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Dr. Milan Balaz, Department of chemistry, University of Wyoming

About Milan

Dr. Milan Balaz
Associate Professor and Group Leader

Supramolecular chemistry and Chiroptical spectroscopy
Department of Chemistry
University of Wyoming
Laramie, WY 82071
Phone: +1 307 766-4330, Fax: +1 307 766 2807
mbalaz@uwyo.edu




Education and scientific training: I received a Ph.D. degree in Organic Chemistry from the University of Strasbourg and Comenius University (jointly awarded) with thorough formal training in asymmetric synthesis and stereochemistry. Subsequently, I worked as a postdoctoral researcher in the group of Professors Nakanishi and Berova (Columbia University) exploring through space exciton coupled circular dichroism. I then joined the research group of Professor Anderson (University of Oxford) as a Marie Curie postdoctoral fellow. My research focused on the synthesis, photophysical, and photobiological properties of conjugated porphyrin dimers for two-photon excited photodynamic therapy (with Prof. D. Phillips, Imperial College London and Prof. B. C. Wilson, Ontario Cancer Institute) and intracellular viscosity sensing (with Dr. M. Kuimova, Imperial College London).

My research at UW:
      1. Supramolecular DNA-templated porphyrin nanostructures
      2. Organic ligand induced chiroptical inorganic nanomaterials
      3. Quantum dots sensitized solar cells (QDSSCs)
      4. Enhanced circular dichroism detection of chiral biomolecules
A detailed description of all research projects can be found here.

Education
Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry, 1999-2003
Fellow of the French Government (Boursier du Gouvernement Français, BGF)
Université Louis Pasteur, Ecole Européenne de Chimie, Polymeres et Matériaux, Strasbourg, France
Pl: Prof. Arlette Solladié-Cavallo, Directeur de Recherche
Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry, 1999-2003
Comenius University, School of Natural Sciences, Department of Chemistry, Bratislava, Slovakia
Pl: Prof. Marta Salisova

Professional Training
Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow, 2006-2008
Oxford University, Department of Chemistry, Oxford, UK
Pl: Prof. Harry L. Anderson
Postdoctoral Research Scientist, 2003-2005
Columbia University, New York, NY
Pls: Prof. Koji Nakanishi and Prof. Nina Berova