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Fred King

Fred L. King

Professor, Vice President for Research

Fred L. King is the Vice President for Research at West Virginia University where he is also a Professor in the department of chemistry. Professor King earned his BS degree in chemistry from James Madison University and his PhD in analytical chemistry from the University of Virginia. He held a National Research Council Postdoctoral Research Associateship at the Naval Research Laboratory before joining the faculty of West Virginia University.

Prior to his appointment as Vice President for Research, he served as the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences.

Professor King’s research in optical spectroscopy and mass spectrometry has been supported by the Office of Naval Research, the National Science Foundation, and the US Department of Energy. It has also been featured on the cover of peer reviewed journals in his discipline. His former graduate students hold positions in academia, industry, and national laboratories. He served on the Board of Directors of the Oak Ridge Associated Universities and is currently the Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Southern Universities Research Association which manages the Jefferson Laboratory for the US Department of Energy.


  • BS Chemistry – James Madison University
  • PhD Chemistry – University of Virginia
  • NRC Postdoctoral Research Associate – Naval Research Laboratory

Research Areas

  • Development of mass spectrometric and optical spectroscopic methods for fundamental investigations of plasma chemistry and the characterization of materials.

Courses Taught

  • Chem 115 – General Chemistry I
  • Chem 215 – Quantitative Analysis
  • Chem 310 – Instrumental Analysis
  • Chem 313 – Instrumental Analysis Lab
  • Chem 514 – Mass Spectrometry