Dr. Jiba Raj Acharya Department of Physical Sciences, Nicholls State University 133 Beauregard Hall, Thibodaux, LA 70310 Profile of Qualifications • Ph.D. Chemist with dynamic, multidisciplinary and diverse background and experienced in organic and polymer chemistry and design of materials and thin-film devices for sensory applications • Expert in surface modification chemistry especially in covalent immobilization of organic compounds on glass/ITO surfaces using organosilanes, and surface characterization • Excellent training in multistep organic synthesis involving organometallic chemistry • Hands on experience in biopolymer /biopolymer hydroel nanocompsite materials and rheological studies • Outgoing and leading personality • Outstanding ability to adapt in adverse environmentsKey Words: Surface Modification, Chemist, sensors, fluorescence, rheology, ratiometric fluorescencechange, surface-immobilization, oligomers and polymer, polymer brush, air free reaction,organometallic catalyst, materials, rheology, viscoelasticity, guar gum, laponite, nanocompositehydrogel materials.ObjectiveSeeking a R& D Chemist / Post Doctoral Research position in material chemistry involving surfacemodification and synthetic organic chemistry emphasizing combination of synthesis and analyticalmethods in Chemical, Biotech and energy based industries Education • Ph D (Organic Chemistry): Louisiana State University Baton Rouge LA 70803, August, 2011 Masters of Science (M Sc.): Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu Nepal, 1996 • Bachelors of Science (B.Sc.) in Chemistry, and Biology: Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu Nepal (1994)Skills: • Surface modification via covalent immobilization of compounds • Multistep organic synthesis, Extensive knowledge of experimental polymer chemistry • Good hands-on experience with analytical techniques for organic compounds and polymers characterization (NMR, FT-IR, UV/vis and Fluorescence spectroscopy, mass–spectrometry, Gel Permeation Chromatography (GPC), silica gel column chromatography, HPLC, etc.) • Basic skills in atomic force microcopy (AFM), Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) • Experience in preparation of biopolymer nanocomposite hydrogels based on guar gum and laponite RD
2 Jiba Raj Acharya • Practical knowledge of rheological characterization (viscosity, viscoelasticity) • Computer skills: Microsoft Office package for Windows and Mac, Origin, ChemDraw and other software for data processing and drawing • Excellent leadership and communication skills • Basic skills on computationAwards:1999 Best Teacher Award, Gyanodya Higher Secondary School2003 Outstanding Teaching Award, Birenedra Sainik Military College2006 Graduate Student Travel Award (to attend 62nd ACS Southwest Regional Meeting)2008 Coates Travel Award (to attend 234th ACS National Meeting, Boston, MA)2009 Coates Travel Award (to attend 228th ACS National Meeting, Washington, DC)2009 Graduate Student travel award (to attend Gordon Research Conference of Photochemistry)2011 TA Scholar Award, Department of Chemistry, Louisiana State University, in recognition of outstanding service as Teaching Assistant for the year 2010 and 20111Research Experience: • Developed a series of thin-film ratiometric fluorescent chemosensors based on oligo(p-phenylene ethynylene)s terminated with specific receptors (e.g. receptors for L-cysteine, acidity (pH), nitric oxide, etc.) and covalently immobilized on glass surfaces. Extensively studied their photophysical properties and chemosensing performance. • Performed a series of multistep organic syntheses with complete purification and characterization of all the products. • Routinely carried out air- and moisture-sensitive reactions involving transition metal catalysts. • Designed and prepared guar gum and laponite based biopolymer nanocomposites and studied their rheological properties. • Used at the expert level various analytical tools to characterize and study properties of synthesized organic compounds (1H and 13C NMR, FT-IR, UV/vis and Fluorescence spectroscopies, XPS, HPLC). • Managed ordering chemicals, updating inventory of chemicals in the lab, performed day-to-day maintenance of a solvent purification system, Karl Fischer coulometric titrator, glovebox and other laboratory equipment. • Mentored three undergraduate students in their research.
