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COL F. John Burpo

Head of Department and Professor U.S. Military Academy

John.Burpo@westpoint.edu

Biography


Colonel Burpo is the Head of the Department of Chemistry and Life Science and teaches courses in biochemistry, bioengineering, biotechnology, biology, and general chemistry. After earning a B.S. in mechanical-aerospace engineering from the United States Military Academy in 1992, he commissioned as a field artillery officer and has Army experience in light infantry, armor, and Stryker units with operational deployments to Rwanda, Bosnia, and Iraq. Upon completion of a Sc.D. in biological engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he conducted a dual post-doctoral fellowship in the Biomolecular Materials Laboratory and an Army War College fellowship in the Security Studies Program, both at MIT.

As the head of the Department of Chemistry and Life Science, he supervises over 40 full-time faculty members and researchers, and 14 administrative and laboratory support staff in an 85,000 ft2 facility with $10 million of capital instrumentation. The department teaches nearly 3,000 students each year and offers three academic majors - ACS accredited Chemistry, ABET accredited Chemical Engineering, and Life Science majors. Courses include four common curriculum core courses: General Chemistry I, Advanced General Chemistry I, General Chemistry II, and Introduction to Biology. His leadership responsibilities also include supervising the Academy Pre-Medical Program; for research, cadet education, and outreach, overseeing the Center for Molecular Science that serves as the department’s focal point for coordinating collaborative research with Department of Defense science and technology agencies and civilian institutions; and supervising the department’s contributions to the Photonics Research Center (PRC) along with the departments of Physics and Nuclear Engineering and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Primary additional appointments include service on the Academic Board; General Committee; Class Committees; Math, Science and Engineering Committee; the West Point Memorialization, History, and Museum Committee; and Academy Professor search committees.

Ongoing Research Projects


Colonel Burpo leads the Multi-Functional Materials Laboratory as part of the Center for Molecular Science at West Point. The group consists of four faculty members and over 20 undergraduate researchers. The lab’s focus is to develop electro/photo-mechanical materials that serve as both structural and energy storage materials. These materials are envisioned to provide lightweight systems solutions by simultaneously building and powering devices across multiple length scales.  To achieve this aim, synthesizing 3-dimensional nanowire and nanowire-nanotube composite arrays provides tunable systems that enable the controlled variation of nanowire diameter, element length, and pore size.  In this manner, material properties such as electrical conductivity, electrolyte mass transport, mechanical strength, and redox chemistries are optimized for lightweight catalysis, energy storage, and sensing applications.

Publications & Presentations


Peer-Reviewed Publications  (Google Scholar)

Rodriguez-Millan, M., Rubio, I., Burpo, F.J., Tse, K., Olmedo, A., Loya, J., Parker, K., Miguélez, M. Impact response of ACH helmet pad systems. Int. J. Impact Eng., 2023, 181, 104757.

Calabro, R., Burpo, F.J., Bartolucci, S., Maurer, J. Seed mediated growth of oxidation resistant copper nanoparticles. J. Phys. Chem. C. 2023, 127(31), 15307–15315.  

Rodriguez-Millan, M., Rubio, I., Burpo, F.J., Tse, K., Olmedo, A., Loya, J., Parker, K., Miguélez, M. Experimental and numerical analyses of ballistic resistance evaluation of combat helmet using Hybrid III headform. Int. J. Impact Eng. 2023, 179, 104653.

Hummel, S., Burpo, F.J.,*, Hershfield, J., Kick, A., O’Donovan, K., Barnhill, J. A New Age of Bioterror: Anticipating Exploitation of Tunable Viral Agents. CTC Sentinel, 15(4), April 2022, 1-6. (Cover article)

Nagelli, E.*, Burpo, F. J.*, Marbach, D., Romero, A., Rabbia, D., Mahr, H., Jaskot, M., Murray, A., Chu, D. Scalable Carbon Nanotube/Platinum Nanoparticle Composite Inks from Salt Templates for Oxygen Reduction Reaction Electrocatalysis in PEM Fuel Cells. J. Compos. Sci., 2020, 4(4), 160.

Olsavsky, N., Kearns, V., Beckman, C., Sheehan, P., Burpo, F.J., Bahaghighat, H.*, Nagelli, E.* Research and Regulatory Advancements on Remediation and Degradation of Fluorinated Polymer Compounds. Applied Sciences, 2020, 10(19), 6921.

Wickiser, J., O’Donovan, K., Washington, M., Hummel, S., Burpo, F.J.* Engineered Pathogens and Unnatural Biological Weapons: The Future Threat of Synthetic Biology. CTC Sentinel, 13(8), August 2020, 1-7. (Cover article). Featured on CNN, September 28, 2020.

