Nicole Ritzert has over 10 years of experience in designing and executing measurements to characterize the electrochemical properties of proteins, organic molecules, and thin layer materials, focusing on charge transfer at electrode-electrolyte interfaces. Her interests are electroanalytical chemistry methods (e.g., cyclic voltammetry, chronoamperometry), scanning electrochemical microscopy (SECM), fabrication of electrochemical cells and microelectrodes, and electrode surface preparation and modification. As a postdoc and guest researcher in the Materials Science and Engineering Division at NIST, she established a laboratory facility dedicated to imaging spatial variations of electrochemical reactions occurring at surfaces using SECM and optical microscopy. Her work involved mapping the reactivity of active sites of electrocatalysts and characterized electrodeposition of thin metal films at micrometer-sized electrodes that revealed chemical processes, including precipitation and local pH changes, hidden at larger area electrodes. As a Project Leader with the Volpe Research Center, she is designing and test oral biosensor platforms for real time screening and diagnosis of disease as well as fabricate microelectrodes for characterizing dental materials.
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).
J. Rodríguez-López, N. L. Ritzert, J. A. Mann, C. Tan, W. R. Dichtel, and H. D. Abruña, Quantification of the Surface Diffusion of Tripodal Binding Motifs on Graphene using Scanning Electrochemical Microscopy, Journal of the American Chemical Society 134, 6224–6236 (2012).
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