Professor, Department of Chemistry
State University of New York at Buffalo, USA
Professor Maria Hepel joined the Chemistry Department of the State University of New York in 1986. Currently, she is Full Professor and Chair of the Department of Chemistry, SUNY at Potsdam. She is also affiliated as a Research Professor with Department of Chemistry, SUNY at Buffalo. She received her Ph.D. from Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland. She is a recipient of numerous grants including the current grant to study autism funded by the Department of Defense and NSF CCLI grants. She published over 120 peer-reviewed papers and 7 patents. Her publications received 1420 citations (impact factor 11.7). She has received the SUNY President Award for Excellence in Research & Creative Endeavor in 1995 and 2001. She also received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1998 and the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Research in 2003.
Her research interests include adsorption, monolayer and thin surface films; nanowires; ion-channels in phospholipid films; binding of drugs to DNA-modified electrodes; DNA damage by toxicants; biosensors for oxidative stress monitoring; antioxidants; use of gold nanoparticles for the detection of diseases biomarkers & diagnosis; detection of biomarkers for diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular diseases; conformational changes of proteins and peptides; controlled drug electro release from conductive polymers; immunosensors and piezoelectric sensors; photoelectrochemistry and photoelectrochemical degradation of organic pollutants; corrosion inhibitors; electrochromic materials; electrocatalysts for methanol oxidation; detection of heavy metals & pesticides in water samples; and nanotechnology projects involving the use of AFM/STM, Electrochemical Quartz Crystal Nanobalance, DLS, RELS, Raman, Fluorescence and FRET techniques and Lab-on-a chip.