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Prof. Geoffrey F. Strouse

PhD (1993) University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


  • Full Professor, Program in Molecular Biophysics, (FSU) 2007-present
  • Full Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry (FSU) 2007-present
  • Associate Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry (FSU) 2003-2007
  • Adjunct Professor - University of California-Santa Barbara 2004-present
  • Associate Professor Step II - University of California-Santa Barbara 2002-2003
  • Assistant Professor Step V - University of California-Santa Barbara 2001-2002
  • Assistant Professor Step IV - University of California-Santa Barbara 1999-2000
  • Assistant Professor, Step III - University of California-Santa Barbara 1997-1998
  • Faculty Guest Program, Los Alamos National Laboratory 1998-2007
  • Postdoctoral, Los Alamos National Laboratory (Basil Swanson) 1995-1997
  • Postdoctoral, Universität Bern (Hans U. Güdel) 1993-1995
  • Awards

  • Graduate Mentoring Award 2012 (FSU)
  • Distinguished Teaching Award Nominee 2012 (FSU)
  • Rank Prize Foundation 2005 (FSU)
  • National Science Foundation - CAREER Award 1998 (UCSB)
  • The Reilley Fellowship 1987 (UNC-CH)
  • The Joseph E. Seagram Co. Fellowship 1984 (Davidson)

  • Postdoc

    Rodney A. Tigaa, Ph.D.

    PhD (2017) University of Nevada, Reno


    "Luminescent Lanthanide(III)-containing Materials: Nanoparticles and Polymers"

    About Rodney

    Rodney came to the U.S.A. in 2006 from Ghana on a U.S. Department of State sponsored intercultural exchange program for High School in Northern California. He attended Manchester University in North Manchester, Indiana where he earned his B.S. in Chemistry in 2013. Rodney went on to the University of Nevada, Reno to pursue a graduate degree in Chemistry. During his graduate research, Rodney published several works that involve the synthesis and characterization of lanthanide(III)-containing materials (nanoparticles and polymers) to sensitize the luminescence of the metal ions. Through these projects, he was awarded the 2017 Graduate Research Award by the Department of Chemistry at the University of Nevada, Reno, and recently graduated with a doctoral degree in Chemistry. Rodney joined Dr. Strouse’s research group in January, 2018 and currently works on doped metal oxides for applications in phosphors and scintillators with a focus on the study of energy transfer pathways via optical probe methods.

    Parth Vakil, Ph.D.

    PhD (2018) Florida State University


    "Nanoparticle-Electromagnetic Radiation Interaction: Implications and Applications"

    About Parth

    Parth was an international student who grew up in Kenya and India before going to the University of Toronto in Canada to obtain his B.A.Sc in Engineering Science with a Nanoengineering major. During his undergraduate studies, he did a research internship at Sanofi Pasteur along with other summer research experiences at McGill University and the University of Toronto. Parth joined the Strouse Lab in 2012 as a PhD student to pursue his interest in the fields of nanotechnology and biology, graduated in 2018, and is currently working as a postdoc on energy coupling between metallic nanoparticles and fluorescent dyes. His research work applies to nanotechnology-based biosensors, biochips and optical nanoscale rulers used as biophysical tools to better understand biological structures and behavior. He is also working on a collaborative project with the engineering school that involves the use of magnetic nanoparticles for materials application.

    Edward T. Nguyen
    Materials Chemistry (2017)

    Eddie graduated from California State University, Long Beach in Long Beach, California with both a B.S. in Chemistry (2013). In 2017 he earned an M.S. from CSULB (Synthetic Design of Homochiral Metal-Organic Frameworks). He worked on synthesis, characterization, and property studies of metal-organic frameworks under Dr. Xianhui Bu. He is currently studying the synthesis of high performance down-shifting phosphors for solid state lighting applications. Contact Eddie!

    Christopher Dyer
    Inorganic Chemistry (2016)

    Chris graduated from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida in 2015 with a B. S. in Chemistry. During his undergraduate career, Chris was involved with Alpha Chi Sigma, the professional chemistry fraternity, where he was vice president. He also performed brief research in synthesizing nanoparticles as an undergraduate with the Strouse group. Before coming to graduate school he helped students in many different grade levels with math and science. Chris joined the Strouse group in the Fall of 2016 due to his interests in inorganic and materials chemistry, and is currently working on the synthesis and analysis of plasmonic doped quantum dots, high cross-sectional organometallic compounds, and manganese Prussian blue analytes. Contact Chris!

