Dr. Caroline Schauer

Associate Professor

Contact Information

LeBow 439A
(215) 895-6797


  • Ph.D., chemistry, SUNY at Stony Brook, Stony Brook, NY; April 1997
  • Dissertation: “The Development of Strategies for the Design and Synthesis of Molecular Solids”
  • MS, chemistry, SUNY at Stony Brook; Stony Brook, NY; December 1994
  • BS, chemistry, Beloit College; Beloit, WI; May 1991

Professional Experience

  • Graduate Advisor, 09/06-09/07
    Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Drexel University
  • Assistant Professor, 9/03-present
    Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE), Drexel University
    Projects: Biosensors and Natural Color
  • NRC Research Associate, 9/01- 9/03
    Center for Bio/Molecular Science and Engineering, Naval Research Laboratory with Dr. Frances S. Ligler
    Project title: Colored chitosan thin films
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, 12/98-7/01
    Tufts University with Prof. David R. Walt
    Project titles: Glutamate biosensor, protein cross-reactive arrays, and Enzyme-based biosensors
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, 7/97-4/98
    University of Twente, the Netherlands with Prof. David N. Reinhoudt
    Project titles: Liquid crystals and Hydrogen bonded polymers

Featured Publications

  • Bora Garipcan, Johna Winters**, Jennifer S. Atchison, Matthew D. Cathell, Jessica D. Schiffman, Oren D. Leaffer, Steven S. Nonnenmann, Caroline L. Schauer, Erhan Pişkin, Bahram Nabet, Jonathan E. Spanier Langmuir 2008, 24(16), 8944-8949. “Controllable formation of nanoscale patterns on TiO2 by conductive-AFM nanolithography”
  • Holly A. McIlwee**; Caroline L. Schauer; Vera G. Praig, Rabah Boukherroub; Sabine Szunerits Analyst 2008, 133, 673-677. “Thin chitosan films as a platform for SPR sensing of ferric ions”
  • Jessica D. Schiffman, Caroline L. Schauer Polymer Reviews 2008, 48(2) 1-36. “A Review: Electrospinning of Biopolymer Nanofibers and their Applications”
  • Jennifer L. Vondran; Wei Sun; Caroline L. Schauer Journal of Applied Polymer Science, 2008 109, 968-975. “Crosslinked, Electrospun Chitosan-Poly(ethylene oxide) Nanofiber Mats”
  • Matthew D. Cathell, Janah C. Szewczyk, Frances A. Bui*, Carrie A. Webber**, Jessica D. Wolever**, Jenny Kang#, Caroline L. Schauer Biomacromolecules, 2008 9(1) 289-295. “Structurally Colored Thiol Chitosan Thin Films as a Platform for Aqueous Heavy Metal Ion Detection”