Dr. Oksana Love

Zeis Hall 115, CPO #2010

Office Hours

  • Mon: 

    • 9 - 10 a.m.
  • Tue: 

    • 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
  • Wed: 

    • noon - 1:00 p.m.
  • Fri: 

    • noon - 1:00 p.m.
Also available by appointment. In addition, I have an open-door policy for students if I am in my office.

Courses Taught

  • Chem 132 – General Chemistry
  • Chem 233 - Foundations of Inorganic Chemistry (General Chemistry II)
  • Chem 236 - General Chemistry II
  • Chem 111 – General Chemistry Laboratory
  • Chem 145 - Quantitative Chemistry Laboratory
  • Chem 419 - Nanochemistry
  • Chem 411 - Lab Assistantship in Chemistry


  • Ph.D and M.S in Chemistry - Georgetown University, 2012
  • B.S in Chemistry – University of North Carolina at Asheville, 2006

About me

Originally from Lviv, Ukraine, I graduated with B.S. in chemistry from University of North Carolina Asheville in 2006. Then I continued my studies at Georgetown University where I received M.S and Ph.D degrees in chemistry in 2012. In graduate school I worked in Dr. Tong’s group, where my main thesis topic was focused on synthesis and characterization of metal nanoparticles, particularly protected by organo-chalcogenolates for future molecular electronics applications. After graduation, I received National Research Council (NRC) Fellowship award that allowed me to continue my post-doctoral studies at the DoD Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, DC. The research concentrated on synthesis and characterization of sub-nanometer metal nanoparticles for potential catalytic applications. In 2013, I moved to Asheville to become a faculty member at my alma mater UNC Asheville.

Teaching interests

My teaching interests lie in material science, analytical, as well as general and inorganic chemistries. In addition, I am interested in developing a material science course that would introduce students to the nanomaterials and their applications.

Research interests 

My research interests lie within material science (nanomaterials). Currently, I am interested in synthesis and characterization of TiO2 nanoparticles, and their photocatalytic properties.

Selected publications (since 2011)

Love, O.; Kidwell, D. A.; Epshteyn, A.: The Atomic Metron – a Basis for Synthesis of Sub-Nanometer Particles with a Discrete Number of Atoms, Mater. Res. Soc. Symp. Proc., 2013, 1548, DOI: 10.1557//opl.2013.697.

Li, Y.; Love, O.; Tong, Y. J.: Small Gold Nanoparticles Synthesized with Dialkyl Ditellurides, Nano Bulletin, 2013, 2(2), 130221.

Zaluzhna, O.; Li, Y.; Allison, T. C.; Tong, J. Y.: Inverse-Micelle-Encapsulated Water-Enabled Bond Breaking of Dialkyl-Diselenide/Disulfide: a Critical Step for Synthesizing High-Quality Au Nanoparticles, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2012, 134, 17991-17996.

Zaluzhna, O.; Zangmeister, C.; Tong, J. Y.: Synthesis of Gold and Silver Nanoparticles with Alkyl Selenocyanates, RSC Advances 2012, 2, 7396-7399.

Li, Y.; Zaluzhna, O.; Zangmeister, C.; Allison, T. C.; Tong, J. Y.: Different Mechanism Govern the Two-Phase Brust-Schriffin Dialkyl-Ditelluride Syntheses of Ag and Au Nanoparticles, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2012, 134 (4), 1990–1992.

Zaluzhna, O.; Li, Y.; Zangmeister, C.; Allison, T. C.; Tong, J. Y.: Mechanistic Insights on the One-Phase vs. Two-Phase Brust-Schiffrin Method Synthesis of Au Nanoparticles with Dioctyl-Diselenide, Chem. Comm., 2012, 48, 362-364.

Li, Y.; Zaluzhna, O.; Tong, J. Y.: Critical Role of Water and Structure of Inverse Micelles in the Brust-Schiffrin Synthesis of Metal Nanoparticles, Langmuir 2011, 27, 7366–7370.

Du, B.; Zaluzhna, O.; Tong, J. Y.: Electrocatalytic Properties of Au@Pt Nanoparticles: Effects of Pt Shell Packing Density and Au Core Size, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2011, 13, 11568-11574.

Li, Y.; Zaluzhna, O.; Tong, J. Y.: Identification of a Source of Size Polydispersity and its Solution in Brust-Schiffrin Metal Nanoparticle Synthesis, Chem. Comm., 2011, 47, 6033 - 6035.

Zaluzhna, O.; Brightful L., Allison, T. C.; Tong J. Y.: Insight into Interface between Meso-2, 3-Dimercaptosuccinic Acid (DMSA) Protected Silver Nanoparticles, Chem. Phys. Lett., 2011, 509, 148-151.

Li, Y.; Zaluzhna, O.; Xu, B.; Gao, Y.; Modest, J.; Tong, J. Y.: Mechanistic Insights Into the Brust–Schiffrin Two-Phase Synthesis of Organo-Chalcogenate-Protected Metal Nanoparticles, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2011, 133(7), 2092-2095.