Curriculum Vitae

PhotoCatalytic Synthesis Group, MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology, Faculty of Science and Technology, University of Twente, Meander 229, P.O. Box 217, 7500 AE Enschede, The Netherlands

053-4895-3968 (office)


July 2007

June 2000

June 1998

PhD in Chemistry, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, USA

MS in Chemical Engineering, Kaunas University of Technology, Kaunas, Lithuania

BS in Chemical Engineering, Kaunas University of Technology, Kaunas, Lithuania


September 2012-present

March 2011-present

Nov 2010 – August 2012

August 2009 – August 2012

Docent, Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Science and Technology, University of Twente, the Netherlands

Adjunct Assistant Professor, College of Public and Environmental Health, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, USA

Associate Director, Central Microscopy Research Facility, University of Iowa, IA

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, University of Iowa, IA, USA

Assistant Research Scientist, Department of Chemistry and Central Microscopy Research Facility (CMRF), University of Iowa, IA, USA

Aug. 2003–August 2009

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Chemistry, University of Iowa, IA, USA

Oct. 1998–Aug. 2003

Process Engineer, SC”Achema”, Jonava, Lithuania



PUBLICATIONS (in chronological order)

1. Parayil, S.K., Kibombo, H.S., Wu, C.-M., Peng, R., Baltrusaitis, J. and Koodali, R.T., Synthesis and Characterization of Ligand stabilized CdS-Trititanate Composite Materials for Visible Light Induced Photocatalytic Water Splitting, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 2012, in print.

2. Cheng, W., Singh, N., Maciá-Agulló, J.A., Stucky, G.D., McFarland, E.W. and Baltrusaitis, J., Optimal experimental conditions for hydrogen production using low voltage electrooxidation of organic wastewater feedstock, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 2012, in print.

3. Baltrusaitis, J., Hatch, C. and Orlando, R., Periodic DFT study of acidic trace atmospheric gas molecule adsorption on Ca and Fe doped MgO (001) surface basic sites, Journal of Physical Chemistry A, in print, 2012.

4. Baltrusaitis, J., Hatch, C. and Orlando, R., Electronic properties and reactivity of simulated Fe3+ and Cr3+ substituted a-Al2O3 (0001) surface, Journal of Physical Chemistry A, in print, 2012.

5. Baltrusaitis, J. and Grassian, V.H., AFM and XPS Study of NO2 Reactions on CaCO3 (10-14) Surfaces in Humid Environments, Journal of Physical Chemistry A, 2012, in print.

6. Lazauskas, A., Grigaliūnas, V., Guobienė, A., Andrulevičius, A. and Baltrusaitis, J., Atomic force microscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy evaluation of adhesion and nanostructure of thin Cr films, Thin Solid Films, 2012, 520(19), 6328-6333.

7. Wijenayaka, L.A., Rubasinghege, G., Baltrusaitis J. and Grassian, V.H., Surface chemistry of a-FeOOH nanorods and microrods with gas-phase nitric acid and water vapor: Insights into the role of particle size, surface structure and surface hydroxyl groups in the adsorption and reactivity of a-FeOOH with atmospheric gases, Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 2012, 116(23), 12566-12577.

8. Peng, R., Zhao, D., Baltrusaitis, J., Wu, C.-M. and Koodali, R.T., Visible light driven photocatalytic evolution of hydrogen from water over CdS encapsulated MCM-48 materials, RSC Advances, 2012, 2(13), 5754-5767.

9. Parayil, S.K., Kibombo, H.S., Wu, C.-M., Peng, R., Baltrusaitis, J. and Koodali, R.T., Enhanced photocatalytic water splitting activity of carbon–modified TiO2 composite materials synthesized by a green synthetic approach, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 2012, 37(10), 8257-8267.

10. Schnieders, M.J., Baltrusaitis, J., Shi, Y., Chattree, G., Zheng, L., Yang, W. and Ren, P., The Structure, Thermodynamics and Solubility of Organic Crystals from Simulation with a Polarizable Force Field, Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation, 2012, 8(5), 1721-1736.

