Prof Perena Gouma

Tenured Associate Professor

Department of Materials Science & Engineering

State University of New York (SUNY) Stony Brook
Stony Brook
United States
PH: +1 (631) 632-4537
Fax: +1 (631) 632-8052
Email: [email protected]


I am a tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the State University of New York, at Stony Brook. I am also the Director of the Center for Nanomaterials and Sensor Development and a Fulbright Scholar. During my tenure at Stony Brook University I established a new program on Sensor Nanotechnology in my department and the Interdisciplinary Research Center (CNSD) - the latter with NSF funding.

My research activities involve the synthesis and characterization of nanomaterials (encompassing ceramic oxides, natural polymers, their composites, and their hybrids with biomolecules) for sensors and biotechnology, as well as the development of artificial olfaction systems (breath analyzers, electronic noses and tongues). By interacting strongly with the NYS Centers for Excellence and the College of Health Sciences I established novel and highly successful programs on nanomedicine, including developing and characterizing nanomaterials: for biosensing - non-invasive diagnostic purposes ("band-aid"-type sweat test), and for 3D tissue scaffolding. I have also been working with industry, and I have developed and patented technologies related to nano- and bio-inspired materials. I have mentored successfully a thriving group of young researchers, all the way from high school and undergraduates to graduate students and visiting research scientists. All have excelled in various research competitions (e.g. finalist position at National Inventor's Competition for "the first bio-nano-sensor"). For my interactions with the graduate student body I received "The Best Academic/Pre- Professional Advisor and Mentor" Student Choice Award in 2005.

I have also had the opportunity to make my research known to diverse audiences, whether these were local companies through the Long Island Forum of Technology (LIFT) venues; policy makers through my funding by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and as a delegate at the National Academies' GDEST meetings; and to the general public through my contributions to layman publications such as the McGraw Hill's Yearbook of Science and Technology and my latest book on nanomaterials. I have served in many committees, e.g. User Executive Committee of DOE's Center for Functional Nanomaterials at Brookhaven National Laboratory. I am an Associate Editor of the Journal of the American Ceramic Society and I am serving on the editorial board of 3 other Journals. I have published over 100 research articles, several book chapters, one book, a few proceedings volumes, and I have a proven record of patents granted and licensed.

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