Nicole Ritzert’s research interests include electroanalytical chemistry methods, scanning electrochemical microscopy (SECM), fabrication of electrochemical cells and microelectrodes, and electrode surface preparation and modification. She has expertise in characterizing the electrochemical properties of proteins, organic molecules, and thin layer materials, focusing on charge transfer at electrode-electrolyte interfaces. As a postdoc and guest researcher at NIST, she established a laboratory facility dedicated to imaging spatial variations of electrochemical reactions occurring at surfaces using SECM and optical microscopy. As a Project Leader in the ADA Science & Research Institute, she designs and tests electrochemical biosensors for real time screening and diagnosis of oral diseases.
N. L. Ritzert, V. A. Szalai, and T. P. Moffat. Mapping Electron Transfer at MoS2 Using Scanning Electrochemical Microscopy. Langmuir 34, 13864–13870 (2018).
K. Sun, N. L. Ritzert, J. John, H. Tan, W. G. Hale, J. Jiang, I. Moreno-Hernandez, K. M. Papadantonakis, T. P. Moffat, B. S. Brunschwig, and N. S. Lewis. Performance and Failure Modes of Si Anodes Patterned with Thin-film Ni Catalyst Islands for Water Oxidation. Sustainable Energy and Fuels 2, 983-998 (2018).
N. L. Ritzert and T. P. Moffat.Ultramicroelectrode Studies of Self-Terminated Nickel Electrodeposition and Nickel Hydroxide Formation upon Water Reduction. Journal of Physical Chemistry C 120, 27478–27489 (2016).
N. L. Ritzert, W. Li, C. Tan, G. G. Rodriguez-Calero, J. Rodríguez-López, K. Hernandez-Burgos, S. Conte, J. J. Parks, D. C. Ralph, and H. D. Abruña, Single Layer Graphene as an Electrochemical Platform, Faraday Discussions 118, 924–932 (2014).
N. L. Ritzert, J. Rodríguez-López, C. Tan, and H. D. Abruña, Kinetics of Interfacial Electron Transfer at Single–Layer Graphene Electrodes in Aqueous and Nonaqueous Solutions, Langmuir 29, 1683–1694 (2013).
2014 – 2016 National Research Council Postdoctoral Research Associateship, National Institute of Standards and Technology
2013 Young Investigators Award, Energy Materials Center at Cornell University
2010 – 2012 Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship Fellowship, Cornell University
2007, 2008, 2009 Presidential Scholar (Top 20 Students at University), Slippery Rock University
2005 – 2009 Merit Scholarship, Slippery Rock University
2005 – 2009 Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship, Slippery Rock University, administered by Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency
2009 Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh College Chemistry Award, Slippery Rock University
2008 Leadership in Science Scholarship, College of Health, Environment, and Science, Slippery Rock University
2008 Louis S. and Eva Puntureri Science Memorial Scholarship, College of Health, Environment, and Science, Slippery Rock University
2008 George Smith Research Grant, College of Health, Environment, and Science, Slippery Rock University
2007, 2008 Lynne Ernes Women in Science Scholarship, College of Health, Environment, and Science, Slippery Rock University
2005 College of Health, Environment, and Science Chemistry Scholarship, Slippery Rock University