11. Chen, H., Laskin, A., Baltrusaitis, J., Scherer, M.M. and Grassian, V.H., Coal combustion fly ash as a source of iron in atmospheric dust, Environmental Science & Technology, 2012, 46(4), 2112-2120.

12. Sander, J., Bucar, D.-K., Baltrusaitis, J., and MacGillivray, L., Organic Nanocrystals of the Resorcinarene Hexamer via Sonochemistry: Evidence of Reversed Crystal Growth Involving Hollow Morphologies, Journal of American Chemical Society, 2012, 134(16), 6900-6903. (cover art)

13. Friestad, G.K., Ji, A., Baltrusaitis, J., Korapala, C.S. and Qin, J., Scope of Stereoselective Mn-Mediated Radical Addition to Chiral Hydrazones and Application in a Formal Synthesis of Quinine, Journal of Organic Chemistry, 2011, 77(7), 3159-3180.

14. Amornpitoksuk, P., Suwanboon, S., Sangkanu, S., Sukhoom, A., Muensit, N., Baltrusaitis, J., Synthesis, characterization, photocatalytic and antibacterial activities of Ag-doped ZnO powders modified with a diblock copolymer, Powder Technology, 2012, 219, 158–164.

15. Neff, S.A., Lee, S.U., Asami, Y., Ahn, J.S., Oh, H., Baltrusaitis, J., Gloer, J.B., and Wicklow, D.T., Aflaquinolones A-G: Secondary Metabolites from Marine and Fungicolous Isolates of Aspergillus Sp., Journal of Natural Products, 2011, 75(3), 464-472.

16. Hassan, I., Zhang, M.S., Powers, L.S., Baltrusaitis, J., Shao, J., Rutkowski, D.T., Legge, K., and Monick, M.M., Influenza A viral replication is blocked by inhibition of the inositol requiring enzyme 1 (IRE1) stress pathway, Journal of Biological Chemistry, 2012, 287(7), 4679-4689.

17. Hatch, C.H., Wiese, J.S., Crane, C.C., Harris, K.J., Kloss, H.G., Keenan, M.K. and Baltrusaitis, J., Water adsorption on clay minerals as a function of relative humidity: Identifying a handle for modeling water content on mineral aerosol, Langmuir, 2012, 28(30), 1790-1803.

18. Kaliasas, R., Mikolajūnas, M., Jakučionis, L., Baltrusaitis, J., Viržonis, D., Scaling down lateral dimensions of silicon nanopillars fabricated by reactive ion etching using Au/Cr self-assembled clusters as an etch mask, Thin Solid Films, 2012, 520(6), 2041-2045.

19. Baltrusaitis, J., Schuttlefield, J., Zeitler E. and Vicki H. Grassian, V.H., Carbon Dioxide Adsorption on Hydroxylated Oxide Nanoparticle Surfaces, Chemical Engineering Journal, 2011, 170(2-3), 471-481.

20. Kapadia, P.P, Ditzler, L.R., Baltrusaitis, J., Swenson,S.C., Tivanski, A.V. and Pigge, F.C., Semiconducting organic assemblies prepared from tetraphenylethylene tetracarboxylic acid and bis(pyridine)s via charge-assisted hydrogen bonding, Journal of American Chemical Society, 2011, 133(22), 8490-8493.

21. Wu, C-M., Baltrusaitis, J. and Grassian, V.H., Sulfur Dioxide Adsorption on ZnO Nanoparticles and Nanorods, Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 2011, 115(20), 10164-10172.

22. Atkinson, M.B.J., Mariappan, S.V.S., Bučar, D.K., Baltrusaitis, J., Friščić, T., Sinada, N.G. and MacGillivray, L.R., Crystal engineering rescues a liquid-phase organic synthesis: application of a co-crystallization to confirm the relative configuration of a chiral molecular ladder, Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences, 2011, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1104352108.

