Richard Brown is currently in his third year of a PhD program in chemistry at University of Maryland Baltimore County. His focus is on biologically relevant semiconductor nanomaterials. Richard completed his bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from UMBC, while engaging in research involving organic synthesis of a novel proton transferring polymer in the lab of Dr. Paul Smith. He presented the preliminary results in a panel discussion at the midatlantic regional meeting of American Chemical Society, of which he is a member.
In the summer of 2014, Richard attended the Gordon Conference for Colloidal Semiconductor and Nanocrystals where he presented a poster on his research with silicon-based photoluminescent nanoparticles.
In addition to his scientific research, Richard enjoys mentoring young adults both in and outside of an academic setting. Recently, this involved the Youth-Works program that places Baltimore high school students for summer internships. He also spends time with young at-risk adults in his local community of Bel Air, MD. When not in the lab, Richard has a passion for outdoor activities like mountaineering, ice-climbing, cycling, running and competing in triathlons and other endurance races.
1. Hudson-Smith, N. V., Clement, P. L., Brown, R. P., Krause, M. O., Pedersen, J. A., & Haynes, C. L. Research highlights: speciation and transformations of silver released from Ag NPs in three species. Environmental Science: Nano. 2016, 3(6), 1236-1240.