Eisele Group News

Oct 23, 2018: Martin Cohen, chair of The City College 21st Century Foundation, visits our lab!

We had the pleasure to host Mr. Cohen this week at the City College Center for Discovery and Innovation!

Mr. Cohen, an alumnus of City College, and his wife, Michele Cohen, gave CCNY a $10 Million dollar donation toward the Division of Science in 2012 – “The gift, the largest ever for the Division, will establish the Martin and Michele Cohen Dean of Science at CCNY, the first endowed deanship in the College’s 165-year history. It also funds endowed professorships and provides funds for faculty and student support.” Through his generous donation, the Cohen Fund for Science was established, the Eisele Group is thankful for Mr. and Mrs. Cohen’s funding toward pushing scientific developments!

We had the pleasure to once again welcome Mr. Cohen since his last visit to our lab in 2015, when the City College Center for Discovery and Innovation had just opened. Now a few years later, Mr. Cohen had the opportunity to see firsthand where his funding went. Pictured below on the left is one of our amazing Post-Doctoral Researchers, Dr. Nikunj Visaveliya (Left)  and Mr. Cohen (Right) in our Chemistry Laboratory. Pictured on the right, two of our excellent researchers, (From Left to Right), Dominik Doktor, Technical Assistant to our Post-Doctoral Researcher, Dr. Christopher Leishman, and Mr. Cohen, in our Nano-imaging and Spectroscopy Laboratory.

Thank You for your kind generosity, Mr. and Mrs. Cohen, you are truly making an impact on City College and science!




September 30,2018: Pump-Probe Spectroscopy Ready for Alignment and Testing!

Dr. Leishman and his resourceful assistant Dominik have completed assembly of the pump-probe spectroscopy system components! Full alignment, as well as testing and debugging of the control and data acquisition software, can now be done.

Thanks to Mike Maikowski of Coherent Inc., Will Carbery of the Turner Group – NYU, and Dr. Nathan Stevens for their indispensable help along the way!


September 14, 2018: Eisele group’s research students celebrate successful completion of outreach video!

The Eisele group’s research students (from left to right), Bernabe, Altynay, and Giancarlo, celebrate the successful completion of outreach video! This video aims to promote and highlight the New Science Research Complex, which consists of CUNY’s Advanced Science Research Center and CCNY’s Center for Discovery and Innovation!

Congratulations to our ambitious Video Production Team!



September 6, 2018: Undergraduate Researcher, Emmanual Amoateng, is inaugurated to the CUNY School of Medicine!

Emmanuel is part of the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education where he is currently pursuing his BS/MD. Emmanuel was recently presented with his white coat, at the “White Coat Ceremony for the Class of 2023”! At the white coat ceremony, Physician Assistants and BS/MD students are inaugurated into the CUNY School of Medicine! He wants to pursue Cardiothoracic Surgery during his residency.

Within the Eisele group, Emmanuel works on the encapsulation of self-assembling light-harvesting nanotubes, he has also studied energy transfer such as FRET. He plans to continue his work within the group through his medical career at the CUNY School of Medicine!

August 29, 2018: Successful startup of our Microfluidics setup!

The Microfluidics setup which includes, high standard Cetoni Pumps and accessories, has been successfully started up! Through the hard work of our postdoc Dr. Nikunj and highschool researcher Keylin, experiments will soon begin!

Dr. Eisele and highschool researcher Keylin, ecstatic over the beginning of new and fruitful research!

August 19-23, 2018: Members of the Eisele Group, Dr. Eisele and Dominik Doktor, attend the 256th ACS National Meeting and Exposition Conference!

The 256th ACS National Meeting and Exposition Conference was located in Boston, MA, which spanned throughout August 19th-23rd. The main theme of this conference was “Nanoscience, Nanotechnology and Beyond,” stressing the importance of chemistry on the nanoscale. Dominik Doktor, our technical assistant, had the opportunity to attend his first ACS conference to get familiarized with a specific physical chemistry community.

During this conference, the symposium labeled “Characterization, Detection & Application of Excitons in Chemistry” gained major attention from the Eisele group due to strong relevance. Excitons, which are quasi-particles comprised of an electron and an electron hole, are under the research spotlight, having many researchers investigate the principle phenomena through model systems. Dr. Dorthe M. Eisele was invited to give a special talk titled, “Utilizing Excitons to Study Supramolecular Nanostructures: In situ Hierarchical Self-Assembling Directed by Counterions,” showcasing the group’s unique supramolecular structure and how this model system can be used to study energy transfer. Dominik learned a great deal about the members of the exciton community through networking and the fascinating science behind excitons presented in the brilliant talks throughout the entire symposium series.

August, 2018: The new Coherent Revolution-20 laser has been officially installed and integrated with the rest of the pump-probe system!

The new Coherent Revolution-20 laser has been officially installed and integrated with the rest of the pump-probe system! This Nd:YLF femtosecond laser will be a critical piece in the overall setup as it is needed for various spectroscopic investigations. After initial tests at 15 Amps, it was concluded that the laser ran flawlessly and was easy to control. After optimizing the entire system, experimentation can be expected as soon as possible, look out for updates! A big thanks to our friends at Coherent for making this possible!

August 1, 2018: Our Summer Undergraduate Feyi presents at the 2018 Columbia University Materials Research REU Program Symposium!

