Organization Members
  • Roanoke College

    Steven Hughes Admin

    Expertise
    Chemistry, Semiconductor nanocrystal synthesis, CuInS2, AgGaS2
    Instrumentation
    TEM, XRD, SEM (EDS), fluorescence (with integrating sphere), ICP
    Background & Research Interests

    The focus of my continuing research is the synthesis and characterization of I-III-VI semiconductor nanocrystals. I am currently working with CuInS2 and AgGaS¬2 materials including various alloys and shelled compositions. My lab studies these materials to best understand their potential as LED phosphors and photocatalysts. Additionally, I’ve been working in collaboration with a developmental biologist to study the toxicity of these materials in zebrafish embryos. Collaboration Interests: 1.Better understanding the photophysics of our nanomaterials. Like CIS, AGS can have extremely intense trap state emission. Unlike CIS, this emission can be suppressed in order to observe the band gap emission. It’s neat, and I’d love to work with someone to understand this better. 2.Silver gallium sulfide has demonstrated the potential to be an effective photocatalyst for the reduction of hydrogen gas. I’m interested in working with someone who knows how to characterize materials for this application better than me.

  • Pacific Lutheran University

    Andrea Munro

    Expertise
    Physical Chemistry, Semiconductor Nanocrystal Synthesis, Nanocrystal Surface Chemistry
    Instrumentation
    500 MHz FT-NMR, AFM, GC/MS, HPLC, FTIR, ICP-MS,microwave digestion, inert atmosphere glovebox
    Background & Research Interests

    My research group investigates the synthesis of colloidal semiconductor nanocrystals. We are interested in understanding the chemistry that determines nanocrystal shape and stability. We also examine nanocrystal surface chemistry and ligand exchange processes. We are interested in understanding how the surface of a nanocrystal alters its properties and stability.

  • Lewis & Clark College

    Anne Bentley

    Expertise
    inorganic chemistry, nanomaterials chemistry, electrodeposition, surface chemistry of nanoparticles
    Instrumentation
    DLS / zeta, single crystal XRD, powder XRD, benchtop SEM, 600 MHz NMR
    Background & Research Interests

    I have experience in nanomaterials synthesis via templated electrodeposition and thin film electrodeposition. I am also interested in studying nanoparticle surface chemistry and environmental fate.

  • Haverford College

    Clyde Daly

    Expertise
    Computational Chemistry
    Instrumentation
    See: https://www.haverford.edu/chemistry/resources-instruments
    Background & Research Interests

    Molecular dynamics of nano-bio interactions, vibrational spectroscopy calculations

  • University of Puget Sound

    Emily Tollefson

    Expertise
    Metallic nanoparticle synthesis, protein-nanoparticle interactions, nanoparticle toxicity
    Instrumentation
    Malvern Nano ZS, SEM, Confocal microscopy, QToF Tandem MS/MS
    Background & Research Interests

    My research group will be examining the biomolecular interactions of bismuth nanoparticles and their potential non-acute toxicity in the model organism C. elegans

  • Amherst College

    Jacob Olshansky

    Expertise
    QD synthesis, photophysical characterization, charge transfer
    Instrumentation
    Fluorimeter with integrating sphere, TCSPC lifetime spectrometer, 400 MHz NMR, inert atmosphere glovebox
    Background & Research Interests

    We are interested in understanding and harnessing photo-initiated charge and energy transfer in nanoscale systems, with a focus on nanoscale assemblies such as nanocrystal – organic molecule conjugates. Current work aims to use these systems for photocatalysis schemes and as spin qubits.

  • Mercer University

    Joe Keene

    Expertise
    Semiconductor nanocrystals, quantum dots, isothermal titration calorimetry, surface chemistry, ultrafast spectroscopy
    Instrumentation
    300 MHz NMR, UV-vis absorption and fluorescence, FT-IR, Raman, X-ray fluorescence, AAS, ICP-OES, isothermal titration calorimetry, GC-MS, UHPLC-MS, glove box
    Background & Research Interests

    My current research projects focus on the thermodynamics of surface modifications on semiconductor nanocrystals. In particular, I am using calorimetry to investigate ligand exchange reactions on colloidal quantum dots to gain fundamental understanding of these reactions. I’m also working to adapt existing, alternative techniques to determine chemical composition of nanomaterials. I also work with the Mercer Engineering Research Center (MREC) on several projects addressing chemical- and surface-related challenges for the Department of Defense and the U.S. Air Force. These projects include: corrosion prevention and control; chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear warfare agents; and composite repairs and bonding on multiple aircraft and service equipment and vehicles.

