Graduate Students

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Sarah Belh

Email: sarahjbelh(at)gmail.com

Sarah grew up in Franklinville, NJ. In May of 2014, Sarah got her bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University at Camden with a major in chemistry and minors in mathematics and religion. While there she worked, under the supervision of Prof. George Kumi Ph.D. in the chemistry department, to develop procedure to solve problems with the use and reuse of microfluidics devices for the study of environmental conditions’ effect on calcium oxalate morphology. During the summer of 2013, while working with Dr. Kumi, she participated in the NASA funded New Jersey Space Grant Consortium, a fellowship for undergraduate researchers in New Jersey.

In September 2014, she entered the Ph.D. program in chemistry in the analytical sub-discipline at the City University of New York (CUNY). Since January 2015, she is working at CUNY, campus The City College of New York under the supervision of Prof. Dӧrthe Eisele, Dr. rer.nat. Sarah is excited about self-assembling processes. For her dissertation she is interested in understanding the complex self-assembling process of supramolecular aggregates. Sarah is our Group Seminar Chair and wet-lab Safety Officer.

Selected Publications and Presentations:

Belh, S., Manandhar A., Huffman G., Ng K., Chowdhury A., Yehya N., Patel M., Des Georges A., Loverde S., and Eisele D.M., Counterion interactions in supramolecular self-assembly. Poster session presented at: 252nd American Chemical Society National Meeting & Exposition, August 21-25, 2016, Philadelphia, PA.

Belh, S., Manandhar A., Huffman G., Ng K., Chowdhury A., Yehya N., Patel M., Des Georges A., Loverde S., and Eisele D.M., The Counterion’s Role in Supramolecular Self-Assembly. Poster session presented at: 44th ACS Middle Atlantic Regional Meeting (MARM), June 9–12, 2016, College of Mount Saint Vincent, Riverdale, NY.

Belh, S., Manandhar A., Huffman G., Ng K., Chowdhury A., Yehya N., Patel M., Des Georges A., Loverde S., and Eisele D.M., The Counterion’s Role in Supramolecular Self-assembly. Oral Presentation given at: 251st American Chemical Society National Meeting & Exposition, August 21-25, 2016, Philadelphia, PA.

Kara Ng

Email: kng.kara(at)gmail.com

Kara grew up in Brooklyn, NY. In February of 2015, she received her bachelor’s degree from The City College of New York with a major in environmental chemistry. While there, she worked under the supervision of Prof. Urs Jans Ph.D. in the chemistry department. Her undergraduate research was on investigating the anaerobic degradation of flame retardants. In the summer of 2014, Kara received a fellowship from The Division of Science to work with the U.S. Geological Survey at The New Jersey Water Science Center. During her fellowship, Kara researched the occurrence and distribution of mercury along New Jersey coastal sediments.

Kara’s interest in interdisciplinary fields of chemistry and environmental science led her to pursue graduate research. In September 2015, Kara entered the Ph.D. program in chemistry at the City University of New York (CUNY) under the supervision of Prof. Dӧrthe Eisele, Dr. rer.nat. Kara investigates the fundamental science of energy transfer in novel nanomaterials with the goal of guiding rational design of innovative next-generation solar cells. Her dissertation is focused on understanding the subtle characteristics of energy transfer mechanisms in novel nanomaterials such as supramolecular aggregates and hybrid systems of supramolecular aggregates and inorganic materials.

Selected Publications and Presentations:

Meuhlethaler, C., Ng, K., Gueissaz, L., Leona, M., Lombardi, J.R., Raman and SERS characterization of solvent dyes: An example of shoe polish analysis. Dyes and Pigments 137: 539-552 (2017).

Ng, K., Belh, S., Chowdury, A., Yehya, N., Patel, M., Huffman, G., Eisele, D.M. Near-field scanning optical microscopy investigations of individual supramolecular light-harvesting nanotubes. Poster session presented at: 252nd American Chemical Society National Meeting & Exposition, August 21-25, 2016, Philadelphia, PA.

Ng, K., Szabo, Z., Reilly, P.A., Barringer, J.L., and Smalling, K.L., An assessment of mercury in estuarine sediment and tissue in Southern New Jersey using public domain data. Marine Pollution Bulletin 107: 22-35 (2016).