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Janelle Gunther , Ph.D.

Dr. Janelle Gunther is a materials scientist (B.S. in Materials Science, Ph.D. in Materials Science/Polymer Physics, both from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology) with expertise in self-assembling nanomaterials and materials characterization.

Dr. Gunther has worked with many classes of materials including polymers, self-assembling nanostructures, biomaterials, semiconductors and nuclear materials. Janelle particularly enjoys working with companies in designing characterization or quality control programs to improve their product yield, and in bringing concepts from the design to prototype and production stages. She specializes in the complex nature of creating products that combine multiple types of materials in the same device, from early research and development stages all the way through to commercial production, including cost/benefit analyses for characterization and equipment purchase budgeting.

At MIT, Dr. Gunther worked on liquid crystals and block copolymers as well as total joint prostheses. As a postdoctoral associate at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, she transitioned to nanomaterials and surface science analyses through her work on atomic force microscopy (AFM) and scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) applied to self-assembling nanostructures. At Agilent Laboratories and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory some of her projects included failure analysis of DNA and protein array products, target characterization and development for the National Ignition Facility (NIF), and multiple projects involving semiconductor devices and microfluidics. She has expertise in AFM, XPS, STM, DSC, TGA and Auger. In addition, she has close collaborators for projects requiring SIMS and Nuclear Microprobe analysis.

Janelle has over 20 publications and presentations in refereed journals and scientific conferences and several patents in biotechnology, and has served as a journal article reviewer in polymer science.   Dr. Gunther is a faculty member teaching Chemistry and Biochemistry at San Francisco State.