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Zeus Allen De los Santos

NRC Postdoctoral Research Associate

Zeus obtained his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Georgetown University in the laboratory of Prof. Christian Wolf. At Georgetown, he specialized in synthesizing and developing sensing assays for chiroptical detection and determination of enantiomeric excess, absolute configuration and analyte concentration of chiral compounds in crude reaction mixtures.

As an NRC Postdoctoral Associate working with Ming Zheng and Jeff Fagan, his research goals include developing analytical tools geared towards sensing of biomolecules (most of which are inherently chiral) in complex media using DNA-wrapped single-wall carbon nanotubes (CNTs). Currently, a fundamental understanding between the different interactions of chiral CNT's handedness with various small-molecules is lacking. Much of Zeus' research is devoted to formulating answers to such questions by looking at spectroscopic modulations that can shed light between various binding phenomena that occur between exogenous substrates and DNA-wrapped CNTs. Through the use of machine learning, specific spectroscopic signatures produced by the small-molecules and CNT interactions can be exploited to develop metrologies for various biochemical applications. 

For a list of recent publications, click here.



  • 2019 NRC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship
  • 2017 Michael T. Pope Award for Excellence in Inorganic Chemistry Research 
  • 2017 United States of America Delegate to the 67th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting (Lindau, Germany)
  • Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Fellowship
  • Molecular Basis of Disease Fellowship
Created December 10, 2019, Updated February 19, 2020