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Alexander A. Shestopalov

  • Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering
  • Scientist, Laboratory for Laser Energetics

PhD, Duke University, 2009

Office Location
4507 Wegmans Hall
(585) 276-5434
(585) 273-1348
Web Address

Curriculum Vitae


Selected Honors & Awards

Hobbs Endowment (2009) Awards, Duke University
Burroughs Welcome (2007)

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.

Research Interests

  • Surface Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Surface Patterning
  • Nanostructured Materials
  • Interfacial Thermodynamics

Courses Offered (subject to change)

  • ChE 226:  Thermodynamics II
  • ChE 487:  Surface Analysis

Selected Publications

Recent Publications

  • Raffaelle, P.R.; Wang, G.T.; Shestopalov, A.A., “Vapor-Phase Halogenation of Hydrogen-Terminated Silicon(100) Using N-Halogen-succinimides,” ACS Applied materials & Interfaces, 2023, 15, 47, 55139-55149. DOI: 10.1021/acsami.3c13269.
  • Liu, N.; Dent, R.; Hoffman, B.N.; Kozlov, A.A.; Oliver, J.B.; Rigatti, A.L.; Kessler, T.J.; Demos, S.G.; Shestopalov, A.A., "Manufacturing- induced contamination in common multilayerdielectric gratings," Optic Express, 2023. DOI:10.1364/OE.478701
  • Kim, S.; Liu, N.; Shestopalov, A.A., "Contact Printing of Multilayered Thin Films with Shape Memory Polymers," ACS Nano, 2022, 16,4, 6134-6144. DOI:10.1021/acsnano.1c11607
  • Kim, S.; Lakshmanan, S.; Li, J.; Anthamatten, M.; Lambropoulos, J.; Shestopalov, A., "Modulation of Interfacial Adhesion Using Semicrystalline Shape-Memory Polymers br," Langmuir, 2022, 38, 11, 3607-3616. DOI: 10.1021/acs.langmuir.2c00291
  • Dourbash, F.A.; Shestopalov, A.A.; Rothberg, L.J., "Label-Free Immunoassay Using Droplet-Based Brewster's Angle Straddle Interferometry," Analytical Chemistry, 2021, 93, 10, 4456-4462. DOI: 10.1021/acs.analchem.0c04470 
  • Hoffman, B.N.; Kozlov, A.A.; Liu, N.; Huang, H.; Oliver, J.B.; Rigatti, A.L.; Kessler, T.J.; Shestopalov, A.A.; Demos, S.G., "Mechanisms of Picosecond Laser-Induced Damaged in Common Multilayer Dielectric Gratings," Optic Express, 2020, 28, 17, 24928-24936. DOI: 10.1364/OE.395197
  • Hill, K.; Walker, S.N.; Salminen, A.; Chung, H.L.; Li, X.; Ezzat, B.; Miller, J.J.;  DesOrmeaux, J.P.S.; Zhang, J.; Hayden, A.; Burgin, T.; Piraino, L.; May, M.N.; Gaborski, T.R.; Roussie, J.A.; Taylor, J.; DiVincenti Jr., L.; Shestopalov, A.A.; McGrath, J.L.; Johnson, D.G., "Second Generation Nanoporous Silicon Nitride Membranes for High Toxin Clearance and Small Format Hemodialysis," Advanced Healthcare Materials, 2020, 9, 4, 1900750. DOI:10.1002/adhm.201900750
  • Hoffman, B.N.; Kozlov, A.A.; Liu, N.; Huang, H.; Oliver, J.B.; Rigatti, A.L.; Kessler, T.J.; Shestopalov, A.A.; Demos, S.G., "Mechanisms of picosecond laser-induced damage in common multilayer dielectric gratings," Optics Express, 2020, 28, 17, 24928-24939. DOI: 10.1364/OE.395197 
  • Wallace, J.U.; Shestopalov, A.A.; Kosc, T.; Chen, S.H., "Scalable Synthesis of Cholesteric Glassy Liquid Crystals," Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 2018, 57, 12, 4470-4473.
  • Li, X.Z.; Johnson, D.; Ma, W.C.; Chung, H.; Getpreecharsawas, J.; McGrath, J.L.; Shestopalov, A.A., "Modification of Nanoporous Silicon Nitride with Stable and Functional Organic Monolayers," Chemistry of Materials, 2017, 29, 5-2294-2302.
  • Li, J.H.; Xu, L.S.; Tang, C.W.; Shestopalov, A.A., "High-Resolution Organic Light-Emitting Diodes Patterned via Contact Printing," ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 2016, 8, 26-16809-16815.