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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)
  • 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 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 ranging from organic chemistry to biochemistry to physical/computational and organometallic chemistry, including Summer fellowships at Stony Brook University, under Dr. Nicole Sampson, and at SUNY Cortland, under Dr. Karen Downey. 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 outreach programs to encourage kids to engage in science. Matt joined the Strouse group in the Fall of 2016 due to his interests in inorganic, physical, materials, and analytical chemistry, and is currently working on the synthesis and characterization of plasmonic nanoparticles. 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!

    Kerestin E. Goodman
    Biochemistry (2015)

    Kerestin graduated from Albany State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry in Fall 2012. While at Albany State University Kerestin completed several undergraduate research internships: (2008) the University of Georgia under Dr. Jason Locklin, (2010) Texas A&M University at Galveston under Dr. Rainer Amon, (2011) Merck Co. in West Point, PA after being awarded the UNCF Merck Undergraduate Research Science Scholarship, (2012) Purdue University under Dr. Andy Tao, and (2013) as part of the SULI (Summer Undergraduate Laboratory Internship) program at Oak Ridge National Laboratory under Roger Kisner. In 2014, she worked as a lab assistant at the National Peanut Research Laboratory under Dr. Victor Sobolev before coming to FSU in the Fall of 2015, where Kerestin joined the Strouse Group due to her interests in gold nanoparticles and the potential for novel gene therapeutics using nanotechnology. Kerestin is currently studying nanoparticle facilitated cell transfection with the hope of developing novel, drug delivery systems. Contact Kerestin!

    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!

    Bridgett A. Ashley
    Physics/Materials Chemistry (2012)

    Bridgett earned double Bachelor of Science degrees in Physics and Applied Physics Engineering in 2005 from Southeast Missouri State University. She earned her Masters in Science from University of North Texas in Physics in 2008, writing her master's thesis on "Electromagnetic Properties of Glassy Carbon from 80K to 300K." In 2010 she joined the Reactive Materials group at Air Force Research Laboratories at Tyndall Air Force Base, FL. Here she is currently working on microwave applications to chembio defense. In 2012 she joined the Strouse Research group at Florida State University to pursue PhD research into microwave physical chemistry. She is currently studying the complex permeability of magnetic nanoparticles at microwave frequencies, with the hopes of better understanding of how different nanomaterials form from precursors while under microwave irradiation. Contact Bridgett!

    Kate J. F. Carnevale
    Biochemistry (2012)

    Kate graduated from the University of North Florida with dual Bachelor's Degrees in Chemistry and Biology in the Spring of 2012, where she received the Outstanding Student in Chemistry Award. Kate did undergraduate research under Dr. Amy Lane at UNF involving isolating and testing the potential antibioic properties of natural products from newly discovered sea fungi. In the Fall of 2012, Kate joined the Strouse Group due to her interests in optical mapping of biological processes with the aide of Quantum Dots (QD) and the potential for novel gene therapeutics using nanotechnology. Kate is currently studying nanoparticle facilitated cell transfection with the hope of eventually finding new therapeutics for human cancer treatment and prevention. Contact Kate!

    Parth N. Vakil
    Materials Chemistry (2012)

    Parth is 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, and is currently studying 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. Contact Parth!

    David J. Carnevale
    Inorganic Chemistry (2011)

    Dave graduated from Clark University in Worchester, MA in 2009 with a B. S. in Chemistry. During his undergraduate research, Dave published "Co (II) halide complexes with 2-amino-3-methylpyridinium and 2-amino-5-methylpyridinium: synthesis, crystal structures, and magnetic properties." Dave worked at Shire Pharmaceutical for 2 years before joining Dr. Strouse's Lab in 2011 as a joint PhD student with Dr. Shatruk. Dave 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. Contact Dave!

    Ankit Patel
    Major: Chemistry (Class of 2020)

    Ankit is an undergraduate student that joined the Strouse Lab due to his interest in the bio-physical applications of nanoparticles. He is currently studying the effects of various metal nanoparticles on the energy transfer and catalysis for biological applications. He is also involved in Alpha Epsilon Delta and Habitat for Humanity.

    Nkechi Emetuche
    Major: Psychology -- Minor: Chemistry (Class of 2019)

    Nkechi is an undergraduate student that joined the Strouse Lab due to her interest in the medicinal applications of nanoparticles. She is currently studying the effects of nanoparticles on the cellular level in regards to acidity and efficiency of delivery. She is also involved in the Center for Leadership and Social Change as a Florida State Alternative Breaks Site Leader and holds positions on both the Neuroscience Student Association (NUSA) and African Student Association (ASA) executive boards. Nkechi hopes to use her research experience to one day start her own research in regards to neurological applications of nanoparticles.

    Chris Sharp
    Major: Chemistry (Class of 2018)

    Christopher is a senior undergraduate student who joined the Strouse Lab due to his interest in inorganic and materials nanochemistry. He is currently working on doping transition metals into iron selenide for the purpose of creating stronger permanent magnets. He is also involved in intramural Ultimate Frisbee and hospice volunteer work.

    Sara Parrish
    Major: Biochemistry (Class of 2018)

    Sara is an undergraduate student that joined the Strouse Lab due to her interest in the synthesis and applications of nanoparticles. She is currently studying the effects of Lanthanide Doped Nanospinels for Solid State Lighting. She is also involved in FSU IM Soccer, and enjoys reading and watching movies

    Camille Pierce
    Major: Biochemistry (Class of 2017)

    Camille is an undergraduate student that joined the Strouse Lab due to her interests in Nanoparticle synthesis. She is currently studying the synthesis of magnetic nanoparticles using a single source precurser approach. She is also Vice President of the chemistry fraternaty at FSU, Alpha Chi Sigma.

    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 Univ.)
    "Synthesis of Oxide and Spinel Nanocrystals for Use in Solid State Lighting"

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

    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)