Meagan Elinski


Contact Information

Phone: 517-990-2844
Office: 112 Towne



Ph.D., Chemistry (2018), with a focus on materials & surface chemistry
Department of Chemistry, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX

Thesis: “Tailoring Surface Forces to Control the Frictional Properties of Graphene”
Advisor: Dr. James Batteas


Bachelors of Science, Chemistry (2013), Hope College, Holland, MI



 My research currently focuses on the intersection of chemistry and mechanics, aiming to enable the use of low viscosity lubricants by developing a mechanistic understanding of anti-wear (AW) tribofilm formation.  I seek to:
  • develop quantitative models of AW tribofilm formation
  • investigate the growth mechanisms and co-additive interactions of nanoparticle-based tribofilms

A better understanding of these fundamental aspects have the potential for meaningful impact on improving advanced lubrication formulations for enhancing the energy efficiency of vehicles.



Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

  1. Banerjee, D. R.*; Deckard, C. E. III*; Elinski M. B.; Buzbee, M. L.; Wang, W. W.; Batteas, J. D.; Sczepanski, J. T. A Plug-and-Play Approach for Preparing Chromatin Containing Site-Specific DNA Modifications: The Influence of Chromatin Structure on Base Excision Repair. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2018, 140, 8260-8267. DOI: 10.1021/jacs.8b04063
  2. Elinski, M. B.; Menard, B. D.; Liu, Z.; Batteas, J. D. Adhesion and Friction at Graphene/Self-Assembled Monolayer Interfaces Investigated by Atomic Force Microscopy. Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 2017, 121, 5635-5641. DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.7b00012
  3. Elinski, M. B.; Liu, Z.; Spear, J. C.; Batteas, J. D. 2D or not 2D? The Impact of Nanoscale Roughness and Substrate Interactions on the Tribological Properties of Graphene and MoS2. Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics, 2017, 50, 103003. DOI: 10.1088/1361-6463/aa58d6
  4. Kwon, S. R.; Elinski, M. B.; Batteas, J. D.; Lutkenhaus, J. Robust and Flexible Aramid Nanofiber/Graphene Layer-by-Layer Electrodes. ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, 2017, 9, 17125-17135. DOI: 10.1021/acsami.7b03449
  5. Raghuraman, S.; Elinski, M. B.; Batteas, J. D.; Felts, J. R. Driving Surface Chemistry at the Nanometer Scale Using Localized Heat and Stress. Nano Letters, 2017, 17, 2111-2117. DOI: 10.1021/acs.nanolett.6b03457
  6. Benson, A. S.; Elinski, M. B.; Ohnsorg, M. L.; Beaudoin, C. K.; Alexander, K. A.; Peaslee, G. F.; DeYoung, P. A.; Anderson, M. E. Metal-Organic Coordinated Multilayer Film Formation: Quantitative Analysis of Composition and Structure. Thin Solid Films, 2015, 590, 103-110. DOI: 10.1016/j.tsf.2015.07.048



  • “Dynamic Motion and Energy Dissipation in Graphene on Rough Surfaces”
    • 255th ACS National Meeting & Exposition, March 2018. (oral presentation)
  • “Adhesion and Friction at Graphene/Self-Assembled Monolayer Interfaces”
    • Texas A&M Conference on Energy, September 2017. (poster)
    • Texas A&M Society of Women Engineers Poster Competition, March 2017. (1st place poster)
  • “The Influence of Surface Chemistry and Nanoscopic Roughness on the Frictional Properties of 2D Materials”
    • Royal Society of Chemistry Twitter Poster Conference, March 2017. (online poster)
  • “Using Chemical Interactions to Tailor the Adhesive and Frictional Responses of Graphene”
    • Texas A&M Depts of Chem & Chemical Engr, BASF Grad Student Symp, August 2016. (poster)
    • Gordon Research Conference on Tribology, June 2016. (poster)
    • Gordon Research Seminar on Tribology, June 2016. (2nd place poster)
  • “Tailoring Graphene-Substrate Adhesion by Controlling Surface Interactions”
    • 71st STLE Annual Meeting & Exhibition, May 2016. (oral presentation)
    • Texas A&M Depts of Chem & Chemical Engr, BASF Grad Student Symp, August 2015. (poster)
    • Texas A&M Dept of Chem, Dow Symp & Graduate Awards Ceremony, May 2015. (poster)
    • 70th STLE Annual Meeting & Exhibition, May 2015. (2nd place poster)


Fellowships, Honors, & Certificates

  • Postdoctoral Academic Diversity Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania (2018)
  • Co-chair for Gordon Research Seminar on Tribology (2018)
  • Texas A&M U.S. Senator Phil Gramm Doctoral Fellowship for Research and Teaching (2017)
  • Academy for Future Faculty Teaching Certificate (2017)
  • Honorable Mention: National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (2014 & 2015)
  • Texas A&M Graduate Merit Fellowship (2013)



Current Outreach Interests

  • Building relationships with and mentoring fellow women in STEM (AWE, Advancing Women in Engineering, and WICS, Women in Computer Science, at UPenn)
  • Community outreach (GEMS program, Girls in Engineering, Math, and Science Camp, at UPenn)
  • Please feel free to email me about current or new opportunities!

Past Outreach

  • Nanotechnology Course: Youth Adventure Program (YAP), Texas A&M (Summer 2016 & 2017)
    • Developed and led summer YAP course for 8th-11th grade students on nanotechnology
  • Expanding Your Horizons, Texas A&M-WISE, Workshop Leader (2013-2017)
    • Designed and led a workshop for 6th grade girls on material properties