Born in New York City, Dr. Barth was awarded a BA in Chemistry from La Salle College in Philadelphia and a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from The Johns Hopkins University. After working as an industrial chemist at UOP in Des Plaines, Illinois in the field of car catalysts, he took post-doctoral appointments with Bruce Gates in the chemical engineering department at University of Delaware and with Xenophon Verykios in the Chemical Engineering Department at Drexel University. He has been a faculty member in the Department of Chemistry at West Chester University of Pennsylvania since 1985. He teaches General Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Chemistry Seminar, and he created a new course on the Chemistry of Beer in 2009. Dr. Barth is working to raise awareness of beer as a suitable theme for engaging student interest in chemistry. His book, The Chemistry of Beer: The Science in the Suds, was published in November 2013 by John Wiley. He is an accomplished home brewer, making ale and lager styles by the full mash method. Dr. Barth conducts MicroLab workshops and conference exhibits, and a resource to many MicroLab users.