Jeffrey Dick - Graduate Student
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow
Selected to Attend the 2015 Lindau Nobel Laurate Meeting

B.S. Ball State University (2013)

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Jeffrey E. Dick was born in Muncie, IN. Growing up, Jeffrey was fascinated with the cosmos, a passion fueled by his late grandfather, Malcolm Dick, and nurtured by his late father. Because of his grandfather’s influence, Jeffrey was catapulted into the wonderful world of scientific inquiry with a taste for discovering new truths about nature. These fascinations led him to pursue a B.S. in Chemistry from Ball State University. Soon into his undergraduate studies, Jeffrey became interested in a powerful particle called the electron and a curious subject called electrochemistry. At Ball State, Jeffrey studied synthetic electrochemistry using electron transport mediators. Due to his passion for science, the electron, and electrochemistry, Jeffrey joined the Bard Lab at the University of Texas at Austin in July 2013. Jeffrey is currently a Fellow of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program. In his spare time, Jeffrey enjoys traveling, biking, reading, and writing.

At his heart, Jeffrey is a chemist interested in topics that span a broad range of academic disciplines. He is invigorated by the fundamental concepts of electrochemistry, catalysis, electrosynthesis, biochemistry, virology, cancer biology, and mechanistic studies. Jeffrey is also motivated by the broad impact his research can potentially have on society as a whole. Currently, Jeffrey’s primary research interest is in the development of the field of digital electrochemistry, which is the detection and selective identification of single entities (an entity can be anything from a single small molecule to a single tumor cell). Despite being a mature field, electrochemistry is only now reaching the nanometer level, and the study of single molecules, ions, virions, and cells holds the promise of making discoveries on the frontiers of human knowledge.

Invited Lectures:
  • Dick, J. E. Recognizing Collisions of Ions on Ultramicroelectrodes, March 2016, Pittsburgh National Conference, Atlanta, GA.
  • Dick, J. E. Hilterbrand, A. T. Introduction to Electrovirology. November 2015, Dept. Molecular Biosciences, UT Austin.
  • Dick, J. E.. Electrochemical Detection of Stochastic Collisions on Ultramicroelectrodes. March 2015, Dept. of Physics, Atomic, Molecular, and Optics Division, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX.
  • Dick, J. E.. How Nanoparticle Tracking Analysis is used in Electrochemical Detection of Viruses. March 2015, Malvern Workshop, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX.
  • Dick, J. E.. From Microspheres to Molecules: Electrochemical Detection of Soft Particles on Ultramicroelectrodes. March 2015, Pittsburgh National Conference, New Orleans, LA.

Publications and Presentations:
  • Dick, J. E..Electrochemical Detection of Single Cancer and Healthy Cell Collisions on a Microelectrode, Chem. Commun., 2016, DOI: 10.1039/C6CC04515D
  • Dick, J. E.; Kim, J.; Percival, S. J.; Bard, A. J. Studying Nascent Catalysts on Ultramicroelectrodes from Atom by Atom to Nanometer by Nanometer, Acc. Chem. Res., Invited, In Preparation.

  • Barforoush, J.; Seuferling, T.; Song, K.; Jantz, D.; Cummings, L.; Day, C.; Dick, J. E.; Leonard, K. C. Insights into the increased active site density of Ni1-x:Fex Oxyhydroxides for the oxygen evolution reaction using surface interrogation scanning electrochemical microscopy, Under Review, 2016.

  • Dick, J. E.; Lebegue, E.; Strawsine, L. M.; Bard, A. J. Millisecond Coulometry Using Zeptoliter Droplet Collisions on Ultramicroelectrodes, Electroanalysis, Under Review.

  • Dick, J. E.; Bard, A. J. Toward the Digital Electrochemical Recognition of Cobalt, Iridium, Nickel, and Iron Ion Collisions by Catalytic Amplification, 2016, Under Review.

  • Dick, J. E.§; Deng, H.§; Kummer, S.; Kragl, U.; Strauss, S. H.; Bard, A. J. Probing Ion Transfer across Liquid-Liquid Interfaces by Monitoring Collisions of Attoliter Oil Droplets, 2016, Under Review.

