Welcome to Rusling group’s website!

Our research team employs analytical chemistry, electrochemistry, biochemistry, and nanoscience to develop devices for multiplexed diagnostic, toxicity screening, and new approaches to electrochemical synthesis in water-based microemulsions. A major focus of our current research is designing low cost, high throughput bioanalytical devices, often using microfluidics and 3D printing, for cancer diagnostics, genotoxicity chemistry screening, and electrochemical biocatalysis. We utilize many analytical techniques including electrochemistry, electrochemiluminescence, surface plasmon resonance, and LC-MS/MS. New projects include development of fast, reliable, low cost tests for coronavirus detection. New electrosynthetic approaches feature development of stable biocatalytic films of oxidative enzymes and polyions that can be used at temperatures close up to 95 oC.

We collaborate with a large network of health centers and hospitals, here in Connecticut, and in the US, Canada, Italy, and Ireland in attempt to bring our diagnostic systems to the clinic. We also partner with other faculty from chemistry and material science departments at UCONN to investigate new nanomaterials for the next generation of high throughput biomedical arrays. Current funding sources include NIH, EPA, and NSF.


Professor James F. Rusling

Paul Krenicki Professor of Chemistry

University of Connecticut
Department of Chemistry, U-3060
55 N. Eagleville Rd.
Storrs, CT  06269-3060
United States

Email: james.rusling@uconn.edu
Fax: +1 (860) 486-2981

Upcoming Events

  1. Oct 28 Chemistry Colloquium: Jie He, University Of Connecticut3:30pm
  2. Nov 3 Chemistry Colloquium: Michael Wasielewski, Northwestern University2:30pm
  3. Nov 4 Chemistry Colloquium: Brian C. Benicewicz, University Of South Carolina3:30pm


Postdoctoral Position

We are seeking a PhD chemist, chemical or materials engineer as a postdoctoral fellow on a joint project with Prof. Rusling and Prof. Jie He at University of Connecticut, chemistry department. This position requires experience in electrochemistry, preferably coupled with enzyme bioelectrocatalytic or electro-organic synthesis. Experience in modern chromatography and mass spectrometry will be an […]

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Breast Cancer Diagnostic Device

NIH’s Office of Research on Women’s Health recently published Women’s Health in Focus at NIH, Volume 4, Issue 1, that features a recent breast cancer diagnostic device developed by our research group in collaboration with Prof. Colleen Krause (Uconn Ph.D., 2015) at Hartford University Read Women’s Health in Focus at NIH at https://orwh.od.nih.gov/about/newsroom/orwh-quarterly-publication

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Congratulations to Dr. Snehasis Bhakta

Dr. Snehasis Bhakta, who graduated as a PhD. from our group in 2017, was recently appointed Assistant Professor at Cooch Behar College, Cooch Behar Panchanan Barma University, WB, India

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