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Anthony S. Stender

Anthony Stender in his office

Assistant Professor

Chemistry & Biochemistry
Clippinger 175

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Ph.D., Iowa State University.

Dissertation: Rod-like Plasmonic Nanoparticles as Optical Building Blocks: How Differences in Particle Shape and Structural Geometry Influence Optical Signal


  • Analytical, Physical and Forensic Chemistry
  • Microscopy-based Imaging and Spectroscopy
  • Plasmonics
  • Materials Science

I oversee the Avstin Microscopy Lab. Pronounced “Austin.” Avstin stands for “Analyze, Verify, Spectroscopy + Imaging, down to the Nano.” Research in my lab utilizes a variety of tools and techniques from single particle research and applies them to problems of interest to materials science, forensic science, environmental science, and catalysis. Individual projects incorporate such topics as: aging of materials, ion detection, single particle characterization, imaging analysis, and instrument development.

Students and potential collaborators interested in knowing more about my work are encouraged to contact me by email with a brief explanation of your interests.

Selected Publications

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.

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