Gonzalez, G.M., Ward, J., Song, J., Swana, K., Fossey, S., Palmer, J., Zhang, F., Lucian, V., Cera, L., Zimmerman, J.F., Burpo, F.J., Parker, K.K.* Para-Aramid Nanofiber Sheets: Overcoming the Trade-Off Between Mechanical and Thermal Protection. Matter, 2020, 3, 742–758. (Cover article)

Burpo, F.J.*, Losch, A., Nagelli, E., Winter, S., Bartolucci, S., McClure, J., Baker, D., Bui, J., Burns, A., O’Brien, S., Forcherio, G., Aikin, B., Healy, K., Remondelli, M., Mitropoulos, A., Richardson, L., Wickiser, J., Chu, D.  Salt-Templated Synthesis Method for Porous Platinum-based Macrobeams and Macrotubes. J. Vis Exp. (159), e61395, doi:10.3791/61395 (2020).

Hummel, S.G. and Burpo, F.J. Small Groups, Big Weapons: The Nexus of Emerging Technologies and Weapons of Mass Destruction Terrorism. Combating Terrorism Center Report. April 2020, 1-28.

Melanson, V.*, Ryu, M., Gagnon, M., Hall, G., Mackey, K., Min, J., Turner, M., Burpo, F.J., Barnhill, J. Combating Dengue: A US Military Perspective. Virology and Retrovirology Journal,  2019, 2(2), 123.

Burpo, F.J.*, Nagelli, E., Losch, A., Bui, J., Forcherio, G., Baker, D., McClure, J., Bartolucci, S., Chu, D. Salt-Templated Platinum-Copper Porous Macrobeams for Ethanol Oxidation. Catalysts, 2019, 9(8), 662. Featured in Special Issue - Recent Advances in Pt-Based Catalysts: Theoretical and Experimental Results.

Soum, V., Park, S., Brilian, A., Kim, Y., Ryu, M., Brazell, T., Burpo, F.J., Parker, K., Kwon, O., Shin, K.* Inkjet-Printed Carbon Nanotubes for Fabricating a Spoof Fingerprint on Paper. ACS Omega, 2019, 4, 8626−8631.

Burpo, F.J.*, Palmer, J., Mitropoulos, A., Nagelli, E., Morris, L., McClure, J., Ryu, M., Wickiser, J. Synthesis Method for Cellulose Nanofiber Templated Metal Aerogels. J. Vis Exp. (147), e59176, doi:10.3791/59176 (2019).

Hummel, S.*, McNair, D., Burpo, F.J., Bonner, J. Profit-Minded Suppliers: The WMD Pathways and Combating Convergence. CTC Sentinel. 12(4), April 2019, 16-21.

Mitropoulos, A.*, Burpo, F.J.*, Nguyen, C., Nagelli, E., Ryu, M., Wang, J., Sims, R., Woronowicz, K., Wickiser, J. Noble metal composite porous silk fibroin aerogel fibers. Materials, 2019, 12(6) 894.

Hummel, S.*, Burpo, F.J., Bonner, J. Profit-Minded Suppliers: Convergence of IED Facilitation and WMD Proliferation Networks for Non-State Actors. CTC Sentinel, 12(2), February 2019, 12-16.

Ohmura, J., Burpo, F.J., Lescott, C., Ransil, A., Yoon, Y., Records, W., Belcher, A. Highly adjustable 3D nano-architectures and chemistries via assembled 1D biological templates. Nanoscale, 2019, 11, 1091-1102.

Burpo, F.J.*, Nagelli, E., Bartolucci, S., Mitropoulos, A., McClure, J., Baker, D., Losch, A., Chu, D. Salt-Templated Platinum-Palladium Porous Macrobeam Synthesis. MRS Communications, 2019, 9(1), 280-287.

Burpo, F.J.*, Nagelli, E., Morris, L., Woronowicz, K., Mitropoulos, A. Salt-Mediated Au-Cu Nanofoam and Au-Cu-Pd Porous Macrobeam Synthesis. Molecules. 2018, 23, 1701-1715. Featured in Special Issue - Chemistry of Aerogels and Their Applications.

Burpo, F.J.*, Nagelli, E., Morris, L., McClure, J., Ryu, M., Palmer, J. Synthesis Method for Au, Pd, and Pt Aerogels via Direct Solution-Based Reduction. J. Vis Exp. (136), e57875, doi:10.3791/57875 (2018).

Burpo, F.J.*, Mitropoulos, A., Nagelli, E., Ryu, M., Palmer, J. Gelatin Biotemplated Pt Aerogels. MRS Advances, 2018, 3(47-48), 2875-2880.

Burpo, F.J.*, Mitropoulos, A., Nagelli, E., Palmer, J., Morris, L., Ryu, M., Wickiser, J. Cellulose Nanofiber Biotemplated Palladium Aerogels. Molecules. 2018, 23, 1405-1418. Featured in Special Issue - Chemistry of Aerogels and Their Applications.

