Environmental & Green Chemistry: surfaced enhanced Raman
Chemical Physics: laser spectroscopy and microelectrochemistry, nanoparticles
Our group studies pressing fundamental and applied problems in nanoscience, environmental science, and microbiology using a diverse set of analytical and materials techniques. We fabricate nanoparticles to study and exploit size-dependent phenomena, with applications ranging from agriculture to in vivo and environmental sensors. Additionally, we combine our knowledge of nanoparticles and biological cells to investigate the potential biological and ecological impacts of nanoparticles added to consumer products. Finally, we apply single cell measurements techniques to probe chemical messenger synthesis and exocytosis in individual cells, including mast cells, chromaffin cells, and blood platelets.
Christy completed her undergraduate work at Macalester College in St. Paul, MN (1998) with a major in chemistry and minors in mathematics and Spanish. Christy's doctoral work was done at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL (2003) under the direction of Richard P. Van Duyne. Her doctoral thesis title is "Fundamentals and Applications of Nanoparticle Optics and Surface-Enhanced Raman Scattering."
Before arriving at the University of Minnesota, Christy performed postdoctoral research in the laboratory of R. Mark Wightman at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (2005). Her efforts in the Wightman lab focused on applying microelectrode amperometry to probe single cell exocytosis.
As a faculty member at UMN since 2005, her research group works at the interface of analytical, biological, environmental, and nanomaterials chemistry. Christy is currently the Department Head, Associate Director of the Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology, and an associate editor for the journal Analytical Chemistry.
B.S. Macalester College, 1998
M.S. Northwestern University, 1999
Ph.D. Northwestern University, 2003 (Richard P. Van Duyne)
Post Doctorate University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 2005 (R. Mark Wightman)
2023 Analytical Scientist’s Power List (overall 2013-2023)
2021 “Big 10” Academic Leadership Program
2020 University of Minnesota Women’s Leadership Institute
2019 Distinguished McKnight University Professor
2018 Theophilus Redwood Award from the Royal Society of Chemistry
2018 Craver Award from the Coblentz Society
2018 Guggenheim Fellowship
2017 Institute on the Environment Fellow
2017 Finalist for Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientist
2016 The Analytical Scientist’s 2016 Power List of top 50 talented women scientists
2015 Advising and Mentoring Award from the University of Minnesota Graduate and Professional Student Assembly
2015 Sara Evans Faculty Woman Scholar/Leader Award
2014 Taylor Award for Distinguished Research from the University of Minnesota
2013 Kavli Foundation Emerging Leader in Chemistry Lecture
2012 Pittsburgh Conference Achievement Award
2011 Joseph Black Award from the Royal Society of Chemistry
2010 Arthur F. Findeis Award for Achievements by a Young Analytical Scientist from the American Chemical Society Division of Analytical Chemistry
2010 Alfred P. Sloan Fellow
2009 Camille and Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar
2009 Society for Electroanalytical Chemisty Young Investigator
2008 National Institutes of Health New Innovator
2007-2009 University of Minnesota McKnight Land-Grant Assistant Professor
2007 Delegate for Japan-U.S. Young Researchers Exchange on Nanotechnology
2006 National Science Foundation CAREER Award
2006 Kinship Foundation Searle Scholar
2006 3M Nontenured Faculty Award
2005 Nobel Laureate Signature Award for Graduate Education in Chemistry from the American Chemical Society
2005 Victor K. LaMer Award from the American Chemical Society Division of Colloid and Surface Science
2004 Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Postdoctoral Fellowship from the National Institutes of Health
2003 Award for Excellence in Graduate Research from Northwestern University
2002 Presidential Fellowship from Northwestern University
NanoAdventure: Development of a Text-Based Adventure Game in English, Spanish, and Chinese for Communicating about Nanotechnology and the Nanoscale, Hudson-Smith, N.; Alvarez Reyes, W.; Yao, X.; He, J.; Rodriguez, R.; Mitchell, S.; Matar Abed, M.; Spanolios, E.; Krause, M.; Haynes, C.L. Journal of Chemical Education, 100(6) 2269-2280 (2023).
Investigation of Charged Small Molecule-Aptamer Interactions with Surface Plasmon Resonance, Froehlich, C.; He, J.; Haynes, C.L. Analytical Chemistry, 95(5) 2639-2644 (2023).
Machine Learning-assisted Carbon Dot Synthesis: Prediction of Emission Color and Wavelength, Senanayake, R.; Yao, X.; Froehlich, C.; Cahill, M.; Sheldon, T.; McIntire, M.; Haynes, C.L.; Hernandez, R.; Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling, 62(23) 5918-5928 (2022).