  • College of Charleston

    Kate Mullaugh

    Expertise
    voltammetry, NP fate in the environment
    Instrumentation
    400 MHz NMR, FT-IR, EPR, ATM, MALDI-TOF, Raman, various UV, HPLC, LC-MS, GC-MS, DLS, potentiostat and controlled growth mercury electrode
    Background & Research Interests

    My group researches the environmental fate of metal-containing nanomaterials, specifically the processes of dissolution and sulfidation, which can control their bioavailability/toxicity. We recently started investigating how magnetic nanoparticles can be used as a water treatment strategy.

  • Franklin & Marshall College

    Kate Plass

    Expertise
    semiconductor nanoparticle synthesis, cation exchange, plasmonics, copper chalcogenides
    Instrumentation
    TEM, UV/visible/NIR absorption spectroscopy with integrating sphere, SEM-EDS, PXRD, ICP
    Background & Research Interests

    Our group has been working on synthesizing plasmonic copper chalcogenide nanoheterostructures. We explore how to alter and control the optical behavior. We are also developing new procedures and deeper understandings of how to alter chemistry through anion and cation exchange. These materials can be useful photocatalysts and this is an area where I would be particularly interested in new collaboration. In addition, I have a collaborative project exploring how the solid-state behavior of iron sulfide ocean sediments affects the adsorption of trace metals.

  • Swarthmore College

    Kathryn Riley

    Expertise
    analytical chemistry, nanometrology
    Instrumentation
    UV-vis and fluorescence spectroscopy, FAAS, DLS, CE, HPLC, GC-MS, various electrochemistry workstations, CD, XRD, EPR, 400 MHz NMR
    Background & Research Interests

    Research in my group involves the development of analytical techniques for the characterization of nanomaterials. This ranges from purification of DNA origami nanostructures to the evaluation of silver nanoparticle transformations in complex biological and environmental matrices to the study of nano- and microplastic fate and transport.

  • Santa Clara University

    Korin Wheeler

    Expertise
    nanoparticle biochemistry
    Instrumentation
    SEM, fluorimeter, various MS, DLS, other instrumentation here: https://www.scu.edu/cas/chemistry/research/facilities-and-instrumentation/
    Background & Research Interests

    We focus on development of methods to characterize and predict the biochemical interactions that mediate nanomaterial behavior.

  • Elizabethtown College

    Lauren Toote

    Expertise
    Polymer nanoparticles, biomolecule assay development, lateral flow assays
    Instrumentation
    Dynamic Light Scattering, ICP-OES, 400 MHz NMR, FTIR, Fluorimeter with solid state cell, UV-Vis, LC-MS, GC-MS, HPLC
    Background & Research Interests

    I developed polymer nanoparticle-based detection strategies for biomolecules in my graduate work. I also developed methods to enhance the sensitivity of current low-resource diagnostics to better understand infectious disease biomarkers. At E-town, I'm the analytical chemist in the department and my research focuses of the development of a lateral flow assay, that utilizes polymer nanoparticles, for detection of heavy metals in drinking water.

  • Cal Poly

    Leslie Hamachi

    Expertise
    Nanocrystal Synthesis & Surface Chemistry, Polymer Nanocomposites
    Instrumentation
    Zetasizer, SEM, powder XRD, AFM, GC-MS, GPC, DSC, TGA, DMA, Fluorimeter
    Background & Research Interests

    We are interested in organic materials research leveraging dynamic covalent bond chemistry. Current research includes work on the synthesis and surface chemistry of porous framework nanoparticle colloids.

