Carmen Gomes

Carmen L Gomes


Associate Professor
COE Faculty Success Advisor
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Department of Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering (Courtesy)
Department of Food Science & Human Nutrition (Courtesy)


1620F Howe Hall
537 Bissell Rd
Ames, IA 500111096


My research and teaching programs focus on the design and fabrication of nanoscale materials using biopolymers and 2D materials for the development of functional delivery systems and biosensors. . As a nanoscale material design and fabrication group we develop biosensors and delivery systems for a wide range of applications, including environmental sustainability (food and agricultural systems) and human health.
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  • 2023 – ELATES (Executive Leadership in Academic Technology, Engineering and Science) Fellow
  • 2022 – Royal Society of Chemistry, Fellow
  • 2018 – Emerging Leaders Academy, Iowa State University
  • 2017 – Excellence in Teaching Award, Biological and Agricultural Engineering (BAEN) Department
  • 2016 – Montague-Center for Teaching Excellence award, COALS, Texas A&M University
  • 2016 – Research Excellence Award, BAEN Department
  • 2013 – Excellence in Teaching Award, BAEN Department
  • 2012 – ASABE Professor of the Year Award – BAEN department
  • 2011 – ADVANCE scholar – Texas A&M U. ADVANCE Center for Women Faculty (NSF)
  • 2009 – Ethel Ashworth-Tsutsui Memorial Research Excellence Award Recipient, Texas A&M University
  • 2009 – 2nd place John C. Ayres Poster Competition Food Microbiology division at IFT Annual Meeting
  • 2009 – Top-5 graduate student paper competition Nonthermal Processing division at IFT annual meeting
  • 2006 – Bill & Rita Stout International Graduate Award – recognizes outstanding achievement by international graduate students in the BAEN Department


  • Ph.D., Biological and Agricultural Engineering, Texas A&M University, 2010
  • B.S., Food Engineering, Federal University of Vicosa, Brazil, 2003

Interest Areas

  • Biosensors;
  • Nanotechnology;
  • Diagnostics and drug-delivery;
  • Design of novel nanoscale materials using biopolymers;
  • Design of biosensors using nanotechnology approaches;
  • Stimuli-responsive nanostructures;
  • Food safety and shelf-life extension of food products;
  • Delivery systems and sensing platforms.