Burpo, F.J.*, Nagelli, E., Winter, S., McClure, J., Bartolucci, S., Burns, A., O’Brien, S. Salt-Templated Hierarchically Porous Platinum Macrotube Synthesis. ChemistrySelect. 2018, 3, 4542-4546.

Burpo, F.J.*, Nagelli, E., Morris, L., McClure, J., Ryu, M., Palmer, J. Direct Solution-Based Reduction Synthesis of Au, Pd, and Pt Aerogels. J. Materials Research. 2017, 32 (22), 4153-4165. (Invited Paper) Featured in MRS Bulletin: “Metallic aerogels synthesized in one-step process,” December 18, 2017.

Chen, Y., Dang, X., Klug, M., Qi, J., Dorval Courchesne, N., Burpo, F.J., Fang, N., Belcher, A., Hammond, P. Versatile Three-Dimensional Virus-Based Template for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells with Improved Electron Transport and Light Harvesting. ACS Nano, 2013, 7(8), 6563-6574.

*Corresponding author, Co-First Author, Undergraduate Student

Technical Documents and Reports

Lagasse, B., Bowers, P., Kick, A., Gettings, M., Chin, J., Calangi, N., McMahon, R., Burpo, F.J.* Army Officer Corps Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Foundation Gaps Place Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction (CWMD) Operations at Risk – Part 3. Countering WMD Journal. Spring/Summer 2023 (26), 43-51.

Kick, A., Hummel, S., Gettings, M., Bowers, P., Burpo, F.J.* Army Officer Corps Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Foundation Gaps Place Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction (CWMD) Operations at Risk – Part 2. Countering WMD Journal. Spring/Summer 2022 (24), 33-41.

Carpena-Nunez, J., Conover, J., Burch, D., Burpo, F.J., Cook, G., Kosal, M. Bio-Futures 2050 DoD Impacts and Opportunities. Chapter: Off-World Medicine and Biotechnology. Department of Defense Distribution C. February 2022, 62-66.

Kick, A., Hummel, S., Gettings, M., Bowers, P., Burpo, F.J.* Army Officer Corps Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Foundation Gaps Place Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction (CWMD) Operations at Risk – Part 1. Countering WMD Journal. Fall/Winter 2021 (23), 88-94.

Mowles E., Nguyen C., Nguyen L., Hollows J., Eslinger M., Kowalski E., Burpo F.J., Limbocker R. Lessons learned from the USMA Faculty Development Workshop in teaching STEM courses during COVID-19. ChemRxiv. 2020. doi.org/10.26434/chemrxiv.12869651.v1

Mitropoulos, A.N.*, Burpo, F.J.*, Nagelli, E., Woronowicz, K., Wickiser, J. The ARL Davies Fellowship – A Model for Undergraduate Research. Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC), AD1085052, November 24, 2019, 1-23.

Burpo, F.J.*, Comitz, R., Hummel, S. USMA Chemistry and Life Science – Reaction Center for Army Chemical Intellectual Capital. Army Chemical Review. Summer 2018, 25-29.

Burpo, F.J.* and Hummel, S. West Point Department of Chemistry and Life Science – Nexus of Army Chemical and Biological Intellectual Capital. Countering WMD Journal. Winter/Spring 2018, (16), 34-44.

Smoak, P., Boling, D., Burpo, F.J.*. 20th CBRNE Command Concept of Operations (CONOPS).  Unclassified//For Official Use Only (FOUO).  Department of Defense distribution. May 2015, 1-155.

Burton, J., Burpo, F.J.*, Garcia, K. 20th CBRNE Command – Organizing, Training, and Resourcing for CBRNE Operations. Military Review. Jul-Aug 2016, 96 (1), 62-71.

Burton, J. and Burpo, F.J.*. The 20th CBRNE Command Transformation – Regionally Aligned CBRNE Task Forces. Countering WMD Journal.  Fall/Winter 2015 (13), 29-34.

Burton, J., Burpo, F.J.*, Smoak, E.  CBRNE Task Forces. The Army Chemical Review. Summer 2015, 9-13.

Burton, J. and Burpo, F.J.*. 20th CBRNE Command Transformation. Department of Defense distribution- Unclassified//For Official Use Only (FOUO).  March 10, 2015, 1-13.

Burpo, F.J.*. Organizational Adaptive Capacity: How Much, How Fast and How Often. Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC), ADA568439, March 25, 2012, 1-23.

Burpo, F.J*. The Great Captains of Chaos: developing adaptive leaders. Military Review, Jan-Feb 2006, 86 (1), 64-70.

Burpo, F.J.*. A Critical Review of PCR Primer Design Algorithms and Cross-Hybridization Case Study.  Comp. Mol. Bio. 218, Stanford University. August 2001, 1-11. 

*Corresponding author

Book Chapters

Burpo, F.J.* “Noble Metal Aerogels,” In: Aegerter, M.A., Leventis, N., Koebel, M.M., Steiner, S., editors. Springer Handbook of Aerogels. In press.

