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Search Program Faculty/Research

Vicky Poenitzsch, Ph.D.

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Dr. Poenitzsch’s main area of interest and expertise is in the synthesis and characterization of thin films, nanoparticles, and nanocomposite materials for varied applications. She employs a portfolio of technologies including physical vapor deposition, chemical vapor deposition, plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition, atmospheric pressure plasmas and wet chemical synthetic processes for preparing thin films and nanoparticles.

Dr. Poenitzsch explores novel technologies for future applications to benefit mankind along with materials solutions for near-term problems. She is an aggressive and resourceful investigator with demonstrated capability to technically, programmatically, and strategically lead programs ranging from thousands of dollars to over $5M for both government and industrial clients.

Dr. Poenitzsch is also on the Nanotechnology Advisory Committee for Northwest Vista College and is an Adjoint Faculty member in the Biomedical Engineering Graduate Program at the University of Texas San Antonio. She also serves on the organizing committee for the San Antonio Nanotechnology Forum. Dr. Poenitzsch was honored in 2014 as a rising star by San Antonio Business Journal’s 40 under 40 listing. Dr. Poenitzsch has published multiple high-impact papers in refereed journals, authored several patent applications, and presented at numerous technical symposia.

Selected Publications 

V. Z. Poenitzsch, K. A. Slinker, D. W. Miles, M. A. Miller, R. Wei, K. Coulter, S. H. Gardner “ Free Standing Foils of Nanotube Arrays Fused with Metals” J. Mat. Sci 2014, 20, 7080-7086.

X. Cheng, V. Z. Poenitzsch, L. Cornell, C. Tsao, T. Potter “Electrochemical biocencapsulation of nanomaterials into collagen for biomedical applications” J. Encapsulation and Adsoportion Science 2013, 3, 16-23.

V. Z. Poenitzsch, S. T. Wellinghoff, B. R. Furman, M. J. Rubal, K. E. Coulter “Preparation of yttria-stabilized zirconia nanoplatelets using vacuum roll coating” J. Mat. Sci. 2012, 47, 3407-3414.

V.Z. Poenitzsch, C. A. Engel, K. E. Coulter “Preparation of nanoplatelets using vacuum roll coating” Microsc. Microanal. 2008, 14, 272.

V.Z. Poenitzsch, H. Xie, A.B. Dalton, G.R. Dieckmann, I. H. Musselman “Effect of electron-donating and electron-withdrawing groups on peptide/single-walled carbon nanotube interactions” J Am. Chem. Soc. 2007, 129, 14724.

S.F. Chin, R.H. Baughman, A.B. Dalton, G. R. Dieckmann, R. K. Draper, C. Mikoryak, I. H. Museelman, V. Z. Poenitzsch, H. Xie, P. Pantano “Amphiphilic helical peptide increased the uptake of single-walled carbon nanotubes by living cells” Experimental Biology and Medicine, 2007, 232, 1236.

I. H. Musselman, V. Z. Poenitzsch, G. R. Dieckmann “Scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy of peptide-wrapped single-walled carbon nanotubes” Microsc. Microanal. 2006, 12, 554-555.

V. Z. Poenitzsch, I. H. Musselman “Atomic force microscopy measurements of peptide-wrapped single-walled carbon nanotube diameters” Microsc. Microanal. 2006, 12, 221-227.

V. Zorbas,M. Kanungo, M., S. A. Bains, Y. Mao, T. Hemraj-Benny, J. A. Misewich, S. S. Wong “Current-less photoreactivity catalyzed by functionalized AFM tips” Chem. Comm. 2005, 36, 4598-4600.

V. Zorbas,A. L.Smith, X. Hie, A. Ortiz-Acevedo, A. B. Dalton, G. R. Dieckmann, R. K. Draper, R. H. Baughman, I. H. Musselman “Importance of aromatic content for peptide/single-walled carbon nanotube interactions” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2005,127, 12323-12328.

A. Ortiz-Acevedo, H. Xie, V. Zorbas, W. M. Sampson, A. B. Dalton, R. H. Baughman, R, K, Draper, I. H. Musselman, G. R. Dieckmann “Diameter selective solubilization of single-walled carbon nanotubes by reversible cyclic peptides” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2005,127, 9512-9517.

V. Zorbas, A. Ortiz-Acevedo, A. B. Dalton, M. M. Yoshida, G. R. Dieckmann, R. K. Draper, R. H. Baughman, M. J. Yacaman, I. H. Musselman “Preparation and characterization of individual peptide-wrapped single-walled carbon nanotubes”, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2004,126, 7222-7226.

X. Cheng, V. Z. Poenitzsch “Aligned polymer including bonded substrates” Pub No. US2011/0306754 A1.

K. A. Slinker, V. Z. Poenitzsch “Interface infused nanotube interconnects” Pub No. US2010/021736 A1 and EP2149538 A2.

Principal Scientist 

Surface Engineering & Materials 

Chemistry Materials Engineering Department 

Mechanical Engineering Division

Southwest Research Institute 


Ph.D., Chemistry, The University of Texas at Dallas, 2007

B.S., Chemistry, United States Military Academy at West Point, 1997


Phone: (210) 522-3755