Maxine Sewell Davis

Maxine  Sewell Davis
  • Academic Specialist
  • Director of LBC Education Abroad & Away
  • Chemistry
  • Holmes Hall, W-36
  • 919 E. Shaw Lane
  • East Lansing, MI 48825
  • (517) 353-4763


  • LB 155
  • LB 171
  • LB 172


  • Ph.D., Environmental Sciences, Indiana University, Bloomington
  • Master of Philosophy, Chemistry, University of the West Indies
  • B.Sc, Special Honors, Chemistry, University of the West Indies


Michigan State University Excellence in Diversity Award (2014)


Postdoctoral research associate for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Center for Cooperative Research in Environmental Sciences. She specifically investigated the atmospheric chemistry of biogenic volatile organic compounds. Conducted experiments including measurement of reaction rate coefficients and products of gas phase free radical reactions, absorption cross sections and quantum yields of molecules of importance in the atmosphere.


  • Terri Trupiano Barry, Debra Carmichael, Maxine E. Davis, R. Joy Durding, Gretchen Myers Hill and Michael W. Orth. A Student Guide: Reading, Writing, and Researching in the Sciences, Great River Technology, 2012.

  • Maxine E. Davis, François Bernard, Max R. McGillen, Eric L. Fleming, and James B. Burkholder, UV and Infrared Absorption Spectra for CCl2FCCl2F (CFC-112), CCl3CClF2 (CFC-112a), CCl3CF3 (CFC-113a), and CCl2FCF3 (CFC-114a) and Their Atmospheric Lifetimes, Ozone Depletion and Global Warming Potentials, submitted to Geophysical Research Letters, February 2016
  • Davis, M. E; Burholder, J. B. “Rate coefficients for the gas-phase reaction of OH with (Z)-3-hexen-1-ol, 1-penten-3-ol, (E)-2-penten-1-ol, and (E)-2-hexen-1-ol between 243 and 404 K. Atmos. Chem. Phys. 2011, 11, 3347–3358.
  • Maxine E. Davis, Ranajit Talukdar, Gregory Notte, G. Barney Ellison, James. B. Burkholder, “Rate Coefficients for the OH + Pinonaldehyde (C10H16O2) Reaction between 297 and 374 K”, Environ. Sci. Technol. 2007, 41, 3959-3965.
  • M. E. Davis, M. K. Gilles, J. B. Burkholder, A. R. Ravishankara, “Rate coefficients for the reaction of OH with (E)-2-pentenal, (E)-2-hexenal, and (E)-2-heptenal”, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2007, 9, 2240–2248.
  • M. E. Davis, W. Drake, D. Vimal, P. S. Stevens. (2005). “Experimental and theoretical studies of the kinetics of the reactions of OH and OD with acetone and acetone-d6 at low pressure”, Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology A, 176, 162 - 171.