Nick Economou



Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) and Conductive AFM of Ionic polymers

Rational Design of Novel Catalyst Layers for Fuel Cells

AFM Imaging of Biological Samples


Nick acquired his B.S. in chemistry at the College of William and Mary in 2008.  His undergraduate research under professor Elizabeth Harbron focused on laser scanning fluorescence microscopy and optical characterization of semiconducting polymers.  In the Buratto group, his primary research focus is on employing  atomic force microscopy (AFM)  techniques to characterize the morphology and electrochemical behavior of proton exchange membranes for use in hydrogen fuel cells.  In 2011, Nick was awarded the National Science Foundation Graduate Student Fellowship for his PhD work.

Upon leaving the Buratto Group, Nick accepted a position with Intel.


O’Dea, J. R.; Economou, N. J.; Buratto, S. K. Surface Morphology of Nafion at Hydrated and Dehydrated Conditions. Macromolecules  2013, 46, (6), 2267 - 2274.

Harbron, E. J.; Davis, C. M.; Campbell, J. K.; Allred, R. M.; Kovary, M. T.; Economou, N. J. Photochromic Dye-Doped Conjugated Polymer Nanoparticles: Photomodulated Emission and Nanoenvironmental Characterization. The Journal of Physical Chemistry C 2009, 113, 13707–13714.

Economou, N. J.; O’Dea, J. R.;  McConnaughy, T. B.;Buratto, S. K. Morphological Differences in Short Side Chain and Long Side Chain Perfluorosulfonic Acid Proton Exchange Membranes at Low and High Water Contents. RSC Advances accepted


The Effect of pH and Charge State on Peptide Assembly: the YVIFL Model System


Factors that drive peptide assembly and fibril formation: Experimental and Theoretical Analysis of Sup35 NNQQNY mutants


Ion mobility spectrometry reveals the mechanism of amyloid assembly and its modulation by molecular inhibitors:
Epigallocatechin gallate and scyllo-inositol on assembly of A?(25-35).