Dr. Donald J. Hirsh
Graphene Oxide. Graphite is composed of stacked, flat sheets of carbon atoms. The individual sheets, one carbon atom “thick”, are known as graphene. Graphene is conductive, nearly transparent, and has fascinating quantum mechanical properties. Graphene oxide is an oxidized form of graphene with its own interesting properties. It is also a potential intermediate to graphene synthesis. We are investigating the electronic and magnetic properties of chemically-modified graphene oxide in collaboration with the research group of Prof. Michele Vittadello, Medgar Evers College/CUNY.
Nitric Oxide Production in Oceanic Diatoms. Nitric oxide, NO, serves many roles in animal and plant physiology. It is also produced by diatoms in times of stress. Diatoms are single-celled, photosynthetic organisms with silica shells that are responsible for ~20% of the carbon fixation on earth. In collaboration with Prof. Kay Bidle’s research group at Rutgers University, we are studying the mechanism and genetics of NO production in oceanic diatoms.
Teaching Interests- Prof. Michelle Bunagan and I teach the physical chemistry sequence: Quantum Chemistry and Chemical Thermodynamics. I also teach General Chemistry I and II. I will teach an advanced elective in magnetic resonance (NMR and EPR) starting in 2014. I use and am an advocate for guided inquiry and collaborative teaching methods.
Recent Publications- (TCNJ undergraduate researchers underlined.)