Gina M. Florio

ProfessorInterim Dean 2020 - 2022
Post-doctoral Fellow, Department of Chemistry and the NSF NSEC, Columbia University, New York, NY, 2002-2005Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, 2002A.B. in Chemistry, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY, 1997

Strategic Priorities Review Team Chair 2016 - present

Strategic Priorities Working Group Chair 2014 - 2015

Director-at-Large, American Chemical Society, New York Section, 2014

Co-chair, Chemagination, Educational Activities Program, American Chemical Society, New York Section, 2012-2015

SJU Campus Representative, Jeanette K. Watson Fellowship Program, Thomas J. Watson Foundation, Sept. 2013–Present

    Undergraduate Level

    • CHE 1210/1220: General Chemistry I/II
    • CHE 3210: Microscopic Physical Chemistry (Quantum/Statistical Mechanics)
    • CHE 3321L: Physical Chemistry Laboratory

    Graduate Level

    • CHE 242: Reaction Kinetics
    • CHE 249: Quantum Mechanics
    1. Gruenloh, C.J., Florio, G.M., Carney, J.R., Hagemeister, F.C., Zwier, T.S. “CH Stretch Modes as a Probe of H-bonding in Methanol-Containing Clusters” J. Phys. Chem. A 1999103, 496-502.
    2. Florio, G.M., Gruenloh, C.J., Quimpo, R., Zwier, T.S. “The Infrared Spectroscopy of Hydrogen-Bonded Bridges: 2-pyridone-(water)n and 2-hydroxypyridine-(water)n clusters, n=1,2” J. Chem. Phys. 2000113, 11143-11153.
    3. Carney, J.R., Dian, B.C., Florio, G.M., Zwier, T.S. “The Role of Water Bridges in Directing the Conformational Preferences of 3-Indole-propionic Acid and Tryptamine” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2001123, 5596-5597.
    4. Florio, G.M., Sibert, E.L., Zwier, T.S. “Fluorescence-Dip Infrared Spectroscopy of Jet-Cooled Benzoic Acid Dimer in its Ground and First Excited Singlet States” Faraday Discuss. 2001118, 315-330.
    5. Borst, D.R., Roscoli, J.R., Pratt, D.W., Florio, G.M., Zwier, T.S., Müller, A., Leutwyler, S. “Hydrogen Bonding and Tunneling in the 2-Pyridone.2-Hydroxypyridine Dimer.  Effects of Electronic Excitation” Chem. Phys. 2002283, 341-354.
    6. Florio, G.M., Christie, R., Jordan, K.D., Zwier, T.S. “Conformational Preferences of Jet-Cooled Melatonin: Probing trans- and cis-amide regions of the potential energy surface” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2002124, 10236-10247.
    7. Florio, G.M., Zwier, T.S. “Solvation of a Flexible Biomolecule in the Gas Phase: Infrared and ultraviolet spectroscopy of melatonin-(water)n clusters, n=1-2” J. Phys. Chem. A 2003107, 974-983.
    8. Florio, G.M., Zwier, T.S., Myshakin, E, Jordan, K.D., Sibert, E.L. “Theoretical Modeling of the OH Stretch Infrared Spectrum of Carboxylic Acid Dimers Based on First-Principles Calculation of Anharmonic Couplings” J. Chem. Phys. 2003118, 1735-1746.
    9. Kaur, S., Florio, G., Michalak, D. “Cross-linking of a Sulfonated Styrene-Ethylene/Butylene-Styrene Triblock Polymer via Sulfonamide Linkages” Polymer200343, 5163-5167.
    10. Southern, C.A., Levy, D.H., Florio, G.M., Longarte, A., Zwier, T.S. “Electronic and Infrared Spectroscopy of Anthranilic Acid in a Supersonic Jet” J. Phys. Chem. A2003107, 4032-4040.
    11. Southern, C.A., Levy, D.H., Stearns, J.A., Florio, G.M., Longarte, A., Zwier, T.S. “The Spectroscopic Consequences of Localized Electronic Excitation in Anthranilic Acid Dimer” J. Phys. Chem. A 2004108, 4599-4609.
    12. Dian B., Florio, G.M., Longarte, J.R., A., Clarkson, Zwier, T.S. “Infrared-Induced Conformational Isomerization and Vibrational Relaxation Dynamics in Melatonin and 5-Methoxy n-acetyl tryptophan methyl amide” J. Chem. Phys. 2004120, 9033-9046.
