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Research

Faculty Research Interests:

Please click on each faculty name to learn more about their research interests and current projects.

  • Dr. Amanda Case: Physical, spectroscopy
  • Dr. Vivian Feng: Analytical, bioanalytical, nanomaterial, and green chemistry
  • Dr. David Hanson: Atmospheric chemistry, mass spectrometry
  • Dr. Joan Kunz: Biophysics (in collaboration with the Stottrup lab in Physics)
  • Dr. Michael Wentzel: Organometallic chemistry, polymers, green chemistry

Recent publications from Faculty-directed undergraduate research:

  • R. Hanson, I. Bier*, B. Panta*, C. N. Jen, P. H. McMurry, “Computational Fluid Dynamics Studies of a Flow Reactor: Formation of Sulfuric Acid Clusters with NH¬3 and Dimethyl Amine”, J. Phys. Chem., 2017, doi:10.1021/acs.jpcs.7b00252.
  • Tian A. Qiu, Thu Ha Thi Nguyen*, Natalie V. Hudson-Smith, Peter L. Clement, Dona-Carla Forester, Hilena Frew*, Mimi N. Hang, Catherine J. Murphy, Robert J. Hamers, Z. Vivian Feng, and Christy L. Haynes, “Growth-Based Bacterial Viability Assay for Interference-Free and High-Throughput Toxicity Screening of Nanomaterials”, Analytical Chemistry, 2017, 89 (3), pp 2057–2064.
  • Susan N. Pham, Joshua E. Kuether*, Miranda Gallagher, Rodrigo Tapia Hernandez*, Denise N. Williams, Bo Zhi, Arielle C. Mensch, Robert J. Hamers, Zeev Rosenzweig, Howard Fairbrother, Miriam O.P. Krause, Z. Vivian Feng, Christy L. Haynes, “Carbon Dots: A modular activity to teach fluorescence and nanotechnology at multiple levels”, Journal of Chemical Education, 2017, 94 (8), pp 1143–1149.
  • Fahnhorst, G.W.; Swingen, Z.J.*; Schneiderman, D.K.; Blaquiere, C.S.*; Wentzel, M.T.; Wissinger, J.E. “Synthesis and Study of Sustainable Polymers in the Organic Chemistry Laboratory: An Inquiry-Based Experiment Exploring the Effects of Size and Composition on the Properties of Renewable Block Polymers” Green Chemistry Experiments in Undergraduate Laboratories. January 1, 2016, 123-147.
  • Jen, C. N., R. Bachman,* J. Zhao, P. H. McMurry, D. R. Hanson, “Diamine-sulfuric acid reactions are a potent source of new particle formation”, Geophys. Res. Lett., 2016, DOI: 10.1002/2015GL066958
  • Feng, Z.V.; Chen, W-S.; KeratiThamkul, K.*; Stoick, M.*; Yang, M-L.; Chen-Yang, Y.W. “Degradable electrospun mesoporous silica nanofiber as potential substrate for neuronal tissue engineering”, Int. J. Nanomedicine, 2016, DOI: 10.2147/IJN.S93651 .
  • Feng, Z.V.; Gunsolus, I.L.; Qiu, T.A.; Hurley, K.R.; Nyberg, L.H.*; Frew, H.*; Johnson, K.P.; Vartanian, A.M.; Jacob, L.M.; Lohse, S.E.; Torelli, M.D.; Hamers, R.J.; Murphy, C.J.; Haynes, C.L. “Impacts of Gold Nanoparticle Charge and Ligand Type on Surface Binding and Toxicity to Gram-Negative and Gram-Positive Bacteria”, Chem. Sci., 2015, 6, 5186-5196.
  • Feng, Z.V.; Edelmen, K.R.; Swanson, B.P.* “Student-fabricated microfluidic devices as flow reactors for organic and nanomaterial synthesis”, J. Chem. Ed., 2015, 92, 723−727.
  • Stottrup, B. L., Hernandez, L.H.*, Kunz, J. C., Nguyen, A.H.*, Sonquist, B.J.*, “Comparison of cholesterol and 25-hydroxycholesterol in phase-separated Langmuir monolayers at the air-water interface”, J. Phys. Chem. B., 2014, 118 (38), pp 11231-11237.

Interested in Summer Research:

If you are interested in exploring summer research on campus, there is a variety of opportunities:

  • Talk to your professors!
  • Check out the URGO website for summer research funding application (usually due in Feb)
  • Check out the McNair office website to see if you qualify as a McNair Scholar (especially if you are freshmen or sophomore)