Lucas B. Thompson

Associate Professor




Campus Box 0393


Science Center
Room 361
300 North Washington St.
Gettysburg, PA 17325-1400


BA The College of Wooster, 2003
PhD The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2009

Academic Focus

Nanoparticle synthesis and processing, chemical modifications of nanostructured and planar surfaces

Nanoscale materials such as gold and silver demonstrate unique optical properties that can be harnessed for applications in drug delivery, photothermal therapeutics, sensing and imaging. Gold nanoparticles are probably one of the most well known classes of nanomaterials in existence, yet there is still much to learn about their synthesis, growth, and self-assembly. Research in the nanolab is highly interdisciplinary and requires collaboration across the Chemistry, Biology, and Physics Departments. For more information about our work check out our website.


The Primarily Undergraduate Nanomaterials Cooperative: A New Model for Supporting Collaborative Research at Small Institutions on a National Scale Steven M. Hughes, Mark P. Hendricks, Katherine M. Mullaugh, Mary E. Anderson, Anne K. Bentley, Justin G. Clar, Clyde A. Daly Jr., Mark D. Ellison, Z. Vivian Feng, Natalia I. Gonzalez-Pech, Leslie S. Hamachi, Christine L. Heinecke, Joseph D. Keene, Adam M. Maley, Andrea M. Munro, Peter N. Njoki, Jacob H. Olshansky, Katherine E. Plass, Kathryn R. Riley, Matthew D. Sonntag, Sarah K. St. Angelo, Lucas B. Thompson, Emily J. Tollefson, Lauren E. Toote, and Korin E. Wheeler ACS Nanoscience Au 2021 1 (1), 6-14 DOI: 10.1021/acsnanoscienceau.1c00020

Harris, C. M.*; Miller, S. G.*; Andresen, K.; Thompson, L. B. Quantitative Measurement of Sodium Polystyrene Sulfonate Adsorption Onto CTAB Capped Gold Nanoparticles Reveals Hard and Soft Coronas. J Colloid Interf Sci 2018, 510, 39–44.

Thompson, L. B.; Carfagno, G. L. F.; Andresen, K.; Sitton, A. J.*; Bury, T.*; Lee, L. L.*; Lerner, K. T.*; Fong, P. P. Differential Uptake of Gold Nanoparticles by Two Species of Tadpole, the Wood Frog and the Bullfrog. Environ Tox Chem 2017, 36 (12), 3351–3358.

Fong, P. P.; Thompson, L. B.; Carfagno, G. L. F.; Sitton, A. J.* Long-Term Exposure to Gold Nanoparticles Accelerates Larval Metamorphosis Without Affecting Mass in Wood Frogs at Environmentally Relevant Concentrations. Environ Tox Chem 2016, 35 (9), 2304–2310.

Alkilany, A. M.; Caravana, A. C.*; Hamaly, M. A.; Lerner, K. T.*; Thompson, L. B. Phase Transfer of Citrate Stabilized Gold Nanoparticles Using Nonspecifically Adsorbed Polymers. J Colloid Interf Sci 2016, 461 (C), 39–44.

*Denotes Gettysburg College Student

Courses Taught