Curriculum Vitae

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ELLEN JEAN ROBERTSON
Visiting Professor of Chemistry
Kalamazoo College
Kalamazoo, MI 49006
Phone: (269)-337-7570
Email: eroberts@kzoo.edu


EMPLOYMENT


Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, MI                                                                                                     

Visiting Professor of Chemistry (August 2016 – present)


EDUCATION


Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA

Materials Postdoctoral Fellow (July 2014 – July 2016)

Advisor: Dr. Ronald N. Zuckermann

Research Project: “Surface Dilational Rheological Studies of Peptoid Monolayers at the Air-Water Interface.”

University of Oregon, Eugene, OR

Ph.D. in Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, June 2014.

Advisor: Professor Geraldine L. Richmond

Dissertation: “Vibrational Sum Frequency Spectroscopic Investigations of Carboxylic Acid-Containing Polyelectrolytes at the Oil-Water Interface

University of Oregon, Eugene, OR

M.S. in Chemistry, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, June 2012.

Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, MI

Bachelor of Arts, Chemistry with Honors, Magna Cum Laude, June 2008.

Senior Project: “Bulk and Surface Studies of Aqueous Nitric Acid Solutions.”


AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS


2014         ACS Division of Colloid and Surface Chemistry Student Poster Presentation Award

2008        Phi Beta Kappa Award, Kalamazoo College

2007         Lemuel F. Smith Award, Kalamazoo College

2007        ACS Analytical Chemistry Undergraduate Award

2005        Connable Scholarship, Kalamazoo College

2005        Cooper Prize in Physics

2005        Kalamazoo College Department of Chemistry Prize

2004       Kalamazoo Honors Scholarship


RESEARCH CONTRIBUTIONS


Refereed Journal Publications

17. “Structure-rheology relationship in nanosheet-forming peptoid monolayers.”J. Robertson, E. M. Nehls, and R. N. Zuckermann. Langmuir, 2016, 32, 12146.

DOI: 10.1021/acs.langmuir.6b02736. Featured as front cover of vol. 32, issue 46.

16. “Molecular engineering of the peptoid nanosheet hydrophobic core.” E. J. Robertson, C. Proulx, J. Su, R. Garcia, S. Yoo, E. M. Nehls, M. D. Connnolly, L. Taravati, and R. N. Zuckermann. Langmuir, 2016, 32, 11946

DOI: 10.1021/acs.langmuir.6b02735. Featured as front cover of vol. 32, issue 45.

15. “Improved chemical and mechanical stability of peptoid nanosheets by photo-crosslinking the hydrophobic core.” D. Flood, C. Proulx, E. J. Robertson, A. Battigelli, S. Wang, A. M. Schwartzberg, and R. N. Zuckermann, Chem. Commun. 2016, 52, 4753.

DOI: 10.1039/C6CC00588H. Featured as inside front cover of vol. 52, no. 26.

14. “Highly stable and self-repairing membrane-mimetic 2D nanomaterials assembled from lipid-like peptoids.” H. Jin, F. Jiao, M. D. Daily, Y. Chen, F. Yan, Y. Ding, X. Zhang, E. J. Robertson, M. D. Baer, and C. Chen, Nat. Commun. 2016, 7, 12252.

DOI: 10.1038/ncomms12252.

13. “Design, synthesis, and assembly of peptoid nanosheets.” E. J. Robertson, A. Battigelli, C. Proulx, R. V. Mannige, T. K. Haxton, S. Whitelam, and R. N. Zuckermann, Acc. Chem. Res., 2016, 49, 379.

DOI: 10.1021/acs.accounts.5b00439. Featured as front cover of vol. 49, issue 3.

12. “Peptoid nanosheets exhibit a new secondary-structure motif.” R. V. Mannige, T. K. Haxton, C. Proulx, E. J. Robertson, A. Battigelli, G. L. Butterfoss, R. N. Zuckermann, and S. Whitelam, Nature, 2015, 526, 415.

DOI: 10.1038/nature15363. Featured in a C&En news article: “Peptoids Do a Double Twist.“ 2015, 93(40), p.30.

11. “Twist and turn: Effect of stereoconfiguration on interfacial assembly of polyelectrolytes.” N. A. Valley, E. J. Robertson, and G. L. Richmond, Langmuir, 201430, 14226.

DOI: 10.1021/la5037629

10. “Molecular insights in the structure and layered assembly of polyelectrolytes at the oil/water interface.” E. J. Robertson and G. L. Richmond, J. Phys. Chem. C, 2014, 118, 28331

DOI: 10.1021/jp5068022. Featured as front cover of vol. 118, issue 49.

9. “Assembly and molecular order of two-dimensional peptoid nanosheets through the oil-water interface.” E. J. Robertson, G. K. Olivier, M. Qian, C. Proulx, R. N. Zuckermann, and G. L. Richmond, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A, 2014, 111, 13284.

DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1414843111

8. “Metal Ion Induced Adsorption and Ordering of Charged Macromolecules at the Aqueous/Hydrophobic Liquid Interface.” E. J. Robertson, A. P. Carpenter, C. M. Olson, R. K.  Ciszewski, and G. L. Richmond, J. Phys. Chem. C, 2014, 118, 15260.

