Recent News and Announcements

November 2023 Shreyasi receives a Professional Development Grant from UMBC Graduate Student Association (GSA) to present at the 50th MRS Fall 2023 National Meeting at Boston, MA.

November 10-12, 2023 Congratulations to Shreyasi for getting the 1st place in the Student Poster competition at the Sustainable Nanotechnology Organization (SNO) 2023 conference at Los Angeles, CA! She also received one of the SNO Student Awards to present at the conference.

11/01/2023 Zeev gives an invited seminar at Drexel University, Philadelphia.

10/31/2023 Read our recent Environ. Sci.: Nano paper on colloidal stabilization of hydrophobic InSe 2D nanosheets in a model environmental aqueous solution and their impact on Shewanella oneidensis MR-1. This work is published in a special issue in memory of Prof. Joel Pedersen. Congrats to Shreyasi on your first-author publication!

October 26-28, 2023 Leopoldo attended the 2023 SACNAS NDISTEM (The Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science-National Diversity in STEM) conference (50th anniversary) with the UMBC PROMISE team at Portland, Oregon.

09/18/2023 Please join us in congratulating Connor Riahin for successfully defending his dissertation ‘The Development of Dye-Doped Semiconducting Polymer Dots for Fluorescence Imaging and Sensing Applications’ today!

September 11-14, 2023 Shreyasi presented in a workshop titled “Wellness in STEM is Possible” as a part of the NSF-CSN in collaboration with the WELLS Healing Center at NOBCChE (National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers) 2023 conference (50th anniversary) at New Orleans.

August 13-17, 2023 Zeev presents an invited talk at the ACS Fall 2023 National Meeting, San Francisco, CA in a symposium organized by the Division of Environmental Chemistry in memory and honor of Prof. Joel Pedersen.

August 2023 The 2023 Baltimore SCIART Program has come to an end! Congrats to Dr. Rosenzweig and the SCIART team for another successful year!

July 2023 Shreyasi receives the UMBC Fall 2023 Dissertation Fellowship, and Leopoldo receives the G-RISE Meyerhoff Graduate Fellowship to support his Doctoral research for a year!

June 3-9, 2023 Leopoldo and Shreyasi attended the 2023 Environmental Nanotechnology Gordon Research Conference (GRC) and the associated Seminar (GRS) at the Grand Summit Hotel at Sunday River, Newry, ME. Both of them presented posters at the GRC and Shreyasi gave an invited talk at the GRS.

June 2023 We officially welcome Karishma Bhardwaj (Visiting Researcher), Durga Devkota (UMBC PhD Student), and Elea-Maria Abisamra (NSF-CSN SURE Student for Summer 2023) to the Group! Also, congratulations to Connor for getting a summer internship at NASA for working on quantum dots!

May 29-June 2, 2023 Zeev gives an invited talk at the European Materials Research Society (EMRS) Spring 2023 Meeting at Strasbourg, France.

05/23/2023 Shreyasi participated in an in-person outreach event where 2 different microwave carbon dots syntheses were demonstrated to some high school students from OLGC High School, Olney, MD, as part 2 of the Baltimore outreach program conducted by the NSF-CSN.

04/26/2023 Read our recent J. Cult. Herit. paper on understanding the effects of amine and morpholine adsorption on unglazed earthenware using DFT. Congrats to Jessica on your first-author publication!

04/03/2023 Read our recent JACS paper on untangling the interactions between anionic polystyrene nanoparticles and lipid membranes using Laurdan fluorescence spectroscopy and molecular simulations. Congrats to Laura on your first-author publication!

03/20/2023 Swapnil, Shreyasi and Leopoldo participated in a virtual panel discussion on Chemistry (as a subject and career option) with some high school students from Our Lady of Good Counsel (OLGC) High School, Olney, MD, as part 1 of a Baltimore outreach program conducted by the NSF- Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology (CSN).

03/10/2023 Read our recent ACS Appl. Nano Mater. paper on interactions of Ti3C2 MXene with aqueous zwitterionic biological buffers. Congrats to Swapnil on your first-author publication!