    Matthew C. Ellis
    Materials Chemistry (2016)

    Matthew Ellis graduated from SUNY College at Cortland in NY in 2016 with a B.S. in Chemistry and a minor in Mathematics. Prior to attending SUNY Cortland, Matt was medically retired from the U.S. Army and attended SUNY Jefferson Community College in Watertown, NY where he earned an A.S. in Mathematics and Science in 2014. During his undergraduate career, Matt was involved with undergraduate research in many fields of chemistry: Physical (Dr. Karen Downey), Organometallic (Dr. Andrew Roering), Biochemistry (Dr. Nicole Sampson), and Organic (Dr. Venkat Chebolu). Matt was published in the International Journal of Quantum Chemistry resulting from the work completed at Cortland. He was also involved with University Chemistry and Veterans Clubs, as well as local STEM outreach programs. Matt joined the Strouse Lab Group in the Fall of 2016 as a joint student with Dr. Naresh Dalal due to his interests in spectroscopy and materials chemistry. He is currently studying the magneto-optical properties of Ln(III)-doped semiconductor materials. Contact Matt!

    Luis A. Saucedo
    Inorganic Chemistry (2016)

    Tony graduated from Simpson College in Indianola, IA with triple Bachelor's Degrees in Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics in 2016. During his undergraduate years he had many research opportunities in multiple disciplines: Dr. Heidi Berger (Mathematics), Dr. Clint Meyer(Bio-statistics), Dr. Aaron Santos (Physics), Dr. Lindsay Ditzler (Chemistry), and Dr. Charles Fiegerle at the University of Tennessee Knoxville (Chemsitry). With his interests in Nanoscience he decided to pursue a PhD in Chemistry. In the Fall of 2016 Tony joined the Strouse Lab as a joint PhD student with Dr. Shatruk. Tony is currently studying the synthesis and characterization of nanoscale magnetic materials with the aim of developing better magnets to allow for more energy efficient magnetic motors. Tony is also a McKnight Doctoral Fellow. Contact Tony!

    David Hardy
    Materials Chemistry (2015)

    David graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Chemistry in 2015 from University of Tampa. In the Fall of 2015, David joined the Strouse Group with an interest in material chemistry. David is currently studying synthesis of phosphors for the use of solid state lighting, for more energy effienct and to improve their lifespan. In addition, he works on the synthesis of quantum dots (CdTe/CdSe/ZnS, CdTe, ZnS, InZnP) the majority of his synthesis are transitioning into microwaves for quicker and more constant heating. Finally, he works with solid state NMR, where he looks at specific NMR active isotopes to deduce their chemical environment within the nanomaterials. Contact David!

    Holly Bulleit
    Major: Chemical Engineering (2019)

    Holly enjoys applying her knowledge from the classroom to synthesis of nanoparticles. She is currently interested in iron for it’s biomedical applications. Her other involvement at Florida State includes Tennis Club, Society of Women Engineers, and Tau Beta Pi.

    Connor McLaughlin
    Major: Chemistry

    Coming Soon

    PhD Students

    1) Dr. Scott Cumberland UCSB 2001 PhD (Chlorox)
    "Au and CdSe Nanocrystal Assemblies"

    2) Dr. Robert Meulenberg UCSB 2002 PhD (Univ. of Maine)
    "Spectroscopic Analysis of Semiconductor Quantum Dot Surfaces"

    3) Dr. Gregory Khitrov UCSB 2003 PhD (UCLA)
    "Synthesis, Characterization and Formation Mechanisms of Inorganic Nanomaterials"

    4) Dr. Khalid Hanif UCSB 2004 PhD (Roche Biomdical)
    "Transition metal doped semiconductor quantum dot alloys"

    5) Dr. C. Steven Yun UCSB 2004 PhD (Roche Biomdical)
    "Bio and organo-oligomeric and polymeric approaches to nanoscale assemblies"

    6) Dr. Orlando Raola UCSB 2005 PhD (Sonoma State University)
    "Correlated Spectroscopic Study of Doped Semiconductor Nanocrystals"

    7) Dr. Mia Berrettini UCSB 2005 PhD (Mendocino Minerals)
    "Solid-State NMR Analysis of the Surfaces and Interfaces in Nanoscale Materials"

    8) Dr. Travis L. Jennings FSU 2006 PhD (Roche Biomedical)
    "Nanomaterials: Synthesis, Characterization, and their Bio-Integration"

    9) Dr. Jeffrey Gerbec UCSB 2006 PhD (Mitsubishi Chemical)
    "Microwave Synthetic routes to III-V nanomaterials"

    10) Dr. Artjay Javier UCSB 2006 PhD (DARPA)
    "Electronic Spectroscopy and Energy Transfer in Cadmium Selenide Quantum Dots and Conjugated Oligomers"

