Alexis D. Ostrowski

Alexis D. Ostrowski, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
511 Physical Sciences Laboratory Building
Research Group Website


Biographical Facts:

Joined the faculty in 2012
Ph.D, University of California, Santa Barbara (2010)
B.A., Occidental College (2004)

Research Interests:

Photochemistry offers a tool with which one can direct chemical reactions with light stimulus. Research in the group will involve synthesis of inorganic complexes, nanoparticles, and polymers that all respond in specific ways to light irradiation. 

Our research vision is to create photo-responsive materials. Our research is inspired by the interactions of metals in natural systems. We are interested in understanding the fundamental photochemistry of materials with metal-coordination interactions as well as creating new photoactive materials where the photochemistry is used to control material properties like stiffness and adhesion, as well as release of drug molecules. We use coordination complexes, biopolymers, and nanoparticles to design the optically active materialss..

Topics of interest:

photochemistry, coordination chemistry, polymer synthesis, metals in biology, metal-organic interfaces, nanoparticle assembly, nitric oxide, biomaterials


Selected Publications:

J.D. Mase; A.O. Razgoniaev; M.K. Tschirhart; A.D. Ostrowski “Light- controlled release of nitric oxide from solid polymer composite materials using visible and near infra-red light,” Photochemical and Photobiological Sciences 2015, DOI: 10.1039/C4PP00441H

G.E. Giammanco; C.T. Sosnofsky; A.D. Ostrowski “Light-responsive Iron(III)-Polysaccharide Coordination hydrogels for controlled delivery” ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, 2015, DOI: 10.1021/am506772x

N.N. Kholmicheva; P. Moroz; U. Rijal; E. Bastola; P. Uprety; G. Liyanage; A.O. Razgoniaev; A.D. Ostrowski; M. Zamkov; “Plasmonic nanocrystal solar cells utilizing strongly confined radiation” ACS Nano 2014, 8, 12549-12559,  DOI: 10.1021/nn505375n

 A.E. Pierri; D.A. Muizzi; A.D. Ostrowski; P.C. Ford; “Photo-Controlled Release of NO and CO with Inorganic and Organometallic Complexes” Structure and Bonding, 2014   DOI: 10.1007/430_2014_164

D.J. Gargas; E.M. Chan; A.D. Ostrowski; B.A. Sanii; E.S. Barnard; A. Nievergelt; S.A. Aloni; B.E. Cohen; P.J. Schuck; "Engineering Bright Sub-10-nm Upconverting Nanocrystals for Single-Molecule Imaging," Nature Nanotechnology 2014, 9, 300-305. DOI: 10.1038/nnano.2014.29