Robert Chimenti, Ph.D.

Robert Chimenti, Ph.D.

Robert Chimenti, Ph.D.
Visiting Assistant Professor, Photonics Coordinator

Robert Chimenti, Ph.D.

Contact Info
Science Hall 101D


Robert is an educator and consultant with a nearly 20-year career in optics and photonics, primarily focused on developing new laser and spectroscopy applications, with a heavy emphasis on vibrational spectroscopy. He is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at Rowan University with a dual appointment in the Department of Physics & Astronomy and the Advanced Materials & Manufacturing Institute (AMMI). In addition to his role at Rowan, Robert also serves as the Director and Principal Consultant at RVC Photonics, LLC. He is a frequent contributor at Laser Focus World Magazine and has contributed features to several other industry publications, including Spectroscopy Magazine, Photonics Spectra, and American Pharmaceutical Review, as well as authoring several peer-reviewed journal articles. He has also written countless application notes, whitepapers, and other technical content. He has been an invited speaker at several international scientific conferences, guest lectured at universities, presented multiple webinars, and holds a patent in the field of Raman spectroscopy.
Robert is also heavily involved in the Federation of Analytical Chemistry and Spectroscopy Societies (FACSS). He is currently serving as the FACSS Careers Chair (2022-2023) and has previously served as the Workshops Chair (2017 -2020) and General Chair (2021) for the annual SciX conference. He has earned undergraduate degrees in physics, photonics, and business administration, as well as an M.S. in Electro-Optics from the University of Dayton. While at the University of Dayton, Robert did his thesis research on laser radar in conjunction with Air Force Research Labs (AFRL) at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
AAS (Electro-Optic/Laser Technology & Fiber Optic Technology), Camden County College
BS (Business Administration), Peirce College
BS (Physics), Rowan University
MS (Electro-Optics), University of Dayton
PhD (Materials Science & Engineering), Rowan University
Research Expertise
Optics and photonics | Laser spectroscopy | Photonics education and workforce development
Robert is currently engaged in a diverse set of research activities. His primary area of focus at the moment is the development of ultra-low frequency Raman spectroscopy methods for non-contact analysis of thermodynamic and kinetic properties of polymers. He is also actively researching various biosensor technologies for antigen-specific detection assays using surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS), organic electrochemical transistors (OECT), and surface plasmon resonance (SPR). Additionally, Robert is also involved with developing advanced additive manufacturing methodologies for printing optical components, laser zone drawn nanofiber characterization, rotational spectroscopy of gasses used in NMR enhancement, and he serves as a subject matter expert for laser and electro-optic related defense activities.
Courses Taught
Laser Physics (PHYS.00.347)
Introduction to Optical Design (PHYS.00.345)
Optics and Light (PHYS.00.340)
Electricity and Magnetism II (PHYS.00.321)
Electricity and Magnetism I (PHYS.00.320)
Introductory Electricity & Magnetism (PHYS.00.222)
Physics II w/o Calculus (PHYS.00.211)
Society of Applied Spectroscopy; Coblentz Society; Optical Society of America; American Physical Society
Recent Publications

Yongqi Yang, Sneha Sreekumar, Robert V. Chimenti, Maxim Veksler, Kai Song, Sofia Zhang, Daphne Rodas, Victoria Christianson, and Deirdre M. O'Carroll, Polypropylene-Derived Luminescent Carbon Dots. ACS Materials Letters 2024, 6, XXX, 1968–1976; 

Jamison D. Engelhardt, Jianwei Tu, Robert V. Chimenti, Joseph F. Stanzione III, Giuseppe R. Palmese, Polymeric graded-index lenses via digital light processing vat photopolymerization additive manufacturing. Proc. SPIE 12900, Emerging Digital Micromirror Device Based Systems and Applications XVI, 1290004 (13 March 2024);  

Chimenti, R.V., Lehman-Chong, A.M., Sepcic, A.M., Engelhardt, J.D., Carriere, J.T., Bensley, K.A., Markashevsky, A., Tu, J., Stanzione, J.F., Lofland, S.E., 2023. Method for determining resin cure kinetics with low-frequency Raman spectroscopy. The Analyst 148, 5698–5706.

Robert V. Chimenti, James T. Carriere, Danielle M. D'Ascoli, Jamison D. Engelhardt, Alyssa M. Sepcic, Kayla A. Bensley, Alexandra M. Lehman-Chong, Joseph F. Stanzione, Samuel E. Lofland; Toward a practical method for measuring glass transition in polymers with low-frequency Raman spectroscopy. Appl. Phys. Lett. 26 June 2023; 122 (26): 264101.

Schossig, J.; Gandotra, A.; Arizapana, K.; Weber, D.; Wildy, M.; Wei, W.; Xu, K.; Yu, L.; Chimenti, R.V.; Mantawy, I.; et al. CO2 to Value-Added Chemicals: Synthesis and Performance of Mono- and Bimetallic Nickel–Cobalt Nanofiber Catalysts. Catalysts 2023, 13, 1017.

Chimenti, R.V.; Daley, J.; Sack, J.; Necsutu, J.; Whiting, N. Reconversion of Parahydrogen Gas in Surfactant-Coated Glass NMR Tubes. Molecules 2023, 28, 2329.