    11) Dr. Daniel Neuman UCSB 2007 PhD (unknown)
    "Photochemical and Photophysical Investigations of Newly Designed Supramolecular Structures
    Composed of Quantum Dots and Nitric Oxide Donors"

    12) Dr. Donny Magana FSU 2006 PhD (Emory Univ.)
    "Synthesis and Characterization of Dilute Magnetic Semiconductor Nanoparticles"

    13) Dr. Faquing "Frank" Yuan (co-advisor) FSU 2008 PhD (Durham College)
    "RNA-Metal Ion Interactions and Metal Ion-Induced Conformational Change in the Spliceosomal U2-U6 snRNA Complex
    Studied by Lanthanide Ion Luminescence and Resonance Energy Transfer Techniques"

    14) Dr. Josh Kogot FSU 2008 PhD (Army Research Lab)
    "Surface Assembly and Intracellular Delivery of Biomolecule Conjugated Nanomaterials"

    15) Dr. Melissa Fisher FSU 2009 PhD (Patent Lawyer)
    "Condensed Phase Photoluminescence Quenching of CdSe Quantum Dots"

    16) Dr. Aaron Washington FSU 2009 PhD (Savannah River Nat'l Lab)
    "Control over Kinetics and Thermodynamics in Microwave-Assisted Synthesis of Nanocrystals"

    17) Dr. Derek Lovingood FSU 2010 PhD (Tyndall AFB)
    "Synthesis and analysis of the quantum dot core and surface structures probed by solid state nuclear magnetic resonance"

    18) Dr. Mani P. Singh FSU 2010 PhD (Gelest)
    "Energy transfer in Bio-Molecules-Mechanism, validity and applicability of Nanometal Surface Energy Transfer"

    19) Dr. Steven Hira FSU 2011 PhD (Ga. Tech University)
    "Targeted dye labeling as a tool for imaging material and biomaterial microenvironments"

    20) Dr. Weiwei Zheng FSU 2011 PhD (Emory University)
    "The interplay of size- and site-dependence of magnetic properties of diluted magnetic semiconductor quantum dots"

    21) Dr. Christopher Breshike FSU 2013 PhD (Washington State University)
    "Electromagnetic Interactions Between Fluorescent Dipoles and Metal Nanoparticles"

    22) Dr. Megan Muroski FSU 2014 PhD (Northwestern University)
    "Nanoparticles as Conjugated Delivery Agents for Therapeutic Applications"

    23) Dr. Rachel Armstrong FSU 2015 PhD (TBA)
    "Structural Elucidation in Biomolecules by Nanometal Surface Energy Transfer Contact Points"

    24) Dr. Megan Foley FSU 2015 PhD (Austin Peay State University)
    "Synthesis of Oxide and Spinel Nanocrystals for Use in Solid State Lighting"

    25) Dr. Ryan Riskowski FSU 2016 PhD (Colorado State University)
    "Theory and Applications of Surface Energy Transfer for 2-20 nm Diameter Metal Nanoparticles"

    26) Dr. Bridgett Ashley FSU 2017 PhD (Airforce Research Lab)
    "Understanding the 'Microwave' in Microwave Chemistry"

    27) Dr. David Carnevale FSU 2017 PhD (Florida State University)
    "Understanding Magnetic Exchange Behavior in Core@Shell Nanoparticles"

    28) Dr. Kate Carnevale FSU 2018 PhD (Florida State University)
    "Nano-BioSensors: Probing Intracellular Response to Nanoparticle Therapy"

    29) Dr. Parth Vakil FSU 2018 PhD (Florida State University)
    "Nanoparticle-Electromagnetic Radiation Interaction: Implications and Applications"

    Master's Students

    1) Stephanie Chaney UCSB 2001 MS (Educator)

    2) Capt. Lindsey Sorensen FSU 2005 MS (Air Force, retd.)
    "Embedding Luminescent Nanocrystals in Silica Sol-Gel Matrices"

    3) Ryan Oyler FSU 2008 MS (Full Sail University)
    "Localization of S2- in CdSSe Nanocrystals"

    4) Martha Sachs FSU 2008 MS (Educator)

    5) Charles Ellis FSU 2010 MS (Solar Sales Consultant at Verengo Solar)
    "Use of Inorganic Quantum Dot-Cationic Liposome Hybrids for the Delivery and Expression of
    Calcium-Sequestering Parvalbumin into Mammalian Cell Cultures"

    6) Capt. Laura Barnes FSU 2010 MS (Air Force Academy)
    "Applications of quantum dots in gene therapy"

    7) Christopher Ridel FSU 2011 MS (PRI Asphalt Technologies)

    REU Students

    1) J. Reed Mingione Hampden-Sydney College 2018