Education and experience:

Post-doctoral Fellow, research group of Professor Alan G. MacDiarmid,

Chemistry Department, University of Pennsylvania, 2003-2004

PhD, Inorganic Chemistry, SUNY Binghamton, 2002

M.A.T., Chemistry, SUNY Binghamton, 1997

B.S., Chemistry, SUNY Binghamton, 1994

Courses taught:

CH-151: General Chemistry I, lecture and lab

CH-152: General Chemistry II, lecture and lab

CH-127: Introductory College Chemistry, lecture and lab

CH-120: Fundamentals of Chemistry

CH-121H: Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory (honors)

Teaching Philosophy:

As a student, it was the enthusiasm of several of my teachers that always kept me wanting to learn more. I believe that the success of my own students can be positively influenced in the same way. I strive to provide an active classroom in which everyone is a participant. The topics we study are interconnected, building upon each other and continuously revisited. Providing the tools to realize and understand these connections is among my primary goals as a professor of chemistry. Complementary to this is independent research. Applying the chemical concepts from their classes is the best way for students to truly understand the “how and why” of it all. Opportunities such as attending conferences and making presentations lead to a true sense of ownership, while also exposing them to the exciting and uniquely human aspects of scientific discovery.

Research Interests:

  1. Conducting polymer nanomaterials

  2. Surface chemistry and self-assembly of monolayer and multilayer architectures of transition metal complexes

  3. Scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy

Publications:

  1. “Enhanced Conductivity of Thin Film Polyaniline by Self-Assembled Transition Metal Complexes,” D.M. Sarno, J.J. Martin, S. Hira, C.J. Timpson, J.P. Gaffney, W.E. Jones, Jr., Langmuir 2007, 23, 879-884.

  2. “Controlled Interconversion of Semiconducting and Metallic Forms of Polyaniline Nanofibers,” D.M. Sarno, S.K. Manohar, A.G. MacDiarmid, Synthetic Metals 2005, 148, 237-243.

  3. D.M. Sarno, R.D. Hicks. "The Public Understanding of Science: A Case Study in Scientific Literacy, Education, and Industrial Response." In Partners in Innovation: Science Education and the Science Workforce, edited by R.L. Blaszczyk. Philadelphia: Chemical Heritage Foundation, 2005, 119-127.

  4. “Direct Observation of Antifreeze Glycoprotein-Fraction 8 on Hydrophobic and Hydrophilic Interfaces Using Atomic Force Microscopy,” D.M. Sarno, A.V. Murphy, E.S. DiVirgilio, W.E. Jones, Jr., R.N. Ben Langmuir 2003, 19, 4740-4744.

  5. “Modification of Conducting Polymer Thin Film Interfaces Using Self-Assembled Monolayers Containing Transition Metal Complexes,” D.M. Sarno, S. Prasad, L.J. Matienzo, W.E. Jones, Jr. Materials Research Society Symposium Proceedings2002, 734, B7.7.

  6. “Uniform Thin Films of Poly-3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene (PEDOT) Prepared by In-situ Deposition,” D. Hohnholz, A.G. MacDiarmid, D.M. Sarno, W.E. Jones, Jr. Chemical Communications2001, 2444-2445.

  7. “X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy as a Probe of Intermolecular Interactions in Porphyrin Polymer Thin Films,” D.M. Sarno, L.J. Matienzo, W.E. Jones, Jr. Inorganic Chemistry2001, 40, 6308-6315.

  8. “Self-Assembly of Ruthenium Porphyrins into Monolayer and Multilayer Architectures via Heterogeneous Coordination Chemistry,” D.M. Sarno, L.J. Matienzo, W.E. Jones, Jr. Materials Research Society Symposium Proceedings2001, 648, P6.28.1-6.

  9. “Self-Assembled Molecular Architectures on Surfaces: New Strategies Involving Metal-Organic Copolymers,” D.M. Sarno, B. Jiang, D. Grosfeld, J.O. Afriyie, L.J. Matienzo, W.E. Jones, Jr. Langmuir2000, 16, 6191-6199.

  10. “Multi-layer Metalloporphyrin Polymers Separated by Bidentate Lewis Base Derivatives on Glass Substrates,” D.M. Sarno, D. Grosfeld, J. Snyder, B. Jiang, W.E. Jones, Jr. Polymer Preprints1998, 216 th American Chemical Society National Meeting, Boston, 1101-1102.