    13. Müller, T., Werblowsky, T.L., Florio, G.M., Berne, B.J., Flynn G.W. “Scanning Tunneling Microscopy and Theoretical Studies of 1-Halohexane Monolayers on Graphite: Functional group interactions, self-assembly, and image contrast” Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. 2005102, 5315-5322.
    14. Florio, G.M., Werblowsky, T.L., Müller, T., Berne, B.J., Flynn G.W. “The Self-Assembly of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons on Graphite: A combined scanning tunneling microscopy and theoretical approach” J. Phys. Chem. B2005109, 4520-4532.
    15. Florio, G.M., Klare, J.E., Pasamba, M.O., Werblowsky, T.L., Hyers, M., Hybertsen, M.S., Berne, B.J., Nuckolls, C., Flynn, G.W. “Frustrated Ostwald Ripening in Self-Assembled Monolayers of Cruciform p-systems” Langmuir200622, 10003-10008.
    16. Ilan, B., Florio, G.M., Hybertsen, M.S., Berne, B.J., Flynn, G.W. “Scanning tunneling microscopy images of alkane derivatives on graphite: Role of electronic effects” Nano Lett. 2008, 8, 3160-3165.
    17. Florio, G.M., Werblowsky, T.L., Ilan, B., Müller, T., Berne, B.J., Flynn, G.W. “Chain-length effects on the self-assembly of short 1-bromoalkane and n-alkane monolayers on graphite” J. Phys. Chem. C 2008, 112, 18067–18075.
    18. Ilan, B., Florio, G.M., Müller, T., Werblowsky, T.L., Hybertsen, M.S., Berne, B.J., Flynn, G.W. “Solvent Effects on the Self-Assembly of 1-Bromoeicosane on Graphite Part I: Theory” J. Phys. Chem. C 2009, 113, 3641–3649.
    19. Florio, G.M., Ilan, B., Müller, T., Baker, T.A., Rothman, A., Werblowsky, T.L., Berne, B.J., Flynn, G.W. “Solvent Effects on the Self-Assembly of 1-Bromoeicosane on Graphite Part I: Scanning Tunneling Microscopy” J. Phys. Chem. C 2009, 113, 3631–3640.
    20. Florio, G.M., Stiso, K.A., Campanelli, J.S., “Surface Patterning of Benzenecarboxylic Acids: Influence of Structure, Solvent, and Concentration on Molecular Self-Assembly” J. Phys. Chem. C 2012, 116, 18160–18174.

    Cottrell College Science Award, Research Corporation, 2007-2010

    Faculty Start-up Award for Undergraduate Institutions, Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, 2005-2010

    Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professorship in Chemistry, Henry Luce Foundation, 2005-2010

    Research in my laboratory is focused on understanding the fundamental physics and chemistry of interfacial systems, with particular emphasis on those occurring between organic molecules and metal or semimetal surfaces at the nanometer scale.  The goals of our work are to understand how molecules behave when confined to an interface, how molecular properties are altered by the presence of the metal/semimetal, and how charge transport occurs at the metal-molecule interface.  Characterization of interfacial systems is relevant to fields such as nanotechnology, molecular electronics, materials science, surface science, environmental chemistry, biology, and the basic energy sciences. 

    Fundamental issues of surface structure and chemistry, molecular self-assembly, electronic structure, and charge transport are explored in our laboratory using scanning probe microscopy, optical spectroscopy, electrochemistry, and computational chemistry techniques.  Our research can be divided into three specific, yet interconnected, thrust areas: (1) molecular self-assembly and interfacial phenomena, (2) charge transport processes in single molecule circuits, and (3) electronic structure and transport in thin films.