Prior to arriving at USF, Professor West received his PhD in chemistry at the Georgia Institute of Technology under Prof. Jiří Janata. For his thesis work he investigated the electronic properties of conducting polymer films by measuring and analyzing spontaneous work function fluctuations. In addition, he contributed to the development of an electrochemical DNA biosensor based on conducting polymer bilayers and the development of a solid-state scintillation calibrator. After graduating in 2013, Professor West was an NRC postdoctoral fellow at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). There he worked with Dr. Steve Semancik to develop facile electrochemical techniques for the fabrication of nanostructured polyaniline-Au composite electrodes for simultaneous electrochemical (EC) and surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy measurements.
At USF, Professor West teaches general chemistry, analytical chemistry and associated labs. His research interests include electrochemistry, surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy, nanotechnology, organic electronics and chemical sensing. Specifically, he is interested in developing multimodal chemical and biological sensors for the detection of biomarkers, environmental pollutants and chemical warfare agents. This research involves the fabrication of nanoengineered electrochemical interfaces; the topographical, electrochemical and optical characterization of these interfaces; and the application of these interfaces towards point-of-care medical diagnostics and real-time environmental monitoring. The overall goal is the development of inexpensive, reliable and portable biosensors.
- Program Director, MS in Chemistry
- PhD, Georgia Institute of Technology
- Postdoctoral Fellow, NIST
- Selected Publications
Electric Field-Induced DNA Melting with Detection by Square Wave Voltammetry D. Ho, W. Hetrick, N. Le, A. Chin and R. M. West, Journal of the Electrochemical Society 166 (4), B236-B232, 2019
Fluctuation Analysis R. M. West, Electrochemical Society Interface 26 (4), 49-51, 2017
Interpenetrating polyaniline-gold electrodes for SERS and electrochemical measurements R. M. West, and S. Semancik, Applied Surface Science 387, 260-267, 2016
Fluctuation Analysis of Organic Semiconductor–Insulator Interface R. West, M. Josowicz, J. Janata, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 15, 7577-7585, 2013.
Fluctuation Analysis of Work Function of Organic Semiconductors R. West, C. Watts, M. Josowicz, J. Janata, Collection of Czechoslovak Chemical Communications, 76 (7), 843-858, 2012.
Portable Solid State Scintillation Calibrator for Beta Microirradiator J. Steeb, R. West, J. Janata, Radiochimica Acta, 99, 225-230, 2011.
Controlled Electropolymerization of 1-Pyrrolyl-10-decanephosphonic Acid: An Anion Barrier Layer R. West, M. Josowicz, J. Janata, I. Minet, L. Hevesi, Journal of the Electrochemical Society 156 (4) F55-F59 2009.