Welcome to the Buhlmann Group


     Our group is interested in the use of molecular recognition for chemical sensing. On one hand, we develop chemical sensors for clinical and environmental applications. Our research focuses on new receptors that bind analytes of interest with high selectivity, novel strategies to obtain very low detection limits, and perfluoropolymers that permit long-term monitoring and eventually the implantation into the human body. On the other hand, we chemically modify metal and carbon nanotube tips, and use them in scanning tunneling microscopy for chemically selective imaging with molecular resolution.

Recent Publications

Indirect Potentiometric Determination of Polyquaternium Polymer Concentrations by Equilibrium Binding to 1-Dodecyl Sulfate. Anderson, E. L.; Samaniego, P. D.; Bühlmann, P. Anal. Sci. in press.   

Potentiometric Selectivities of Ionophore-Doped Ion-Selective Membranes: Concurrent Presence of Primary Ion or Interfering Ion Complexes of Multiple Stoichiometries. Yilmaz, I.; Chen, L. D.; Chen, X. V.; Anderson, E. L.; da Costa, R. C.; Gladysz, J. A.; Bühlmann, P. Anal. Chem. 2019, 91(3), 2409-2417.

Remediation of Perfluorooctylsulfonate Contamination by in Situ Sequestration: Direct Monitoring of PFOS Binding to Polyquaternium Polymers, Anderson, E. L., Mousavi, M. P. S., Aly, Y. H., Chen, X. V., Simcik, M. F., Buhlmann, P. ACS Omega, 2019, (1), 1068-1076.

In-Situ Sensing of the Neurotransmitter Acetylcholine in a Dynamic Range of 1 nM to 1 mM, Abd El-Rahman, M.; Mousavi, M. S.; Mahmoud, A.; Abdelsalam, R.; Buhlmann, P. ACS Sens., 2018, 3(12), 2581-2589.

 Stress and mental health in graduate school: How student empowerment creates lasting change, Mousavi, M. P. S.; Sohrabpour, Z.; Anderson, E. L.; Stemig-Vindedahl, A.; Golden, D.; Christenson, G.; Lust, K.; Bühlmann, P. J. Chem. Ed., 201895(11), 1939-1946.

Redox Buffer Capacity of Ion-Selective Electrode Solid Contacts Doped with Organometallic Complexes, Zhen X., Rousseau, C., Buhlmann, P. Anal. Chem2018, 90 (18), 11000-11007.

Non-Covalent Monolayer Modification of Graphene Using Pyrene and Cyclodextrin Receptors for Chemical Sensing, Zhen X. V., Swanson E. G., Nelson J. T., Zhang Y., Su Q., Koester S. J., Buhlmann P. ACS Appl. Nano Mater. 2018, 1, 2718-2726. 

 Cleaning of pH Selective Electrodes with Ionophore-Doped Fluorous Membranes in NaOH Solution at 90 ºC, Lugert-Thom, E. C.; Gladysz, J. A.; Rabai, J.; Bühlmann, P. Electroanalysis 201830, 611-618.

 Functionalized Mesoporous Polymers with Enhanced Performance as Reference Electrode Frits, Anderson, E. L.; Saba, S. A.; Loomis, D. J.; Buhlmann, P.; Hillmyer, M. A., ACS Appl. Nano Mat. 2018, 1, 139–144.



Celeste and Blair passed their Oral Prelim Exams earning their Masters Degrees and becoming PhD candidates.

Welcome  Kwangrok and Casey who just joined the Buhlmann Group! Nov. 2018

Yao defended his thesis on October 2 and will begin working at KLA Tencor in California this month.

Xue defended her thesis on May 22 and will start working at Boston Scientific on June 4, 2018

Congratulations to Jinbo on receiving the 2018 Graduate School's "Best Dissertation Award" in Physical Sciences & Engineering and the 2017 Award for Doctoral Thesis Excellence in Chemistry! May, 2018

Congratulations to Evan on receiving a Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship for the 2018-19 academic year! April. 2018

We received a fall 2017 safe lab award from the Joint Safety Team. Well done everyone! Mar. 2018

Welcome Blair and Celeste who just joined the Buhlmann group! Nov. 2017

Congratulations to Evan on winning the MUACC Poster Award! Oct. 2017

Congratulations to Evan! His article "Self-Supporting, Hydrophobic, Ionic Liquid-Based Reference Electrodes Prepared by Polymerization-Induced Microphase Separation" has been selected as an ACS Editors' Choice highlight. Sep. 2017

Congratulations to Xin on receiving the Beaker and Bunsen awards for his research prensention at the 16th annual Graduate Student Research Symposium! June 2017


Buhlmann Group Axe Throwing

Group axe throwing event. January 2019

The Buhlmann Group defeats the escape room!

The Buhlmann Group conquered the escape room, July 2018. 

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Group photo before Xue and Yao's graduation ceremony, May 2018.

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Group meeting calendar

Every Wednesday, at 12:15 in Smith 221

(Presenting sequence: Xin, Evan, Brian, Blair, Celeste)