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, Middle States Commission on Higher Education accreditation 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

F. John Burpo*, Anchor R. Losch, Enoch A. Nagelli, et al. “Salt-Templated Synthesis Method for Porous Platinum-based Macrobeams and Macrotubes.”  J. Vis Exp(159), e61395, doi: 10.371/61395 (2020). (Invited Paper)

Stephen Hummel and F. John Burpo. “Small Groups, Big Weapons: The Nexus of Emerging Technologies and Weapons of Mass Destruction Terrorism.”  Combating Terrorism Center Report.  April 2020, 1-28.

Vanessa R. Melanson, Madeline Ryu, Megan Gagnon, Grant Hall, Kristina Mackey, Jessica Min, Michael Turner, F. John Burpo, and Jason Barnhill. “Combating Dengue: A US Military Perspective.” Virology and Retrovirology, 2019, 2(2), 123.

F. John Burpo*, Enoch A. Nagelli, Joshua P. McClure, Stephen F. Bartolucci, Jack Bui, Anchor R. Losch. “Salt-templated Cu-Pt Alloy Macrotubes.” Catalysts, 2019, 9(8), 662. Featured in Special Issue - Recent Advances in Pt-Based Catalysts: Theoretical and Experimental Results.

Veasna Soum, Sooyoung Park, Albertus Ivan Brilian, Yunpyo Kim, Madeline Y. Ryu, Taler Brazell, F. John Burpo, Kevin Kit Parker, Oh-Sun Kwon and Kwanwoo Shin. “Inkjet-Printed Carbon Nanotubes for Fabricating a Spoof Fingerprint on Paper.” ACS Omega, 2019, 4, 8626−8631.

F. John Burpo*, Jesse L. Palmer, Alexander N. Mitropoulos, Enoch A. Nagelli, Lauren A. Morris, Joshua P. McClure, Madeline Y. Ryu, J. Kenneth Wickiser. “Synthesis Method for Cellulose Nanofiber Templated Metal Aerogels.” J. Vis Exp. (147), e59176, doi:10.3791/59176 (2019). (Invited Paper)

Stephen Hummel, Douglas McNair, F. John Burpo, and James Bonner. “Profit-Minded Suppliers: The WMD Pathways and Combating Convergence.” CTC Sentinel. 12(4), April 2019, 16-21.

Alexander N. Mitropoulos*, F. John Burpo*, Chi K. Nguyen, Enoch A. Nagelli, Madeline Y. Ryu, Jenny Wang, R. Kenneth Sims, Kamil Woronowicz, J. Kenneth Wickiser. “Noble metal composite porous silk fibroin aerogel fibers.” Materials, 2019, 12(6) 894.

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

Jacqueline Ohmura, F. John Burpo, Chamille Lescott, Alan Ransil, Youngmin Yoon, William Records, Angela Belcher. "Highly adjustable 3D nano-architectures and chemistries via assembled 1D biological templates." Nanoscale, 2019, 11, 1091-1102.

F. John Burpo*, Enoch A. Nagelli, Stephen F. Bartolucci, Alexander N. Mitropoulos, Joshua P. McClure, David R. Baker, Anchor R. Losch, Deryn Chu. “Salt-Templated Platinum-Palladium Porous Macrobeam Synthesis.” MRS Communications, 2019, 9(1), 280-287.

F. John Burpo*, Richard L. Comitz, Stephen G. Hummel. “USMA Chemistry and Life Science – Reaction Center for Army Chemical Intellectual Capital.” Army Chemical Review. Summer 2018, 25-29.

F. John Burpo*, Enoch A. Nagelli, Lauren A. Morris, Kamil Woronowicz, Alexander N. Mitropoulos. “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.

Fred J. Burpo*, Enoch A. Nagelli, Lauren A. Morris, Joshua P. McClure, Madeline Y. Ryu, and Jesse L. Palmer.   “Synthesis Method for Au, Pd, and Pt Aerogels via Direct Solution-Based Reduction.” J. Vis Exp. (136), e57875, doi:10.3791/57875 (2018).  

F. John Burpo*, Alexander N. Mitropoulos, Enoch A. Nagelli, Madeline Y. Ryu, Jesse L. Palmer. “Gelatin Biotemplated Pt Aerogels.” MRS Advances, 2018, 3(47-48), 2875-2880.

F. John Burpo* and Stephen Hummel. “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.

F. John Burpo*, Alexander N. Mitropoulos, Enoch A. Nagelli, Lauren A. Morris, Joshua P. McClure, Jesse L. Palmer, Madeline Y. Ryu. “Cellulose Nanofiber Biotemplated Palladium Aerogels.” Molecules. 2018, 23, 1405-1418. Featured in Special Issue - Chemistry of Aerogels and Their Applications.

