Prior to arriving at USF, Professor West received his PhD in chemistry at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he investigated the electronic properties of conducting polymers by analyzing work function fluctuations. In addition, he contributed to the development of an electrochemical DNA biosensor based on conducting polymer bilayers. After graduating in 2013, Professor West was an NRC postdoctoral fellow at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). There he worked to develop electrochemical techniques for the fabrication of nanostructured polyaniline-Au electrodes for electrochemical and surface-enhanced Raman measurements.
Research in Dr. West’s lab revolves around the development of electrochemical approaches for the detection biomolecules, including DNA and proteins. These methods have applications in forensics and medical diagnostics, as well as fundamental biophysical studies. Current projects include electrochemical DNA melting analysis and chronopotentiometric stripping analysis of proteins.
- Program Director, MS in Chemistry
- PhD, Georgia Institute of Technology
- Postdoctoral Fellow, NIST
- Selected Publications
Electrical Manipulation of DNA Self-Assembled Monolayers: Electrochemical Melting of Surface-Bound DNA R. M. West, Journal of The Electrochemical Society 167.3, 037544, 2020
Effects of ex situ chronopotentiometric analysis on stability of bovine serum albumin on mercury electrodes V. Ostatná and R. M. West, Journal of Electroanalytical Chemistry 860, 113884, 2020
Cross-linking of DNA monolayers by cisplatin examined using electrostatic denaturation E. A. Madrigal, J. K. Taylor, G. Raghu, and R. M. West, Journal of Electroanalytical Chemistry 860, 113762, 2020
Praise of mercury R. M. West and J. Janata. Journal of Electroanalytical Chemistry, 858, 113773, 2020
*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.
Electropolymerization of a Cation-Permeable Layer using 1-pyrrolyl-10-decanephosphonic Acid R. West, M. Josowicz, J. Janata, ECS Transactions San Francisco, CA Volume 19, 35 Years of Chemical Sensors, 2009.
*Selected as Editor’s Choice Article