Presentations: (presenting author underlined)

  1. “Nanoscale Morphology of Polyaniline and Its Analogs,” D.M. Sarno, S. Da Silva, C. Chaves Prado, W. L'Amoreaux, 40th American Chemical Society Middle Atlantic Regional Meeting, Queensborough Community College, Bayside, NY, May 21, 2008.

  2. “Nanoscale Morphology of Polyaniline and its Analogs,” D.M. Sarno, Chemistry and Biochemistry Department Seminar, Queens College of the City University of New York, Flushing, NY, March 10, 2008.

  3. “Morphological Studies of Conducting Polymer Nanomaterials,” D.M. Sarno, Monthly meeting of the Long Island Sub-section of the American Chemical Society, Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY, February 1, 2007.

  4. “Morphological Studies of Conducting Polymer Nanomaterials,” D.M. Sarno, Chemistry Department Seminar, Queensborough Community College, Bayside, NY, April 7, 2006.

  5. “Enhancement of In-Situ Deposited Conducting Polymer Films by Substrate/Polymer Interface Modification,” J.J. Martin, D.M. Sarno, W.E. Jones, Jr., 226 th American Chemical Society National Meeting, Division of Colloid and Surface Chemistry, New York City, 2003.

  6. “Modification of Conducting Polymer Thin Film Interfaces Using Self-Assembled Monolayers Containing Transition Metal Complexes,”D.M. Sarno, S. Prasad, L.J. Matienzo, W.E. Jones, Jr., Materials Research Society Fall Meeting, Boston, 2002.

  7. “Ruthenium Complexes as Building Blocks for Self-Assembled Multilayer Arrays on Silane-Modified Surfaces,”D.M. Sarno, L.J. Matienzo, W.E. Jones, Jr., 222 nd American Chemical Society National Meeting, Division of Inorganic Chemistry, Chicago, 2001.

  8. ”Direct Observation of Antifreeze Glycoproteins on Hydrophobic Surfaces Using Atomic Force Microscopy,” E.S. DiVirgilio, D.M. Sarno, A.V. Murphy, W.E. Jones, Jr., R.N. Ben, 222 nd American Chemical Society National Meeting, Division of Organic Chemistry, Chicago, 2001.

  9. “X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy as a Probe of Intermolecular Interactions in Thin Films of Metalloporphyrin Arrays,” D.M. Sarno, L.J. Matienzo, B. Jiang, W.E. Jones, Jr., 220 th American Chemical Society National Meeting, Division of Inorganic Chemistry, Washington DC, 2000.

  10. “Self-Assembly of Ruthenium Porphyrins into Monolayer and Multilayer Architectures via Heterogeneous Coordination Chemistry,” D.M. Sarno, L.J. Matienzo, W.E. Jones, Jr., Materials Research Society Fall Meeting, Boston, 2000.

  11. “Self-Assembled Multilayer Architectures by Coordinate Covalent Bonding in Metalloporphyrin Co-Polymers,” D.M. Sarno, J.O. Afriyie, B. Jiang, L.J. Matienzo, W.E. Jones, Jr., 217 th American Chemical Society National Meeting, Division of Inorganic Chemistry, Anaheim, 1999.

  12. “Multi-layer Metalloporphyrin Polymers Separated by Bidentate Lewis Base Derivatives on Glass Substrates,” D.M. Sarno, J.O. Afriyie, D. Grosfeld, B. Jiang, W.E. Jones, Jr., 216 th American Chemical Society National Meeting, Division of Polymer Chemistry, Boston, 1998.

  13. “2-Dimensional Architectures for Studying Photophysical Properties of Inorganic-Organic Hybrid Materials,” D.M. Sarno, S.-W. Yang, J.O. Afriyie, B. Jiang, W.E. Jones, Jr., Materials Research Society Fall Meeting, Boston, 1998.