F. John Burpo*, Enoch A. Nagelli, Stephen J. Winter, Joshua P. McClure, Stephen F. Bartolucci, Alvin R. Burns, Sean F. O’Brien. “Salt-Templated Hierarchically Porous Platinum Macrotube Synthesis.” ChemistrySelect. 2018, 3, 4542-4546.

F. John Burpo*, Enoch A. Nagelli, Lauren A. Morris, Joshua P. McClure, Madeline Y. Ryu, Jesse L. Palmer. “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.

James B. Burton, F. John Burpo*, and Kevin Garcia. “20th CBRNE Command – Organizing, Training, and Resourcing for CBRNE Operations.” Military Review. Jul-Aug 2016, 96 (1), 62-71.

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

James B. Burton, F. John Burpo*, and Pat Smoak.  “CBRNE Task Forces.” The Army Chemical Review. Summer 2015, 9-13.

Yen Chen, Xiangnan Dang, Matthew T. Klug, Jifa Qi, Noemie-Manuelle Dorval Courchesne, Fred J. Burpo, Nicholas Fang, Angela M. Belcher, Paula T. Hammond. “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.

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

*Corresponding author

Technical Reports

Alexander N. Mitropoulos*, F. John Burpo*, Enoch A. Nagelli, Kamil Woronowicz, J. Kenneth Wickiser. “The ARL Davies Fellowship – A Model for Undergraduate Research.” Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC), AD1085052, November 24, 2019, 1-23.

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

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

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

F. John Burpo*. “A Critical Review of PCR Primer Design Algorithms and Cross-Hybridization Case Study.” Computational Molecular Biology 218,  Stanford University. August 2001, 1-11.

 

 

Abstracts and Peer-Reviewed Conference Proceedings

Sarah Cook, Lance Richardson, Kamil Woronowicz, F. John Burpo, Kate J. Duncan. “Synthesis and Characterization of Fe and Ag Core/Shell Nanoparticles.” IEEE SoutheastCon. Raleigh, NC, March 2020. (Paper, Oral)

Grant M. Gonzalez, Janet Ward, John Song, Kathleen Swana, Steve Fossey, Jesse L. Palmer, Felita Zhang, Veronica Lucian, Luca Cera, John F. Zimmerman, F. John Burpo, Kevin Kit Parker. “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)

Stephen F. Bartolucci, F. John Burpo, Joshua A. Maurer. “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)

F. John Burpo*, Enoch Nagelli, Anchor R. Losch, Jack Bui, Felita Zhang, Veronica Lucian, Brittany Aikin and Epiphanie Dongkeng. “Salt-Templated Metal and Metal Oxide Porous Materials.” American Institute for Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Annual Meeting. Orlando, FL, November 2019. (Oral)

R. Kenneth Sims, Jenny Wang, Kenneth Brinson, Thomas Alvermann, Alexander Mitropoulos, Kamil Woronowicz, Pamela L. Sheehan, Preston Haney, Harry L. Moore, F. John Burpo and Enoch A. Nagelli. “Graphene-Silk Fibroin and Noble Metal Nanocomposites for Biosensing Applications.” American Institute for Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Annual Meeting. Orlando, FL, November 2019. (Oral)

Mark H. Jaskot, Joshua M. Musiol, Kamil Woronowicz, Pamela L. Sheehan, Preston Haney, Harry L. Moore, F. John Burpo and Enoch A. Nagelli. “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)

Alan Gong, Enoch A. Nagelli, F. John Burpo, Kamil Woronowicz. “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)

F. John Burpo*, Enoch A. Nagelli, Anchor R. Losch, Jack Bui, Felita Zhang, Veronica Lucian, Brittany Aiken, Epiphanie Donkeng. “Salt-templated porous metal materials.” American Chemical Society Northeast Regional Meeting, Saratoga Springs, NY, June 2019. (Oral)

Gong, Allen, Enoch Nagelli, F. John Burpo, and Kamil Woronowicz. “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, Ross, F. John Burpo, Kamil Woronowicz, and Enoch Nagelli. “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)

F. John Burpo*, Samuel L. Lowell, Jenny Wang, Mason Remondelli, Enoch Nagelli. “DNA Biotemplated 3-Dimensional Copper Nanowire Composite Films.” American Chemical Society National Meeting. Orlando, FL, March 2019. (Oral)

F. John Burpo*, Madeline Y. Ryu, Enoch A. Nagelli, Epiphanie Onuomadonkeng. “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.

