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Kevin Ausman, Ph.D.

Kevin Ausman, Chemistry, studio portrait

Associate Professor
Physical Chemistry
Phone: (208) 426-3476
Office: SCNC 309

Research focus: Chemistry of, uses of, and environmental interactions of carbon based nanomaterials

Educational Background

1998-2000: Washington University, Postdoctoral Research Associate
1998: Rice University, Ph.D. (Physical Chemistry)
1993: Rice University, B.A. (Chemistry)

Research Interests

The Ausman Group at Boise State University focuses on the potential health and environmental risks of nanomaterials and their commercialization barriers. How do nanoscale properties uniquely determine how materials such as fullerenes and single-walled carbon nanotubes can be developed, applied, and used? Answering this question is a crucial step in the development of nanotechnology applications.

Peer-Reviewed Publications

21. “Crosslinked Polymer Sheaths for Dispersing Individual Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes in Nonaqueous Solvents,” Lawanya R. Ojha, Maxim N. Tchoul, Krishna P. Bastola, and Kevin D. Ausman, Nanotechnology, 24, 435602 (2013).

20. “C60-Polymer Nanocomposite Networks Enabled by Guest-Host Properties,” Gaumani Gyanwali, Rangika S. Hikkaduwa Koralge, Mathis Hodge, Kevin D. Ausman, and Jeffery L. White. Macromolecules, 46, pp. 6118-6123 (2013).

19. “Efficient Oxidation of Arylmethylene Compounds Using Nano-MnO2,” Baskar Nammalwar, Chelsea Fortenberry, Richard A. Bunce, Sathish Kumar Lageshetty, and Kevin D. Ausman. Tetrahedron Letters, 54, pp. 2010-2013 (2013).

18. “C60 Oxide as a Key Component of Aqueous C60 Colloidal Suspensions,” Befrika S. Murdianti, Joshua T. Damron, Martha E. Hilburn, Randall D. Maples, Rangika S. Hikkaduwa Koralege, Satish I. Kuriyavar, and Kevin D. Ausman. Environmental Science & Technology, 46, pp. 7446-7453 (2012), Cover article.

17. “Synthesizing Aqueous Fullerene Colloidal Suspensions by New Solvent-Exchange Methods,” Martha E. Hilburn, Befrika S. Murdianti, Randall D. Maples, Jason S. Williams, Joshua T. Damron, Satish I. Kuriyavar, and Kevin D. Ausman, Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects, 401, pp. 48-53 (2012).

16. “Optimized Solvent-Exchange Synthesis Method for C60 Colloidal Dispersions,” Randall D. Maples, Martha E. Hilburn, Befrika S. Murdianti, Rangika S. Hikkaduwa Koralege, Jason S. Williams, Satish I. Kuriyavar, and Kevin D. Ausman, Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 370, pp. 27-31 (2012).

15. “Correlating nanoscale titania structure with toxicity: A cytotoxicity and inflammatory response study with human dermal fibroblasts and human lung epithelial cells,” Christie M. Sayes, Rajeev Wahi, Preetha A. Kurian, Yunping Liu, Jennifer L. West, Kevin D. Ausman, David B. Warheit, and Vicki L. Colvin, Toxicological Sciences, 92, pp. 174-185 (2006).

14. “Functionalization density dependence of single-walled carbon nanotubes cytotoxicity in vitro,” Christie M. Sayes, Feng Liang, Jared L. Hudson, Joe Mendez, Wenhua Guo, Jonathan M. Beach, Valerie C. Moore, Condell D. Doyle, Jennifer L. West, W. Edward Billups, Kevin D. Ausman, and Vicki L. Colvin, Toxicology Letters, 161:2, pp. 135-142 (2006).

