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LTC Justin Toole

Assistant Professor


Lieutenant Colonel Justin Toole commissioned as a Distinguished Military Graduate through Army ROTC at the University of North Georgia (Dahlonega, GA).  As a junior Engineer officer, he served as a Platoon Leader, Company XO, and Company Commander in mechanized, route clearance, and training units at Fort Leonard Wood, MO. During that time, he deployed to Baghdad, Iraq as a Route Clearance Platoon Leader.  As a field grade officer, he served as Deputy Division Engineer and Battalion S3/XO within the 3rd BCT, 101st Airborne Division (Fort Campbell, KY).  He deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan as a Combined Task Force XO.  Later, Lieutenant Colonel Toole served in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) as a Deputy District Commander (Nashville, TN).

Ongoing Research Projects

Lieutenant Colonel Toole conducted graduate research in constructing instruments and measuring optical properties of aerosols and 2-dimensional (“atomically-flat”) semiconductors.  He particularly enjoys spectroscopy, microscopy, photo-electrochemistry, and mass spectrometry.

Publications & Presentations

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Toole, Justin R.; Sambur, J. “Anodic Dissolution Rates Accelerate with Decreasing MoS2 Nanoflake Thickness” 2023, J. Electrochem. Soc. 170

Almaraz, R.; Sayer, T.; Toole, Justin R. (as an equal contributor); Austin, R.; Farah, Y.; Trainor, N.; M. Redwing, J.; Krummel, A.; Montoya-Castillo, A.; Sambur, J. Quantifying Interfacial Energetics of 2D Semiconductor Electrodes Using in Situ Spectroelectrochemistry and Many-Body Theory. Energy & Environmental Science 2023, 16 (10), 4522–4529.

Toole, Justin R., Lindsay Renbaum-Wolff, and Geoffrey D. Smith. "A Calibration Technique for Improving Refractive Index Retrieval from Aerosol Cavity Ring-Down Spectroscopy." Aerosol Science and Technology 47.9 (2013): 955-965. 

Abstracts & Peer-Reviewed Conference Proceedings

Toole, Justin R.; Almaraz, R.; Sayer, T.; Sambur, J.B. “Optically measuring monolayer MoS2 energy levels in an electrochemical cell”. Advances in Analyses for New Energy Development; Pittcon 2023 (Philadelphia, PA), March 2023.

Toole, Justin R.; Sambur, J.B. “Tuning MoS2 Band Energy Levels in an Electrochemical Cell”. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Forward (Fort Collins, CO), August 2022.

Toole, J., Little, D., Blaine, K., and Chapman, P.: “Implementing and Assessing an Interdisciplinary Program for Three or More General Education Courses.” Presented at the Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities (SENCER) Summer Institute, Santa Clara, CA, 2013.

Toole, Justin R., Lindsay Renbaum-Wolff, and Geoffrey D. Smith. “Reducing Uncertainties in Using Cavity Ring-Down Spectroscopy to Measure Aerosol Optical Properties,” in Mario Molina Tribute Session of 22nd International Symposium on Gas Kinetics, (Boulder, Colorado), June 2012.