Kimberly A. Pacheco, Ph.D.

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    Professor
    Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
    Greeley, Colorado 80639
    Office: (970) 351-2148
    Fax: (970) 351-2533
    E-Mail: Kimberly.Pacheco@unco.edu

 

Research Interests

Dr. Pacheco's research group participates in vareity of research areas. Currently, the group is composed of both graduate students and undergraduate students. The synthesis projects focus on compounds that may have possible uses in photovoltaic devices, considered as alternative energy sources. The thin film studies have a variety of applications, including adsorption of proteins and covalently binding biomolecules. We are investigating attaching biological molecules (i.e., proteins) to the surface via a specific analyte and imaging the surface using the atomic force microscope and the scanning tunneling microscope. Some of the current projects are listed below:

  • Synthesis of photoactive dendrimers for potential use in prototypcial solar cells
  • Synthesis of ligands for use in copper complexes for photochemical and magnetic studies
  • Imaging of effects of snake venom toxin on fibrinogen clotting using atomic force microscopy (AFM) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM)
  • Formation and characteization of silane films on mica and quartz surfaces
  • Modifcation of thin films with biological compounds
  • Modification of AFM tips for rupture force determination
  • Nanotechnology education at the pre-college and college levels

Pacheco's Group

Recent Publications

R. Schwenz, K. A. O. Pacheco, “A First Year Experience Course on Nanoscience for Undergraduates”, J. Nano Educ., 2014, 6, 148-151.

P. Lehnig, M. S. Lazorski, M. Mingroni, K. A. O. Pacheco and C. M. Elliott, “Oxidation of 2,9-Diphenyl-1-10-Phenylphenanthroline to Generate the 5-6-Dione and its Subsequent Alkylation”, J. Heter. Chem., 30 JAN 2014, DOI: 10.1002/jhet.2105.

M. S. Lazorski, R. S. Gaddie, A. P. Lehnig, K. A. O. Pacheco, U. E. Steiner and C. M. Elliott, “Spin-Chemical Effects on Intramolecular Photoinduced Charge Transfer Reactions in a BisphenanthrolineCopper(I)-Viologen Diad Assembly”, in progress, 2014.

J. Ristvey, K. A. O. Pacheco, “NUE Mobile AFM/STM Lab Inspires Teachers”, J. Nano Educ., 2013, 5, 148-153.

J. T. Wasacz, K. A. O. Pacheco, J. O. Schreck, “Predictability of Organic Chemistry Students’ Final Course Grades using Four-Week Averages”. In Advances in Teaching Organic Chemistry, J. L. Duffy-Matzner, K. A. O. Pacheco, Eds.; ACS Symposium Series 1108; American Chemical Society:  Washington, DC, 2012.

Advances in Teaching Organic Chemistry, J. L. Duffy-Matzner, K. A. O. Pacheco, Eds.; ACS Symposium Series 1108; American Chemical Society:  Washington, DC, 2012.