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D. Eric Aston
Department of Chemical Engineering
Buchanan Engineering Lab (BEL) 301
PO Box 441021
Moscow, ID 83844-1021 
208-885-6953; fax 208-885-7462

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Indepth Curriculum Vita
Research Associates
Research Interests
Courses Taught
Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, 2001, University of Washington
M.S., Physics, 2000, University of Washington
B.S., Chemical Engineering, 1995, University of Idaho
Technical Specialties
Colloids and Interfacial Phenomena:  Scanning Probe Microscopy, Nanowires, Adhesion and Thin Films, Microfluidics and Chemical Sensors, Polymers and Composites, Nanotechnology
Professional Experience
  • 2007 - present -- Associate Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Idaho
  • 2001 - 2007 -- Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Idaho
  • 2002 - present -- Adjunct Prof., Department of Materials Science and Engineering, UI
  • 2000 - Adjunct Professor, Division of Natural and Social Science, Northwest College
  • 1995 - Resident Associate, Argonne National Laboratories - West, Idaho Falls, ID
  • 1994 - Research Assistant, School of Chemical Enigneering, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
  • Honors and Awards
  • Alumni Award for Excellence, University of Idaho, 2008
  • Outstanding Researcher, College of Engineering, University of Idaho, 2007-08
  • NSF MRI: “Acquisition of Confocal Raman, Scanning Near-Field Optical Microscopy (SNOM) System for Wet and Dry Materials and Devices,” PI D.E. Aston, CoPIs: P. Griffiths, M.-P. Laborie, A. McDonald, D.N. McIlroy, DMR-0619310, 09/01/06-08/31/07
  • NSF NER: “Polymer Nanowire Chemical Sensors for Aqueous Media,” PI D.E. Aston, 7/15/05-6/30/07, BES-0507921.
  • Outstanding Young Faculty, College of Engineering, University of Idaho, 2004-05
  • W.M. Keck Foundation Engineering & Science Grant (w/ McIlroy et al.) 2003-06
  • Victor K. LaMer Award Nomination, 2002, 2003, 2004
  • Intel Foundation Fellow, 1998-99
  • Weyerhaeuser Fisken Fellowship, 1996-97
  • Alumni Award For Excellence, University of Idaho, 1994
  • National Academy for Nuclear Training Scholar 1994-95
  • Potlatch Foundation Scholar, 1991-95
  • Selected Publications
    Chen, Y., Ian Stevenson, Rebecca Pouy, L. Wang, D.N. McIlroy, Tyler Pounds, M. Grant Norton, and D.E. Aston, “Mechanical Elasticity of Vapor-Liquid-Solid Grown GaN Nanowires.” Nanotechnology 18(13): 135708 (2007).

    Chen, Y., B.L. Dorgan, Jr., D.N. McIlroy, and D.E. Aston, “On the Importance of Boundary Conditions on Nanomechanical Bending Behavior and Elastic Modulus Determination of Silver Nanowires.” J. Appl. Phys.100(10): 104301-7 (2006).

    Withers, J.R. and D.E. Aston, “Nanomechanical Measurements with AFM in the Elastic Limit.”  Adv. Colloid Interface Sci.120: 57-67 (2006).

     Shanmugham, S, A. Alkhateeb, J. Jeong, D.E. Aston, “Polymer Nanowire Elastic Moduli Measured with Digital Pulsed Force Mode AFM.” Langmuir 21(22): 10214-18 (2005). Invited Contribution to Bob Rowell Festschrift special issue.

    Doan, S.C., S. Shanmugham, D.E. Aston, J.L. McHale, “Counterion Dependent Dye Aggregates: Nanorods and Nanorings of Tetra(p-carboxyphenyl)porphyrin.” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 127(16): 5885-92 (2005).

    Dai, X., J. Boll, M.A. Hayes, and D.E. Aston, “Adhesion of Cryptosporidium Parvum and Giardia Lamblia to Solid Surfaces:  The Role of Surface Charge and Hydrophobicity.”  Colloids and Surfaces B:  Biointerfaces 34(4):  259-63 (2004).

    McIlroy, D.N., A. Alkhateeb, D. Zhang, D.E. Aston, A.C. Marcy, and M. Grant Norton, “Nanospring Formation:  Unexpected Catalyst Mediated Growth.” J. Phys. Condensed Matter  16(12):  R415-R440 (2004). Invited Review Article.

    Aston, D.E. and J.C. Berg, “Advances in Fluid Interface-Atomic Force Microscopy.” In Science, Technology and Education of Microscopy: An Overview.  Vol. 2, A. Mendez-Vilas, Ed., FORMATEX:  Spain  2003, pp. 630-37.

    D.E. Aston, J.C. Berg, Quantitative Analysis of Fluid Interface-Atomic Force Microscopy (FI-AFM).J. Colloid Interface Sci. 235(1): 162-69 (2001).

    M. He, A. Szuchmacher-Blum, D.E. Aston,, C. Buenviaje, R.M. Overney, R. Luginbuhl, Critical Phenomena of Water Bridges in Nanoasperity Contacts.J. Chem. Phys.114(3): 1355-60 (2001).