Faculty Profile for Dr. Jennifer A Irvin

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Dr. Jennifer A Irvin
Associate Professor — Chemistry and Biochemistry
Associate Professor — Materials Application Research Center
CENT 348
phone: (512) 245-7875

Biography Section

Biography and Education

Dr. Jennifer Irvin is the Co-Director of the Materials Application Research Center and the Associate Director of the Materials Science, Engineering, and Commercialization Program. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry at Texas State University. Her research focuses on electroactive polymers, that is, polymers that change their properties in the presence of an electric field. Projects include synthesis of novel n-doping polymers with enhanced stability, using electroactive polymers to develop energy storage devices as alternatives to traditional batteries and capacitors, using electroactive polymers to detect and treat cancer, using processing approaches to enhance electroactivity, developing nanocomposites for water purification, and preparing, modifying, and characterizing nanoparticles. Dr. Irvin received a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Florida under the guidance of Dr. John R. Reynolds prior to spending two years as a post-doctoral fellow at Sandia National Laboratories. Dr. Irvin then spent eight years as a Research Chemist and Head of Analytical Chemistry in the Chemistry and Materials Division of the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division in China Lake, CA. In 2008 Dr. Irvin joined the faculty at Texas State University as an Assistant Professor; she was promoted to Associate Professor in 2014. Dr. Irvin has more than 40 publications, 19 patents issued, and over 100 technical presentations. She is a member of the American Chemical Society. You can find out more about Dr. Irvin’s research at: http://irvinresearch.wp.txstate.edu/.

Teaching Interests

Organic Chemistry, Polymer Science, Professional Development

Research Interests

Projects include synthesis of novel n-doping polymers with enhanced stability, using electroactive polymers to develop energy storage devices as alternatives to traditional batteries and capacitors, using electroactive polymers to detect and treat cancer, using processing approaches to enhance electroactivity, developing nanocomposites for water purification, and preparing, modifying, and characterizing nanoparticles.

Selected Scholarly/Creative Work

  • Huff, M. E., Gokmen, F. O., Barrera, J. S., Lara, E. J., Tunnell, J., Irvin, J. A., & Betancourt, T. (2020). Induction of Immunogenic Cell Death in Breast Cancer by Conductive Polymer Nanoparticle-Mediated Photothermal Therapy. ACS APPLIED POLYMER MATERIALS, 2(12), 5602–5620. https://doi.org/10.1021/acsapm.0c00938
  • Irvin, J. A., Minifie, J. R., Runsewe, D. O., & Thompson, W. G. (2021). Best Practices of Small Business Development Centers with Host Institutions. Small Business Institute Journal, 17(1). https://doi.org/10.53703/001c.28167
  • Hebert, D. D., Naley, M. A., Cunningham, C. C., Sharp, undefined J., Murphy, E. E., Stanton, V., & Irvin, J. A. (2021). Enabling Conducting Polymer Applications: Methods for Achieving High Molecular Weight in Chemical Oxidative Polymerization in Alkyl- and Ether-Substituted Thiophenes. Materials, 14, 6146. https://doi.org/doi.org/10.3390/ma14206146
  • Alvizo, E. N., Tate, J. S., Holthaus, S. E., & Irvin, J. A. (2020). Characterization and Sustainable Retting of Ragweed Fibers. United States: Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering.
  • Runsewe, D. O., Betancourt, T., & Irvin, J. A. (2019). Biomedical applications of electroactive polymers in electrochemical sensors: a review. Materials, 12, 2629. https://doi.org/10.3390/ma12162629

Selected Awards

  • Award / Honor Recipient: Outstanding Mentor Award, Texas State University Graduate College. November 2021
  • Award / Honor Recipient: College of Science and Engineering College Achievement Award for Excellence in Service. 2014
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Service Award. 2014
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Outstanding Girl Scout Volunteer Award. 2012
  • Award / Honor Nominee: Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching, College of Science and Engineering Dean. 2012

Selected Grants

  • Betancourt, Tania (Principal), Brittain, William J (Co-Principal), Irvin, Jennifer A (Co-Principal), Theodoropoulou, Nikoleta (Co-Principal), Martin, Benjamin (Co-Principal), Rhodes, Christopher Peter (Co-Principal), Wistey, Mark A (Co-Principal), Miyahara, Yoichi (Co-Principal), Kerwin, Sean Michael (Co-Principal). TxState-UT PREM Center for Intelligent Materials Assembly (CIMA), National Science Foundation, Federal, $3822000. (Funded: July 1, 2021 - June 30, 2027). Grant.
  • Irvin, Jennifer A (Principal). Versatile Chemical Modification of Commodity Polymer Nanofibers with Inherently Conductive Polymers, Research Enhancement Program, Texas State University, $8000. (Submitted: October 13, 2020, Funded: January 11, 2021 - May 31, 2022). Grant.
  • Irvin, Jennifer A (Principal). Reduction in Variability in Liquid Locking Compound Applications, Missile Defense Agency, Federal, $17000. (Submitted: January 2017, Funded: June 2017). Grant.
  • Irvin, Jennifer A (Principal), Minifie, Jana Roberta (Co-Principal). Texas State University I-Corps Site for Entrepreneurship (Supplement 2), National Science Foundation, Federal, $50820. (Submitted: May 7, 2021, Funded: July 14, 2021 - September 30, 2022). Grant.
  • Irvin, Jennifer A. I-Corps Sites: Type I - Texas State University I-Corps Site for Entrepreneurship (Supplement), National Science Foundation, Federal, $50332. (Submitted: May 27, 2020, Funded: June 1, 2020 - September 30, 2021). Grant.

Selected Service Activities

Member
Chemistry Graduate Curriculum Committee
November 2020-Present
Member
Presidential Work Life Advisory Council
September 1, 2020-Present
Member
University Materials Council
April 15, 2020-Present
Member
New Ventures Advisory Committee
June 2018-Present
Member
Shared Research Operations Advisory Committee
2017-Present