Alexander A. Shestopalov

Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering
PhD, Duke University, 2009

248 Gavett Hall
(585) 276-5434
Fax: (585) 273-1348

Curriculum Vitae


Selected Honors & Awards

Burroughs Wellcome (2007) and Hobbs Endowment (2009) Awards, Duke University

Research Overview

Our research interests combine materials and surface chemistry with contemporary manufacturing techniques.  Our general vision is that physical and chemical properties of micro-and nano-structured materials are determined in large part by their interfaces, and that a precise control over the interfacial properties of such materials can predictable change their functions without modifying the bulk composition.  Our current projects include the development of monomolecular deposition techniques that can predictable alter electronic, biological and chemical properties of inorganic and organic interfaces, the study of new polymeric materials that can be used in scalable manufacturing of micro-and nano-structured devices, an the development of advanced manufacturing methods for multicomponent colloids with anisotropically distributed chemical, optical and magnetic properties.  Our experimental work combines an interdisciplinary mix of organic and polymer chemistry, diverse deposition and patterning techniques, advanced material and surface characterization, and optical and magnetic trapping.

Courses Offered (subject to change)

  • CHE 225  Thermodynamics

  • CHE 292/492  Biointerfaces
  • CHE 2XX/4XX  Interfacial Analysis (2017-)

Selected Publications

  • Angel, F. A.; Lyubarskaya, Y.; Shestopalov, A. A.; Tang, C.W. "Degradation of organic self-assembled monolayers inside organic photovoltaic devices," Organic Electronics 2014, 15, 3624-3631.
  • Bowers, C. M.; Zhang, M.; Lyubarskaya, Y.; Tang, C. W.; Shestopalov, A. A. "Structural modifications in bilayered molecular systems lead to predictable changes in their electronic properties." Advanced Materials Interfaces, 2014, 1(2), 1300109.
  • Lyubarskaya, Y.; Shestopalov, A. A. "Multicomponent inorganic Janus particles with controlled compositions, morphologies, and chemical properties." ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, 2013, 5, 7323-7329.
  • Shestopalov, A. A.; Morris, C. J.; Vogen, B. N.; Hoertz, A.; Clark, R. L.; Toone, E. J. “A soft-lithographic approach to functionalization and nanopatterning oxide-free silicon,” Langmuir 2011, 27, 6478 – 6485.
  • Morris, C. J.; Shestopalov, A. A.; Gold, B. H.; Clark, R. L.; Toone, Eric J. “Patterning NHS-terminated SAMs on Germanium,” Langmuir 2011, 27, 6486 – 6489.