DOI: 10.1021/jp503051w

7. “Designated Drivers: The Differing Roles of Divalent Metal Ions in Surfactant Adsorption at the Oil-Water Interface.” E. J. Robertson, D. K. Beaman, and G. L. Richmond, Langmuir2013, 29, 15511.

DOI: 10.1021/la403665n

6. “Chunks of Charge: Effects at Play in the Assembly of Macromolecules at Fluid Surfaces.” E. J. Robertson and G. L. Richmond, Langmuir, 2013, 29, 10980.

DOI: 10.1021/la4021096

5. “Metal Ions: Driving the Orderly Assembly of Polyelectrolytes at a Hydrophobic Surface.” D. K. Beaman, E. J. Robertson, and G. L. Richmond, Langmuir, 2012, 28, 14245.

DOI: 10.1021/la302917p

4. “Ordered Polyelectrolyte Assembly at the Oil-Water Interface.” D. K. Beaman, E. J. Robertson, and G. L. Richmond, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A., 2012, 109, 3226.

DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1200244109

 

 

3. “Temperature Dependence of Pressure Broadening and Shifts of Acetylene at 1550 nm by N2.” N.T. Campbell et al., Molecular Physics, 2011, 109, 2199.

DOI: 10.1080/00268976.2011.609139

2. “Unique Assembly of Charge Polymers at the Oil-Water Interface.” D. K. Beaman, E. J. Robertson, and G. L. Richmond, Langmuir, 2011, 27, 2104.

DOI: 10.1021/la104390u

1. “From Head to Tail: Structure, Solvation, and Hydrogen Bonding of Carboxylate Surfactants at the Organic-Water Interface.” D. K. Beaman, E. J. Robertson, and G. L. Richmond, J. Phys. Chem. C, 2011, 115, 12508.

DOI: 10.1021/jp202061y

Oral Presentations

6. “New Protein Mimetic Nanomaterials for Molecular Recognition.” E. J. Robertson and R. N. Zuckermann.” Defense Threat Reduction Agency Enzyme Colloquium, Falls Church, VA. March 30, 2016.

5. “Ordered Macromolecular Assembly: Understanding Peptoid Behavior at an Oil-Water Interface.” E. J. Robertson. LBNL Molecular Foundry Seminar, Berkeley, C.A. August 14, 2013.

4. “Falling in line for water remediation: Unique assembly of polycarboxylic acids at the oil-water interface.” E. J. Robertson and G. L. Richmond. ACS National Meeting in Philadelphia, PA. August 22, 2012.

3. “Effect of Metal Complexation on the Adsorption Behavior of Model Humic Acid Polymers at an Oil-Water Interface.” E. J. Robertson and G. L. Richmond. ACS National Meeting in Philadelphia, PA. August 22, 2012.

2. “Polyelectrolyte Adsorption to an Oil-Water Interface: Applications in Environmental Remediation.” E. J. Robertson. Third Annual Graduate Research Forum: Why Research Matters, University of Oregon. February 10, 2012.

1. “Polycarboxylic Acid Adsorption at the Organic-Water Interface: A Model for Understanding Humic Acid Systems.” E. J. Robertson, D. K. Beaman, and G. L. Richmond. ACS National Meeting in Anaheim, CA. March 31, 2011.

Poster Presentations

2. “Sheets or No? Peptoid Monolayer Formation Dynamics.” E. J. Robertson, C. Proulx, R. Garcia, J. Su, S. Yoo, and R. N. Zuckermann. Presented at the 9th Peptoid Summit in Berkeley, CA, August 7 2015; and at the 2015 Annual Molecular Foundry and NCEM User Meeting in Berkeley, CA, August 20, 2015. 

1. “Ordered Macromolecular Assembly: Understanding Peptoid Behavior at an Oil-Water Interface.” E. J. Robertson, G. K. Olivier, M. Qian, C. Proulx, R. N. Zuckermann, and G. L. Richmond. Presented as a poster at the ACS National Meeting in Dallas, TX, March 16, 2014.


TEACHING AND RESEARCH EXPERIENCE


Courses Taught

Physical Chemistry I (Thermodynamics and Kinetics) lecture and lab (Kalamazoo College, Spring 2017)

Physical Chemistry II (Quantum Chemistry and Spectroscopy) lecture and lab (Kalamazoo College, Winter 2017)

Chemical Structure and Reactivity lecture and lab (Kalamazoo College, Fall 2016)

Physical Chemistry I (Thermodynamics and Kinetics) lab (Kalamazoo College, Fall 2016)

Training of Undergraduate, Post-Baccalaureate, and Graduate Students

10. Sarah Harnish (Undergraduate researcher, B. Arts in progress, Kalamazoo College)

Project Title: Fabrication of plasmonic sensor chips via composite monolayer deposition from the air-water interface using a home-built device.” (June 2017- present)

