Prof. Rusinek is a faculty member of the UNLV Chemistry and Biochemistry Department as well as the Radiochemistry PhD Program. Prof. Rusinek has mentored several graduate (PhD and Master’s) and undergraduate students, many of which have received fellowships/awards, authored or co-authored peer-reviewed publications, and presented at both national and international conferences. Prof. Rusinek is a firm believer in the development of scientific writing skills and the impacts on student development. As such, several of Prof. Rusinek’s undergraduate researchers have received co-authorship on peer-reviewed publications. In Prof. Rusinek’s group you do not have to have a 4.0+ GPA, all you need is a positive attitude, a strong work ethic, and a desire to push your intellectual boundaries.
Professor Rusinek is interested in electroanalytical chemistry, sensor development, and materials technology. This includes development in both biological and environmental sensing where applications in neurochemical detection, wearable sensors, and environmental monitoring coalesce for tangible impact on society. Prof. Rusinek is also interested in electrochemical methods for fundamental understanding of molten salt chemistry. In Prof. Rusinek’s group, students are exposed to a multi-disciplinary environment, pulling from knowledge in chemistry, electrochemistry, chemical engineering, and materials science.