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
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.