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Stephen E. Bialkowski

Stephen E. Bialkowski

Analytical Chemistry


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Editor in Chief, Critical Reviews in Analytical Chemistry


B.S., 1975, Eastern Michigan University
Ph.D., 1978, University of Utah
Postdoctoral, 1978-80, NBS (NIST)
Fulbright Research Fellow to Slovenia, University of Nova Gorica, 2006


My research interests center on the application of photothermal spectrometry for ultrasensitive chemical analysis and material characterization. This includes trace analysis of air, liquids and solids, with an emphasis on instrumentation, technique development, thermodynamics of energy transfer, and models for both molecular and homogeneous fluid heat transfer. Interesting corollaries to this research include all-optical spectroscopic signal processing, optical and digital filtering, and I am especially interested in the momentum transfer that occurs at the interface of semitransparent materials. My research is currently centered more on understanding energy transfer physics and modeling of "real world" experiments using finite element method physics models.

Selected Recent Publications

Continuous Laser-Excited Photothermal Spectrometry of CdSxSe1-x Doped Glasses Oluwatosin Dada, Matthew R. Jorgensen, Stephen E. Bialkowski Applied Spectroscopy 61 1373-1378 2007

Finite Element Analysis Modeling of Pulse-Laser Excited Photothermal Deflection (Mirage Effect) from Aerosols Oluwatosin O. Dada and Stephen E. Bialkowski Applied Spectroscopy 62 102 2008

Development of Infrared Photothermal Deflection Spectroscopy (Mirage Effect) for Analysis of Condensed-phase Aerosols Collected in a Micro-Orifice Uniform Deposit ImpactorOluwatosin O. Dada and Stephen E. Bialkowski Applied Spectroscopy 62 112 2008

Pulsed-Laser Excited Photothermal Study of Cadmium Sulfoselenium Nanoparticle Doped Glasses Prakash R. Joshi, Oluwatosin O. Dada  and Stephen E. Bialkowski Applied Spectroscopy 63 815 2009

S.E. Bialkowski, "Photothermal Spectroscopy Methods for Chemical Analysis," Volume 134 in Chemical Analysis, Wiley, New York, 1996.

Unraveling the Effects of Radiation Forces in Water
N. G. C. Astrath, L. C. Malacarne, M. L. Baesso, G. V. B. Lukasievicz, and S. E. Bialkowski Nature Communications5 4363 2014 DOI: 10.1038/ncomms5363

Quantitative assessment of radiation force effect at the dielectric air-liquid interface Otávio Augusto Capeloto, Vitor Santaella Zanuto, Luis Carlos Malacarne, Mauro Luciano Baesso, Gustavo Vinicius Bassi Lukasievicz, Stephen Edward Bialkowski, and Nelson Guilherme Castelli Astrath, Nature: Scientific Reports 6 20515 2016 doi:10.1038/srep20515

Parameters for Common Solvents used in Photothermal and Photoacoustic Spectrometry