Chemistry

Juan Vivero-Escoto Ph.D.

We are interested on the synthesis of novel hybrid nanodevices for biomedical applications. We develop nanoparticle-based drug delivery systems for cancer treatment. By engineering nanoparticles, we are exploring new routes of cellular internalization and intracellular trafficking pathways.

Jerry (Jay) Troutman Ph.D.

Bacterial sugar polymer biosynthesis; functional studies of membrane bound proteins; development of probes to study biological systems. We utilize techniques in molecular biology, biochemistry, enzymology and organic synthesis to develop bioactive materials and understand the natural pathways responsible for them.

Thomas A. Schmedake Ph.D.

Synthesis of novel silicon containing compounds and materials, especially compounds or complexes in which silicon is used as a substitute for a carbon atom or a transition metal. Specific focus areas include redox-active hexacoordinate silicon complexes, silicon heterocycles, and silicon-based conducting polymers.

Jordan Poler Ph.D.

Studies of supramolecular systems “mechanically wrapping” about nanotubes, nanoparticles, and quantum dots. Elucidating energy and charge transfer mechanisms. Manufacturing nanomachines, nanosensors, nanotransducers and nanoparticle based composites for energy storage applications.

Joanna K. Krueger Ph.D.

Biophysical Chemistry. Structural information on bio/nano-molecular associations using spectroscopic techniques; in particular, light scattering (UV-VIS, X-ray and neutron), FTIR, Circular Dichroism and visualization of those associations through the use of molecular modeling.

Marcus Jones Ph.D.

Quantum dots and nanocrystals; time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy; electron and energy transfer studies; exciton-plasmon interactions between metal and semiconductor nanoparticles; photophysics in light harvesting systems; solar energy.

Markus Etzkorn Ph.D.

Preparative and physical organic chemistry, construction of complex fluorinated frameworks for molecular recognition or self-assembly with potential applications in sensing and sequestration; mechanistic investigation of the chemistry of unusual polycyclic scaffolds; extended (fluorinated) pi-systems as ligands in organometallic systems.