Jeffrey Dick

Jeffrey Dick

Assistant Professor

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Research Interests

Electrochemistry, Nanotechnology, Sensors, Single Cell Biology, Catalysis

Research Synopsis

Our research is highly interdisciplinary and works at the interface of chemistry, biology, and nanotechnology. We are interested in the applications of electrochemistry to micro and nanoscale biological systems.

Electrochemistry is a powerful tool to study these systems as nanoelectrode probes can be easily fabricated down to dimensions similar to biological macromolecules, 5-15 nm in diameter. These very tiny electrodes allow us to study the behavior of single molecules and nanoparticles.

The manipulation of electrode size spanning nearly 9 orders of magnitude also allows us to study reactions occurring in living cells in real time and observe those reactions changing after a perturbation, such as delivery of a drug, infection, carcinogenesis, or even aging.

These experiments are very sensitive and give us access to the ultimate sensitivity in analysis: a limit of detection of just one. Thus, we are interested in analytical applications of technologies we develop, such as the specific detection of virus particles in complex matrices like saliva, blood, and urine.

For more information on our work, please visit our group website! We are currently seeking highly motivated graduate, undergraduate, and postdoctoral colleagues. If interested, please contact me!

Professional Background

BS, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana, 2013; Ph.D, National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas, 2017; Postdoc, NIH CORE Postdoctoral Scholar, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, 2017-2018.

Research Group

News & Publications

Herein, this work is focused on applying the electrochemical method known as anodic particle coulometry (APC) to detect and characterize nZVI.


Here, we demonstrate that the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) contributes to the cathodic half-reaction from pH 0 to 14, suggesting that the true mechanism of the voltaic pile depends on the mixed potential set by the HER/ORR and zinc oxidation.