Robert C. Wingfield Jr. Ph. D.


At Fisk he is currently serving as the Director of the Fisk Community Environmental Toxics Awareness and Sustainability Program. In addition he serves as the Environmental Health and Safety Coordinator for Academic Affairs.

He has had over twelve years industrial experience in chemical process and product development. During the Fall of 2001, while on sabbatical, he worked as an EPA/NAFEO Fellow in the USEPA.

He served as External Process Leader and Co-Chair of a statewide Steering Committee to develop an Environmental Justice Strategic Plan for the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (1998-2000).  From July 2003 to October 2004, he chaired the Nashville Health Disparities Coalition.

Also in 2003, he was appointed by the Mayor of Nashville to the Healthy Nashville 2010 Leadership Council to help lead the city in establishing strategic priorities and mobilizing community initiatives to achieve significant improvements in the city’s health by 2010. He has served as an appointed member of the Metropolitan Nashville-Davidson County Wastewater Hearing Authority since 1999.

Since April 2006, he has served as co-host on the WFSK, 88.1 FM, “Health Watch: Pathway to Better Health” weekly radio show.


He has an ongoing interest in the environmental fate and transport of toxic materials. His current focus is on educating the community (adults and youth) regarding issues of environmental health, energy and environmental sustainability and most important, reducing the communities exposure to toxics. He is developing techniques to incorporate these concepts into a S.T.E.M program for elementary and middle school students.


(1)  Corrosion Resistant Primers, U. S. #4,192,929- 3/11/80
(2)  Pyrolytic conversion of plastic and rubber waste to hydrocarbons with basic salt catalysis, U. S. # 4515659
(3)  Uses of zinc and copper(I) salts to reduce sulfur and nitrogen impurities during the  pyrolysis of plastic and rubber waste to hydrocarbons, U.S. #4458095


  1. "A Novel Oxidative Skeleton Rearrangement of the Caffeine System", H. Zimmer, R. C. Wingfield, et al.  J.Org. Chem. 1990, 55,4988.
  2. "The Chemical Degradation of Easily Hydrolysable Waste Organophosphorus
    Pesticides," R. C. Wingfield, Jr., T. J Herring, B. Jones, D. Jones and L.Parker. Presented at the Southeast Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Richmond, VA, November 1991. Abstract Published. [M. S.Thesis]
  3. Environmental Justice in the State of Tennessee: A Strategic Plan for the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation. Prepared by the Tennessee Environmental Justice Steering Committee in conjunction with the TN Department of Environment and Conservation. November 2000
  4. “Determination of the Levels of Atrazine and Alachlor in the Lower
    Cumberland Basin using SPE and HPLC with UV Detection,” Emmanuel  K.
    and R. C. Wingfield Jr. Presented to NOBCChE 2001, Baltimore MD,Abstract published in Conference Proceedings April 2001. [M. S. Thesis]           
  5. “Analysis of Grape Products for the Residues of   Various Families of
    Pesticides by HPLC,” Balquis Charles, and Robert Wingfield Jr. Presented to
    NOBCChE, 2002, New Orleans, Louisiana, March 2002 [M. S. Thesis]
  6. “Reducing Exposure to Environmental Toxics: A Critical Component in Building
    Healthy and Sustainable   Communities,” Robert C. Wingfield Jr., Proceeding of 
    2007 National Conference on Environmental  Science and Technology, Godfrey  Uzochukwu, et. al. Editors; North Carolina A&T State University,  Greensboro, North Carolina, September 2007. Published by Springer 2009.

Robert C. Wingfield Jr. Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Discipline Coordinator of Chemistry,

B.S. in Chemistry, Fisk University, 1964
Ph. D. in Bio-Organic Chemistry, University of Cincinnati, 1971
Postdoctoral Research in Medicinal Chemistry at University of Kansas 1971-72

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