23. Reisetter, A.C., Stebounova, L.V., Baltrusaitis, J., Powers, L., Gupta, A., Grassian, V.H., and Monick, M.M., Induction of inflammasome dependent pyroptosis by carbon black nanoparticles, Journal of Biological Chemistry, 2011, 286(4), 21844-21852.

24. Krawczyk, B., Baltrusaitis, J., Yoder, C., Vargo, T., Bowden, N., Kader, K., Radio frequency glow discharge-induced acidification of fluoropolymers, Journal of Biomedical Materials Research Part A, 2011, 00A:000–000.

25. Hamilton, T.D, Bučar, D.K, Baltrusaitis, J., and MacGillivray, L.R., A thixotropic metal-organic hydrogel composed of homochiral bundles, Journal of American Chemical Society, 2011, 133(10), 3365-3371.

26. Elzey, S., Baltrusaitis, J., Bian, S. and Grassian, V.H., Nanoparticle Synthesis of Paratacamite via the Conversion of Copper-Based Nanoparticles in Hydrochloric Acidic Media, Journal of Materials Chemistry, 2011, DOI: 10.1039/C0JM03705B.

27. Shim, S.H., Baltrusaitis, J., Gloer, J.B. and Wicklow, D.T., Phomalevones A-C: Dimeric and Pseudodimeric Polyketide Metabolites from a Fungicolous Hawaiian Isolate of Phoma sp. (Cucurbitariaceae), Journal of Natural Products, 2011, DOI: 10.1021/np100791b.

28. Baltrusaitis, J., Jayaweera, P.M. and Grassian, V.H., Sulfur Dioxide Adsorption on TiO2 Nanoparticles: Influence of Particle Size, Co-Adsorbates and UV Irradiation on Surface Speciation and Surface Coverage, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 2011, 115(2), 492-500.

29. Runge, M.B, Dadsetan, M., Baltrusaitis, J., Knight, A.M., Ruesink, T., Lazcano, E., Windebank, A.J., Yaszemski, M.J., Synthesis, Characterization, and In Vitro Studies of Novel Electrically Conductive Polycaprolactone Fumarate-Polypyrrole Composite Materials for Nerve Regeneration, Biomacromolecules, 2010, 11(11), 2845-2853.

30. Bian, S.-W., Baltrusaitis, J., Galhotra, P. and Grassian, V.H., A Template-Free, Thermal Decomposition Method to Synthesize Mesoporous MgO with a Nanocrystalline Framework and Its Application in Carbon Dioxide Adsorption, Journal of Materials Chemistry, 2010, 20(39), 8705-8710.

31. Jayaweera, P. V. V., Shao, J., Tennakone, K. and Perera, A. G. U., Jayaweera, P. M., Baltrusaitis, J., PbS sensitized ZnO based low cost UV-IR dual band detector, IEEE – Elect. Dev., 2010, 57(10), 2756-2760.

32. Sinkeviciute, D., Baltrusaitis, J. and Dukstiene, N., Layered molybdenum oxide thin films electrodeposited from sodium citrate electrolyte solution, Journal of Solid State Electrochemistry, 2010, DOI: 10.1007/s10008-010-1137-2.

33. Rubasinghege, G., Lentz, R.W., Elzey, S., Baltrusaitis, J., Jayaweera, P.M., Scherer, M. and Grassian, V.H., Reactions on Atmospheric Dusts: New Mechanisms and Pathways Identified in Laboratory Studies – Heterogeneous Surface Photochemistry and Size-Dependent Nanoscale Redox Chemistry, Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, 2010, 1(11), 1729-1737.

34. Sander, J.R.G., Bučar, D.K., Henry, R.F., Baltrusaitis, J., Zhang G.G.Z. and MacGillivray, L.R., A Red Zwitterionic Cocrystal of Acetaminophen and 2,4-Pyridinedicarboxylic Acid, Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences, 2010, 99(9), 3676-3683.

