Joel F. Destino, PhD
Joel F. Destino, PhD

Joel F. Destino, PhD

Assistant Professor
College of Arts and Sciences

Expertise/Specializations

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Materials Science

Academic Appointments

Department

  • Chemistry and Biochemistry

Position

  • Assistant Professor

Teaching Activity

  • CHM 286-Chemical and Statistical Analysis Laboratory
  • CHM 297-Directed Research
  • CHM 315-Quantitative and Statistical Analysis
  • CHM 456-Instrumental Analysis
  • CHM 466-Instrumental Analysis Laboratory
  • CHM 496-Directed Independent Research I
  • CHM 497-Directed Independent Research II
  • RSP 101-An Introduction to the Culture of Collegiate Life

Biography

Joel F. Destino is an assistant professor in the Chemistry Department at Creighton University. He received his B.S. in Chemistry and History from Syracuse University (2008) and Ph.D. in (Analytical) Chemistry from the University at Buffalo (2016). Before joining Creighton, he worked in the Optics and Materials Science and Technology group at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory as a postdoctoral staff member.

Publications and Presentations

Articles

  • Destino, J.F.; Gross, E.M.; Niemeyer, E.D.; Petrovic, S.C. Hands-on experiences for remotely taught analytical chemistry laboratories., Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry, 413, 1237-1244, 2021
  • Destino, J.F.; Cunningham, K. At-Home Colorimetric and Absorbance-Based Analyses: An Opportunity for Inquiry-Based, Laboratory-Style Learning., Journal of Chemical Education, 97 (5), 2960-2966, 2020
  • Suratwala, T.; Steele. R.; Destino, J.F.; Wong, L.; Norton, M.; Laurence, T.; Aracne-Ruddle, C.; Miller, P.; Shen, N.; Feit, M.; Ray, N.; Carr, W.; Rivers, C.; Peters, V.; Jeppson, S.; Malone, D.; Greene, W. Sapphire Advanced Mitigation Process: Wet Etch to Expose Sub-Surface Damage and Increase Laser Damage Resistance and Mechanical Strength., Applied Optics, 59 (6) , 1602-1610, 2020
  • Sasan, K.; Lange, A.; Yee, T.D.; Dudukovic, N.A.; Nguyen, D.T.; Johnson, M.A.; Herrera, O.D.; Yoo, J.H.; Sawvel, A.M.; Ellis, M.E.; Mah, C.M.; Ryerson, R.; Wong, L.L.; Suratwala, T.; Destino, J.F.; Dylla-Spears, R.J. Additive Manufacturing of Optical Quality Germania Silica Glasses., ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 12 (5), 6736-6741, 2020
  • Suratwala, T.; Steele, W.R.; Wong, L.; Tham, G.C.; Destino, J.F.; Miller, P.E.; Ray, N.J.; Menapace, J.A.; Feigenbaum, E.; Shen, N.; Feit, M. Subsurface Mechanical Damage Correlations After Grinding of Various Optical Materials., Optical Engineering, 58, 092604, 2019
  • Suratwala, T.; Steele, W.R.; Miller, P.E.; Wong, L.; Destino, J.F.; Feigenbaum, E.; Shen, N.; Feit, M. Influence of Partial Charge Model on the Material Removal Rate During Chemical Polishing., Journal of the American Ceramic Society, 102 (4), 1566-1578, 2019
