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Ilona Kretzschmar

Ilona Kretzschmar

The City College of New York

Email: kretzschmar@ccny.cuny.edu
Phone: (212) 650-6769



Research Interest

Two- and three-dimensional nanoparticale assembly. Particle surface modification via nanomaterials and molecular-directed assembly.

ILONA KRETZSCHMAR is an associate professor in chemical engineering at The City College of New York. She earned her diploma and PhD degrees in chemistry from the Technical University of Berlin. During her graduate studies with Prof. H. Schwarz, she studied reactions of metal cations with organic molecules in the gas phase employing Fourier-transform ion-cyclotron resonance and Guided-Ion Beam mass spectrometry. From 2000 to 2002, she was a Feodor-Lynen postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University, where she worked on hydrocarbon radical-rearrangement reactions on clean and modified metal surfaces. She then became a research associate in molecular electronics in the department of electrical engineering at Yale University in 2002 with Prof. M.A. Reed.

Current Position:

  • September 2008 - present

    Associate Professor at the Department of Chemical Engineering, City College of New York

  • September 2004 - August 2008

    Assistant Professor at the Department of Chemical Engineering, City College of New York

Topic: "Two and three-dimensional nanoparticle assembly"

Doctoral and Postdoctoral Research

  • June 2002 - August 2004

    Postdoctoral Associate at Yale University
    Supervisor: Prof. Mark Reed

    Topic: "Nanomaterial device fabrication and development of electrochemistry for self-assembled monolayer quality control."

  • January 2000 - May 2002

    Feodor-Lynen Fellow at Harvard University
    Humboldt Supervisor: Prof. William N. Lipscomb
    Lab Supervisor: Prof. Cynthia M. Friend

    Topic: "C-C coupling and Radical Reactions on Clean and Modified Transition Metal Surfaces"

  • October - December 1999

    Research Assistant at the Technical University of Berlin
    Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Drs. h.c. Helmut Schwarz

    Topic: "Vanadium Oxides (SFB 546)"

  • May, 31st 1999

    Ph.D. (summa cum laude)
    Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Drs. h.c. Helmut Schwarz

    Topic: "Energetics and Reactivity of the Binary Transition Metal Sulfides of the 3rd and 4th Row in the Gas Phase"

  • March - April 1998
    January - February 1997

    Research Stays at the University of Utah
    Supervisor: Prof. Peter B. Armentrout

    Topic: "Determination of Transition Metal Chalcogenide Bond Energies Using the Guided Ion Beam Technique"

  • April 1996 - September 1999

    Technical University of Berlin
    Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Drs. h.c. Helmut Schwarz

    Topic: "Investigation of the Reactivity of Transition Metal Chalcogenides in the Gas Phase"

Higher Education

  • October 1994 - March 1996

    Technical University of Berlin
    Diploma in Chemistry (summa cum laude)

  • October 1993 - September 1994

    Dublin City University (DCU), Ireland
    Chemistry Study at DCU

  • October 1991 - September 1993

    Technical University of Berlin
    Prediploma in Chemistry (summa cum laude)

Teaching Experience

  • September 2001 - February 2002

    Teaching Fellow for Chem167 (Surface and Interfacial Phenomena) at Harvard University
    Graduate and Advanced Undergraduate Level

  • October 1997 - March 1998

    Teaching Assistant for Organic Chemistry 1 at the Technical University of Berlin
    Undergraduate Level

  • October 1996 - March 1997

    Teaching Assistant for Organic Chemistry 1 at the Technical University of Berlin
    Undergraduate Level

Fellowships & Grants

  • 2001

    GRC Student Travel Award
    "Gaseous Ions: Structures, Energetics, and Reactions"

  • 2001

    GRC Student Travel Award
    "Chemical Reactions at Surfaces"

  • 2000

    GRC Best Poster Award
    "Catalysis"

  • 2000-2001

    Feodor Lynen Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

  • 1997

    Grant for Research at the University of Utah

  • 1996 -1998

    Scholarship holder of the Fonds der Chemischen Industrie

  • 1996

    International Student Summer School of the BASF

  • 1993-1994

    ERASMUS Exchange Scholarship for Study at DCU

  • 1993

    Klaus-Koch Scholarship