Faculty Profile for Dr. Jennifer A Irvin

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Dr. Jennifer A Irvin
Associate Professor — Mtrls Sci, Engrg & Comrclzatn Prgm
Associate Professor — Chemistry and Biochemistry
CENT 348
phone: (512) 245-7875

Biography Section

Biography and Education

Dr. Jennifer Irvin is the Director of the Materials Science, Engineering, and Commercialization Program as well as 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

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

  • Minifie, J. R., & Irvin, J. A. (2018, October 15). Faculty Research Spotlight: Business and Science Collaboration Is Key to Successful NSF I-Corps Grant. Engaging Research. San Marcos, TX: Texas State University OAVPR.
  • Wang, L., Zhang, Z., Jiang, X., Irvin, J. A., Liu, C., Wang, M., & Li, X. (2017). Self-Assembly of Tetrameric and Hexameric Terpyridine-Based Macrocycles Using Cd(II), Zn(II), and Fe(II). Inorganic Chemistry, 57(7), 3548–3558. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.inorgchem.7b02361
  • Wang, L., Zhang, Z., Jiang, X., Irvin, J. A., Liu, C., Wang, M., & Li, X. (2017). Self-Assembly of Tetrameric and Hexameric Terpyridine-Based Macrocycles Using Cd(II), Zn(II), and Fe(II). Inorganic Chemistry, 57(7), 3548–3558. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.inorgchem.7b02361
  • Irvin, J. A. (2017). Electrically Conducting Polymers. Journal of Polymer Science and Applications (1st ed., Vol. 1). Los Angeles, CA, United States: Scitechnol. https://doi.org/10.4172/jpsa.1000e102
  • Cantu, T., Walsh, K., Pattani, V., Moy, A., Tunnell, J., Irvin, J. A., & Betancourt, T. (2017). Conductive Polymer-Based Nanoparticle for Laser-Mediated Photothermal Ablation of Cancer: Synthesis, Characterization, and In Vitro Evaluation. International Journal of Nanomedicine, 12, 615–632. https://doi.org/10.2147/IJN.S116583

Selected Awards

  • 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
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Teaching Award, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. 2012

Selected Grants

  • Irvin, Jennifer A (Co-Principal), Tate, Jitendra S (Principal). Eco-NaNo: Eco-Friendly Natural Novel Fibers for Sustainable Composites, Research Enhancement Program, Texas State University, $14101. (Submitted: October 16, 2018, Funded: January 15, 2019 - May 31, 2020). 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). Type I: Texas State I-Corps Site for Entrepreneurship, National Science Foundation, Federal, $254107. (Submitted: February 8, 2018, Funded: October 1, 2018 - September 30, 2021). Grant.
  • Irvin, Jennifer A (Principal). Doctoral Student Recruiting, Texas State University: Graduate College, $1000. (Submitted: 2017). Grant.
  • Irvin, Jennifer A (Principal), Beall, G. (Co-Principal). Graphene Cores for Enhanced Conductivity in Inherently Conductive Polymers, Research Enhancement, $16000. (Funded: January 1, 2016 - May 31, 2017). Grant.

Selected Service Activities

Member
Ingram School of Engineering Director Search Committee
October 2018-Present
Organizer
Research Lightning Rounds
September 2018-Present
Faculty Advisor
MSEC Student Club
August 2018-Present
Member
New Ventures Advisory Committee
June 2018-Present
Member
Greater San Marcos Partnership Recruitment Work Group
February 2018-Present