Jeffrey R. Alston

TitleAssistant Professor

DepartmentJoint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering


Room: 160L

1601 East Market Street
Greensboro, NC 27411

Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering


Ph D: Nanoscale Science, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, 2012

BS: Chemistry, University of La Verne, 2005

Research Interests

The Alston Research Group focusses on the fundamental and applied aspects of nanomaterial interface and functionalization. Simply put, we manipulate and functionalize nanomaterials for integration into interesting materials for interesting applications. We work to improve our understanding of surface chemistry and practice the functionalization of nanomaterials for improved interface and integration with novel technology. Our current studies involve functionalization of boron nitride nanomaterials, natural polymer manipulation for nanoparticles and 3D tissue constructs, and the use of paramagnetic ionic liquids for aerospace technologies. Due

Recent Publications

Harrison,  Haley  Lamb,  Jason  Nowlin,  Kyle  Ghiassi,  Kamran  Guenthner,  Andrew  Kelkar,  Ajit  Alston,  Jeffrey  ( 2019).  Quantification of hexagonal boron nitride impurities in boron nitride nanotubes via FTIR spectroscopy.    Nanoscale Advances/RSC.

Greeson,  Kevin  Hall,  Nicolas  Redeker,  Neil  Alston,  Jeffrey  ( 2018).  Synthesis and properties of N,NĂ¢€™-bis(alkyl)imidazolium bromotrichloroferrate(III) paramagnetic, room temperature ionic liquids with high thermal stability.  ( 265,  pp. 701-710).   Journal of Molecular Liquids.

Khan,  Madani  Alston,  Jeffrey  Guenthner,  Andrew  Zavala,  Jacob  ( 2016).  Effect of Surface Treatment on Liquid Adhesion Inside 3-D Structures. 

Kirby,  Shawn  Reams,  Josiah  Ghiassi,  Kamran  Alston,  Jeffrey  ( 2016).  Effects of Surface Coatings on Crystalization of Calcium Sulfate. 

Alston,  Jeffrey  Banks,  David  McNeill,  Chauncey  Mitchell,  James  Popov,  Leonid  Shcherbakov,  Igor  Poler,  J.  ( 2015).  Adsorption studies of divalent, dinuclear coordination complexes as molecular spacers on SWCNTs.  ( 44,  17,  pp. 29566-29573).   PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY CHEMICAL PHYSICS.

Ameen,  Anjail  Giordano,  Andrea  Alston,  Jeffrey  Forney,  Michael  Herring,  Natalie  Kobayashi,  Shiho  Ridlen,  Shawn  Subaran,  Sarah  Younts,  Thomas  Poler,  J.  ( 2014).  Aggregation kinetics of single-walled carbon nanotubes investigated using mechanically wrapped multinuclear complexes: probing the tube-tube repulsive barrier.  ( 12,  16,  pp. 5855-5865).   PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY CHEMICAL PHYSICS.

Khan,  Madani  Alston,  Jeffrey  Guenthner,  Andrew  ( 2014).  Does a Plastron Improve Heat Transfer?. 

Alston,  Jeffrey  Brokaw,  Dylan  Overson,  Colton  Schmedake,  Thomas  Poler,  Jordan  ( 2013).  Hybrid SWCNT-NiO Composites for Supercapacitor Applications.  ( 1552,  ).   MRS Online Proceedings Library Archive.

Alston,  Jeffrey  Overson,  Devon  Poler,  Jordan  ( 2012).  Direct Measurement of the Interactions of Amide Solvents with Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes Using Isothermal Titration Calorimetry.  ( 1,  28,  pp. 264-271).   LANGMUIR.