Andrea Elsen - Matyjaszewski Polymer Group - Carnegie Mellon University

Andrea Elsen

Address:
Carnegie Mellon University
4400 Fifth Avenue
Mellon Institute
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Office: MI-802
Phone: (412) 268-3886

Education

Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio
August 2009
M.S. in Chemistry

Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio
June 2007
B.S. in Chemistry

Publications

  1. Plichta, A.; Zhong, M.; Li, W.; Elsen, A. M.; Matyjaszewski, K. Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics 2012, 213, 2659-2668.
  2. Elsen, A. M.; Burdyńska, J.; Park, S.; Matyjaszewski, K. Macromolecules 2012, 45, 7356-7363.
  3. Elsen, A. M.; Nicolay, R.; Matyjaszewski, K. Macromolecules 2011, 44, 1752-1754.
  4. MacCuspie, R. I.; Elsen, A. M.; Diamanti, S. J.; Patton, S. T.; Altfeder, I.; Jacobs, J.; Voevodin, A. A.;  Vaia, R. A. Applied Organometallic Chemistry 2010, 24, 590-599.
  5. Diamanti, S.; Elsen, A.; Naik, R.; Vaia, R. Journal of Physical Chemistry C 2009, 113, 9993-9997.
  6. Diamanti, S.; Arifuzzaman, S.; Elsen, A.; Genzer, J.; Vaia, R. A. Polymer 2008, 49, 3770-3779.
  7. Grossie, D. A.; Fossum, E.; Elsen, A.; Meyer, T. Acta Crystallographica E 2008, 64, 2207.

Affiliations

  • American Chemical Society

Skills

  • Synthesis: small molecules, gold nanoparticles, linear and branched polymers via polycondensation chemistry, polymers via RAFT and ATRP.
  • Instrumentation: GPC, TGA, DSC, AFM, SEM, TEM, XPS, Zeta-PALS Particle Sizer, FT-IR, UV-Vis, GC/MS, NMR (1H, 13C, 31P).
  • Software: Microsoft Word, Microscoft Excel, Microsoft Powerpoint, End Note, Chem Draw, SciFinder Scholar, Origin.

Awards

  • 2011 GSA/Provost Conference Funding Recipient, Carnegie Mellon University
  • 2011 Presidential Fellowship by the Richard King Mellon Foundation, Carnegie Mellon University.
  • 2010 Presidential Fellowship by the Richard King Mellon Foundation, Carnegie Mellon University.
  • 2009 Graduate Teaching Assistant of the Year, Wright State University.
  • 2009 Graduate Student of the Year, Wright State University.
  • 2009 Best Graduate Poster, ACS Local Dayton Poster Session.
  • 2008 Graduate Teaching Assistant of the Year, Wright State University.
  • 2008 AFOSR Star Team Award, AFRL/RXBP.  WPAFB.
  • 2007 Charles J. Cleary Award for Scientific Achievement, Materials and Manufacturing Directorate at WPAFB.

Experience

Research Experience
  • Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio.  June 2007 – August 2009
    • Research Assistant with Professor Eric Fossum, Chemistry Department
    • Project: One-Pot Oligomeric A2 + B3 Approach to Branched Poly(arylene ether sulfone)s: Reactivity Ratio Controlled Polycondensation
    • Project:  Effect of Monomer Geometry on Extent of Cyclization in Polycondensation Reactions 
  • Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, Ohio.  January 2007 – August 2009
    • Research Assistant with Dr. Steve Diamanti, AFRL/RXBP
    • Project:  Reactive Functionality of Buffer and Peptide in Gold Nanoparticle Formation
    • Project: Reactive Paterning via Post-Functionalization of Polymer Brushes Utilizing Disuccinimidyl Carbonate Activation to Couple Primary Amines
  • Research Assistant with Dr. Robert MacCuspie, AFRL/RXBP
    • Project: Purification – Chemical Structure – Electrical Property Relationship in Gold Nanoparticle Liquids
  • Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio.  March 2005 – January 2007
    • Research Assistant with Professor Kenneth Turnbull, Chemistry Department
    • Project:  Suzuki Coupling of 4-Phenyl Sydnone.
Teaching Experience
  • Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  August 2009 – Present
    • Teaching Assistant for Laboratory One with Professor Karen Stump, Chemistry Department.
  • Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio.  September 2007 – June 2009
    • Teaching Assistant for Organic Laboratories with Professors Kenneth Turnbull, William Feld and Daniel Ketcha, Chemistry Department.
Leadership Experience
  • Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  January 2010 – Present
    • Lab Manager

Presentations

  • The 242th ACS National Meeting, Denver, CO, USA. August 28 - September 1, 2011.
  • Gordon Research Conference, South Hadley, MA. June 20-21, 2009.
  • The 237th ACS National Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT, USA. March 22-26, 2009.