Research in the Gilbertson Group aims to inform sustainable design of existing and novel materials that 1) precludes potential unintended environmental and human health consequences, and 2) maintains or exceeds functional performance goals. Gilbertson's research includes both experimental and life cycle modeling thrusts.
Check out the research page for more information and additional resources.
A sampling of the state-of-the-art facilities here at Pitt:
Peterson Institute of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering
Materials Characterization Lab
Center for Biological Imaging
Research Centers, Institutes, and Labs
Upcoming Conferences & Workshops
2022 Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference
June 2022, Reston VA
Dr. Gilbertson serves as conference co-chair
GRC: Nanoscale Science and Engineering for Agriculture and Food Systems
June 18-24, 2022
Patrick presents a poster at the GRC and was selected for a talk at the GRS!
AEESP Research and Education Conference
June 28-30, 2022, Washington University St. Louis
Patrick will present a poster
Meet our group members by visiting our People page.
Dr. Gilbertson is excited to grow her research group at the University of Pittsburgh. Please contact me if you are interested in becoming a member of the group as a post doc, visiting researcher, graduate student, or undergraduate.
Check out these undergraduate research opportunities!
Latest News and Announcements
We are hiring!
Dr. Gilbertson is looking for students at all levels of education to join the team. Students should be excited to learn and conduct laboratory research in an interdisciplinary, team environment.
The following project has openings for a graduate student:
Looking for the silver lining: Assessing the impact of silver on shower heads on opportunistic pathogen abundance and resistance
This is an interdisciplinary project bringing together the disciplines of environmental engineering, microbiology, and chemistry. We are seeking an enthusiastic student to join our team and work on evaluating mechanisms of novel drinking water treatment fixtures on our observations of microbial dynamics in water exiting the fixture. To find out more about this project, please email me: LMG110@pitt.edu
Publications from the Gilbertson Group!
Check out Dr. Gilbertson's editorial perspective on the Nano Circular Economy in Environmental Science: Nano
Lisa's work is published in Nature Nanotechnology - a collaboration with our colleagues Dr. Jill Millstone and Dr. Sarah Haig: Role of bacterial motility in differential resistance mechanisms of silver nanoparticles and silver ions
Our collaboration with John Keith and Howard Fairbrother is published in ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces
This is also Yan's last publication from her dissertation research, congrats Yan!
Nathalia's first paper in the Gilbertson Group was published in ES&T Water (featured on the cover) informing the rational design of graphitic carbon nitride. Congrats Nathalia!
Our work is featured on the September issue cover of Nature Nanotechnology!
Dr Gilbertson publishes in Nature!
Very excited to work with an amazing author team led by Thilo Hofmann on this Nature Food review:
"Technology readiness and overcoming barriers to sustainably implement nanotechnology-enabled plant agriculture"
And to lead another great team of researchers in the following project:
"Guiding the Design Space: Advancing Sustainable Crop Production Using Nanotechnology"
also featured on Springer Nature Sustainability Community link
Check out Dr Gilbertson's NAS presentation at the US-UK worksop on Sustainable Agriculture
Our paper, led by PhD student Yan Wang and co-authored by Nathalia Aquino de Carvalho is featured on the cover of the ES: Nano December issue, check it out!
Image credit: ChemE PhD student Kutay Sezginel
Check out a recent perspective co-authored by Dr. Gilbertson in Nature Nanotechnology special insight issue on nanotechnology in agriculture: Opportunities and challenges for nanotechnology in the agri-tech revolution