Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship Program
Carleigh Cimmerer


Carleigh Cimmerer



The Effect of Capping Ligands on the Freezing-Induced Aggregation of Gold Nanoparticles (AuNPs) for Near-IR SERS Substrates

Carleigh Cimmerer, Forensic Chemistry
Faculty Mentor: Professor Jinseok Heo, Chemistry

Carleigh is a senior in Forensic Chemistry expecting to graduate in spring 2020. She has been interested in applying spectroscopic methods for chemical analysis. Carleigh has been recently accepted to the MS program in Forensic Science at Buffalo State College. After having finished her Master’s degree, she plans to work as a lab scientist in a forensic laboratory.

Through her summer research, Carleigh found that the molecular size of capping agents played a critical role in the freezing-induced aggregation of gold nanoparticles (AuNPs). This result will not only help understand the mechanism of the formation of AuNP clusters by the freezing method but also design surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) substrates that work optimally in the near-IR region. Her research was accepted for presentation at the 2020 Undergraduate Symposium of the American Chemical Society-Western New York Section.

Carleigh Cimmerer