Woronowicz, K.*, Duncan, K, Nagelli, E., Burpo, F.J. Energy harvesting, charge, and mass transport considerations for reaction center-nanomaterial composites. In: Hou, H., Najafpour, M. and Allakhverdiev, S., editors. Elsevier Photosynthesis: From Plants to Nanomaterials. Chapter 13, 293-332, 2023.

Dissertation

Burpo, F.J. “Three-dimensional virus scaffolds for energy storage and microdevice applications.” Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2012

Abstracts & Peer-Reviewed Conference Proceedings

Zhang, F., Trackey, P., Zammit, A., Mandes, G., Tang, E., Calabro, R., Nagelli, E., Bartolucci, S., Maurer, J., Burpo, F.J.* Composite Cellulose Nanofiber-Alginate Biotemplated Cobalt Aerogels for Energy Storage and Catalytic Electrodes. Gordon Research Conference. Andover, NH, August 2022. (Poster)

Calabro, R., Hatton, M., Munz, K., Ciampa, A., Longstaff, G., Xioa, V., Tang, E., Rayhkman, O., Bone, Z., Zammit, A., Zhang, F., Healy, K., Chapman, P., Nagelli, E., Bartolucci, S., Maurer, J., Burpo, F.J.* Controlled Synthesis of Cobalt and Iron Nanowire Aerogels Through a Magnetic Field Assisted Synthesis. Gordon Research Conference. Andover, NH, August 2023. (Poster)

Yuk, S., Cesarski, W., Komorowski, T., Baxter, B., Lareau, K., Mangione, F., Thomas, S., Behr, A., Chin, J., Calabro, R., Bartolucci, S., Maurer, J., Burpo, F.J., Yi, C., Nagelli, A. Mechanistic Insights into Hydride Formation on Graphene-Supported Metal Nanostructures. American Chemical Society National Meeting. Indianapolis, IN, March 2023. (Oral)

Cesarski, W., Baxter, B., Komorowski, T., Lareau, K., Mangione, F., Thomas, S., Behr, A., Chin, J., Calabro, R., Bartolucci, S., Maurer, J., Burpo, F.J., Yi, C., Nagelli, A., Yuk, S.* Understanding the hydride formation over graphene-supported metal clusters: A combined approach via experiment and theory. American Chemical Society National Meeting. Indianapolis, IN, March 2023. (Poster)

Duncan, K., Tang, E., Verma, V., Trackey, P., Lee, G., Burpo, F.J.* Tailored Electromagnetic Properties of Light Weight Nanocomposites. IEEE - National Radio Science Meeting, Boulder, CO, January 2023. (Oral, Paper)

Zammit, A., Trackey, P., Tang, E., Liba, J., Mandes, G., Calabro, R., Nagelli, E., Bartolucci, S., Maurer, J., Burpo, F.J.* Salt-Templated Nickel and Nickel Oxide Bacterial Cellulose Composite Electrodes for Pseudocapacitor Applications. Materials Research Society (MRS) Fall Meeting. Boston, MA, December 2022. (Poster)

Zhang, F., Trackey, P., Zammit, A., Mandes, G., Tang, E., Calabro, R., Nagelli, E., Bartolucci, S., Maurer, J., Burpo, F.J.* Composite Cellulose Nanofiber-Alginate Biotemplated Cobalt Aerogels for Energy Storage and Catalytic Electrodes. Materials Research Society (MRS) Fall Meeting. Boston, MA, December 2022. (Poster)

Burpo, F.J.*, et al. Salt-templated Aerogels. Materials Research Society (MRS) Fall Meeting. Boston, MA, December 2022. (Oral)

Bartolucci, S., Calabro, R., Burpo, F.J., Maurer, J.* Seed Mediated Growth of Oxidation Resistant Copper Nanoparticles with Optical Properties. Materials Research Society (MRS) Fall Meeting. Boston, MA, December 2022. (Poster)

Calabro, R., Burpo, F.J., Bartolucci, S., Maurer, J.* Gold-Copper Oxide Core-Shell Plasmonic Nanoparticles. Materials Research Society (MRS) Fall Meeting. Boston, MA, December 2022. (Poster)

Calabro, R., Hatton, M., Zammit, A., Zhang, F., Tang, E., Bone, Z., Raykhman, O., Lee, G., Lucian, V., Wilson, J., Nagelli, E., Chapman, P., Bartolucci, S., Maurer, J., Burpo, F.J.* Tuning of Magnetic Nanowire Aerogel Aspect Ratio and Orientation Through Magnetic Field Assisted Synthesis. Materials Research Society (MRS) Fall Meeting. Boston, MA, December 2022. (Oral)

Woronowicz, K.*, McDonald, K., McHale, R., Gong, A., Burpo, F.J., Nagelli, E. Lysine residues on the acceptor side of the Cereibacter sphaeroides reaction center facilitate selective orientation graphene oxide resulting in a cathodic current. International Congress on Photosynthesis Research. Dunedin, New Zealand, August 2022. (Poster)

Calabro, R., Burpo, F.J., Bartolucci, S., Maurer, J.* Understanding the Spectral Properties of Copper Nanoparticles Synthesized Via Seed Mediated Growth. Noble Metal Nanoparticle Gordon Research Conference. South Hadley, MA. June 2022.

