My academic career began by attending one semester at
College of the Desert, which is located in Palm
Desert, California. I then transferred to
Bakersfield College (BC) for three semesters. While
attending BC, I worked on two separate mathematical
Rebecca Head, which were presented at the
2001 Southern California Section of the Math
Association of America (MAA) conferences.
In the fall semester of
2001, I transferred to California State University
where, in 2002, I received my B.S. in Physics. At CSUB, I
Jorge Talamantes on a computer simulation of a
two-dimensional electron-electron interacting system, in
an effort to determine if the system had a metal insulator
transition. I also participated in research at The
University of Toledo in the summer between my junior
and senior year, where I worked with
Alejandra Lukaszew on building a magneto-optic Kerr
effect station to investigate ferromagnetic thin films. My
work at The University of Toledo was funded through the
Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program
provided by the National Science Foundation.
In addition, I also
collaborated with Michael Rios on the topology of
fractional calculus. We presented preliminary results of
our studies at a Southern California MAA conference in
2002. Additionally, I have acquired 38 semester units
in business classes from
Vanguard University of Southern California.
Upon completion of my
B.S. in physics (2002), I promptly crossed the continental
divide and proceeded to
to participate in the
Applied Physics Program at the
Michigan. Outside of
academia, my interests are travel, guitar/songwriting,
fractional calculus, and various sporting activities.
Also, I maintain a web site focusing on everyday
applications of nanotechnology -
I have been a part of the
Kopelman Laboratory since January of 2003. When I
first joined the group, I worked on the fabrication of a
sensing magnetic micro-drill that could be controlled
remotely. Remotely exploring biological tissues using
magnetically driven micro-machines could one day allow for
medical diagnostics and treatment. We developed a
magnetically driven drill capable of sensing pH gradients.
The drill was coated on one side with a fluorescent
indicator dye that blinks when the drill rotates;
extracting the blinking signal reduces background
interference by over a factor of 100.
Since the microdrill, I have
worked closely with Brownian and Magnetic MOONs (MOdulated
Optical Nanoprobes). To obtain a more in depth
introduction to MOONs go to
http://www.umich.edu/~koplab/people/jeff.html. We have
recently focused on using MOONs as nanoviscometers,
immunoassays, and for detecting binding events.
For slow magnet rotation rates, MagMOONs follow the
external driving magnet with a small phase lag. As the
rotation rate increases, the phase lag increases. Maximum
magnetic torque and MagMOON terminal velocity occurs when
the external magnet is perpendicular to the MagMOONs
magnetic moment. At higher driving frequencies, the
MagMOON is lapped by the external magnetic field resulting
in a rocking motion at the frequency of the driving field
superimposed on a slower overall rotation rate. This
behavior is sensitive to a variety of physical parameters.
Patents:J.N. Anker, C.J.
Behrend, R. Kopelman, and B.H. McNaughton,
"Modulated physical and chemical sensors," Patent Pending
V.A. Stoica, J.N.
R. Clarke, and R.
of uniform half-shell magnetic nanoparticles and
microspheres with applications as magnetically modulated
optical nanoprobes, Posted on arxiv.org
microdrill as a modulated fluorescent pH sensor,
Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials 293,
with modulated optical nanoprobes (MOONs), Journal
of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials 293, 663-670
Anker, R. Kopelman, Optical
manipulation of metal-silica hybrid nanoparticles,
Procedings of SPIE. 5514, 502-513 (2004).
C.J. Behrend, J.N.
McNaughton, T.G. Roberts, M. Brasuel, M.A. Philbert,
R. Kopelman, Metal-capped
brownain and magnetically modulated optical nanoprobes (MOONs):
micromechanics in chemical and biological
microenvironments, Journal of Physical Chemistry B
108, 10408-10414 (2004).
J.N. Anker, C.J.
Behrend, B.H. McNaughton, T.G. Roberts, M. Brasuel,
M.A. Philbert, Characterization
and applications of modulated optical nanoprobes (MOONs)
Mat. Res. Soc. Symp. Proc. 790, 4.4.1-12,
R.A. Lukaszew, B.
McNaughton, V. Stoica, and R. Clarke, "Surface
reconstruction and induced uniaxial magnetic fields on Ni
films," Mat. Res. Soc. Symp. Proc., (2002).
A Century Beyond Einstein: Physics theme semester
commemorates three ground-breaking papers by the legendary
scientist (Sep 20, 2005 By Brandon H. McNaughton,
Daily Science Reporter)
Nobel Laureate speaks on ultra-cold matter (Apr 12,
2005 By Brandon H. McNaughton, For the Daily)
Marshall Scholar winner tackles dark matter mystery
(Jan 11, 2005 By Brandon McNaughton, For the Daily)