, 885.

      Reprinted in the book “Chemical Applications of Pattern Recognition” by P. C. Jurs and T. L. Isenhour, John Wiley & Sons, New York, 1975, pp. 66-77.

4.  W. L. Felty and D. L. Leussing.  “Equilibrium and Kinetic Studies Involving Schiff Base Complexes.  The Zinc(II) − Pyruvate − Pyridoxamine Phosphate System and the Mechanism of Zn-Catalyzed Transamination,” J. Inorg. Nucl. Chem. 1974, 36, 617.

5.  Wayne L. Felty.  “Buffer Action with Precise pH Monitoring,”  J. Chem. Educ. 1976, 53, 229.

6.  Wayne L. Felty.  “Juggling the Chemistry Locker Padlocks with Computer Assistance,” J. Chem. Educ. 1976, 53, 692.

7.  Wayne L. Felty.  “Freshman Lab Notebooks,” J. Chem. Educ. 1978, 55, 378.

8.  Wayne L. Felty.  “An Intuitive and General Approach to Acid-Base Equilibrium Calculations,”  J. Chem. Educ. 1978, 55, 576.

9.  Wayne L. Felty.  “From Camel Dung,” J. Chem. Educ. 1982, 59, 170. 

10.  Wayne L. Felty.  “Molecular Models from Arrow Shafts,” J. Chem. Educ. 1982, 59, 278.    See also K. M. Reese, “A Use for Broken Arrows,” Chem. Eng. News 1982, 60, 40.

11.  Wayne L. Felty.  “Gram Formula Weights and Fruit Salad,” J. Chem. Educ. 1985, 62, 61.

12.  Wayne L. Felty.  “Competition Analogy,” J. Chem. Educ. 1985, 62, 869.

13.  Wayne L. Felty.  “The ‘Top-Off’ Bottle,” J. Chem. Educ. 1990, 67, 182.




·  Member, American Chemical Society, 1965-present.

· Active member, PA Association of College Chemistry Teachers, 1975-1991.

·  Reviewer/Tester for J. Chem. Educ. “Tested Demonstrations” feature, 1975-88.

·  Referee for J. Chem. Educ. papers, 1976-80, 2005-present.

·  Text reviewer:  Pre-revision reviews of (1) Hein & Best, 1977, (2) Wolfe, 1986, (3) Lindeburg, 1990.  Market review of (4) McQuarrie and Rock vs. Brown and LeMay, 1988.

·  Co-originator and presenter of summer chemistry program for exceptional high school students, PSU/W-B, 1979, 1980, 1982.

·  Judge, PA Jr. Academy of Science, Region II, 1995-97, 2003-04, and 2006-present.

·  Judge, Dallas [PA] Middle School science fair, 1999-present.

·  “Chem Lab” event, NE PA Regional Science Olympiad:  Supervisor , judge, lab prep for 15 consecutive years, 1991-2005; judge, lab prep, 2006-2008;  lab prep 2009..



Born 8/27/43, Harrisburg, PA

Family:  Married, 2 daughters.  One daughter is married with two grandchildren.  She is a Penn State alumna, and she and her husband are physician assistants.  My second daughter is mentally retarded and resides with me.  She attends Day Development Program, Kingston, a division of Community Counseling Services.

Genealogy and Some Family History:  The Felty line is traceable for eight generations before me (as Velten in 17th century Germany).  My great-great-great-great-grandfather, John Peter Felty, was born in Kleinich, Germany, 1726, and settled in Lebanon County, PA.  Two of his sons, John Peter (II) and John Michael , were veterans of the American Revolution.   Several generations of Feltys farmed the "old Felty farm" two miles northwest of Linglestown, PA (near Harrisburg), the last being my great grandfather, John Soloman Felty II.  After public schooling, at age 18 he attended the Lititz Academy, Lititz, PA.  He taught school in Lower Paxton township from age 19 to 30, then was a school director for two years.  He was considered to be a mechanical genius, building the first threshing machine in the community.  The last native Indian in this area foraged on the the farm and slept in the barn on cold winter nights. My grandfather, Wilson Felty, attended what is now Shippensburg University and had a variety of occupations, including proprietor of a general store in Linglestown, justice of the peace, teacher, farmer, carpenter and cabinet maker. 

My paternal grandmother's line, the Nissley family,  is known for seven generations before me to John Nissley, who was a Mennonite immigrant taking a tract of land near Elizabethtown, PA in 1744. .  His son, Rev. John Nissley, served in the American Revolution.  His son, Martin (my great-great-great grandfather), married the daughter of Felix Landis, who had considerable service in the Revolution, so I have at least four ancestors as Revolution veterans. After my grandmother, Katie Nissley, married Wilson Felty, they took over the Nissley farm on Route 39 three miles west of Linglestown.  In the late 30's, most of it was sold to become what is now the Blue Ridge Country Club.  They relocated on a smaller farm just south of the golf course, one acre of which was my boyhood home.