Calabro, R., Hatton, M., Zammit, A., Zhang, F., Tang, E., Bone, Z., Raykhman, O., Lee,, G., Lucian, V., Wilson, R., Nagelli, E., Bartolucci, S., Maurer, J.*, Burpo, F.J.* Magnetic Field Assisted Iron and Cobalt Aerogel Synthesis. ACS Mid-Atlantic Regional Meeting, Ewing, NJ, June 2022. (Oral)

Woronowicz, K.*, McHale, R., Gong, A., Nagelli, E., McDonald, K., Burpo, F.J. Lysine residues distributed mostly on the acceptor side of the Cereibacter sphaeroides reaction centers allow for selective orientation and a cathodic current when crosslinked with carboxylic acid groups of graphene oxide electrode. ACS Mid-Atlantic Regional Meeting, Ewing, NJ, June 2022. (Oral)

Yi, C.*, Lee, E., Joshi, Y., Ibrahimi, V., Williams, M., Komorowski, T., Moellering, M., Weathers, B., Baldwin, S., George, M., Calabro, R., Nguyen, C., Burpo, F.J., Haney, P., Nagelli, E., Joo, Y. Galvanically Displaced Noble Metal Nanoparticles Onto Electrosprayed Graphene-CNT Electrodes for Lithium-Ion and Fuel Cell Applications. 241st Electrochemical Society Meeting, Vancouver, Canada, Meet. Abstr. MA2022-01, 763, May 2022. (Poster)

McHale, R., Healey, T., Mazur, Z., Nagelli, E., McDonald, K., Burpo, F.J., Woronowicz, K.* Lysine residues on the acceptor side Cereibacter sphaeroides allow for selective orientation and a cathodic current. Eastern Regional Photosynthesis Conference (ERPC), April 2022. (Oral)

Burpo, F.J.*, Nagelli, E., Zhang, F., Zammit, A., Tang, E., Trackey, P., Bone, Z., Hatton, M. Composite CNT-Biopolymer Capacitive Porous Fibers. American Institute for Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Annual Meeting. Boston, MA, November 2021. (Poster)

Yi, C., Nagelli, E., Tarpey, S., Lynch, D., Day, D., Davis, J., Burpo, F.J., Haney, P., Moore, H. Synthesis of Platinum and Graphene Oxide Nanoparticle Cathodes in Li-Ion and Li-S Systems Via Air-Controlled Electrospray for Energy Storage and Conversion Applications. American Institute for Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Annual Meeting. Boston, MA, November 2021. (Oral)

Nagelli, E.*, Yi, C., Chin, J., Burpo, F.J., Rogers, S., DiBiase, M., Li, J., Jiang, R., Chu, D.* Ni-Fe Layered Double Hydroxides and Ni-Sulfide Electrocatalyst Foams for Electrochemical Energy Storage and Conversion Devices. American Institute for Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Annual Meeting. Boston, MA, November 2021. (Oral)

Armstrong, M., Nagelli, E., Murphy, R., Thompson, B., Weigandt, K., Yuk., Burpo, F.J., Huggins, G., Vessel, T., Mackey, A., Brooks, K., McCleery, L. Characterizing Graphene Oxide Suspensions with Rheological Testing and Modeling, Neutron Scattering, and Electrochemical Performance. American Institute for Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Annual Meeting. Boston, MA, November 2021. (Oral)

Woronowicz, K., McHale, R., Gong, A., Cho, H., McDonald, K., Nagelli, E., Burpo, F.J. The effects of quinone concentration on potentiostatic measurements of Rhodobacter sphaeroides reaction centers immobilized onto graphene oxide electrodes. 47th Midwest-Southeast Photosynthesis Conference. Virtual, October 2021. (Poster)

Kearns, V., Beckman, C., Miller, T., Sheehan, P., Burpo, F.J., Lagasse, B., Nagelli, E., Bahaghighat, H. Combustion Products from Thermal Treatment of Polymers Containing Per- and Poly-fluoroalkyl Substances. American Chemical Society National Meeting (Virtual presentation), Philadelphia, PA, April 2021. (Poster)

Burpo, F.J.*, Nagelli, E.A., Zammit, A., Zhang, F., Lucian, V., Tang, E. Salt-templated transition metal and metal oxide aerogels. American Institute for Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Annual Meeting. San Francisco, CA, November 2020. (Poster)