  • Dudukovic, N.; Wong, L.L.; Nguyen, D.T.; Destino, J.F.; Yee, T.D.; Ryerson, F.J.; Suratwala, T.; Duoss, E. B.; Dylla-Spears, R. Predicting Nanoparticle Suspension Viscoelasticity for Multimaterial 3D Printing of Silica-Titania Glass., ACS Applied Nano Materials, 1 (8), 4038-4044, 2018
  • Destino, J.F.; Dudukovic, N.; Johnson, M.A.; Nguyen, D.T.; Yee, T.D.; Egan, G.C.; Sawvel, A.; Bryson, T.; Steele, W.A.; Baumann, T.F.; Duoss, E.; Suratwala, T..; Dylla-Spears, R. 3D Printed Optical Quality Silica and Silica-Titania Glasses from Sol-Gel Feedstocks., Advanced Materials Technology, 3, 1700323, 2018
  • Gatley-Montross, C.M.; Finlay, J.A.; Aldred, N.; Cassady, H.; Destino, J.F.; Orihuela, B.; Hickner, M.A.; Clare, A.S.; Rittschof, D.; Holm, E.R.; Detty, M.R. Multivariate Analysis of Attachment of Biofouling Organisms in Response to Material Surface Characteristics., Biointerphases, 12 (5), 051003, 2017
  • Destino, J.F.; Craft, A. K.; Bright, F.V. Three-Dimensional pH Mapping within Model Hybrid Xerogel Thin Films., Langmuir, 33 (17), 4119-4128, 2017
  • Nguyen, D.T.; Meyers, C.; Yee, T.D.; Dudukovic, N.A.; Destino, J.F.; Zhu, C.; Duoss, E.B.; Baumann, T.F.; Suratwala, T.; Smay, J.E.; Dylla-Spears, R. 3D-Printed Transparent Glass., Advanced Materials, 29 (26), 1701181, 2017
  • Destino, J.F.; Jones, Z. R.; Gatley, C.M.; Craft, A. K.; Zhang, Y.; Detty, M.R.; Bright, F.V. Hybrid Sol-gel Derived Films That Spontaneously Form Complex Surfaces Topographies., Langmuir, 32 (39), 10113-10119, 2016
  • Taheri, P; Wang, J.; Xing, H.; Destino, J.F.; Murat Arkin, M.; Zhao, C.; Kang, K.; Blizzard, B.; Zhang, L.; Zhao, P.; Huang, S.; Yeng, S.; Bright, F.V.; Cerne, J.; Zeng, H. Growth Mechanisms of Largescale MoS2 Monolayer by Sulfurization of MoO3 Film, Materials Research Express, 3, 075009, 2016
  • Destino, J.F.; Kraut, N.D.; Hargrave, L.E.; Bright, F.V. Robust pH-Responsive Group IV Metal Oxide Functionalized Porous Silicon Platforms., Materials Letters, 181, 47-51, 2016
  • Friesen, W.L.; Schultz, B.J.; Destino, J.F.; Alivio, T.A.; Steet, J.R.; Banerjee, S.; Wood, T. D. Two-Dimensional Graphene as a Matrix for MALDI Imaging Mass Spectrometry., Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry, 26 (11), 1963-1966, 2015
  • Vinci, J.C.; Ferrer, I.M.; Guterry, N.; Colón-Rivera, V.; Destino, J.F.; Bright, F.V.; Colón, L.A. Graphene Oxide Nanosheets after Graphene Quantum Dot Formation., Journal of Applied Spectroscopy, 69 (9), 1082-1090, 2015
  • Destino, J. F.; Gatley, C. M.; Craft, A. K.; Detty, M. R.; Bright, F. V. Probing Nanoscale Chemical Segregation and Surface Properties of Antifouling Hybrid Xerogel Films., Langmuir, 31 (11), 3510-3517, 2015

Publications

  • Food Dye Analysis by Colorimetry and Absorbance-Based Methods Using a Smartphone Camera; Analytical Sciences Digital Library (ASDL), https://remotelabs.asdlib.org/colorimetry-and-absorbance-based-analyses-using-a-smartphone-camera/, 2020
  • “Fluorometric Determination of Riboflavin in Energy Drinks”; Analytical Sciences Digital Library (ASDL), https://remotelabs.asdlib.org/fluorometric-determination-of-riboflavin-in-energy-drinks/, 2020

