Joel F. Destino, PhD
Joel F. Destino, PhD

Joel F. Destino, PhD

Assistant Professor
College of Arts and Sciences


  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Materials Science

Academic Appointments


  • Chemistry and Biochemistry


  • Assistant Professor

Teaching Activity

  • CHM 286: Chemical and Statistical Analysis Laboratory
  • CHM 315: Quantitative and Statistical Analysis
  • CHM 456: Instrumental Analysis
  • CHM 466: Instrumental Analysis Laboratory


Joel F. Destino is an assistant professor in the Chemistry Department at Creighton University. He received his B.S. in Chemistry and History from Syracuse University (2008) and Ph.D. in (Analytical) Chemistry from the University at Buffalo (2016). Before joining Creighton, he worked in the Optics and Materials Science and Technology group at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory as a postdoctoral staff member.

Research and Scholarship

Research and Scholarship Interests

    • Spectroscopic Imaging and Analysis
    • Scanning Probe Microscopy
    • Luminescence-Based Chemical Sensors
    • Sol-Gel Materials
    • Luminescent Materials
    • Optical Materials
    • 3D Printable Materials

Current Research Projects

  • Research in the Destino group centers on developing analytical methods towards elucidating a deeper understanding of the fundamental chemistry behind emerging functional materials. Regarding analysis, the group specializes in spectroscopic and scanning probe imaging techniques and analysis of imaging data sets for studying spatially resolved chemical speciation across surfaces. Regarding materials, the group is interested in several analytically, biologically, and commercially relevant materials. Some examples include: novel sol-gel derived materials used for chemical sensing, separations, 3D printing, and antifouling applications; and supported lipid bilayer mimics for studying modeled biophysical properties of cell membranes.

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