Brian Neil Turner

Postdoctoral Researcher
School of Engineering: Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering

  • Location: Kettering Laboratories Room 542
  • Phone: 615-483-3278
  • Email: Contact


Selected Publications

  • Harkness, K.M., B.N. Turner, A.C. Agrawal, Y. Zhang, J.A. McLean, and D.E. Cliffel.  2012. Biomimetic monolayer-protected gold nanoparticles for immunorecognition.  Nanoscale.
  • Harkness, K.M., B.C. Hixson, L.S. Fenn, B.N. Turner, A.C. Rape, C.A. Simpson, B.J. Huffman, J.A. McLean, and D.E. Cliffel. 2010. A structural mass spectrometry strategy for the relative quantitation of ligands on mixed monolayer-protected gold nanoparticles. Anal. Chem. 49: 10858-10866.
  • Huffman, B.J., B.N. Turner, and D.E. Cliffel.  2009. Nanoparticle-based biologic mimetics.  In Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Nanomedicine and Nanobiotechnology, ed. J.R. Baker, and A. Ahmad, 1, no. 1 (January/February): 47-59.
  • Turner, B., and S. Swavey. 2007. Synthesis and characterization of a mononuclear copper (II) complex with pyridyl, thioether, and phenolate donors.  Inorg. Chem. Comm. 10, no. 2: 209-211.

Honors and Awards

  • Dawson Fellowship (Vanderbilt, outstanding entering chemistry graduate)
  • Graduate Teaching Assistantship (Vanderbilt)
  • Graduate Research Assistantship (Vanderbilt)
  • Bernard J. Katchmann Scholarship (University of Dayton, outstanding entering chemistry major)
  • Carl I. Michaelis Scholarship (University of Dayton, outstanding chemistry major upperclassman)
  • University of Dayton President’s Scholarship (University of Dayton, high GPA and ACT score)
  • President, Student Affiliates of the ACS, University of Dayton Chapter, 2004-2005

Courses Taught

  • Graduate Instructor, Vanderbilt University (2005-2007), Courses: General Chemistry Lab I, Organic Chemistry Lab II, Instrumental Analysis Lab
  • Undergraduate Instructor, University of Dayton (Fall 2004 –Spring 2005), Courses: General Chemistry Lab I


  • Ph.D., Chemistry, Vanderbilt University, 2011
  • B.S., Chemistry (cum laude), University of Dayton, 2005

Research Interests

  • Gold nanoparticle synthesis and characterization
  • Applications of gold nanoparticles to life science, materials science, and catalysis
  • Sensor and assay development
  • Chemical kinetics
  • Materials Printing
  • Electrochemistry