Presentations

  • Sol-Gel Derived Germania Colloids: Growth, Structure, and Application in Glass 3D Printing; 261st National American Chemical Society (ACS) Meeting, Symposium Honoring Kerry Karukstis, recipient of the ACS Award for Research in an Undergraduate Institution, sponsored by the Research Corporation for the Advancement of Science, Virtual, 2021
  • At-Home, Hands-On Quantitative Analysis Experiments: Opportunities for Inquiry-Based, Laboratory-Style Learning; 261st National American Chemical Society (ACS) Meeting, Symposium on Distance Learning in the Quantitative Chemical Analysis Laboratory, Virtual, 2021
  • Palencia, P.S.; Destino, J.F. A Fundamental Spectroscopic Investigation of Protic Organic Solvent Thin Films on Silica Surfaces; (poster) 259th National American Chemical Society (ACS) Meeting, Virtual, 2021
  • Nelson, K.A.; Marsh, E.L.; Gross, E.M.; Destino, J.F. Development of a Portable GC Method for Ethanol Determination in Liquor; (poster) 259th National American Chemical Society (ACS) Meeting, Virtual, 2021
  • Nguyen, B.T.; Destino, J.F. Modifications of a conventional FFF 3D Printer for Glass 3D Printing; (poster) 259th National American Chemical Society (ACS) Meeting, Virtual, 2021
  • Atkinson, M.; Elliott, K.; Harrahill, N.; Destino, J.F.; Gross, E.M. Analysis of Interferents Effects on the Response Accuracy of a Commercial Glucometer; (poster) 259th National American Chemical Society (ACS) Meeting, Virtual, 2021
  • Heimbrecht, C.M.; Kim-Fu, M.L.; Desai, K.H.; Gross, E.M.; Destino, J.F. Portable Fluorometric Analysis Methods for the Determination of Riboflavin; (poster) 259th National American Chemical Society (ACS) Meeting, Virtual, 2021
  • Bursott, A.L.; Berni; E.M.; Destino, J.F. A Systematic Investigation of Photoluminescent Aminoalkyl Alkoxysilane-Derived Silica Nanoparticles; (poster) The Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy, Virtual, 2021
  • Marsh, E.L.; Uppala, H.G.; Sidebottom, D.; Destino, J.F. “Extraction and Analysis of Fluorescent Species in Glucose-Derived Carbon Nanodot Solutions”; (poster) The Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy, Virtual, 2021
  • Opportunities to Bring Chemistry Laboratory-Style Learning Into the Home, Nebraska Association of Teachers of Science (NATS) Fall Conference, Virtual,, 2020
  • Investigating Novel Colloidal Sol-Gel Feedstocks for Fabricating 3D-Printed Functional Glass Materials; 259th National American Chemical Society (ACS) Meeting, Symposium on Colloids Research at Primarily Undergraduate Institutions, Philadelphia, PA Virtual, 2020
  • Palencia, P.S.; Vahle, A.C.; Jayson, C; Destino, J.F. Tuning Sol-Gel GeO2 and Core-Shell GeO2-SiO2 Reaction Conditions to Optimize Particle Properties for Use in 3D Printing Glass Optics; (poster) ACS National Meeting, Philadelphia, PA. Selected for ACS SciMix, a distinction given to just the top 10 % of presentations, 2020
  • Marsh, E.M.; Uppala, H.; Sidebottom, D.; Destino, J.F. Chemical Separation Methods Developed for the Identification of Fluorescent Byproducts in Carbon Nanodot Solutions; (poster) The Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy, Chicago, IL,, 2020
  • Vahle, A.C.; Jayson, C; Destino, J.F. “Preparation of Sol-Gel GeO2 and GeO2-SiO2 Nanoparticles for Use in 3D Printed Optics”; (oral) Nebraska Academy of Sciences, Lincoln, NE,, 2019
  • Berni, E.M.; Palencia, P.; Destino, J.F. “Optimizing Sol-Gel Derived Si-based Nanoparticles for Use in Luminescence-based Chemical Sensing”; (poster) 257th National American Chemical Society (ACS) Meeting, Orlando, FL,, 2019
  • Vahle, A.C.; Jayson, C; Destino, J.F. “Preparation of Sol-Gel GeO2 and GeO2-SiO2 Nanoparticles for Use in 3D Printed Optics”; (poster) 257th National American Chemical Society (ACS) Meeting, Orlando, FL. Selected for ACS SciMix, a distinction given to just the top 10 % of presentations, 2019
  • Towards New Sol-Gel Feedstocks for 3D-Printable Glass Ink Formulations; Nebraska Academy of Sciences NASA Nebraska Space Grant Session, Lincoln, NE,, 2018
  • Vahle, A.C.; †Berni, E.M., Palencia, P.S.; Jobanputra, J.; Destino, J.F. “Novel Sol-Gel Nanoparticle Feedstocks for Use in 3D-printable Glass Inks”; (oral) Nebraska Academy of Sciences, Lincoln, NE,, 2018
  • Destino, J.F.; Matthews, S.; Bright, F.V. "Combined Spectroscopic and Scanning Probe Imaging Methods for Functional and Hybrid Materials Analysis"; (poster) The Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy, Orlando, FL, 2018
  • Berni, E.M.; Palencia, P.; Destino, J.F. “Optimizing Sol-Gel Derived Si-based Nanoparticles for Use in Luminescence-Based Chemical Sensing”; (oral) Nebraska Academy of Sciences, Lincoln, NE, 0019

