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Chemistry at ESF

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The Department of Chemistry at ESF is unique in that it is organized around the interdisciplinary areas of biochemistry and natural products chemistry, environmental chemistry and polymer chemistry.

We stress a strong foundation in the traditional areas of chemistry (analytical, inorganic, organic and physical chemistry) plus integration of these areas into its specialties. Students at all levels enjoy the advantages of a chemistry program with specialties aligned with the needs of the 21st century.

The department is committed to maintaining its leading role in extending the state of knowledge in its specialties. The department’s home is the 71,000-square-foot Edwin C. Jahn Laboratory. This state-of-the-art facility for research and teaching is well equipped with instruments needed for modern chemical research. The department involves all of its students in research, giving them familiarity with the actual practice of chemistry.

Why ESF for Chemistry?

Featured Chemistry Paper

"Decoration of Nanofibrous Paper Chemiresistors with Dendronized Nanoparticles toward Structurally Tunable Negative-Going Response Characteristics to Human Breathing and Sweating"

Published in Advanced Materials Interfaces

This paper is the result from a meeting between Drs. Gitsov, Zhong and Poliks within the SUNY Network of Excellence on Materials and Advanced Manufacturing. The group was part of the focus area "Smart Stimuli-Responsive Materials." Very quickly it was discovered that the groups at Binghamton and Syracuse have synergistic activities and expertise to create complex devices for early diagnostics as wearable sensors and biosensors for point-of-care monitoring of human performance and health conditions including perspiration, sweating, diabetes, blood pressure, and respiration. The project became truly inter-institutional and international with teams from Stony Brook University (Hsiao group) and Xiamen University (He group) joining the effort at the later stages. The nanocomposite devices described here are based on flexible membrane-type scaffold derived from multilayered nanofibrous paper as a biocompatible matrix and gold nanoparticles coated by perfectly branched macromolecules (dendrons) with tunable sizes and shapes. Key novelty elements include the immobilization of dendrons with different spacers on gold nanoparticles and the combination of hydrogen bonding and van der Waals interactions leading to tunable and unique response characteristics to breathing and sweating processes. The results demonstrate the first example of nanofibrous paper chemiresistors decorated with dendronized nanoparticles as a promising and highly efficient new strategy toward constructing sensing interfaces for wearable breath and sweat sensors.

Chemistry with a Purpose

Contact Us

SUNY-ESF Chemistry Department
121 Edwin C. Jahn Laboratory
1 Forestry Drive
Syracuse, NY 13210-2726 USA

(315) 470-6855
(315) 470-6856 (fax)