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Kathryn Riley

Assistant Professor

Bioanalytical Chemistry


  2. Phone: (610) 690-3904
  3. Science Center 284
Kathryn Riley


B.A., Chemistry, Swarthmore College

Ph.D., Chemistry, Wake Forest University

NRC Postdoctoral Fellow, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)


Chem 10 (Foundations of Chemical Principles)

Chem 43 (Analytical Methods and Instrumentation)


Research in my group involves the development of analytical techniques for the characterization of nanomaterials and their dynamic transformations in biological and environmental matrices. Specifically, we are developing a suite of in situ electrochemical, spectroscopic, and separation technologies to monitor and quantify silver nanoparticle (AgNP) dissolution, aggregation, and protein corona formation.

Recent publications:

*undergraduate coauthor

Riley, K.R., Sims, C.M., Wood, I.T., Vanderah, D.J., Walker, M.L. Short-chained oligo(ethylene oxide)-functionalized gold nanoparticles: realization of significant protein resistance. Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry, 410 (2018) 145-154. doi:10.1007/s00216-017-0704-0

Sims, C.M., Hanna, S.K., Heller, D.A., Horoszko, C.P., Johnson, M.E., Montoro Bustos, A.R., Reipa, V., Riley, K.R., Nelson, B.C. Redox-active nanomaterials for nanomedicine applications. Nanoscale, 9 (2017), 15226-15251doi:10.1039/C7NR05429G

Stuart, C.H., Riley, K.R., Boyacioglu, O., Herpai, D.M., Debinski, W., Qasem, S., Marini, F.C., Colyer, C., Gmeiner, W.H. Selection of a novel aptamer against vitronectin using capillary electrophoresis and next generation sequencing. Molecular Therapy Nucleic Acids, 5(11) (2016), e386 doi: 10.1038/mtna.2016.91

Riley, K.R., Liu, S., Yu, G., Libby, K., Cubicciotti, R., Colyer, C.L. Using capillary electrophoresis to characterize polymeric particles. Journal of Chromatography A, 1463 (2016) 169-175. doi:10.1016/j.chroma.2016.08.017

Nelson, B.C., Johnson, M.E., Walker, M.L., Riley, K.R., Sims, C.M. Antioxidant cerium oxide nanoparticles in biology and medicine. Antioxidants, 5 (2016) 15. doi:10.3390/antiox5020015