13. “Principles for Characterizing the Potential Human Health Effects from Exposure to Nanomaterials: Elements of a Screening Strategy,” Günter Oberdörster, Andrew Maynard, Ken Donaldson, Vincent Castranova, Julie Fitzpatrick, Kevin Ausman, Janet Carter, Barbara Karn, Wolfgang Kreyling, David Lai, Stephen Olin, Nancy Monteiro-Riviere, David Warheit, and Hong Yang, Particle & Fibre Toxicology, 2:8, (2005), (

12. “Nano-C60 cytotoxicity is due to lipid peroxidation,” Christie M. Sayes, Andre M. Gobin, Kevin D. Ausman, Joe Mendez, Jennifer L. West, and Vicki L. Colvin, Biomaterials, 26, pp. 7587-7595 (2005).

11. “C60 in Water: Nanocrystal Formation and Microbial Response,” J.D. Fortner, D.Y. Lyon, C.M. Sayes, A.M. Boyd, J.C. Falkner, E.M. Hotze, L.B. Alemany, Y.J. Tao, W. Guo, K.D. Ausman, V.L Colvin, and J. B. Hughes, Environmental Science & Technology, 39, pp. 4307-4316 (2005).

10. “The Differential Cytotoxicity of Water-Soluble Fullerenes,” Christie M. Sayes, John D. Fortner, Wenh Guo, Delina Lyon, Adina M. Boyd, Kevin D. Ausman, Yizhi J. Tao, Balaji Sitharaman, Lon J. Wilson, Joseph B. Hughes, Jennifer L. West, and Vicki L. Colvin, Nano Letters 4, pp. 1881-1887 (2004).

9. “Helical ice-sheets inside carbon nanotubes in the physiological condition,” William H. Noon, Kevin D. Ausman, Richard E. Smalley, and Jianpeng Ma, Chemical Physics Letters, 355, pp. 445-448 (2002).

8. “Reversible Water-Solubilization of Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes by Polymer Wrapping,” Michael J. O’Connell, Peter Boul, Lars M. Ericson, Chad Huffman, Yuhuang Wang, Erik Haroz, Cynthia Kuper, Jim Tour, Kevin D. Ausman, and Richard E. Smalley, Chemical Physics Letters, 342, pp. 265-271 (2001).

7. “Organic Solvent Dispersions of Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes: Toward Solutions of Pristine Nanotubes,” Kevin D. Ausman, Richard Piner, Oleg Lourie, Rodney S. Ruoff, and Mikhail Korobov, Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 104, pp. 8911-8915 (2000).

6. “Predictions of Enhanced Chemical Reactivity at Regions of Local Conformational Strain on Carbon Nanotubes: Kinky Chemistry,” Deepak Srivastava, Donald W. Brenner, J. D. Schall, Kevin D. Ausman, MinFeng Yu, and Rodney S. Ruoff, Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 103, pp. 4330-4337 (1999).

5. “Scanning Electron Microscopy Study of Carbon Nanotubes Heated at High Temperatures in Air,” Xuekun Lu, Kevin D. Ausman, Richard D. Piner, and Rodney S. Ruoff, Journal of Applied Physics, 86, pp. 186-189 (1999).

4. “Nanostressing and Mechanochemistry,” Kevin D. Ausman, Henry W. Rohrs, MinFeng Yu, and Rodney S. Ruoff, Nanotechnology, 10, pp. 258-262 (1999).

3. “Three-Dimensional Manipulation of Carbon Nanotubes Under a Scanning Electron Microscope,” MinFeng Yu, Mark J. Dyer, Henry Rohrs, Xuekun Lu, Kevin D. Ausman, Jim Von Ehr, and Rodney S. Ruoff, Nanotechnology, 10, pp. 244-252 (1999).

2. “Relative Energies and Entropies of Fullerene Triplet States in Solution,” Kevin D. Ausman and R. Bruce Weisman, Journal of the American Chemical Society, 121, pp. 1110-1111 (1999).

1. “Kinetics of Fullerene Triplet States,” Kevin D. Ausman, R. Bruce Weisman, Research on Chemical Intermediates, 23, pp. 431-451 (1997).