Our undergraduate researcher Oluwafeyikemi (Feyi) Adekunle successfully finished her summer research project and gave a lively talk! She also presented her very first poster at the 2018 Columbia University Materials Research REU Program Symposium. Feyi participated in the NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU-NanoNY) with Columbia University!

In her project, she worked with her mentor Pooja Gaikwad, who is our lead doctoral researcher for our group’s project on the synthesis of Bio-inspired Plexcitonic Model Systems. Feyi was visiting us from Howard University where she will graduate in the Spring of 2019!  It was wonderful to work with Feyi and we hope that she might join us again next summer!

(Amongst other programs, the Eisele Group is participating in joint REU Programs with Columbia University as well as  with NSF-CREST IDEALS at CCNY.)



May 30, 2018: The Eisele Research Group welcomes new Postdoctoral Researcher, Joseph Brisendine!

We are pleased to welcome Dr. Brisendine as a Postdoctoral Researcher! In February 2018, he received his doctoral degree (Ph.D) from CCNY’s Physics Department. His thesis work was concerned with the information content, computational capacity, and charge transport properties of natural proteins, and he is fascinated by the connections between biology, computation, and energy transport. Dr. Brisendine will be working on modeling and optimizing the energy and charge transport properties of the group’s bio-inspired material systems.

May 30, 2018: The Eisele Research Group welcomes new Graduate student, Pooja Gaikwad!

We are pleased to welcome Pooja as our new Graduate student! Pooja is now enrolled for her doctoral program at the City University of New York under the mentorship of Dr. Eisele and has been part of The Eisele Research Group since April 2018. She is passionate about understanding the self-assembly processes and will be focusing on the self-assembly of peptides – light-harvesting materials.



May 23, 2018: Undergraduate Researcher, Niki, is the recipient of the 2018 Josh Dorn Undergraduate Research Award!

Niki Brisnovali is the winner of the 2018 Josh Dorn Undergraduate Research Award! The Josh Dorn Undergraduate Research Award is granted to an undergraduate researcher who demonstrates both outstanding leadership potential and excellence in fundamental research which addresses current societal challenges in the areas of health and renewable energy. The award includes a scholarship provided to the undergraduate student pursuing original research, scholarship, and creative work under the guidance of a research-active faculty member. This year, Niki has been selected because of “her impressive success as a researcher who has taken the lead on challenging projects early in her career as well as her outstanding dedication as a mentor towards new undergraduate students.” 

May 2018: Undergraduate Student, Nico, is accepted to prestigious doctoral schools!

Nico Yehya has been accepted to various prestigious doctoral schools! These include: Johns Hopkins University for study in Molecular Biophysics, Rockefeller University for study in Biosciences, University of California: San Diego, Yale University, and the University of Washington, the latter 3 for study in Physics! Nico has decided to pursue his PhD at Johns Hopkins University where he will study Molecular Biophysics!

March 2018: Graduate Student, Kara Ng, receives CUNY Doctoral Student Research Grant!

Kara Ng receives CUNY Doctoral Student Research Grant: The mission of the Doctoral Student Research Grant Program is to foster a research-oriented academic culture among doctoral students and to encourage interdisciplinary discourse at the CUNY Graduate Center by: (a) providing incentives for students to model and meet, early in their careers, the requirements for succeeding in the competition for funds by clearly defining a problem, a project, and a realistic budget; (b) providing an occasion for faculty-student mentoring relationships that are oriented around the concrete problems of proposing, planning for, and executing research; and (c) furthering student professional progress by providing funds for pre-doctoral research publications, presentations, and professional networking.


August 2017: Graduate Students Organized an ACS Symposium

Graduate Students, Kara and Sarah, organized an ACS Symposium on Self-assembly and Non-covalent Interactions: The Fundamental Science of Supramolecular Materials” for the Division of Analytical Chemistry at the 254th ACS National Meeting and Exposition, held in Washington, DC (August 20th-24th 2016). The Conference Proposal was selected for funding in March 2017. 

August 2017: Outreach Pilot Program

Summer Pilot Program for Interactive Science After-School Program (ISAP) in partnership with BeyScholars, Inc., The City Tutors at CCNY, and the ASRC-CUNY, begins.

March 2017: Graduate Students Co-Chair ACS Symposium

Graduate students Sarah Belh and Kara Ng will co-chair a symposium for the Division of Analytical Chemistry at the 254th ACS National Meeting and Exposition, held in Washington, DC (August 20th-24th 2016)! Deadline for abstract submission is March 31, 2016!

The symposium is titled Self-Assembly and Non-Covalent Interactions: The Fundamental Science of Supramolecular Materials.

Interested graduate students, post-docs, and professors are strongly encouraged to submit an abstract directly to the ACS using the following link: https://callforpapers.acs.org/dc2017/ANYL

June 2015

Eisele Group Undergraduates, Arafat Chowdhury and Mohammad Molla, are Awarded the prestigious STEM CDI Fellowships!

June 2015

Eisele Group Undergraduate, Nicolas Yehya, is Awarded the competitive LSAMP Fellowship!

May 2015

CCNY Receives Silicon Mechanics’ Fourth Annual Research Cluster Grant

May 2015

CCNY’s new Science building opens and the Eisele Group can move into their labs!

January 2015

Eisele Group Welcomes New Graduate Student, Sarah Belh!

September 2014

Eisele Group Beginnings: Dr. Dorthe Eisele joins the City College of New York at CUNY!