Nathan Rackstraw

Doctoral Student

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B.A. Chemistry, Macalester College, 2017

Research Area

Applying green chemistry principles to real-world problems in polymer science


(1) Qiu, T.A.; Torelli, M.D.; Vartanian, A.M.; Rackstraw, N.B.; Buchman, J.T.; Jacob, L.M.; Murphy, C.J.; Hamers, R.J.; Haynes, C.L. "Quantification of Free Polyelectrolytes Present in Colloidal Suspension, Revealing a Source of Toxic Responses for Polyelectrolyte-Wrapped Gold Nanoparticles" Analytical Chemistry, 2017, 89(3), 1823-1830.

(2) Kuwata, K.T.; Luu, L.; Weberg, A.B.; Huang, K.; Parsons, A.J.; Peebles, L.A.; Rackstraw, N.B.; Kim, M.J. "Quantum Chemical and Statistical Rate Theory Studies of the Vinyl Hydroperoxides Formed in trans-2-butene and 2,3-dimethyl-2-butene Ozonolysis" J. Phys. Chem. A, 2018, 122(9), 2485-2502.

About Me:

Where are you from?

Bethesda, MD

What is your favorite type of electromagnetic radiation and why?

Radio waves...gotta be able to watch my shows.

If you could be any animal in the wild, what would you be and why?

Penguin in the Galapagos Islands. Just hang out, relax, swim and eat fish with my penguin buddies.