Student Presentations

  1. "Morphological effects of ring-substitution on polyaniline nanomaterials,” C. Chaves Prado, D.M. Sarno, 40th American Chemical Society Middle Atlantic Regional Meeting, Queensborough Community College,  Bayside, NY, May 19, 2008.
  2. "Polyaniline nanofibers and composites with polymer-stabilized gold nanoparticles,” A. Noreen, W. L’Amoreaux, D.M. Sarno, 40th American Chemical Society Middle Atlantic Regional Meeting, Queensborough Community College,  Bayside, NY, May 19, 2008.
  3. "Nanoscale Morphology of Analogs of Polyaniline,” C. Chaves Prado, D.M. Sarno, 56th Undergraduate Research Symposium (N.Y. Section of the American Chemical Society) Queensborough Community College,  Bayside, NY, May 17, 2008.
  4. "Composites of Polyaniline Nanofibers and Polymer-Stabilized Gold Nanoparticles,” A. Noreen, W. L’Amoreaux, D.M. Sarno, 56th Undergraduate Research Symposium (N.Y. Section of the American Chemical Society) Queensborough Community College,  Bayside, NY, May 17, 2008.
  5. "Nanoscale Morphology of Analogs of Polyaniline,” C. Chaves Prado, D.M. Sarno, 4th Annual QCC Honors Conference, Queensborough Community College, Bayside, NY, April 18, 2008.
  6. "Composites of Polyaniline Nanofibers and Polymer-Stabilized Gold Nanoparticles,” A. Noreen, W. L’Amoreaux, D.M. Sarno, 4th Annual QCC Honors Conference, Queensborough Community College, Bayside, NY, April 18, 2008.
  7. "Reaction pH and the evolution of polyaniline nanofibers,” K. Ampofo, D.M. Sarno, 234th American Chemical Society National Meeting, Boston, MA, August 20, 2007.
  8. "Ring-substitution and the formation of polyaniline nanomaterials,” S. Da Silva, D.M. Sarno, 234th American Chemical Society National Meeting, Boston, MA, August 20, 2007.
  9. "Polyaniline-gold nanocomposites for biosensors,” B. Khan, S. Da Silva, W. L’Amoreaux, D.M. Sarno, 234th American Chemical Society National Meeting, Boston, MA, August 20, 2007.
  10. "pH dependence of the morphological evolution of polyaniline nanofibers,” K. Ampofo, D.M. Sarno, 39th American Chemical Society Middle Atlantic Regional Meeting, Ursinus College, PA, May 17, 2007.
  11. "Polyaniline nanomaterials and their composites with gold nanoparticles,” S. Da Silva, B. Khan, W. L’Amoreaux, D.M. Sarno, 39th American Chemical Society Middle Atlantic Regional Meeting, Ursinus College, PA, May 17, 2007.
  12. "Effect of reaction pH on the morphological evolution of polyaniline nanofibers,” K. Ampofo, D.M. Sarno, 55th Undergraduate Research Symposium (N.Y. Section of the American Chemical Society), Manhattan College, New York, NY, May 5, 2007.
  13. "Ring-substituted polyaniline nanomaterials,” S. Da Silva, D.M. Sarno, 55th Undergraduate Research Symposium (N.Y. Section of the American Chemical Society), Manhattan College, New York, NY, May 5, 2007.
  14. "Composites of polyaniline nanofibers and gold nanoparticles,” B. Khan, D.M. Sarno, 55th Undergraduate Research Symposium (N.Y. Section of the American Chemical Society), Manhattan College, New York, NY, May 5, 2007.
  15. "Changes in morphology and reaction pH during the chemical synthesis of polyaniline nanofibers,” K. Ampofo, D.M. Sarno, 3rd Annual QCC Honors Conference, Queensborough Community College, Bayside, NY, April 27, 2007.
  16. "Poly(o-toluidine) nanomaterials,” S. Da Silva, D.M. Sarno, 3rd Annual QCC Honors Conference, Queensborough Community College, Bayside, NY, April 27, 2007.
  17. "Composites of polyaniline nanofibers and gold nanoparticles,” B. Khan, D.M. Sarno, 3rd Annual QCC Honors Conference, Queensborough Community College, Bayside, NY, April 27, 2007.
