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Raychelle Burks

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The research team of Dr. Burks is focused on the development of colorimetric and luminescent sensor arrays for the detection of analytes of mainly forensic and national security interests with accompanying image and chemometric analysis. Dr. Burks collaborates with colleagues in a variety of fields to provide application-specific sensing systems employing portable, imaging-based detection. 

Azaldegui, C., Aguilar, G., Enriquez, S., Madonna, C., Parish Fisher, C. and Burks, R. (2021), Benzoic acid derivatives as luminescent sublimation dyes in cyanoacrylate fuming of latent fingerprints. J Forensic Sci, 66: 1085-1093. 

Durham Brooks T, Burks R, Doyle E, Meysenburg M, Frey T (2021) Digital imaging and vision analysis in science project improves the self-efficacy and skill of undergraduate students in computational work. PLoS ONE 16(5): e0241946. 

Michael J. Kangas, Raychelle M. Burks, Jordyn Atwater, Rachel M. Lukowicz, Pat Williams & Andrea E. Holmes (2017) Colorimetric Sensor Arrays for the Detection and Identification of Chemical Weapons and Explosives, Critical Reviews in Analytical Chemistry, 47:2, 138-153.

Matthew Hartings

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Dr. Hartings has two main laboratory research projects: 1) The use of 3D printing to create chemically reactive objects and 2) The development of novel environmental and biological sensors based off of stimulus-responsive materials. Dr. Hartings is also active in studying and communicating about all of the wonderful chemistry we do at home in our kitchens while we cook.

Monika Konaklieva

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Dr. Konaklieva’s main research interest is in the area of using organic synthesis and evaluation towards the generation of new antibacterial, antiviral agents and lipoprotein metabolism modulators. Within this research, the group aims to develop efficient and environmentally friendly synthetic approaches for their preparation. Interdisciplinary projects are a main focus in the Konaklieva’s group, involving organic synthesis/medicinal chemistry, biochemistry, and structure-based drug design. 

Alexander Zestos

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Dr. Zestos is a bioanalytical chemist who utilizes electrochemistry and chromatographic methods for bioanalysis. Research from his group focuses on the measuring rapid neurochemical changes of dopamine, serotonin, and other neurotransmitters. His work has vast implications for studying drugs of abuse, obesity, diabetes, depression, and many other diseases and behavioral states.

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Recent Grants

Douglas Fox received $36,519 of additional funding from the US Endowment for Forestry & Communities, Inc. for his project titled "14C Labeled Cellulose Nanofibrils for EHS Studies”. The new total award for this project is $89,377.

Hanning Chen was awarded $35,000 from George Washington University for his project, entitled: “Collaborative Research: Integrated Experimental and Computational Studies for Understanding the Interplay of Photoreactive Materials and Persistent Contaminants.”

Hanning Chen was awarded $18,000 from his prime funder, George Washington University, for his project, entitled: “Development of Graphitic-Carbon-Nitride-Based Antimicrobial Nanomaterials for Safe Food Processing and Packaging.”

Hanning Chen was awarded $11,250, as an incremental fund, from Utah State University, prime funder Honda Research Institute USA, Inc., for his project, named: “Systematic Exploration of MEG Materials for Solar Energy Conversion.” He is expecting a total funding of $45,000.

Hanning Chen received a grant for $18,000 from US Department of Agriculture for a project titled "Development of Graphitic-Carbon-Nitride-Based Antimicrobial Nanomaterials for Safe Food Processing and Packaging."

Hanning Chen received a grant for $35,000 from the National Science Foundation for his project "SusChem: Collaborative Research: Integrated Experimental and Computational Studies for Understanding the Interplay of Photoreactive Materials and Persistent Contaminants."

Alexander G. Zestos received a $24,841 grant award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for his work on the Mechanisms of Amphetamine Abuse.

Alexander Zestos received a grant for $84,938 from Microprobes for Life Science Inc. (prime Sponsor NIH) for his work on "Multielectrode Arrays for Neurotransmitter Detection with Fast Scan Cyclic Voltammetry.”

Alexander Zestos received a Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grant award from the National Institutes of Health (NINDS/NIMH) for his work on multielectrode arrays for neurotransmitter detection for $144,992.

Zestos received a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant from  the National Institute of Health, which will support his collaboration with a local company, Microprobes.

Zestos received a grant for $50,000 from the National Science Founation (NSF) for his research "I-Corps: Multielectrode Array Biosensor Development.” 

Matthew Hartings received a grant for $17,020 from the Parker Hannifin Corporation for the work on his project regarding Nitro Cold Brew.

Douglas Fox was awarded a $149,900 grant from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) for his “Tailoring Cellulose Nanomaterial Surface Properties for Improved Polymer Stress Transfer."

Fox received $4,505, and is expected to receive additional funding of $23,191, from FiberLean Technologies for his research titled "Nanocellulose Labeling to Track Migration from Paper."

Fox received a grant for $6,176 from FiberLean Technologies for the project "Nanocellulose Migration from Food Coating."

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