(My professional, or chemical, genealogy is traceable for 12 generations of doctoral mentors, or the equivalent, back to Guillaume Rouelle, a Paris apothecary, who also trained Antoine Lavoisier, often called the "Father of Chemistry." )

Early education:  Lower Paxton School District and Central Dauphin Joint High School, where I mostly excelled in the areas of  humor and band (first seat trombone).

Early employment:  The first dollar I earned was the bounty on a weasel I shot with my .22 rifle at age 9.  By junior-high age, I was mowing lawns for neighbors (at $1.00/hr).  I caddied some at the nearby Blue Ridge Country Club, and then worked there as a greens keeper for five summers through my undergraduate college years.  That employment and research stipends (thanks to NSF and DuPont) in the last two summers, along with the cost-savings of living at home, enabled me to pay for almost all of my undergraduate college expenses. 

Personal Interests, Hobbies, Avocations

1.  Fur trapping and handling.  Ever since a buddy introduced me to skunk trapping in January of 1958, I have been hooked on trapping.  School, job, and family have always precluded any extensive long-lining, but, as time permits and by hook or crook,  I have managed to trap most years all of my life.  There is nothing I would rather do than don hip boots and  "string steel" for muskrat, mink, raccoon or beaver in a nearby creek .  I also enjoy and take great pride in properly handling the take -- optimizing its value, turning  it into a beautiful commodity to show off at a  fur auction.   I particularly like to harvest low-valued animals like opossum and skunk, which many consider a nuisance or not worth bothering with.  I once won the "Possum King" contest at a Pa Trappers' Assn fur auction for the best-handled opossum pelt.  For anyone who is turned off, ignorant, and/or curious, I highly recommend the web site http://www.conservewildlife.org for accurate information on modern fur trapping.

2. Hunting.   My father was an avid hunter. I was brought up in a house adorned with deer mounts, eating rabbit and venison, anticipating the day when I could join my father and his beagles hunting rabbits or go off to deer camp.  I've hunted small game since age 10; deer, since age 12.  Right now, my favorite thing is the mid-October squirrel opener.  It's hard to beat a lovely day in the autumn woods with a scoped .22 rifle, leisurely sitting or stalking for squirrel.  Hard to beat a crock pot of squirrel too for a tasty meal!  I also save and market squirrel pelts and tails.   

3. Firearms and Shooting.  I largely view a firearm as a means to an end (hunting, trapping, personal protection), but I do enjoy target shooting and appreciate a  firearm of quality and/or history.   As a kid, I spent many a summer day accompanied only by my dog and .22 rifle, "exploring" the back pasture or trying to pick off a groundhog or crow.  My most memorable Christmas gift to be sure was my first shotgun at age 11 --  a 16-gauge Winchester pump, which I still use.

4.  Other Outdoor Activities:    Hiking, picnicing, camping, gardening, arboretum work, picking berries, cutting firewood, etc.   My favorite spot:  Rickett's Glen state park. (Click here for some photos of the falls.)

5. Recycling.    I am a strong believer and practitioner in re-use and recycling.  I have always been appalled at waste and litter, even before I understood the sense it makes from a scientific perspective.   I personally recycle all household glass, metal, paper and plastic; I compost all biodegradable materials.   I often pick up roadside litter.   I even find many uses for "throw-away" items in my teaching (e.g., publication 10 above) and in the chemistry lab!  I have supported and helped with the campus recycling program since its inception.   

6.  Playing the Trombone.   In high school I was a reasonably good trombone player and was in numerous bands--every instrumental group my school had, plus others like the Harrisburg Youth Symphony.  In college, I chose to drop any formal music endeavors, but I continued with frequent solo's or small group numbers in church.  Of late, I am out of shape and practice, so it is relegated to breaking out the horn as the spirit moves and enjoying listening to good brass, such as the King's Brass, the Wyoming Valley Band, and the NE PA Philharmonic (love the annual July 4th concert at Kirby Park). 

7. Humor.   I love witty humor--jokes, satire, cartoons (e.g., S. Harris, Far Side,â Dilbertâ), and I've been known to incorporate it in my teaching.  I once won $100 in a newspaper cartoon-captioning contest.

8. Military History.  For bedside reading or a movie, I enjoy documentaries about the military (colonial, Civil War, WWII) and the American frontier (Indians, exploration, mountain men -- of course, given interest #1!) 

9. Quotations.  I enjoy reading inspirational and motivational literature (e.g., Normal Vincent Peale and Robert Fulghum) and I have amassed a personal collection of favorite quotations.


Personal Memberships

Pennsylvania Trappers Association, life member.

National Trappers Association, life member.

National Arbor Day Foundation, member.

The ARC of Luzerne County (formerly the Assoc for Retarded Citizens)

Lehman-Idetown United Methodist Church, Lehman, PA.  Presently serve on Staff /Pastor-Parish Relations Committee; occasional usher.  (Former active member of W. 4th Ave. Church of God and the Warner Fellowship, Columbus, Ohio [1965-1971] and the Linglestown Church of God, Linglestown, PA [up to 1965].  I support WRGN, a local Christian radio station.)