  • Gettysburg College

    Luke Thompson

    Expertise
    Gold/silver nanoparticle synthesis, nanoparticle surface modifications with polymers, environmental fate of NPs
    Instrumentation
    DLS/Zeta, ITC, CD, TEM, AFM, Fluorescence microscopy
    Background & Research Interests

    My research group is broadly interested in understanding how the surface chemistry of nanoparticles impacts their behavior. Current work explores the quantification and characterization of responsive polyelectrolyte adsorbates to drive nanoparticle assemblies.

  • Whitman College

    Mark Hendricks

    Expertise
    Nanocrystal Synthesis & Surface Chemistry, NMR, XRD
    Instrumentation
    400 MHz NMR, single-crystal XRD, various UV-Vis/fluorescence spectrometers, 785 nm Raman, N2 glovebox, various mass spectrometers
    Background & Research Interests

    Semiconductor and metallic nanocrystal synthesis, particularly focused on precursors and reaction pathways.

  • Albright College

    Matt Sonntag

    Expertise
    physical chemistry, Raman spectroscopy, silver nanoparticles
    Instrumentation
    Raman spectrometer, 400 MHz NMR, FTIR, Fluorimeter, AFM, SEM, UV-Vis, LC-MS, GC-MS, HPLC
    Background & Research Interests

    I have two main research interests at the interface of chemistry, physics and material science. It primarily focuses on using Raman spectroscopy as an analytical tool to characterize both materials and physical processes. Current projects focus on the probing the influence of composition on the structure of glassy materials while the other involves probing the dynamics of individual molecules using surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS).

  • Hampton University

    Peter Njoki

    Expertise
    Metallic Nanomaterials Synthesis, Electrocatalysis, Fuel Cell
    Instrumentation
    400 MHz NMR, CEM Microwaves, ICP-OES, BAS Electrochemistry workstation, TGA-DSC. Other instruments: https://science.hamptonu.edu/chem/facilities.cfm
    Background & Research Interests

    The main focus of our research interests is materials chemistry, nanocatalysis, renewable energy, electrocatalysis and application of nanotechnology in forensic chemistry. Current projects involve fabrication of multimetallic alloyed nanoparticles based on copper, silver, gold, palladium, and platinum.

  • Roanoke College

    Rama Bala

    Expertise
    Physics, synthesis of nanoparticles, superparamagnetism, XRD, Raman, Mossbauer Spectroscopy
    Instrumentation
    AFM, SEM, XRD, MacroRaman, Mossbauer
    Background & Research Interests

    nanowire-nanoparticle dynamics at interfaces; superparamagnetic relaxation;

  • St. Olaf College

    Rodrigo Sánchez González

    Expertise
    Physical chemistry and applied laser diagnostics
    Instrumentation
    Pulsed nanosecond and CW laser sources, spectrometers and scanning monochromator, liquid nitrogen cryostat, converging-diverging nozzle gas expansion instrument. Other equipment: https://wp.stolaf.edu/chemistry/files/2013/07/Dept_equipF07.pdf
    Background & Research Interests

    Development and use of optical sensing techniques for the characterization of gaseous high-speed flows and combustion, study of energy transfer phenomena, and development of associated instrumentation and data analysis methodologies.

  • Dickinson College

    Sarah St Angelo

    Expertise
    Au/Ag/Cu nanoparticle synthesis, catalysis, photocatalysis, green(er) nanoparticle synthesis
    Instrumentation
    UV-vis-NIR, fluorescence, AAS, LC-MS, SEM-EDS, PXRD, DSC, AFM
    Background & Research Interests

    Synthesis and characterization of hybrid metal oxide-metal nanomaterials for applications in photocatalysis and solar energy capture. Applications of ultrasmall copper nanoparticles in solution based catalysis and electrocatalysis.

  • Augsburg University

    Vivian Feng

    Expertise
    Bioanalytical chemistry, surface analysis, biophysics, nanotoxicology, environmental chemistry
    Instrumentation
    https://www.augsburg.edu/chemistry/facilities/
    Background & Research Interests

    My lab works at the interface of bioanalytical and materials chemistry. We applies analytical tools to probe the interactions at the nano-bio interface to better understand the environmental fate of novel nanomaterials, as well as the biomolecular impact of model organisms upon nanomaterial exposure.