  18. "Nanofibers and Microspheres of Poly(o-toluidine),” S. DaSilva, D.M. Sarno, 34th American Chemical Society Northeast Regional Meeting, Binghamton, NY, October 6, 2006.
  19. "Stability of Polyaniline Nanofibers Subjected to Dopant Cycling,” H.-C. Hwang, D.M. Sarno, 34th American Chemical Society Northeast Regional Meeting, Binghamton, NY, October 6, 2006.
  20. "Influence of acid concentration on the formation of polyaniline nanofibers,” V. Stabile, W. L’Amoreaux, D.M. Sarno, 34th American Chemical Society Northeast Regional Meeting, Binghamton, NY, October 6, 2006.
  21. "Nanoscale Morphologies of Ring-Substituted Polyanilines,” S. DaSilva, D.M. Sarno, 38th American Chemical Society Middle Atlantic Regional Meeting, Hershey, PA, June 4, 2006.
  22. "Selectivity of Polyaniline Nanofiber Morphology via Acid Concentration,” V. Stabile, D.M. Sarno, 38th American Chemical Society Middle Atlantic Regional Meeting, Hershey, PA, June 4, 2006.
  23. "Ring-substituted Polyaniline: Nanofibers and Microspheres,” S. DaSilva, D.M. Sarno, 54th Undergraduate Research Symposium (N.Y. Section of the American Chemical Society) St. John’s University, Queens, NY, April 29, 2006.
  24. "Dopant Cycling to Prepare Conducting Polyaniline Nanofibers with Selected Diameter,” H.-C. Hwang, D.M. Sarno, 54th Undergraduate Research Symposium (N.Y. Section of the American Chemical Society) St. John’s University, Queens, NY, April 29, 2006.
  25. "Effect of Acid Concentration on Morphologies of Polyaniline Nanofibers,” V. Stabile, D.M. Sarno, 54th Undergraduate Research Symposium (N.Y. Section of the American Chemical Society) St. John’s University, Queens, NY, April 29, 2006.
  26. "Nanofibers and Microspheres from Ring-Substituted Polyaniline,” S. DaSilva, D.M. Sarno, 2nd Annual QCC Honors Conference, Queensborough Community College, Bayside, NY, April 28, 2006.
  27. "Selection of Polyaniline Nanofiber Diameter by Dopant Cycling,” H.-C. Hwang, D.M. Sarno, 2nd Annual QCC Honors Conference, Queensborough Community College, Bayside, NY, April 28, 2006.
  28. "The Effects of Acid Concentration on Polyaniline Nanofiber Morphology,” V. Stabile, D.M. Sarno, 2nd Annual QCC Honors Conference, Queensborough Community College, Bayside, NY, April 28, 2006.
  29. "Polyaniline nanofibers: Evolution of morphology and effect of dopant cycling,” E. Feldeshi, A. Hodes, D.M. Sarno, 230th American Chemical Society National Meeting, Washington DC, August 29, 2005.
  30. "Effect of Dopant Cycling on Morphology of Polyaniline Nanofibers,” A. Hodes, D.M. Sarno, 37 th American Chemical Society Middle Atlantic Regional Meeting, Rutgers University, NJ, May 22, 2005.
  31. "Reaction pH and the Evolution of Polyaniline Nanofibers,” E. Feldeshi, D.M. Sarno, 37 th American Chemical Society Middle Atlantic Regional Meeting, Rutgers University, NJ, May 22, 2005.
  32. Resistance of Polyaniline Nanofibers to Acid-Base Doping-Dedoping,” A. Hodes, D.M. Sarno, 53 rd Undergraduate Research Symposium (N.Y. Section of the American Chemical Society) Stony Brook, NY, May 7, 2005.
  33. Changes in Nanofiber Morphology and Reaction pH During Synthesis of Polyaniline,” E. Feldeshi, D.M. Sarno, 53 rd Undergraduate Research Symposium (N.Y. Section of the American Chemical Society) Stony Brook, NY, May 7, 2005.
  34. Effect of Dopant Cycling on Morphology of Polyaniline Nanofibers,” A. Hodes, D.M. Sarno, 1 st Annual QCC Honors Conference, Queensborough Community College, Bayside, NY, April 15, 2005.
  35. Reaction pH and the Evolution of Polyaniline Nanofibers,” E. Feldeshi, D.M. Sarno, 1 st Annual QCC Honors Conference, Queensborough Community College, Bayside, NY, April 15, 2005.

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