Armstrong, M.*, Nagelli, E., Bahaghighat, D., Burpo, F.J., Butler, P, Murphy, R., Weigandt, K. Characterizing Graphene Oxide Suspensions with Rheological Testing and Modeling, Neutron Scattering, and Electrochemical Performance. American Institute for Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Annual Meeting. San Francisco, CA, November 2020. (Oral)

Olsavsky, N., Kearns, V., Beckman, C., Moore, H., Haney, P., Sheehan, P., Burpo, F.J., Bahaghighat, H.*, Nagelli, A.*. Combustion Products from Thermal Treatment of Polymers Containing Per- and Poly-fluoroalkyl Substances. American Institute for Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Annual Meeting. San Francisco, CA, November 2020. (Oral)

Dibiase, M., Rogers, S., Gascoigne, T., Jiang, R., Li, J., Burpo, F.J., Chu, D., Nagelli, E.A. Low-Cost 3D Ni-Based Electrocatalysts for HER and OER for Fuel Cells. American Institute for Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Annual Meeting. San Francisco, CA, November 2020. (Oral)

Milanesa, G., Duffy, B., Vu, A., Davis, J., Day, D., Sheehan, P., Haney, P., Moore, H., Burpo, F.J., Nagelli, E. Bottom-Up All Aqueous Assembly Approach for the Synthesis of Lightweight 3D Carbon Nanocomposite Aerogels for Electrochemical Energy Storage and Conversion Applications. American Institute for Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Annual Meeting. San Francisco, CA, November 2020. (Oral)

Woronowicz, K., McHale, R., Gong, A., Cho, H., Nagelli, E., Burpo, F.J. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy analysis of Rhodobacter sphaeroides reaction centers immobilized onto graphene oxide electrodes. 46th Midwest Southeast Photosynthesis Meeting, October 2020 (Virtual)

Burpo, F.J.*, Nagelli, A., Losch, A., Zhang, F., Lucian, V., Zammit, A., Aikin, B., Donkeng, E. Salt-templated metal and metal oxide porous materials. 5th International Seminar on Aerogels, Hamburg, Germany (virtual), September 2020. (Oral)

Nguyen, C. and Burpo, F.J. Teaching-Though-Research: Leveraging undergraduate research to advance education in the chemical sciences and post-graduate outcomes. American Chemical Society 26th Biennial Conference on Chemical Education, Corvallis, OR, July 2020. (Accepted; not presented due to COVID-19)

Jaskot, M., Musiol, J., Burpo, F.J., Bahaghighat, H., Sheehan, P., Haney, P., Moore, H., Nagelli, E. 3D layer-by-layer electrostatic assembly of graphene-noble metal thin films: Applications for electrocatalysis in PEM fuel cells. American Chemical Society National Meeting (Virtual presentation), Philadelphia, PA, March 2020. (Poster)

Gong, A., Vu, A., Nagelli, E., Burpo, F.J., Woronowicz, K. Capacitance of graphene oxide electrodes coated with photosynthetic reaction centers from a purple bacterium Rhodobacter sphaeroides. Eastern Regional Photosynthesis Conference (ERPC), Virtual, April 2020. (Oral)

Cook, S., Richardson, L., Woronowicz, K., Burpo, F.J., Duncan, K. Synthesis and Characterization of Fe and Ag Core/Shell Nanoparticles. IEEE SoutheastCon. Raleigh, NC, March 2020. (Paper, Oral)

Gonzalez, G., Ward, J., Song, J., Swana, K., Fossey, S., Palmer, J., Zhang, F., Lucian, V., Cera, L., Zimmerman, J., Burpo, F.J., Parker, K. Para-Aramid Nanofiber Sheets: Overcoming the Trade-Off Between Mechanical and Thermal Protection. Materials Research Society (MRS) Fall Meeting. Boston, MA, December 2019. (Poster, Oral)

Bartolucci, S., Burpo, F.J., Maurer, J. Self-Assembled Monolayers on Gold Nanoparticles for Orientation Control in Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy. Materials Research Society (MRS) Fall Meeting. Boston, MA, December 2019. (Poster)

Burpo, F.J.*, Nagelli, E., Losch, A., Bui, J., Zhang, F., Lucian, V., Aikin, B., Dongkeng, E. Salt-Templated Metal and Metal Oxide Porous Materials. American Institute for Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Annual Meeting. Orlando, FL, November 2019. (Oral)

Sims, R., Wang, J., Brinson, K., Alvermann, T., Mitropoulos, A., Woronowicz, K., Sheehan, P., Haney, P., Moore, H., Burpo, F.J., Nagelli, E. Graphene-Silk Fibroin and Noble Metal Nanocomposites for Biosensing Applications. American Institute for Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Annual Meeting. Orlando, FL, November 2019. (Oral)

