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Prof. Geoffrey F. Strouse


PhD (1993) University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

  • Pfeiffer Faculty Professor, (FSU) 2019-present
  • Professor and Chair, Chemistry and Biochemistry, (FSU) 2018-present
  • 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 2018 (FSU)
  • 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)

  • Catherine J. Fabiano
    Materials Chemistry (2021)

    Catherine completed her B.S. in Chemistry (2021) from the University of Florida. In her undergraduate years, she studied the luminescent mechanism of the historical material, the Bologna Stone, using Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) spectroscopy under Dr. Alexander Angerhofer. Catherine is currently studying plasmonic semiconductor nanocrystals synthesized in the microwave and characterizing these nanocrystals using a combination of EPR and magneto-optical spectroscopy. Contact Catherine!

    Sarah D Bennett
    Materials Chemistry (2021)

    Sarah is an undergraduate student that joined the Strouse lab due to her interests in inorganic and materials chemistry. She is also involved in Alpha Chi Sigma, the chemistry fraternity at FSU, and enjoys singing and playing the guitar. Sarah is currently investigating carrier induced spintronics in plasmonic nanocrystals. Contact Sarah!

    Rajarshi Acharyya
    Materials Chemistry (2021)

    Rajarshi completed his B.S. (2017) from St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata, India and pursued his M.S. (2019) from the National Institute of Technology (NIT), Silchar. For his Masters thesis he worked on the Preparation and Characterization of MoO3 nanoparticles coated with Ionic Liquid and studied the photocatalytic degradation of the catalyst on Rhodamine B under the supervision of Dr. Siddhartha S. Dhar. He joined the Strouse Group in the Spring of 2021 due to his interest in Inorganic Materials and is currently working on anisotropic Ni nanoparticles, its derivatives, and their applications in various fields.Contact Rajarshi!

    Isabella A. Bertini
    Materials Chemistry (2019)

    Isabella graduated from the University of North Georgia (2019) with a B.S. in Biology. In her undergraduate years she studied sustainable polymer chemistry under Dr. Eric Huddleston and nanoparticle synthesis under Dr. Megan Foley (Strouse Alumnus). She is currently studying the synthesis of metal nanoparticles, such as Ni-multipods and mixed metal carbides, for use in heterogeneous catalysis. Contact Bella!

    Jason E. Kuszynski
    Materials Chemistry (2019)

    Jason graduated from Texas A&M University (2019) with a B.S. in Chemistry . As an undergraduate, he worked on hypersonic flow field characterization under Dr. Simon North, computational modelling of gyroscopic molecules under Dr. John Gladysz, and metal-organic framework characterization under Dr. Hongcai Zhou. Now a member of the Strouse Group, Jason is currently studying plasmonic nanomaterials and phosphors for use in solid state lighting. His work focuses on the characterization of lanthanide doped nanoparticles through the use of magneto-optical spectroscopy. Contact Jason!

    Raul E. Ortega
    Materials Chemistry (2018)

    Raul graduated from Florida Atlantic University (2017) with a B.S. in Chemistry. There he worked in the synthesis, characterization, and optical properties of lanthanide metal-organic frameworks under the guidance of Dr. Daniel de Lill. In 2018 he joined the Strouse group with an interest in materials chemistry. He is currently studying ways to improve lanthanide-doped nanomaterials as phosphors for use in solid state lighting applications. Contact Raul!

    Edward T. Nguyen
    Materials Chemistry (2017)

    Eddie graduated from California State University, Long Beach in with a B.S. (2013) and a M.S. (2017, Thesis: Synthetic Design of Homochiral Metal-Organic Frameworks) in Chemistry. He worked on the synthesis, characterization, and gas sorption properties of metal-organic frameworks under Dr. Xianhui Bu. Eddie is currently studying Prussian Blue Analogues (PBA) for use in heterogeneous catalysis and as precursors for complex intermetallics. Contact Eddie!

    Sebastian Castro  
    Major: Chemical Engineering

    Sebastian is an undergraduate student majoring in chemical engineering from Tampa, FL. His current research is in synthesis of metal nanoparticles, and he is interested in pursuing a career in sustainable energy research and development. He is involved in Theta Tau professional engineering fraternity, the Academic Recruitment Organization (ARO), and FSU Presidential Scholars. He also participates in intramural soccer and volleyball outside of research.

    Dylan Barton  
    Major: Chemical Engineering (Class of 2025)

    Dylan is an undergraduate student majoring in chemical engineering with a minor in physics. He found the Strouse group through FSU's Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP), and currently works under Isabella Bertini studying bimetallic electrocatalyst synthesis. His interest in research comes from a desire to help the planet and plans on continuing to work on research projects that have a positive enfironmental impact throughout his career. In addition to research, Dylan participates in trash clean-ups, playing the bass guitar, and bowling.

    Anoushka Ahuja  

    Anoushka is a FSU UROP student working under Jason, where she synthesizes plasmonic semiconductor nanocrystals through microwave methods.

    Payton A Martin  
    Major: Chemical Engineering (Class of 2024)

    Payton Martin is an undergraduate student majoring in Chemical Engineering. Her interest in research stemmed from wanting to gain more experience in a lab and explore possible career paths. Her focus of work is split between Prussian Blue Analogues (PBAs) and their role in catalysis and plasmonic semiconductor nanocrystals and their use in electrochromic windows. When not in the lab or library, Payton enjoys exploring new trails and cooking.

    Yuri Marino  
    Major: Chemistry (Class of 2023)

    Yudi is an undergraduate student majoring in chemistry. She is the president of alpha chi sigma at FSU and currently works with Catherine to synthesize plasmonic semiconductor nanocrystals.

    PhD Students

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

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

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

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

    5) Dr. C. Steven Yun UCSB 2004 PhD (Roche Biomedical)
    "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 (Sciligent LLC)
    "Electronic Spectroscopy and Energy Transfer in Cadmium Selenide Quantum Dots and Conjugated Oligomers"

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

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

    13) Dr. Faquing "Frank" Yuan (co-advisor) FSU 2008 PhD (Applied Photophysics)
    "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 (Navy 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 National Lab)
    "Control over Kinetics and Thermodynamics in Microwave-Assisted Synthesis of Nanocrystals"

    17) Dr. Derek Lovingood FSU 2010 PhD (Navy Research Lab)
    "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 (Technical Consultant)
    "Energy transfer in Bio-Molecules-Mechanism, validity and applicability of Nanometal Surface Energy Transfer"

    19) Dr. Steven Hira FSU 2011 PhD (Navy Research Lab)  
    "Targeted dye labeling as a tool for imaging material and biomaterial microenvironments"

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

    21) Dr. Christopher Breshike FSU 2013 PhD (US Naval Research Laboratory)
    "Electromagnetic Interactions Between Fluorescent Dipoles and Metal Nanoparticles"

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

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

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

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

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

    27) Dr. David Carnevale  (co-advisor) FSU 2017 PhD (NOVA Southeastern University)
    "Understanding Magnetic Exchange Behavior in Core@Shell Nanoparticles"

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

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

    30) Dr. David Hardy FSU 2019 PhD (Intel)
    "Understanding the Behavior and Structure of Nanocrystalline Material through the Interactions of Photons"

    31) Dr. Carl Conti FSU 2022 PhD (Raytheon)
    "Localised Surface Plasmon Resonances in Semiconductor Nanocrystals"

    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)

    8) Christopher Dyer FSU 2018 MS (Air Force Research Laboratory)

    REU Students

    1) J. Reed Mingione Hampden-Sydney College 2018

    2) Giovanni Quiroz-Delfi Catawba College 2019