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Profile: Dr. John C. Fetzer, PhD

1283 Santa Fe Street
Hercules, CA 94547
Phone: (510) 724-8629
Fax: (510) 724-0956

Dr. John C. Fetzer founded Fetzpahs Consulting in 2002 after over twenty years as a research analytical chemist in the petroleum industry.
Dr. Fetzer is a recognized expert in:
  • The analysis of PAHs and petroleum-related materials. He synthesized, isolated, and discovered about fifty new PAHs. He has served as the president of the International Society on Polycyclic Aromatic Compounds, is the topical editor for analytical chemistry for the journal Polycyclic Aromatic Compounds, and has served or is serving on the editorial advisory boards for the Journal of Chromatography, Analytical Chemistry, and Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry. He has published over 140 technical and review articles and book chapters, holds three US patents on PAH chemistry and analysis, and is the author of The Chemistry and Analysis of the Large (C>=24C) Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (Wiley-Interscience, 2000) and Career Management for Chemists (Springer, 2004).
  • Issues in the careers of scientists, including how to be more successful, how to work better in teams, how to become a great supervisor, and how to be more creative. He has published, in addition to the previously mentioned book, numerous articles on success in a scientific career.
  • As an expert witness, Dr. Fetzer is both a very good speaker and technical writer. With his industrial background, he explains the science clearly to anyone - he is not pedantic like many academicians can be. He has written expert reports, and given depositions and trial testimony.

Education/Licenses

PhD in Chemistry
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Area(s) of Expertise

  • Analytical chemistry - developing, interpreting, and all follow up work
  • Scientific and career-development short courses
  • High-level laboratory work on a temporary basis
  • Environmental analysis
  • Hydrocarbon chemistry
  • Chromatography
  • Spectroscopy
  • Polycyclic compounds (PAHs)
  • Petroleum and its refined products
  • Biofuels
  • Petrochemicals
  • Water analysis