Adam Sturlaugson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Chemistry

Adam Sturlaugson received his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Stanford University in the spring of 2013. His graduate research focused on using pulsed lasers to measure the chemical physics of ionic liquids. During his time in graduate school, he served as a teaching assistant for undergraduate chemistry courses, maintained the chemistry department’s research spectroscopy lab and served as a research mentor.

In the fall of 2013, Dr. Sturlaugson joined the faculty at USF as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry. His primary research interests include the physical chemistry of ionic liquids and their applications to batteries, solar cells and fuel cells.

In addition to his passion for education, he enjoys reading philosophy, playing the guitar and spending time with his family. He is married and has five children.

Education

  • Ph.D., Physical Chemistry, Stanford University, 2013
  • B.S., Chemistry, Biology, Computer Science minor, University of Sioux Falls, 2007

Courses Taught

  • CHE121 - Introduction to Chemistry
  • CHE122 - Intro to Organic & Biochemistry
  • CHE211 - Organic Chemistry I
  • CHE212 - Organic Chemistry II
  • CHE305 - Biochemistry
  • CHE311 - Physical Chemistry
  • CHE406 - Bonding and Structure**Designated Honors Course**
  • CHE491 - Research in Chemistry
  • NSC250 - Laboratory Electronics
  • NSC300 - Science Colloquium
  • SDV100 - The USF Experience

Professional Memberships

American Chemical Society
South Dakota Academy of Science

Expertise

  • Ionic Liquids
  • Spectroscopy

Scholarships and Creative Work

Presentations
  • “The Influence of Water on the Structure and Dynamics of Ionic Liquids.” Stanford Chemistry Student Summer Seminar Series. Oral Presentation at Stanford, Calif. on August 4, 2011.
  • “Orientational and Translational Dynamics of Polyether/Water Solutions.” 57th Annual Western Spectroscopy Association Conference. Poster presentation at Pacific Grove, Calif. on February 3-5, 2010.
  • “Orientational Dynamics in Ionic Liquids.” 56th Annual Western Spectroscopy Association Conference. Poster presentation at Pacific Grove, Calif. on January 28-30, 2009.
Publications
  • Orientational Dynamics in a Lyotropic Room Temperature Ionic Liquid. Adam L. Sturlaugson, Aaron Y. Arima, Heather E. Bailey, and Michael D. Fayer. The Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 2013, 117 (47), 14775–14784. (http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/jp407325b)
  • Water Dynamics in Water/DMSO Binary Mixtures. Daryl B. Wong, Kathleen P. Sokolowsky, Musa I. El-Barghouthi, Emily E. Fenn, Chiara H. Giammanco, Adam L. Sturlaugson, and Michael D. Fayer. The Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 2012, 116 (18), 5479–5490. (http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/jp301967e)
  • Orientational Dynamics of Room Temperature Ionic Liquid/Water Mixtures: Water-Induced Structure. Adam L. Sturlaugson, Kendall S. Fruchey, and Michael D. Fayer. The Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 2012, 116 (6), 1777–1787. (http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/jp209942r)
  • Temperature and Hydration-Dependent Rotational and Translational Dynamics of a Polyether Oligomer. Adam L. Sturlaugson and Michael D. Fayer. The Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 2011, 115 (5), 945-950. (http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/jp110487j)
  • Room Temperature Ionic Liquid-Lithium Salt Mixtures: Optical Kerr Effect Dynamical Measurements. Bruno G. Nicolau, Adam L. Sturlaugson, Kendall S. Fruchey, Mauro C. C. Ribeiro, and Michael D. Fayer. The Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 2010, 114 (25), 8350-8356. (http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/jp103810r)
  • Orientational and Translational Dynamics of Polyether/Water Solutions. Adam L. Sturlaugson, Kendall S. Fruchey, Stephen R. Lynch, Sergio R. Arago´n, and Michael D. Fayer. The Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 2010, 114 (16), 5350-5358. (http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/jp101369e)