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Sam Lohse

Assistant Professor of Chemistry

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Wubben Hall and Science Center 232



PhD, University of Oregon
MS, Idaho State University
BS, Idaho State University
BS, Idaho State University


Sam Lohse is an analytical/inorganic chemist specializing in nanomaterials chemistry, including nanomaterials synthesis and characterization, as well as the interactions of functionalized nanomaterials with biological and environmental systems. In addition to the chemistry of nanotechnology, he is interested in sustainability in science and the use of cunning chemistry to improve human quality of life while mitigating the human and environmental hazards that modern chemical industry poses. Lohse received a PhD from the University of Oregon in 2011, working under the guidance of Jim Hutchison.

While Lohse has lived everywhere from the remote deserts of Idaho to the lush green forests of western Oregon, to the cornfields of central Illinois to the bustle of Washington, D.C., he said he has always felt a deep attachment to the rugged beauty of the West. His commitment to science (and interest in the application of sustainability principles to emerging technologies) is rooted in a desire to protect the environments that he loves while maximizing the benefits of new technology to human society.

Lohse's ultimate teaching goal is to develop students who have a mastery of fundamental chemistry principles, the ability to interpret and communicate scientific information effectively to a variety of audiences and who can function as independent problem solvers within a research setting. Ideally, students who possess all these skills can find great success in a variety of scientific careers and will be able to fully appreciate how applied chemistry influences many aspects of human society, be more scientifically literate and better informed about the role applied science plays in our society.

Selected Publications

1. Troiano, J.M.; Olenick, L.L.; Kuech, T.R.; Melby, E.S.; Hu, D.; Lohse, S.E.; Mensch, A.C.; Donangun, M.; Vartanian, A.M. et al. Direct probes of 4 nm-diameter gold nanoparticles interacting with supported lipid bilayers. J Phys Chem C. 2014. Accepted.

2. Bozich, J.; Lohse, S.E.; Torelli, M.; Hamers, R.J.; Murphy, C.J.; Klaper. R.D. Acute and chronic toxicity of functionalized gold nanoparticles in D. Magna. Environ Sci. Nano 2014, 1, 260-270.

3. Lohse, S.E.; Burrows, N.D.; Scarabelli, L.; Liz-Marzan, L.M.; Murphy, C.J. Anisotropic noble metal nanocrystal growth: The role of halides. Chem. Mater. 2013, 26. 34-43.

4. Mahmoudi, M.; Lohse, S.E.; Murphy, C.J.; Suslick, K.S. Variation of protein corona composition following plasmonic heating of gold nanoparticles. Nano Lett. 2014, 14, 6-12.

5. Lohse, S.E.; Eller, J.R.; Sivapalan, S.T.; Plews, M.R.; Murphy, C.J. A simple millifluidic benchtop reactor for the high-throughput synthesis and functionalization of gold nanoparticles with different sizes and shapes. ACS Nano 2013, 7, 4135-4150.

6. Alkilany, A.M.; Lohse, S.E.; Murphy, C.J. The gold standard: Gold nanoparticle libraries to understand the nano-bio interface. Acc. Chem. Res. 2012, 46, 650-661.

7. Lohse, S.E.; Dahl, J.A.; Hutchison, J.E. Direct synthesis of large water-soluble functionalized gold nanoparticles using Bunte salts as ligand precursors. Langmuir 2010, 26, 7504.

Curriculum Vitae