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Loyola University Chicago

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Faculty & Staff

Ciszek, Jacob

Title/s: Assistant Professor

Office #: FH-122

Phone: 773.508.3107

E-mail: jciszek@luc.edu

External Webpage: http://homepages.luc.edu/~jciszek



B. S., Chemical Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


PhD., Chemistry, Rice University


Postdoctoral Associate, Northwestern University


American Cancer Society Postdoctoral Fellow, Northwestern University

Research Interests

The Ciszek group's focus is on the application of complex synthetic molecules to surfaces.  Be it Feringa's molecular motors, thermochromic switches, metal organic frameworks, or geometric macrocycles, over the years chemistry has developed a myriad of molecules that are capable of complex transformations, contain periodic shape yet tunable structure, or display other remarkable properties.  Likewise, materials science and surface chemistry have accumulated decades of knowledge on molecular effects.  We are interested in applying cutting edge synthetic molecules to recently established surface phenomena and rapidly advancing both fields as well as the interface between them.

The group's main focus is on modulating surface properties, specifically the work function of metals.  Over the last 20 years scientists have become aware that self-assembled monolayers are capable of changing the properties of surfaces, such as the work function, band gap, and plasmons (nanoparticle surfaces). Changes in the work function have lead to more efficient electrical transport and thus more efficient organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs).  Changes in the band gap allows one to tune a surfaces interaction with light.  These are but a few of the properties we seek to address via synthesis of intelligently designed molecules assembled on the surface

In addition, we are looking at how synthetic molecules can be used for patterning of a surface.  Surface patterns at the nanometer scale are extremely challenging.  Yet to a synthetic chemist the difference between 2.1 nm and 2.4 nm is merely the spacing of two carbon-carbon bonds.  The group seeks to take advantage of synthetic chemistry's ability to work accurately on the nanometer and angstrom scale to create regular sub-5 nm patterns on surfaces.


NSF CAREER award, 2011.
Fellow - Office of Naval Research Summer Faculty Research Program, 2011.

Invited speaker at the CeNTech Nanoscience Symposium for Young Scientists, University of Münster, Germany, 2007.


Bartucci, M. A; Florian, J; Ciszek, J. W. “ Spectroscopic evidence of work function alterations due to photoswitchable monolayers on gold surfaces ” J. Phys. Chem. C  2013, ASAP. 

Qualizza, B. A.; Prasad, S.; Chiarelli, M. P.; Ciszek, J. W. “The functionalization of organic semiconductor crystals via the Diels-Alder Reaction” Chem. Commun. 2013, 49, 4495. 

Stine, R.; Ciszek, J. W.; Barlow, D. E.; Lee, W.-K.; Robinson, J. T.; Sheehan, P. E.  “High density amine-terminated monolayers formed on fluorinated CVD-grown graphene” Langmuir 2012, 28,7957.

Bartucci, M. A; Wierzbicki, P. M.; Gwengo, C.; Shajan, S.; Hussain, S. H..; Ciszek, J. W. “Synthesis of dihydroindolizines for potential photoinduced work function alteration” Tetrahedron Lett. 2010, 51, 6839.


Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
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Phone: 773.508.3100 · Fax: 773.508.3086

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