Research and Scholarship

Research and Scholarship Interests

    • Spectroscopic Imaging and Analysis
    • Scanning Probe Microscopy
    • Luminescence-Based Chemical Sensors
    • Sol-Gel Materials
    • Luminescent Materials
    • Optical Materials
    • 3D Printable Materials

Current Research Projects

  • Research in the Destino group centers on developing analytical methods towards elucidating a deeper understanding of the fundamental chemistry behind emerging functional materials. Regarding analysis, the group specializes in spectroscopic and scanning probe imaging techniques and analysis of imaging data sets for studying spatially resolved chemical speciation across surfaces. Regarding materials, the group is interested in several analytically, biologically, and commercially relevant materials. Some examples include: novel sol-gel derived materials used for chemical sensing, separations, 3D printing, and antifouling applications; and supported lipid bilayer mimics for studying modeled biophysical properties of cell membranes.

    Research group web page: www.destinolab.org

Grant Funding Received

  • “Bottoms Up: Investigating the Growth and Glass-Forming Properties of Germania-Containing Colloids”, $100,000, Research Corporation for the Advancement of Science–Cottrell Scholar Award
  • “Through the Looking Glass: Elucidating the Chemistry of Bottom-Up Silica-Germania Glasses”, $25,000, Nebraska-EPSCoR FIRST Award
  • “Developing Luminescent Chemical Sensors for the Detection of Abiogenic Hydrocarbons”, $5,000, NASA Nebraska-EPSCoR RID Mini-Grant
  • “Acquisition of a Scanning Electron Microscope For Use in Undergraduate Research”, $223,850, Nebraska-EPSCoR Major Research Instrumentation Award
  • “Development of chemically modified luminescent silicon nanostructures for the detection of hydrocarbons”, $4,940, NASA Nebraska-EPSCoR Space Grant
  • “Formulation of Germania-Silica Particle Inks for 3D Printing” (Contract), $38,000, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  • “Novel Printable Sol-Gel Feedstocks for 3D Printed Glass”, $7,495, NASA Nebraska-EPSCoR Space Grant
  • “Acquisition of a Matrix-Assisted Laser Desorption Ionization Mass Spectrometer” (co-PI with Profs. Brandsen, Fletcher, and Hulce), $229,000, Nebraska Tobacco Settlement Biomedical Research Development Fund (LB692)
  • “3D printable Advanced Functional Materials for Making Optics and Chemical Sensors”, CURAS Faculty Summer Faculty Research Fellowship (Internal)
  • NASA Nebraska-EPSCoR Space Grant, Undergraduate Research Fellowships, Awarded to– Alyssa Bursott, 08/01/2020 to 02/28/2021, $3,000; Peter Palencia, 08/01/2019 to 02/28/2020, $3,000; Emilia M. Berni, 08/01/2018 to 02/28/2019, $4,000; Alexandra C. Vahle, 08/01/2018 to 02/28/2019, $4,000.

Awards and Honors

  • Cottrell Scholar Award, Research Corporation for the Advancement of Science, 2021
  • IGGY Award, Creighton University, 2021
  • Engineered feedstocks for additive manufacture of glass, U.S. Patent 16/212, 525, 2020