Gabrielle Milanesa, Alexander Mitropoulos, Kamil Woronowicz, F. John Burpo, Enoch Nagelli. “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)

An Vu, Kamil Woronowicz, Alexander Mitropoulos, F. John Burpo and Enoch Nagelli. “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)

Delaney Marbach, F. John Burpo, Enoch Nagelli. “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)

Enoch Nagelli, An Vu, Kamil Woronowicz, F. John Burpo, Alexander Mitropoulos. “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)

Enoch Nagelli, Gabrielle Milanesa, F. John Burpo, Kamil Woronowicz, Alexander Mitropoulos. “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)

Alexander Mitropoulos, Gabriella Milanesa, Jenny Wang, F. John Burpo, Kamil Woronowicz, Enoch Nagelli. “Self Assembly of Silk Fibroin/Metal Composite Nanomaterials.” American Institute for Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Annual Meeting. Pittsburg, PA, November 2018. (Oral)

Alexander N. Mitropoulos, Enoch A. Nagelli, Jenny L. Wang, Kamil Woronowicz, J. Kenneth Wickiser, F. John Burpo*. “Electroless deposition of noble metal nanoparticles onto silk fibroin films for biochemical detection.” World Congress on Biosensors. Miami, FL, June 2018. (Oral)

F. John Burpo*, Enoch A. Nagelli, Stephen F. Bartolucci, Joshua P. McClure, Alexander Mitropoulos, Anchor Losch. “Salt-Templated Copper-Platinum Alloy Macrotube Synthesis.” ACS Northeast Nanomaterials Meeting (NENM 2018). Lake Placid, NY, June 2018. (Poster)

Alexander N. Mitropoulos, Jenny L. Wang, R. Kenneth Sims, Kamil Woronowicz, J. Kenneth Wickiser, F. John Burpo, Enoch A. Nagelli. “Conductive nanostructured silk fibroin materials.” ACS Northeast Nanomaterials Meeting (NENM 2018). Lake Placid, NY, June 2018. (Poster)

Enoch Nagelli, Gabrielle Milanesa, Jenny Wang, An Vu, Benjamin Petrella, Kamil Woronowicz, Alexander N. Mitropoulos, F. John Burpo*. “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)

Allen Gong, Gabrielle Milanesa, John Stephen, Enoch Nagelli, F. John Burpo and Kamil Woronowicz. “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)

Allen Gong, Gabriela Milanesa, John Stephen, Enoch Nagelli, F. John Burpo, Kamil Woronowicz. “Rhodobacter sphaeroides reaction centers on carbon-based composite electrodes.” Eastern Regional Photosynthesis Conference (ERPC). Woods Hole, MA, April 2018. (Poster)

F. John Burpo*, Enoch A. Nagelli, Madeline Y. Ryu, Jesse L. Palmer. “Gelatin Biotemplated Platinum Aerogels.” Materials Research Society (MRS) Spring Meeting. Phoenix, MA, April 2018. (Oral).

F. John Burpo*, Enoch A. Nagelli, Stephen F. Bartolucci, Anchor Losch. “Salt-Templated Platinum-Palladium Alloy Porous Macrotube Synthesis.” Materials Research Society (MRS) Spring Meeting. Phoenix, MA, April 2018. (Poster).

F. John Burpo*, Enoch A. Nagelli, Stephen J. Winter, Joshua P. McClure, Stephen F. Bartolucci, Alvin R. Burns, Sean F. O’Brien.  “Salt-Templated Hierarchically Porous Platinum Macrotube Synthesis for Catalysis.” Materials Research Society (MRS) Fall Meeting. Boston, MA, November 2017. (Poster)

Enoch A. Nagelli, F. John Burpo, Stephen J. Winter, Kamil Woronowicz, Jenny Wang, An Vu, Dade Mortimer. “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)

Dan Rabbia, Hugh Mahr, Madison Turner, F. John Burpo* and Enoch A. Nagelli.* “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)

Dade Mortimer, An Vu, Stephen Winter, F. John Burpo*, Dr. Enoch Nagelli*. “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) Annual Meeting. Minneapolis, MN, November 2017 (Poster)

Jenny Wang, Stephen Winter, Kamil Woronowicz, F. John Burpo*, Enoch A. Nagelli.* “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)

F. John Burpo*, Enoch Nagelli, Jesse Palmer, Madeline Ryu. “Direct Solution-Based Reduction Synthesis of Au, Pd, and Pt Aerogels.” Materials Research Society (MRS) Spring Meeting. Phoenix, AZ April 2017. (Oral)

F. John Burpo*, James B. Burton, Ronald K. Hann. “Scientists in the Foxhole - Linking the CBRNE Enterprise.” Chemical Biological Defense Program Science and Technology Conference. St. Louis, MO, May 2015, (Poster)

James B. Burton and F. John Burpo*. “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)

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

Alan Ransil, F. John Burpo, Angela M. Belcher. “Virus-Enabled 3D Electrodes with Rapid Electronic Charge Transport.” 17th International Meeting on Lithium Batteries. Como, Italy, June, 2014. (Poster)

*Corresponding author