Associate Professor of Analytical & Materials Chemistry
Educational & Professional Experience
- B.S. California Lutheran University, 1993.
- Ph.D. Indiana University, 1999.
- Director Funded Postdoctoral Fellow, Los Alamos National Laboratory, 1999-2001.
- Assistant Professor, 2001-2007.
- Associate Professor, 2007-present.
- Faculty Co-Advisor, WWU Student ACS Chapter, 2006-present.
- Visiting Fellow, Emory University and Georgia Institute of Technology, 2008-2009.
- Director, Advanced Materials Science & Engineering Center, 2011-2013.
Selected Awards & Honors
- WWU Team Award, Western Washington University, 2012.
- Procter & Gamble Lectureship, Colorado State University, 2006.
- Camille & Henry Dreyfus Faculty Start-Up Award, The Camille & Henry Dreyfus Foundation, 2001.
- Brian Andreen Cottrell College Science Award, Research Corporation, 2001.
- McCormick Science Grant for Innovative Research, Indiana University, 1998.
- Procter & Gamble Graduate Fellowship, Indiana University, 1997.
- Felix Haurowitz Award for Excellence in Research, Indiana University, 1997.
- Tomas Hirschfeld Award for Graduate Research, Federation of Analytical Chemistry and Spectroscopy Societies, 1996.
My research group focuses on the characterization and use of novel metal and semiconductor nanomaterials in the development of new ultrasensitive chemical methods of detection and identification. In the past decade, numerous techniques, such as laser-induced fluorescence (LIF), have demonstrated the capability of detecting single analyte molecules. However, these techniques do not often provide sufficiently detailed structural information necessary for chemical identification. For example, LIF measurements yield little structural information while also requiring a fluorescent label that suffers from rapid photobleaching. Recent research has developed two new methods of detection that can overcome some of these drawbacks: (1) surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) on colloidal metal nanoparticles and (2) luminescent semiconductor nanocrystals (i.e., quantum dots). This research is interdisciplinary by nature and therefore exposes students to various aspects of laser spectroscopy, microscopy, biochemistry, molecular biology, photophysics, and materials science.