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Dr. Anthony Wagner

Anthony Wagner

Tony Wagner

Analytical Scientist


Education & Work Experience:

B.S., Clarke College, Dubuque, Iowa, 1998
M.A., The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, 2000
Ph.D., The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, 2003                

Thesis: Degradation of fluorine-containing organic thin films and organohalides mediated by ionizing radiation: nitrogen-based surface modification of polymers and metallization of nitrogen-containing polymers

Post-Doctoral Scientist, Ames Laboratory, Ames, Iowa, 2003 - 2005
Post-Doctoral Scientist, S.C. Johnsons & Sons, Racine, Wisconsin, 2005 - 2006
Research Scientist in R&DE – Air Care, SC Johnson & Sons, Racine,
Wisconsin, 2006 – 2011
Analytical Scientist – University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire: Materials Science Center,
2011 - current  


I currently serve as an Analytical Scientist within the Materials Science Center (MSC) at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. I support the utilization of instrumentation within the MSC for teaching and collaborative research both within the university and with private-sector partners. My area of expertise is rooted in Surface Science and as such, I support teaching and research activities which utilize techniques to characterize the surface properties of a sample, including X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS), Scanning Auger Nanoprobe (SAN) and the Nanoindenter. For those interested in microscopy of a sample, I support the use of the Transmission Electron Microscopy with Energy Dispersive x-ray Spectroscopy (TEM/EDS), for characterization of small, thin samples. Aside from the characterization of surfaces, I support teaching and research utilizing Gel Permeation / Size Exclusion Chromatography (GPC/SEC) for the characterization of polymers. I have a working knowledge of the other instrumentation associated with the MSC though I may not be the resident expert on those techniques. I work to support the educational outreach effort of the MSC as related to K-12 and college activities where I look to expand my involvement in the years to come.  

Selected Publications:

Weiss, C.S.; Wagner, A.J.;Rees, W.M.; "Reduction of Airborne Malodors using Hydrogen Peroxide and a Catalyst-Coated Media" Patent No.: US 8,071,081 B2 Dec. 6, 2011  

Jones, R.W.; Sweterlitsch, J.J.; Wagner, A.J.;et al; "FT-IR Photoacoustic Spectroscopy Applied to the Curing and Aging of Composites", Review of Progress in Qualitative Nondestructive Evaluation 2004, AIP Conf. Proc. 760, 1094-1099  

Wagner, A.J.; Wolfe, G.M.; Fairbrother, D.H.; "Atomic Oxygen reactions with semi-fluorinated and n-alkanethiol self-assembled monolayers" Journal of Chemical Physics 2004, 120 (8), 3799-3810  

Wagner, A.J.;Wolfe, G.M.; Fairbrother, D.H.; "Reactivity of vapor-deposited metal atoms with nitrogen-containing polymers and organic surfaces studied by in situ XPS" Applied Surface Science 2003, 219 (3-4), 317-328  

Wagner, A.J.; Fairbrother, D.H.; Reniers, F.; "A comparison of PE surfaces modified by plasma generated neutral nitrogen species and nitrogen ions" Plasmas and Polymers 2003, 8 (2), 119-134  

Wagner, A.J.; Vecitis, C.; Fairbrother, D.H; "Electron-stimulated chemical reactions in carbon tetrachloride/water (ice) films" Journal of Physical Chemistry B 2002, 106 (17), 4432-4440  

Wagner, A.J.; Carlo, S.R.; Vecitis, C.; Fairbrother, D.H.; "Effects of X-ray irradiation on the chemical and physical properties of a semifluorinated self-assembled monolayer" Langmuir 2002, 18 (5), 1542-1549 

 Wagner, A.J.; Han, K.P.; Vaught, A.L.; Fairbrother, D.H.; "X-ray induced modification of semifluorinated organic thin films" Jounral of Physical Chemistry B 2000, 104 (14), 3291-3297