Jaskot, M., Musiol, J., Woronowicz, K., Sheehan, P., Haney, P., Moore, H., Burpo, F.J., Nagelli, E. 3D Layer-By-Layer Electrostatic Assembly of Graphene-Noble Metal Thin Films for Energy Storage and Conversion Applications. American Institute for Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Annual Meeting. Orlando, FL, November 2019. (Oral)

Gong, A., Nagelli, E., Burpo, F.J., Woronowicz, K. High quantum yield conversion of infrared photons into charge separation utilizing photosynthetic protein complex on graphene oxide electrode. Gordon Research Conference. Newry, ME, July 2019. (Poster, Oral)

Burpo, F.J.*, Nagelli, E., Losch, A., Bui, J., Zhang, F., Lucian, V., Aiken, B., Donkeng, E. Salt-templated porous metal materials. American Chemical Society Northeast Regional Meeting, Saratoga Springs, NY, June 2019. (Oral)

Gong, A., Nagelli, E., Burpo, F.J., Woronowicz, K. High Quantum Yield Conversion of Infrared Photons into Charge Separation Utilizing Photosynthetic Protein Complex on Graphene Oxide Electrode. Eastern Regional Photosynthesis Conference (ERPC), Woods Hole, MA, May 2019. (Poster)

Poulin, R., Burpo, F.J., Woronowicz, K., Nagelli, E. Chemical Crosslinking Graphene Oxide with Deoxyribonucleic Acid and Protein Reaction Centers to Create Aerogels for Use in Biosensors. Eastern Regional Photosynthesis Conference (ERPC), Woods Hole, MA, May 2019. (Poster)

Burpo, F.J.*, Lowell, S., Wang, J., Remondelli, M., Nagelli, E. DNA Biotemplated 3-Dimensional Copper Nanowire Composite Films. American Chemical Society National Meeting. Orlando, FL, March 2019. (Oral)

Burpo, F.J.*, Ryu, M., Nagelli, E., Onuomadonkeng, E. Gelatin-Cellulose Nanofiber Biotemplated Platinum Nanowire Porous Fibers. American Chemical Society National Meeting. Orlando, FL, March 2019. (Poster) Selected for ACS Sci-Mix poster session, Polymeric Materials Science and Engineering Division.

Milanesa, G., Mitropoulos, A., Woronowicz, K., Burpo, F.J., Nagelli, E. Self-Assembly of Graphene/Noble Metal Nanotube Composite Electrodes for Fuel Cells and Supercapacitors. American Institute for Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Annual Meeting. Pittsburg, PA, November 2018. (Poster

Vu, A., Woronowicz, K., Mitropoulos, A., Burpo, F.J., Nagelli, A. Self-Assembly of 3D Graphene/Carbon Nanotube Electrodes Via Poly(acrylic) Acid/Nickel Complexing for Biosensor Applications. American Institute for Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Annual Meeting. Pittsburg, PA, November 2018. (Poster

Marbach, D., Burpo, F.J., Nagelli, E. 3D Carbon Nanomaterial/Platinum Microtube Composites for Oxygen Reduction Reaction Electrocatalysis in Fuel Cells. American Institute for Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Annual Meeting. Pittsburg, PA, November 2018. (Poster

Nagelli, E., Vu, A., Woronowicz, K., Burpo, F.J., Mitropoulos, A. Self-Assembly of 3D Graphene/Carbon Nanotube Electrodes Via Electrostatic Polyanion Coordination for Biosensor Applications. American Institute for Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Annual Meeting. Pittsburg, PA, November 2018. (Oral)

Nagelli, E., Milanesa, G., Burpo, F.J., Woronowicz, K., Mitropoulos, A. Template-Free Self-Assembly of 3D Graphene/Noble Metal Nanotube Composite Electrocatalysts for Oxygen Reduction Reaction in Fuel Cells. American Institute for Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Annual Meeting. Pittsburg, PA, November 2018. (Oral)

Mitropoulos, A., Milanesa, G., Wang, J.,Burpo, F.J., Woronowicz, K., Nagelli, E. Self Assembly of Silk Fibroin/Metal Composite Nanomaterials. American Institute for Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Annual Meeting. Pittsburg, PA, November 2018. (Oral

Mitropoulos, A., Nagelli, E., Wang, J., Woronowicz, K., Wickiser, J., Burpo, F.J.* Electroless deposition of noble metal nanoparticles onto silk fibroin films for biochemical detection. World Congress on Biosensors. Miami, FL, June 2018. (Oral)

Burpo, F.J.*, Nagelli, E., Bartolucci, S., McClure, J., Mitropoulos, A., Losch, A. Salt-Templated Copper-Platinum Alloy Macrotube Synthesis. ACS Northeast Nanomaterials Meeting (NENM 2018). Lake Placid, NY, June 2018. (Poster)