  • Dick, J. E.; Hilterbrand, A. T.; Upton, J. W.; Bard, A. J. Enzymatically Enhanced Collisions on Ultramicroelectrodes for Detecting Individual Viruses, Accepted Proc. Nat’l Acad. Sci. USA, 2016.

  • Edwards, M.; German, S.; Dick, J. E.; Bard, A. J.; White, H. S. A High-Speed Multi-Pass Coulter Counter with Ultra-Fast Resolution, ACS Nano, 2015, 9, 12274. (

  • Dick, J. E.; Bard, A. J. Recognizing Single Collisions of PtCl62- at Femtomolar Concentrations on Ultramicroelectrodes by Nucleating Electrocatalytic Clusters, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2015, 137(43), 13752. (

  • Lebegue, E.; Anderson, C. M.; Dick, J. E.; Webb, L.; Bard, A. J. Electrochemical Detection of Single Phospholipid Vesicle Collisions at a Pt Ultramicroelectrode, Langmuir, 2015, 31(42), 11734. (

  • Li, Y.; Deng, H.; Dick, J. E.; Bard, A. J. Analyzing Benzene and Cyclohexane Emulsion Droplet Collisions on Ultramicroelectrodes, Anal. Chem., 2015, 87(21), 11013. (

  • Dick, J. E.; Poirel, A.; Ziessel, R.; Bard, A. J. Electrochemistry, Electrogenerated Chemiluminescence, and Electropolymerization of Oligothienyl-BODIPY Derivatives, Electrochim. Acta, 2015, 178, 234. (

  • Dick, J. E.; Renault, C.; Bard, A. J. Observation of Single Protein and DNA Macromolecule Collisions on Ultramicroelectrodes. J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2015, 137(26), 8376. (

  • Dick, J. E.; Hilterbrand, A. T.; Boika, A.; Upton, J. W.; Bard, A. J. Electrochemical Detection of a Single Cytomegalovirus at an Ultramicroelectrode and its Antibody Anchoring, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci., 2015, 112(17), 5303. (

  • Arroyo-Curras, N.; Hall, J.; Dick, J.E.; Bard, A.J. An Alkaline Flow Battery Based on the Coordination Chemistry of Iron and Cobalt. J. Electrochem. Soc., 2014, 162(3), A378. (

  • Dick, J. E.; Renault, C.; Kim, B. K.; Bard, A. J.; Electrogenerated Chemiluminescence of Common Organic Luminophores in Water Using an Emulsion System, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2014, 136, 13546. (

  • Dick, J. E.; Renault, C.; Kim, B. K.; Bard, A. J. Simultaneous Detection of Single Attoliter Droplet Collisions by Electrochemical and Electrogenerated Chemiluminescent Responses Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2014, 53, 11859. (

  • Kim, B.; Boika, A.; Kim, J.; Dick, J.E.; Bard, A.J. Characterizing Emulsions by Observation of Single Droplet Collisions – Attoliter Electrochemical Reactors. J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2014, 136, 4849. (

  • Dick, J.E.; Chong, D. Indispensable Applications of Electrochemical Techniques to Organic Synthetic Reactions: Enhancing Versatility and Sustainability. Organic Chemistry: Current Research, 2012. ( )

  • Chong, D.; Dick, J.E.; Shin, W. C-C and C-O Coupling Reactions of Terminal Alkynes by a Water Soluble Organoiridium Electron-transfer Mediator in Thin Layer of Water on Gold Electrode. Organic Chemistry: Current Research, 2012. ( )

Fellowships, Scholarships, Certificates, Honors, and Awards:

Medical Technology’s 19 Under 30 Young Innovators July 2016

Certificate to Teach Interdisciplinary Subjects, UT Austin March 2016

SEAC Travel Grant and UT Austin Student Travel Grant ($1,500 combined) March 2016

NIH Director’s Early Independence Award UT Nominee Nov. 2015

Representative; US Delegation to Lindau Meeting for Nobel Laureates ($15,000) July 2015

Society for Electroanalytical Chemistry Travel Grant ($1,000) Jan. 2015

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship ($140,000) April 2014

Graduate Dean’s Prestigious Fellowship Award ($2,100/year) June 2014

National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Research Fellowship ($128,000) April 2014

US Fulbright Scholarship Recipient ($40,000) Jan. 2013

NASA Fellowship – Ames Research Center ($8,000) May 2013

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