35. Ostachaviciute, S., Baltrusaitis, J and Valatka, E., Photoactive thin WO3 and Se-WO3 films for photochemical oxidation, Journal of Applied Electrochemistry, 2010, 40(7), 1337-1347.

36. Baltrusaitis, J. and Grassian, V.H., Carbonic acid formation from reaction of carbon dioxide and water coordinated to Al(OH)3: a quantum chemical study, Journal of Physical Chemistry A, 2010, 114(6), 2350-2356.

37. Schmidt, L.E.; Deyrup, S.T.; Baltrusaitis, J.; Swenson, D.C.; Wicklow, D.T.; Gloer, J.B., Hymenopsins A and B and a Macrophorin Analogue from a Fungicolous Hymenopsis Sp., Journal of Natural Products, 2010, 73(3), 404-408.

38. Runge, M.B., Dadsetan, M., Baltrusaitis J., Ruesink, T., Lu, L., Windebank, A.J., Yaszemski, M.J., Development of Electrically Conductive Oligo(polyethylene Glycol) Fumarate-Polypyrrole Hydrogels for Nerve Regeneration, Biomaterials, 2010, 31(23), 5916-5926.

39. Petruškevičius, R., Kezys, K., Mikolajūnas, M., Grigaliūnas, V., Baltrusaitis, J. and Viržonis, D., E-beam lithography of computer generated holograms using a fully vectorial 3D beam propagation method, Microelectronic Engineering, 2010, doi:10.1016/j.mee.2010.04.001.

40. Sokolov, A., Bucar, D.K., Baltrusaitis, J. and MacGillivray, L.R., Supramolecular Catalysis in the Organic Solid State via Dry Grinding, Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 2010, 49(25), 4273-7277.

41. Elacqua, E., Bučar, D.K., Skvortsova, Y., Baltrusaitis, J., Lei Geng, M., and MacGillivray, L.R., Dramatic Red-Shifted Fluorescence of [2.2]Paracyclophanes with Peripheral Substituents Attached to the Saturated Bridges, Organic Letters, 2009, 11(22), 5106-5109.

42. Baltrusaitis, J. and Grassian, V.H., Calcite (104) surfaces in humid environments, Surface Science, 2009, 603(17), L99-L104.

43. Baltrusaitis, J., Jayaweera, P.M. and Grassian, V.H., XPS study of NO2 adsorption on metal oxide particle surfaces under different environmental conditions, PCCP, 2009, 11, 8295 - 8305.

44. Mikolajunas, M.; Baltrusaitis, J.; Kopustinskas, V.; Vanagas, G.;, Grigaliunas, V.; Virzonis, D, Plasma etching of virtually stress-free stacked silicon nitride films, Thin Solid Films, 2009, 517(19), 5769-5772.

45. Pignotti, L.R.; Kongprakaiwoot, N.; Brennessel, W.W; Baltrusaitis, J; Luck, L.; Urnezius, E., 2,5-Bis(phosphine)-hydroquinones and Their P-oxides: Syntheses, Structures, and Ligating Properties, Journal of Organometallic Chemistry, 2008, 693(20), 3263-3272.

46. Mikolajūnas, M.; Kaliasas, R.; Andrulevičius, M.; Grigaliūnas, V.; Baltrusaitis J. and Viržonis, D., A Study of Stacked PECVD Silicon Nitride Films Used for Surface Micromachined Membranes, Thin Solid Films, 2008, 516(23), 8788-8792.

47. Cwiertny, D. M.; Baltrusaitis, J.; Hunter, G.J.; Laskin, A.; Scherer, M.M. and Grassian, V.H., Characterization and acid-mobilization study of iron-containing mineral dust source materials, Journal of Geophysical Research, 2008, 113, D05202, doi:10.1029/2007JD009332.

