Lisa J. Nogaj
Associate Professor, Chemistry Department
Chairperson, Chemistry Department
Office: Z 412
- Courses Taught
- Educational History
- Professional Societies
External Research Grants
Nogaj, L. J. Optical Sensors Based on Carbon Nanotube Fluorescence; National Science Foundation, ADVANCE Research Initiation Award. Principal Investigator, awarded January 2015.
Gannon University Faculty Research Grants
Nogaj, L. J. Optimizing Carbon Nanotubes for Optical Sensors; Gannon University, Faculty Research Grant. Awarded March 2013.
Nogaj, L. J. Controlling Structural Imperfections to Improve Carbon Nanotube Fluorescence; Gannon University, Faculty Research Grant. Awarded March 2011.
Gannon University Faculty Development Grants
Nogaj, L. J. Globalizing a Physical Chemistry Laboratory; Gannon University, Robert and Suzanne Barker Global Curriculum Institute. Awarded January 2015.
Nogaj, L. J. Instructional Innovation with Technology; Gannon University, Faculty Development Grant. Awarded October 2011 (Course Redesign Gannon University President's Technology Award, First Place).
Nogaj, L. J. National Association of the Advisors for Health Professions Conference; Gannon University, Faculty Development Grant. Awarded February 2014.
Nogaj, L. J. National Conference on Undergraduate Research; Gannon University, Faculty Development Grant. Awarded February 2012.
External Outreach Grants
Nogaj, L. J. NanoDays Physical Kit 2015; Nanoscale Informal Science Education Program Grant Proposal. Lead Coordinator for Gannon University. Awarded December 2014.
Amicangelo, J. A.; Gu. Q.; Nogaj, L. J.; Bennett, J. A. Leadership Development Course; American Chemical Society Leadership Development System Grant Proposal. Co-PI with the Erie Local Section of ACS Executive Committee. Awarded November 2014.
Nogaj, L. J.; Chitester, B. J.; Amicangelo, J. A. Inspiring More Than Periodic Attendance; American Chemical Society Innovative Project Grant Proposal. Lead on behalf of the Erie Local Section of ACS. Awarded August 2015.
Nogaj, L. J. From Wags to Whiskers: The Exciting World of Pre-Vet. In PC&U Magazine Health and Medicine Edition Editorial 2016 (in press).
Nogaj, L. J.; Smyder, J. A.; Leach, K. E.; Tu, X.; Zheng, M.; Krauss, T. D. Bright Fraction of Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes through Correlated Fluorescence and Topography Measurements, J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 2015, 6(14), 2816–2821. (DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpclett.5b01032)
Cogan, N. M. B.; Bowerman, C. J.; Nogaj, L. J.; Nilsson, B. L.; Krauss, T. D. Selective Suspension of Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes using beta-Sheet Polypeptides. J. Phys. Chem. C 2014, 118(11), 5935–5944.
Nogaj, L. J.; Huang, L.; Krauss, T. D. Semiconductor Carbon Nanotube Optics. In Handbook of Carbon Nano Materials; D'Souza, F., Kadish, K. M., Eds.; World Scientific Series on Carbon Nanoscience; World Scientific Publishing Co.: Hackensack, NJ, 2012; pp 245-286.
Lee, A. J.; Wang, X.; Carlson (Nogaj), L. J.; Smyder, J. A.; Loesch, B.; Tu, X.; Zheng, M.; Krauss, T. D. Bright Fluorescence from Individual Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes. Nano Lett. 2011, 11(4), 1636–1640.
Leach, K. E.; Pedrosa, H. N.; Carlson (Nogaj), L. J.; Krauss, T. D. Fluorescent Carbon Nanotubes in Cross-Linked Micelles. Chem. Mater. 2009, 21, 436–438.
Haggenmueller, R.; Rahatekar, S. S.; Fagan, J. A.; Chun, J.; Becker, M. L.; Naik, R. R.; Krauss, T.; Carlson (Nogaj), L.; Kadla, J. F.; Trulove, P. C.; Fox, D. F.; DeLong, H. C.; Fang, Z.; Kelley, S. O.; Gilman, J. W. Comparison of the Quality of Aqueous Dispersions of Single Wall Carbon Nanotubes Using Surfactants and Biomolecules. Langmuir 2008, 24(9), 5070–5078.
Carlson (Nogaj), L. J.; Krauss, T. D. Photophysics of Individual Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes. Acc. Chem. Res. 2008, 41(2), 235–243.
Carlson (Nogaj), L. J.; Maccagnano, S. E.; Zheng, M.; Silcox, J.; Krauss, T. D. Fluorescence Efficiency of Individual Carbon Nanotubes, Nano Lett. 2007, 7(12), 3698–3703.
My research interests involve studying the fundamental optical properties of nanoscale materials, with the goal of working toward their integration into devices and applications. Specifically, we focus on understanding the fluorescent properties of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs). SWNTs are hollow cylinders of graphene that display incredible strength, fascinating electronic properties, and unique optical features. Interestingly, the majority of SWNTs display size-tunable and highly stable fluorescence in the near infrared, which makes them especially relevant for biological imaging and sensing applications.
SWNTs are synthesized as mixtures of particles having different structures, and therefore, optical properties. The study of carbon nanotube fluorescence is complicated by this heterogeneity and the development of straightforward separation techniques is an area of active research. Further, the integration of SWNTs into devices has been hindered because they suffer from defect sites that result during sample processing. Because defect sites can strongly alter the intrinsic behavior of carbon nanotubes, additional research is needed to clarify their exact role on SWNT fluorescence. Research in my laboratory addresses both of these challenges using a combination of chromatographic techniques and optical spectroscopy.