Science Off CameraPodcast

Episode 33: Prof. Stephanie Zaleski

Stephanie is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at California State University, East Bay. She recently started her lab in the department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and uses an ultra sensitive measurement technique to detect and identify even single molecules called surface enhanced Raman scattering. She uses her research to preserve works of art, improve delivery of drugs and monitor the environment and is excited about teaching new students about science and how to use spectroscopy.

In this episode of Science Off Camera, tune in to hear about Glass At Risk, sensitive analysis of drug delivery processes, and looking at artwork from Japanese Woodblock prints and Egyptian sculptures. Also, check out Prof. Zaleski’s work on Instagram!

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I worked on Japanese woodblock prints, I worked on Navajo textiles, I worked on an Egyptian sculpture, I worked on chalk drawings, you know, the cool thing is, too, is that you get to see all these different things. And so working in this field, you really have to have a broad knowledge of materials and techniques, that you can analyze these materials with.


Taken from Prof. Zaleski’s Cal State profile: “My research interests lie at the interface of analytical, physical and materials chemistry. My group studies the fundamental optical properties of plasmonic nanoparticle assemblies and applies the chemical sensitivity of vibrational spectroscopies such as surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) to molecular sensing problems relevant to art conservation, point of care sensing and environmental monitoring.”


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