Mitropoulos, A., Wang, J., Sims, R., Woronowicz, K., Wickiser, J., Burpo, F.J., Nagelli, N. Conductive nanostructured silk fibroin materials. ACS Northeast Nanomaterials Meeting (NENM 2018). Lake Placid, NY, June 2018. (Poster)

Nagelli, E., Milanesa, G., Wang, J., Vu, A., Petrella, B., Woronowicz, K., Mitropoulos, A., Burpo, F.J.*. 3D Graphene/Platinum Nanotube Hybrid Composite Electrodes via Electrostatic Self-Assembly for Supercapacitor Applications. ACS Northeast Nanomaterials Meeting (NENM 2018). Lake Placid, NY, June 2018. (Poster)

Gong, A., Milanesa, G., Stephen, J., Nagelli, E., Burpo, F.J., Woronowicz, K. Cyclic Voltammetry of Rhodobacter Sphaeroides Reaction Centers on Carbon-Based Composite Electrodes and Implications for Photocurrent Generation. ACS Northeast Nanomaterials Meeting (NENM 2018). Lake Placid, NY, June 2018. (Poster)

Gong, A., Milanesa, G., Stephen, J., Nagelli, E., Burpo, F.J., Woronowicz, K. Rhodobacter sphaeroides reaction centers on carbon-based composite electrodes. Eastern Regional Photosynthesis Conference (ERPC). Woods Hole, MA, April 2018. (Poster)

Burpo, F.J.*, Nagelli, E., Ryu, M., Palmer, J. Gelatin Biotemplated Platinum Aerogels. Materials Research Society (MRS) Spring Meeting. Phoenix, MA, April 2018. (Oral).

Burpo, F.J.*, Nagelli, E., Bartolucci, S., Losch, A. Salt-Templated Platinum-Palladium Alloy Porous Macrotube Synthesis. Materials Research Society (MRS) Spring Meeting. Phoenix, MA, April 2018. (Poster).

Burpo, F.J*, Nagelli, E., Winter, S., McClure, J., Bartolucci, S., Burns, A., O’Brien, S. Salt-Templated Hierarchically Porous Platinum Macrotube Synthesis for Catalysis. Materials Research Society (MRS) Fall Meeting. Boston, MA, November 2017. (Poster)

Nagelli, E., Burpo, F.J., Winter, S., Woronowicz, K., Wang, J., Vu, A., Mortimer, D. 3D Carbon Nanomaterial/Metal Nanowire Hybrid Composite Electrodes via Electrostatic Self-Assembly for Energy Storage and Conversion. American Institute for Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Annual Meeting. Minneapolis, MN, November 2017. (Oral)

Rabbia, D., Mahr, H., Turner, M., Burpo, F.J.*, Nagelli, E.* 3D Platinum Nanotube and Carbon Composite Electrodes for Electrocatalysis for Fuel Cells. American Institute for Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Annual Meeting. Minneapolis, MN, November 2017. (Poster) 

Mortimer, D., Vu, A., Winter, S., Burpo, F.J.*, Nagelli, E.* Polyelectrolyte Functionalized Carbon Nanotubes and Platinum Nanowire Hybrid Composite Electrodes via Electrostatic Self-Assembly for Energy Storage and Conversion Applications. American Institute for Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Ann. Mtg. Minneapolis, MN, November 2017 (Poster)

Wang, J., Winter, S., Woronowicz, K., Burpo, F.J.*, Nagelli, E.* 3D Graphene/Platinum Nanowire Hybrid Composite Electrodes via Electrostatic Self-Assembly for Supercapacitor Applications. American Institute for Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Annual Meeting. Minneapolis, MN, November 2017. (Poster)

Burpo, F.J.*, Nagelli, E., Palmer, J., Ryu, M. Direct Solution-Based Reduction Synthesis of Au, Pd, and Pt Aerogels. Materials Research Society (MRS) Spring Meeting. Phoenix, AZ April 2017. (Oral)

Burpo, F.J.*, Burton, J., Hann, R. Scientists in the Foxhole - Linking the CBRNE Enterprise. Chemical Biological Defense Program Science and Technology Conference. St. Louis, MO, May 2015, (Poster)

Burton, J., and Burpo, F.J.*. Organizing and Training for Combat CBRNE Operations. Non-Conventional Threat Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and explosives (CBRNe) USA Conference. Washington, DC, April 2015, pp. 1-14. (Paper, Oral) 

Ransil, A., Burpo, F.J., Belcher, A. Virus-Enabled Metal Nanofoams to Facilitate Rapid Electron Transport in Energy Storage Devices. Materials Research Society (MRS) Spring Meeting. Phoenix, AZ, April 2015. (Poster)

Ransil, A., Burpo, F.J., Belcher, A. Virus-Enabled 3D Electrodes with Rapid Electronic Charge Transport. 17th International Meeting on Lithium Batteries. Como, Italy, June 2014. (Poster)

*Corresponding author, Co-First Author,Undergraduate Student