Ohio University

Anthony S. Stender

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Assistant Professor
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Ph.D., Analytical Chemistry, Iowa State University, 2013

Postdoc, Materials Science & NanoEngineering, Rice University, 2014-2016


  • Analytical and Physical Chemistry
  • Microscopy, Imaging, and Spectroscopy
  • Plasmonic Nanoparticles
  • Surface Functionalization
  • Properties of Nanoscale Inorganic Materials

Dr. Stender oversees the Avstin Research Lab. Pronounced “Austin.” Avstin stands for “Analyze, Verify, Spectroscopy + Imaging, down to the Nanoscale.” Research in his lab utilizes a variety of tools and techniques from single particle research and applies them to problems of interest to materials science and analytical chemistry. Currently, the group is focused on problems related to nanoparticle functionalization and the fundamental understanding of plasmonic nanoparticles. The primary instruments used in the Avstin Lab for analyzing samples are microscopy and spectroscopy. The group also aspires to educate the public about nanomaterials and the instrumental techniques used to characterize nanomaterials. 

Research Openings

We are always open to learning about new collaboration opportunities with researchers in industry, government, and academia.  If you have an idea for a collaborative project, please contact Dr. Stender by email.

Research openings for highly motivated graduate students are available on occasion. Students interested in joining the group should have a strong background in math and an interest in materials chemistry. Writing skills are also valued highly for this research. Graduate student research projects are primarily focused on the following topics:

  1. applications of plasmonic nanoparticles,
  2. surface functionalization of nanoparticles,
  3. high-resolution spectroscopy of nanoscale inorganic materials, and
  4. theoretical studies of nanomaterials.  

Prospective graduate students who are interested in joining Dr. Stender’s group should refer to the Chemistry Graduate Admissions page to learn about admissions requirements. They should also apply for admission to the program through the graduate college. New graduate students joining the group will be expected to work as Teaching Assistants for the department while also being productive in their research for Dr. Stender.

A variety of research openings for undergraduates are also available on occasion. Undergraduates wishing to work for Dr. Stender need a minimum GPA of 3.0 and should be prepared to make at least a one-year commitment to the group. Projects range from assisting graduate students with their lab work to performing data analysis to assisting with methods development. Undergraduate students often gain experience on the instrumental techniques available to the group. After gaining experience on these instruments, undergraduates may have the opportunity to work on short-term independent projects involving materials chemistry.

Selected Publications

R. Bracker, K. Dominguez, and A.S. Stender, Analytical Methods for Monitoring the Degradation of Plasmonic Nanoparticles in Solution: An Undergraduate Laboratory Exercise. J. Chem. Educ. 2020, 97, 4, 1151-1156.

R. Bracker and A.S. Stender, Efficacy of USB Microscopes for Imaging Forensic Materials. Forensic Sci. Int., 2019, 304, 109961.

A.S. Stender, Performing Spectroscopy on Plasmonic Nanoparticles with Transmission-Based Nomarski-Type Differential Interference Contrast Microscopy. J. Vis. Exp. 2019, 148, e59411, DOI: 10.3791/59411.

A.E. Augspurger, X. Sun, B.G. Trewyn, N. Fang, A.S. Stender. Monitoring the stimulated uncapping process of gold-capped mesoporous silica nanoparticles. Analytical Chem., 2018, 90, 3183-3188.

A.S. Stender, Making the Leap, The Analytical Scientist, Aug. 2017, Vol. 55, 17-18. (invited perspective)

A.S. Stender, Good Job Hunting, The Analytical Scientist, Dec. 2016, Vol. 47, 46-49. (invited perspective)

A.S. Stender, R. Newell, E. Villarreal, D.F. Swearer, E. Bianco, E. Ringe, Communicating science concepts to individuals with visual impairments using short learning modules. J. Chem. Educ., 2016, 93, 2052-2057.

A.E. Augspurger, A.S. Stender, K. Marchuk, T. Greenbowe, N. Fang, Dark field microscopy for analytical laboratory courses. J. Chem. Educ., 2014, 91, 908-910.

A.E. Augspurger, A.S. Stender, R. Han, N. Fang, Detecting plasmon resonance energy transfer with differential interference (DIC) microscopy. Analytical Chem., 2014, 86, 1196-1201.

A.S. Stender, X. Wang, A.E. Augspurger, N. Fang, Plasmonic behavior of single gold dumbbells and simple dumbbell geometries. J. Phys. Chem. C., 2013, 117, 16195-16202.

A.S. Stender, K. Marchuk, C. Liu, S. Sander, M.W. Meyer, E.A. Smith, B. Neupane, G. Wang, J. Li, J.X. Cheng, B. Huang, N. Fang, Single-cell optical imaging and spectroscopy. Chem. Rev., 2013, 113, 2469-2527.

A.S. Stender, A.E. Augspurger, G. Wang, N. Fang, Influence of polarization setting on gold nanorod signal at nonplasmonic wavelengths under differential interference contrast microscopy. Analytical Chem., 2012, 84, 5210-5215

A.S. Stender, G. Wang, W. Sun, N. Fang, Influence of gold nanorod geometry on optical response. ACS Nano, 2010, 4, 7667-7675.

G. Wang, A.S. Stender, W. Sun, N. Fang, Optical imaging of non-fluorescent nanoparticle probes in live cells. Analyst, 2010, 135, 215-221.