Jennifer Sammakia received her doctorate in chemistry at University of Wales Bangor, U.K. As a post-doctoral research scientist at St. Andrews University, U.K., she investigated design and synthesis of fluorescent semiconductor nanomaterials for forensic applications, focusing on characterization techniques such as UV/Vis Spectroscopy, fluorimetry and confocal microscopy. Her work as a research scientist at Syracuse and Binghamton universities concentrated on developing nanomaterials (semiconductors, noble metal alloys) for biomimicry and light-trapping applications. Sammakia has extensive experience in design, synthesis and characterization of organic, inorganic and polymer nanomaterials and characterization using Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) in conjunction with Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy (EDS), High-Resolution TEM (HRTEM), Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM). She joined the Analytical and Diagnostics Laboratory in 2018.
- Nano-engineering photocatalysts for efficient water splitting.
- Surface modification of perovskite quantum dots for improved reliability of photovoltaic materials.
- Tailoring nanoplasmonics for solar heaters.