3 Jiba Raj Acharya • Served as a student host during visits of prospective organic faculty candidates at the LSU Department of Chemistry.Work Experience2011(august-current): Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Nicholls State University, Thibodaux, LA703102010, 2011: Teaching assistant at the Department of Chemistry, LSU: organic laboratory (Chemistry2364); students’ evaluation 4.88/5.2004-2006, 2009: Teaching assistant at the Department of Chemistry, LSU: general chemistry lab(Chemistry 1212).2000-2004: Post-Graduate Teacher (PGT) (equivalent to Lecturer or Assistant Professor) at BirendraMilitary College, Bhaktapur, Nepal.2001-2004: Lectured general chemistry to the entering students in New Summit College, Kathmandu,Nepal.1996-2000: Lectured organic chemistry to high school (+2 college) in Gyanodaya Higher S. School,Lalitpur, Nepal.1996-2000: Assistant Lecturer in Trichandra Multiple College, Kathmandu. Lectured organic chemistryto senior students and general chemistry to the entering students. Classroom size ~100 students.Affiliations, Community Involvement and LeadershipAmerican Chemical SocietyNepalese Chemical Society, NepalPresident - Nepalese Student Association (NSA), LSU (2008-2009)Participated as a judge in middle and high school science fairs at the local, regional, and state levels.Served as a student host during visits of prospective organic faculty candidates at the LSU Departmentof Chemistry for two consecutive years.
4 Jiba Raj Acharya Publications:1) Acharya, Jiba Raj; Zhang, Huating; Li, Xian; Nesterov, Evgueni E. “Chemically controlled amplified ratiometric fluorescence in surface-immobilized end-capped oligo (p-phenylene ethynylene)s.” J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2009, 131, 880–881In Preparation:2) Acharya, Jiba Raj; Imsick, Brian; Nesterov, Evgueni E., “Covalently immobilized fluorescein- capped oligo(p-phenylene ethynylene) as a ratiometric fluorescent pH sensor”3) Acharya, Jiba Raj; Nesterov, Evgueni E. “Detection of NO by fluorescent enhancement in thin films of end-capped oligo(p-phenylene ethynylene)s.”4) Acharya, Jiba Raj; Nesterov, Evgueni E. “Ratiomeric fluorescent detection of metal ions using surface-immobilized oligo(p-phenylene ethynylene)s through photoinduced charge transfer.”Oral Presentations: 1) Acharya, Jiba Raj; Zhang, Huating; and Nesterov, Evgueni. E. “Towards ratiometric fluorescent chemosensor based on attenuated energy transfer”. 234th ACS National Meeting, Boston, MA, 2007 2) Acharya, Jiba Raj; and Nesterov Evgueni. E. “Fluorescent ratiometric chemosensors based on surface-immobilized conjugated oligomers.” 238th ACS National Meeting, Washington DC, 2009Poster Presentations: 3) Acharya, Jiba Raj; Imsick, Brian; Nesterov, Evgueni E. “Thin-film pH sensor based on ratiometric fluorescent emission in surface-immobilized monolayer.” Gordon Conference of Photochemistry, Smithfield, RI, 2009 4) Pullinger, B.M; Acharya, Jiba Raj; and Nesterov Evgueni E. “Solid-film fluorescent ratiometric chemosensors based on controlled excitation energy migration: Design of a sensor for nitric oxide”. Presented at LSU in Undergraduate Research Poster Session, 2008 5) Acharya, Jiba Raj; Li, X; and Nesterov, Evgueni. E. “A pH responsive ratiometric fluorescent chemosensor based on attenuated energy transfer: Design and study.” 235th ACS National Meeting, New Orleans, LA, 2008
5 Jiba Raj Acharya 6) Acharya, Jiba Raj; Zhang, Huating; and Nesterov, Evgueni. E. “End-capped π-conjugated oligomers for chemosensing applications: Design and study.” 62nd South West ACS Regional Meeting Houston, TX, 20067) Acharya, Jiba Raj; Schneider, Patrick; Cueto, Rafael; Schmidt, Gudrun. “Characterization ofcarboxymethyl hydroxypropyl guar gum Nanocomposite solutions.” 231st ACS National Meeting,Atlanta, GA, 2005
6 Jiba Raj Acharya References: 1) Dr. Evgueni E. Nesterov (Ph.D. Advisor) Department of Chemistry Louisiana State University 232 Choppin Hall Baton Rouge, LA 70803 Phone: (225) 578 3236 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 2) Dr. Gudrun Schmidt (Former Advisor) Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering Purdue University 206 S. Martin Jischke Drive West Lafayette, IN 47907-2032 Phone: (765) 496-1427 Email: email@example.com 3) Dr. Tamara Nauman (Instructional reference) Department of Chemistry Louisiana State University 317 Williams Hall, Baton Rouge, 70803 Phone: (225) 578-5978 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 4) Dr. Linda R. Allen (Instructional reference) Director of undergraduate laboratories Department of Chemistry 105 Choppin Hall, Louisiana State University Baton Rouge, 70803 Phone: (225) 578-2940 Email: email@example.com