03/05/2023 Congratulations to Shreyasi for becoming a Graduate Student Finalist in the category of Physical Sciences, and subsequently winning an Honorable Mention (2nd place) in the national E-poster competition at the AAAS 2023 Annual meeting, Washington, DC. She along with the other winners in all categories are recognized in the April 14 issue of “Science” journal.

Nov 28-Dec 6, 2022 Congratulations to Swapnil for presenting at the MRS Fall 2022 National Meeting at Boston, MA and chairing a session on MXenes Electrochemistry!

October 2022 We would like to officially welcome Bella Guardado (UMBC Undergrad) to the Group!

09/23/2022 Read our recent Sensors paper on NIR emitting semiconductor polymer dots for bioimaging and sensing. Congrats to Connor on your first-author publication!

August 2022 Dr. Rosenzweig begins his sabbatical for one semester in the Murray Lab at UPenn.

06/14/2022 Please join us in congratulating Laura A. Kesner for successfully defending her dissertation ‘Impact of Surface Properties on Nanoparticle-Induced Phase Change in Phospholipid Vesicles’ today! Check out this short video made by Swapnil of Laura’s defense party at UMBC!

04/30/2022 Shreyasi participated in “Cool Chem”, an outreach event organized by Women in Science and Education (WISE) at the Department of Chemistry, University of Minnesota while doing her lab exchange/ cross training there.

04/22/2022 Read our recent ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces paper on hydroporphyrin-doped NIR emitting polymer dots. Congrats to Connor on your first-author publication!

March 2022 We would like to officially welcome Amalthea Trobare (UMBC Undergrad) to the Group!

03/14/2022 Zeev gives an invited seminar at Queens College, City University of New York.

03/08/2022 Read our recent ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces paper on DFT as a nondestructive probe in art conservation. This research was performed by the 2021 SCIART Fellows in the Baltimore SCIART Program. Congrats to Jessica on your first-author publication!

January 2022 We would like to officially welcome Kushani Mendis (UMBC PhD Student) and Michela De Marzi (UMBC Undergrad) to the Group!

11/11/2021 In honor of Veterans Day, read Shreyasi’s blog post in Sustainable Nano about military applications of nanotechnology!

09/03/2021 Read our recent Journal of Chemical Education paper on the Baltimore SCIART Program, an undergraduate research experience organized by Dr. Rosenzweig and Dr. Heimann. Congrats to Jessica on your first-author publication!

August 2021 Leopoldo receives the NSF-AGEP Fellowship for 2 years to support his Doctoral research!

August 2021 Swapnil presented at the AAAFM-UCLA 2021 Conference and chaired a session on Functional Composite Materials. Congrats!

06/02/2021 We would like to officially welcome Aminah Amjad (UMBC PhD Student) and Alayah Collins (NSF-CSN Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) Student for Summer 2021) to the Group!

04/12/2021 Read our recent Applied Clay Science paper on a DFT investigation of how small molecules and atmospheric pollutants relevant to art conservation interact with kaolinite. Congrats to Jessica on your first-author publication!

01/02/2021 We would like to officially welcome Leopoldo Posada Escobar (UMBC PhD Student) to the Group!

10/12/2020 Please join us in congratulating Zheng Zheng for successfully defending his dissertation ‘Synthesis of Amine Rich Poly(oxanorbornene) Functionalized Gold Nanoparticles as a Model for Understanding Nanoparticle Membrane Interactions’ today!

7/27/2020 Please join us in congratulating Richard P. Brown for successfully defending his dissertation ‘Synthesis, Stability and Dynamic Surface Chemistry of InP-based Core/Shell Quantum Dots’ today!

7/16/2020 Please join us in congratulating Denise N. Williams-Harris for successfully defending her dissertation ‘Molecular Interactions between Luminescent Quantum Dots and Bacteria’ today! Click to see the recording of the public portion.

5/15/2020 Read Laura’s blog post ‘Molecular music: Patterns of vibrations at the quantum level’!

March 2020 Laura and Denise presented at the 2nd PANNANO Conference in SP, Brazil. Denise won a poster award!