Our research group is broadly interested in exploring interfacial chemistry at the nanoscale. The new chemical and physical properties that arise when materials are confined at the nanoscale has led to an intense interest in nanoscale materials. How does the surface chemistry of nanoparticles influence the stability, fate, and interactions in simple or complex environments? Specifically, we focus on the interfacial chemistry of gold nanoparticles, ranging from the energetics of small molecule and polymer interactions with nanoparticles to the environmental fate and consequence of nanoparticles. My research group, comprised solely of undergraduate students, is one that values the intersection of multiple different fields and is highlighted by my ongoing collaborative projects. When nanoparticles are placed into complex mixtures the chemical and physical properties of the core, in many cases, become a convenient way to monitor the interactions rather than being the driver of those interactions. Therefore our work is focused on carefully measuring and quantifying the surface chemistry of gold nanoparticles.
Professor Thompson received a B.A. in chemistry from the College of Wooster in 2003. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2009 where he worked with Ralph Nuzzo’s group. From 2009-2011, he was a postdoc in Cathy Murphy’s group at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In 2011, he joined the Chemistry Department at Gettysburg College as an Assistant Professor. In 2017, he was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor.