Lisa J. Nogaj

Associate Professor, Chemistry Department
Phone: 814-871-7647
Office: Z 412

  • Awards/Grants
  • Courses Taught
  • Educational History
  • Professional Societies
  • Publications
  • Scholarship/Research
  • Service


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.

Courses Taught

  • CHEM 102: Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry
  • CHEM 111: General Chemistry I
  • CHEM 112: General Chemistry I Laboratory
  • CHEM 114: General Chemistry II
  • CHEM 115: General Chemistry II Laboratory
  • CHEM 331: Physical Chemistry I
  • CHEM 332: Physical Chemistry I Laboratory
  • CHEM 334: Physical Chemistry II
  • CHEM 335: Physical Chemistry II Laboratory
  • CHEM 380/381: Undergraduate Research in Chemistry

Educational History

  • Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry 2009, University of Rochester
  • M.S. in Chemistry 2006, University of Rochester
  • B.S. in Chemistry 2004, SUNY College at Fredonia

Professional Societies

  • American Chemical Society (2004-present)


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.


Service to the Profession (Current Activities)
  • Chair, Erie Local Section of the American Chemical Society (2016-present)
  • Newsletter Editor, Erie Local Section of the American Chemical Society (2012-present)
  • Course Facilitator, ACS National Leadership Development System (2014-present)
  • Voting Member, ACS National Younger Chemists Committee (2012-present)
  • National Planning Committee, ACS Program-in-a-Box Webinars (2012-present)
Service to the University (Current Activities)
  • GU Tenure and Promotion Portfolio Migration Committee (2015-present; Co-Chair)
  • GU Pre-Professional Applicant Review Committee (2013-present)
  • GU Technology Advisory Committee (2015-present)
  • GU Office of Sponsored Programs & Research Advisory Committee (2015-present)
  • GU University Academic Safety Committee (2011-present)
  • GU Chemistry Department Curriculum Committee (2015-present; Co-Chair)
  • GU Chemistry Department Safety Committee (2015-present)
  • GU Chemistry Department Website Information Provider (2011-present)

Service to the Community (Current Activities)

  • Coordinator, NSF National NanoDays Event
  • Science Instructor, GU Upward Bound Summer Camp
  • Volunteer, GU G.I.V.E. Day and Day of Caring
  • Volunteer, Alliance for the Great Lakes Plastic Pollution Exhibit at the Erie Maritime Museum
  • Volunteer, Chemistry Demonstrations at the Erie City Mission
  • Ongoing Chemistry Demonstrations and Presentations at Area K-12 Schools