48. Jukna, T.; Baltrusaitis, J.; Sinkevicius, V. and Virzonis, D., A Thin Chromium Film Formation Monitoring Method: Monitoring Of The Early Stages, Thin Solid Films 2008, 516(10), 2943-2947.

49. Giray, C.B.; Dogan, M,; Akalin, A.; Baltrusaitis, J,; Chan, D.C.N; Skinner, H.C.W. and Dogan A.U., Sialolith Characterization By Scanning Electron Microscopy And X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy, Scanning 2007, 29(5), 206-10.

50. Baltrusaitis, J.; Cwiertny, D.M. and Grassian, V.H., Adsorption of Sulfur Dioxide on Hematite and Goethite Particle Surfaces, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 2007, 9(41), 5542 - 5554.

51. Baltrusaitis, J.; Schuttlefield, J., Zeitler, E.; Jensen, J. and Grassian, V.H., Surface Reactions of Carbon Dioxide at the Adsorbed Water-Oxide Interface, Journal of Physical Chemistry C 2007, 111(40), 14870-14880.

52. Baltrusaitis, J; Schuttlefield, J.; Jensen, J.H. and Grassian, V.H., FTIR Spectroscopy Combined With Quantum Chemical Calculations To Investigate Adsorbed Nitrate On Aluminum Oxide Surfaces In The Presence And Absence Of Co-Adsorbed Water, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 2007, 9, 4970 – 4980.

53. Usher, C. R.; Baltrusaitis, J.; Grassian, V. H., Spatially Resolved Product Formation in the Reaction of Formic Acid with Calcium Carbonate (1014): the Role of Step Density and Adsorbed Water-Assisted Ion Mobility, Langmuir 2007, 23, 7039-7045.

54. Baltrusaitis, J.; Usher, C.R. and Grassian, V. H., Reactions of Sulfur Dioxide on Calcium Carbonate Single Crystal and Particle Surfaces at the Adsorbed Water Carbonate Interface, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 2007, 9, 3011 - 3024.

55. Pettibone, J.M., Baltrusaitis, J. and Grassian, V. H., Chemical Properties of Oxide Nanoparticles: Surface Adsorption Studies From Gas- and Liquid-Phase Environments in Synthesis, Properties and Applications of Oxide Nanomaterials, edited by Jose A. Rodriguez and Marcos Fernandez-Garcia, publisher: John Wiley and Sons 2007, 335-351.

56. Hudson, P.K.; Schwarz, J.; Baltrusaitis, J.; Gibson, E.R. and Grassian, V.H., A Spectroscopic Study of Atmospherically Relevant Concentrated Aqueous Nitrate Solutions, Journal of Physical Chemistry A 2007, 111(4), 544-548.

57. Kiss, P.J.; Knisz, J.; Zhang, Y.; Baltrusaitis, J.; Sigmund, C.D.; Thalmann, R.; Smith, R.J.H.; Verpy, E. and Banfi, B., Inactivation of NADPH Oxidase Organizer 1 Results in Severe Imbalance, Current Biology 2006, 16(2), 208-213.

58. Baltrusaitis, J.; Jensen, J.H. and Grassian, V.H., FTIR Spectroscopy Combined with Isotope Labeling and Quantum Chemical Calculations to Investigate Adsorbed Bicarbonate Formation Following Reaction of Carbon Dioxide with Surface Hydroxyl Groups on Fe2O3 and Al2O3, Journal of Physical Chemistry B 2006, 110(24), 12005-12016.

59. Al-Hosney, H.A.; Carlos-Cuellar, S.; Baltrusaitis, J. and Grassian, V.H., Heterogeneous Uptake and Reactivity of Formic Acid on Calcium Carbonate Particles: a Knudsen Cell Reactor, FTIR and SEM Study, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 2005, 7(20), 3587-3595.

60. Baltrusaitis, J. and Grassian, V.H., Surface Reactions of Carbon Dioxide at the Adsorbed Water-Iron Oxide Interface, Journal of Physical Chemistry B 2005, 109(25), 12227-12230.