Erin Gross , PhD

Associate Professor
Analytical Chemistry

My research interests involve novel applications of microelectrodes in analytical chemistry.  As the field of analytical chemistry progresses toward smaller scales and studies in micro-environments, microelectrodes have proven to be compatible detection devices.  The application in which I am most interested is investigating electrogenerated chemiluminescent (ECL) reactions at microelectrodes.  In an ECL experiment, a microelectrode is used to very quickly (microsecond or less time frames) generate the reagents required for chemiluminescence.  Because of its small background and specificity, ECL is ideal for analytical detection.  When coupled with microelectrodes, ECL efficiency is greater and small-scale experiments can be designed.  Ultimately, I would like to use the ECL reactions studied in my laboratory for detection in capillary electrophoresis and microchip applications.       

Dr. Erin Gross
(402) 280-1425
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B.S., Creighton University (1996)
Ph.D.,Univ. North Carolina (2001)

Selected recent publications:

The Equilibrium Constant for Bromothymol Blue: A general chemistry laboratory experiment using spectroscopy, Elsbeth Klotz, Robert Doyle, Erin Gross* and Bruce Mattson**, Journal of Chemical Education, 2011, 88, 637 – 639.

Elizabeth Sterner, Zachary Rosol, Erin M. Gross and Stephen M. Gross “Thermal Analysis and Ionic  Conductivity of Ionic Liquid Containing Composites with Different Crosslinkers” Journal of Applied Polymer Science, accepted June 5, 2009.

Sarah J. Fredrick and Erin M. Gross “Use of Microelectrodes for Electrochemiluminescent Detection in Microfluidic Devices.” Bioanalysis, 2009, 1, 31 – 36.

Erin M. Gross, Richard S. Kelly, and Donald M. Cannon, Jr. “Analytical Electrochemistry: Potentiometry” Journal of the Analytical Sciences Digital Library, entry number 10052, accepted July 31, 2008.  

Matthew S. Burkhead, Heeyoung Wang, Marcel Fallet and Erin M. Gross; "Electrogenerated Chemiluminescence: An Oxidative-Reductive Mechanism between Quinolone Antibiotics and Tris(2,2'-bipyridyl)ruthenium(II)." Analytica Chimica Acta 2008, 613, 152-162.

Andrew F. Slaterbeck, Timothy D. Meehan, Erin M. Gross, and R. Mark Wightman “Selective Population of Excited States during Electrogenerated Chemiluminescence with 10-Methylphenothiazine.”  J. Phys. Chem. B  2002, 106 6088 – 6095.

Erin M. Gross, Neal R. Armstrong, and R. Mark Wightman, “Electrogenerated Chemiluminescence from Phosphorescent Molecules Used in Organic Light-Emitting Diodes.” J. Electrochem. Soc., 2002149, E137-E142.

Erin M. Gross, Paolo Pastore, and R. Mark Wightman, “High-Frequency Electrochemiluminescent Investigation of the Reaction Pathway between Tris(2,2’-bipyridyl)ruthenium (II) and Tripropylamine Using Carbon Fiber Microelectrodes", J. Phys. Chem. B 2001, 105, 8732-8738.

Neal R. Armstrong, R. Mark Wightman, and Erin M. Gross, “Light Emitting Electrochemical Processes.”  Ann. Rev. Phys. Chem. 2001, 52, 391-422.

E. M. Gross, J.D. Anderson, A.F. Slaterbeck, S. Thayumanavan, S. Barlow, Y. Zhang, S.R. Marder, H.K. Hall, M. Flore Nabor, J.-F. Wang, E.A. Mash, N.R. Armstrong, and R.M. Wightman, "Electrogenerated Chemiluminescence from Derivatives of Aluminum Quinolate and Quinacridones:  Cross Reactions with Triarylamines Lead to Singlet Emission through Triplet-Triplet Annihilation."  J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2000, 122, 4972-4979.