Jennifer Monahan

Jennifer Monahan

Department: Chemistry
Advisor: Max Diem

Collaborators: Mansoor Amiji, Robert Hanson



I came to Northeastern after receiving a B.S. and M.S. in chemistry from Wright State University in Dayton, OH. I came in knowing I wanted to work for Dr. Diem and utilize Raman spectroscopy to study biological samples. Because of this, I learned about the IGERT program and we worked together to develop a project to incorporate nanotechnolgy due to previous successes in our lab. My project is focused on using Raman micro-spectroscopy coupled with multivariate methods of analysis to study the cellular uptake of Raman-active gold nanoparticles in cancerous cells. This type of nanoparticle is beneficial because it will allow us to track the nanosystem within cells while simultaneously studying drug delivery and induced biochemical changes. After learning more about the IGERT program during the application process, I realized the program would be an excellent fit for me. I would be able to learn more about nanomedicine and techniques that would eventually benefit my research. Because of my IGERT fellowship, I have had the opportunity to attend local workshops and conferences, as well as attend one international workshop in Berlin, Germany. The workshop held in Germany was specific to Infrared and Raman spectroscopy on biological samples and I had to opportunity to meet many of the famous scientists from our field while getting great feedback on my project.




  • Spectroscopic structure-property relationships of a series of polyaromatic platinum acetylides, Cooper, T.M.; Krein, D.M.; Burke, A.R.; McLean, D.G. Haley, J.E.; Slagle, J.; Monahan, J.; Fratini, A., Journal of Physical Chemistry A, V.116, P.139 (2012)
  • Estimating the Analytical and Surface Enhancement Factors in Surface-Enhanced Raman Scattering (SERS): A Novel Physical Chemistry and Nanotechnology Laboratory Experiment, Pavel, I.E.; Alnajjar, K.S.; Monahan, J.L.; Stahler, A.; Hunter, N.E.; Weaver, K.M.; Baker, J.D.; Meyerhoefer, A.J.; Dolson, D.A., Journal of Chemical Education, V.89, P.286 (2012)
  • Photophysical properties of a series of electron-donating and -withdrawing platinum acetylide two-photon chromophores, Haley, J.E.; Krein, D.M.; Monahan, J.L.; Burke, A.R.; McLean, D.G.; Slagle, J.E.; Fratini, A.; Cooper, T.M., Journal of Physical Chemistry, V.115, P.265 (2011)
  • Size Selection and Concentration of Silver Nanoparticles by Tangential Flow Ultrafiltration for SERS-based biosensors, Trefry, J.C.; Monahan, J.L.; Weaver, K.M.; Meyerhoefer, A.J.; Markoupolous, M.M.; Arnold, Z.S.; Wooley, D.P.; Pavel, I.E., Journal of the American Chemical Society, V.132, P.10970 (2010)