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:

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 these responsive materials.

Topics of interest:

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

Selected Publications:

A. O. Razgoniaev; C. E. McCusker; F. N. Castellano; A. D. Ostrowski “Restricted Photoinduced Conformational Change in Cu(I) Complex for Sensing Mechanical Properties” ACS Macro Letters, 2017, Article ASAP DOI: 10.1021/acsmacrolett.7b00465

G.E. Giammanco; B.Carrion; R.M. Coleman; A.D. Ostrowski “Photoresponsive Polysaccharide-based Hydrogels with Tunable Mechanical Properties for Cartilage Tissue Engineering”, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2016, 8, 14423-14429 DOI: 10.1021/acsami.6b03834

A.O.Razgoniaev; E.V.Butaeva; A.V. Iretskii; A.D. Ostrowski “Changing mechanical strength in Cr(III)-metallosupramolecular polymers with ligands and light”, Inorganic Chemistry, 2016, 55, 5430-5437 DOI: 10.1021/acs.inorgchem.6b00422

G.E. Giammanco; A.D. Ostrowski “Photo-Patterning the mechanical properties of Polysaccharide-containing gels using Fe3+ coordination”, Chemistry of Materials, 2015, 27, 4922-4925, DOI: 10.1021/acs.chemmater.5b01727

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