9. Collin Steen (B. Arts Kalamazoo College)

Project Title: “Directed assembly of plasmonic nanoparticles at the oil-water interface for the fabrication of SERS substrates.” (October 2016-March 2017)

8. Kathleen Chen (Dept. of Homeland Security intern, B. Sci. Wellesley College)

Project Title: “Fabricating optical sensors by embedding gold nanoparticles inside peptoid nanosheets.” (Summer 2016) 

7. E. Michael Nehls (Post-baccalaureate student, B.Eng. University of Colorado)

Project Title: “Non-linear rheological studies of peptoid monolayers.” (Jan. 2016-June 2016)

6. Tianyi Liu (Undergraduate researcher, B. Sci. in progress, University of California, Berkeley)

Project Title: “Co-assembly of peptoids and hydrophobic gold nanoparticles at the oil-water interface.” (Fall Term, 2015)

5. Christine Kang (Dept. of Homeland Security intern, B. Sci. Oregon State University)

Project Title: “Interfacial adsorption and assembly of gold nanoparticle embedded peptoid nanosheets.” (Summer 2015)

4. Andrew Carpenter (Rotation student, Ph.D. in progress, University of Oregon)

Project Title: “Metal ion induced adsorption of polymethacrylic acid to the oil-water interface.” (Winter Term, 2014)    

3. Courtney Olson (REU student, B. Sci. Ohio Northern University)

Project title: “Effects of ions and acidity on the assembly of polyelectrolytes at the oil-water interface.” (Summer 2013)      

2. Regina Ciszewski (Rotation student, Ph.D. in progress, University of Oregon)

Project title: “Polyacrylic acid-functionalized nanoparticle assembly at the oil-water interface.”  (Spring term, 2013)

1. Jacqueline Burgher (REU student, B. Sci. Anderson University)

Project title: “Adsorption of polyacrylic acid, CTAB, and gold nanoparticles at the oil-water interface.” (Summer 2010).     

Teaching Assistant

Sept. 2008-June 2009: University of Oregon: Teaching assistant, physical chemistry laboratory series for chemistry undergraduates.

Spring Term 2008: Kalamazoo College: Teaching assistant, physical chemistry I laboratory.

Winter Term 2008: Kalamazoo College: Teaching assistant, organic chemistry II laboratory. 

Fall Term 2007: Kalamazoo College: Teaching assistant, organic chemistry I laboratory.

Spring Term 2007Kalamazoo College: Teaching assistant, physical chemistry I laboratory.

Winter Term 2007: Kalamazoo College: Teaching assistant, organic chemistry II laboratory.

Fall Term 2006: Kalamazoo College: Teaching assistant, organic chemistry I laboratory.

Supplemental Instruction Leader

Fall Term 2005: Kalamazoo College, peer leader for general chemistry.

Research Experience

Summer 2007: Research Experience for Undergraduates, University of Oregon

Advisor: Professor Geraldine L. Richmond

Project: “Bulk and Surface Studies of Aqueous Nitric Acid Solutions.”

Spring 2007: Undergraduate Research, Kalamazoo College

Advisor: Professor Jeffrey Bartz

Project: “Synthesis of NOx compounds for ion fragmentation studies.”

Summer 2006: Research Experience for Undergraduates, Dartmouth College

Advisor: Professor Robert B. Grubbs

Project: “Synthesis of Amphiphilic Diblock Copolymers as Precursors to Cobalt Nanoparticles.”


OUTREACH


University of Oregon, High School Student Mentor

Haley Chin, South Eugene High School graduate. Demonstrated the day-to-day routine of a chemistry graduate student and discussed potential science career paths. (June-Sept. 2011)


WORKSHOPS


Attended

“Postdoc to PUI Professor: Preparing Postdocs for Undergraduate Faculty Careers in Chemistry.” Sponsored by the American Chemical Society, Furman University, Greenville, SC. April 7-9 2016.

“COAChing Powerful Postdocs: Career Launch and Acceleration for Postdoctoral Associates.” Led by Dr. Geraldine L. Richmond (COACh, Chair), Fall 2014 American Chemical Society National Meeting in San Francisco, CA. Aug. 9, 2014.

“Communicating Science: Skills for Scientist to Reach Public Audiences.” Sponsored by University of Oregon Women in Graduate Sciences, led by Denise Graveline (Don’t Get Caught, Owner), University of Oregon, Eugene, OR. April 21, 2012.

Given

“Persuasive Scientific Presentations” Molecular Foundry Nanobiological Facility, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA. Dec. 7, 2015.


TECHNICAL PROFICIENCY


Non-linear laser spectroscopy | Raman and infrared spectroscopy | Wilhelmy plate and pendant drop interfacial tensiometry | Interfacial rheology | Scanning electron microscopy | Optical microscopy | Dynamic light scattering | X-ray diffraction | Windows and Mac OS | Microsoft Office Suite | IgorPro | Adobe Photoshop | ChemBioDraw | ImageJ


ACTIVITIES


American Chemical Society, member, 2010-present.

University of Oregon Women in Graduate Sciences, member, 2010-2014.

University of Oregon Women in Graduate Sciences, officer, 2010-2012.

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