We are recruiting!
We are recruiting one student for the NSF CCI-supported project on ion transfer kinetics studies and a couple of students for the NSF CAREER-supported project focusing on developing plasmonic electrochemical imaging techniques. All positions will be financially supported. Please send your resume, transcript, and a brief statement of interest to Dr. Wang (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Center for Interfacial Ionics as a Phase I Center for Chemical Innovation
The NSF has selected the "Center for Interfacial Ionics" led by the Boettcher lab from the University of Oregon (website here: https://ionics.uoregon.edu/) as a Phase I Center for Chemical Innovation. We are very excited to be part of the center! The science goal is to develop a fundamental understanding of ion transfer kinetics of broad relevance in science and technology.
Summer REU student: Ticia King
Congratulations to Ticia King for completing her summer REU research experience in Dr. Vozka's and our labs and successfully presenting her research on microplastics during the 2022 CSULA REU Urban Hydrology Conference.
Single cell analysis in Parkinson's disease
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative disorder characterized by the death of dopamine-producing neurons in the substantia nigra region of the midbrain. In our lab, we study the molecular mechanisms of alpha-synuclein and its aggregates associated with PD using imaging techniques such as scanning ion conductance microscopy and surface plasmon resonance microscopy.
Single nanoparticle electrochemistry
Single-Entity Electrochemistry is essential for understanding the fundamental dynamics of real-world systems that are often heterogeneous. We use plasmonic electrochemical microscopy, an optical imaging based electrochemical technique, to study SEE at individual metallic and non-metallic nanoparticles.
Electrochemistry at nanoscopic interfaces
We are interested in fundamental studies and sensing applications of electrochemistry at nanoscopic interfaces. One project focuses on carbon nanoelectrodes and their applications in intracellular detection of active species and chemical sensing. The second one focuses on understanding interfacial-ion-transfer (IIT) kinetics at nanopipette-supported interface between two immiscible electrolyte solutions (ITIES).
Using scanning ion conductance microscopy, we study the interactions between particulate matter (PM) and the SH-SY5Y cell membrane. With the help of this cutting-edge imaging, we can monitor membrane alterations in real-time following exposure to PM to better comprehend how damaging PM affects our cells.