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Matthew Hartings

Various 3D printed objects

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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

A chemistry model.

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

Ant-fouling PEI-CNT fiber microelectrodes

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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

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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