Supporting Speakers


Staci Simonich


Dr. Staci L. Simonich is a Professor in Chemistry and Environmental and Toxicology as well as Associate Vice President for Research at Oregon State University.  Dr. Simonich received her Ph.D. in chemistry from Indiana University in 1995.  Prior to joining Oregon State University in 2001, she worked in the consumer product industry with Procter & Gamble for 6 years.  Her laboratory’s research focuses on understanding the fate, chemistry and transport of semi-volatile organic compounds, as well as human and environmental exposure to these pollutants, and has received extensive press coverage.  She received the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry/Roy F. Weston Environmental Chemistry Award in 2001, the NSF Career Award in 2003, OSU’s Impact Award for Scholarship in 2013, and OSU’s Excellence in Graduate Mentoring Award in 2015.   Her research has been published in Science, Nature, Environmental Health Perspectives, Environmental Science & Technology, Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, and the Journal of Geophysical Research.  She was a member of the National Academies’ Committee on “The Significance of International Transport of Air Pollutants” and the UNECE Task Force on Hemispheric Transport of Air Pollution.  She is currently Associate Editor for the American Chemical Society journal, Environmental Science &Technology Letters.


Dr. Simonich’s current research focuses on the measurement, fate, transport, and toxicity of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) transformation products during remediation and atmospheric transport.


David Ginger


David S. Ginger earned dual B.S. degrees in chemistry and physics at Indiana University in 1997 with departmental honors and highest distinction, performing undergraduate research with Victor E. Viola.

He received a British Marshall Scholarship and an NSF Graduate Fellowship and completed his Ph.D. in physics with Neil C. Greenham in the Optoelectronics group at the University of Cambridge (UK) in 2001.

After a joint NIH and DuPont Postdoctoral Fellowship at Northwestern University in Chad Mirkin’s lab, he joined the faculty at the University of Washington in Seattle where he is currently the Alvin L. and Verla R. Kwiram Endowed Professor in Chemistry, Washington Research Foundation Distinguished Scholar in Clean Energy, and Adjunct Professor of Physics, and serves as the Chief Scientist of the Washington state funded UW Clean Energy Institute. He holds a joint appointment as a Senior Scientist at Pacific Northwest National Lab (PNNL), and is the co-founding co-director of theNorthwest Institute for Materials Physics, Chemistry, and Technology (NW IMPACT), a joint research collaboration between PNNL and UW.

He is an elected fellow of the AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) and has been named a Research Corporation Cottrell Scholar, a Research Corporation Scialog Fellow in solar energy conversion, an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Research Fellow, a Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar, and has received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, and the ACS Unilever Award in Colloid and Surfactant Science.

He is the 2012 recipient of the Burton Medal of the Microscopy Society of America, participated in the 2012-2013 class of the Defense Science Study Group, and was honored as a Finalist for the Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists in 2016.

His research centers on the physical chemistry of nanostructured materials with applications in optoelectronics, energy and sensing, and his group makes use of techniques ranging from scanning probe microscopy to optical spectroscopy.

He is also an Associate Editor at the ACS journal Chemical Reviews.


Research in the Ginger lab focuses on the physical chemistry of nanostructured materials with potential applications in low cost photovoltaics (solar cells), energy efficient light-emitting diodes, and novel biosensors. In particular, we study conjugated polymers, semiconductor nanocrystal quantum dots, and plasmon resonant metal nanoparticles. We develop and apply new combinations of scanning probe microscopy and optical spectroscopy (including single molecule techniques) to understand the basic science behind these materials and their applications in devices. We assemble these materials into new structures using Dip-Pen Nanolithography and bio-inspired materials approaches. In general we are interested in the interplay between the organizational structure, the electrical properties, and the optical properties of nanoscale materials, especially as applied to problems of solar energy.

Brandi Cossairt


Brandi Cossairt was born and raised in Miami, Florida. She is a first-generation college graduate, having obtained her B. S. in Chemistry from the California Institute of Technology in 2006. Brandi went on to pursue graduate studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology under the guidance of Professor Christopher C. Cummins and was awarded her Ph.D. in 2010. She then continued her academic career as an NIH NRSA Postdoctoral Fellow at Columbia University between 2010 and 2012 working with Professor Jonathan Owen. Brandi joined the Department of Chemistry at the University of Washington as an Assistant Professor in 2012 and was promoted to Associate Professor with Tenure in 2018. She has received a number of awards for her research including a Sloan Research Fellowship, a Packard Fellowship, an NSF CAREER Award, a Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, and the National Fresenius Award from the American Chemical Society. Outside of the lab Brandi is an Associate Editor at the ACS journal Inorganic Chemistry and is the co-founder of the Chemistry Women Mentorship Network (ChemWMN).


We are a synthetic inorganic chemistry group focused on building up molecules and materials for targeted applications in light harvesting and catalysis. Using the tools and methods of inorganic and main-group synthesis, we are synthesizing new III-V nanostructures and clusters and designing bifunctional electrocatalyst-nanoparticle composites. Along the way we are preparing new molecular precursors, creating new synthetic methodologies, and developing a complete toolbox for tailoring nanoparticle surfaces. A diverse array of characterization techniques including optical spectroscopy, electrochemistry, NMR, electron microscopy, and X-ray diffraction allow us to analyze our new compounds and direct future synthetic strategies.


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