  1. Soares, R. R. A., Hjort, R. G., Pola, C. C., Jing, D., Secon, V., Claussen, J. C., Gomes, C. L. Ion-selective electrodes based on laser-induced graphene as alternative method to monitor nitrite levels in cured meats. Microchimica Acta. 190, 43 (2023).
  2. Oliveira, D. A., McLamore, E. S., Gomes, C. L. 2022. Rapid and label-free Listeria monocytogenes detection based on stimuli-responsive alginate-platinum thiomer nanobrushes. Scientific Reports. 12, 21413 (2022).
  3. Johnson, Z. T., Jared, N., Peterson, J. K., Li, J., Smith, E. A., Walper, S. A., Hooe, S. L., Breger, J. C., Medintz, I. L., Gomes, C., Claussen, J. C. 2022. 6, 2200057.
  4. Pola, C. C., Rangnekar, S. V., Sheets, R., Szadlowska, B., Downing, J. R., Parate, K. W., Wallace, S. G., Tsai, D.,  Hersam, M. C., Gomes, C. L., Claussen, J. C. 2022. Aerosol-jet-printed graphene electrochemical immunosensors for rapid and label-free detection of SARS-CoV-2 in saliva. 2D materials. Accepted.
  5. Yu, C., Takhistov, P., Alocilja, E., Reyes-de-Corcuera, J., Frey, M. W., Gomes, C. L., Mao, Y. J., McLamore, E. S., Lin, M., Tsyusko, O. V., Tzeng, T-R., Yoon, J-Y., Zhou, A., 2022. Bioanalytical approaches for the detection, characterization, and risk assessment of micro/nanoplastics in agriculture and food systems. Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry.
  6. Hjort, R. G., Soares, R. R. A., Li, J., Jing, D., Hartfiel, L., Chen, B., Van Belle, B., Soupir, M., Smith, E. A., McLamore, E. S., Claussen, J. C., Gomes, C. L. 2022. Hydrophobic laser-induced graphene potentiometric ion-selective electrodes for nitrate sensing. Microchimica Acta. 189 (3):1-11.
  7. Oliveira, D. A., Althawab, S., McLamore, E. S., Gomes, C. L. 2021. One-step fabrication of stimuli-responsive chitosan-platinum brushes for Listeria monocytogenes detection. Biosensors, 11 (12), 511.
  8. Chen, B., Johnson, Z. T., Sanborn, D., Hjort, R. G., Garland, N. T., Soares, R. A., Van Belle, Jared, N., Li, J., Jing, D., Smith, E. A., Gomes, C. L., Claussen, J. C.. 2021. Tuning the structure, conductivity, and wettability of laser induced graphene for multiplexed open microfluidic environmental biosensing and energy storage devices. ACS Nano,
  9.  Summerlin III, H. N.,  Pola, C. C., Chamakura, K. R., Young, R., Gentry, T., McLamore, E. S., Karthikeyan, R., Gomes, C. L. 2021. Fate of enteric viruses during leafy greens (romaine lettuce) production using treated municipal wastewater and AP205 bacteriophage as a surrogate. Journal of Environmental Science and Health, Part A. 56 (10): 1138-1144,
  10. Kucherenko, I. S., Chen, B., Johnson, Z., Wilkins, A., Sanborn, D., Figueroa-Felix, N., Mendivelso-Perez, D., Smith, E. A., Gomes, C. L., Claussen, J. C. 2021. Laser-induced graphene electrodes for electrochemical ion sensing, pesticide monitoring, and water splitting, Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry. 413, 6201-6212. paper in forefront
  11. Sprowls, M., Serhan, M., Chou, E. F., Lin, L., Frames, C., Kucherenko, I., Mollaeian, K., Y. Li, Y., Jammula, V., Logeswaran, D., Khine, M., Yang, Y., Lockhart, T., J. Claussen, J., Dong, L., Chen, J. J-L, Ren, J., Gomes, C., Kim, D., Wu, T., Margrett, J., Narasimhan, B., Forzani, E. 2021. Integrated sensing systems for monitoring interrelated physiological parameters in young and aged adults: a pilot study, International Journal of Prognostics and Health Management, 12, 4,
  12. Summerlin III, H. N., Pola, C.C., McLamore, E.S., Gentry, T., Karthikeyan, R., Gomes, C. L. 2021. Prevalence of Escherichia coli and antibiotic-resistant bacteria during fresh produce production (romaine lettuce) using municipal wastewater effluents. Frontiers in Microbiology. 12, 1186.
  13. Araujo, J. M., Fortes-Silva, R., Pola, C. C., Yamamoto, F. Y., Gatlin III, D. M., Gomes, C. L. 2021. Delivery of selenium using chitosan nanoparticles: synthesis, characterization and antioxidant and growth effects in Nile tilapia (Orechromis niloticus). Plos One. 16 (5), e0251786.
  14. Kondal, R., Kalia, A., Krejcar, O., Kuca, K., Sharma, S. P., Luthra, K., Dheri, G. S., Vikal, Y., Taggar, M. S., Abd-Elsalam, A., Gomes, C. L. 2021. Chitosan-urea nanocomposite for improved fertilizer applications: the effect on the soil enzymatic activities and microflora dynamics in N cycle of potatoes (Solanum tuberosum L.). Polymers. 13(17), 2887.
  15. McLamore, E. S., Alocilja, E., Gomes, C., Gunasekaran, S., Jenkins, D., Datta, S. P. A., Li, Y., Mao, Y. Nugen, S. R., Reyes-De-Corcuera, J. I., Takhistov, P., Tsyusko, O., Cochran, J. P., Tszeng, T-R, Yoon, J-Y., Yu, C., Zhou, A. 2021. FEAST of biosensors: food, environmental and agricultural sensing technologies (FEAST) in North America. Biosensors and Bioelectronics. 178 (1): 113011
  16. Awate, D. M., Pola, C. C., Shumaker, E., Gomes, C. L., Juarez, J. J. 2021. 3D printed imaging platform for portable cell counting. Analyst. 146. 4033-4041.
  17. Giacobassi, C. A., Oliveira, D. A., Pola, C. C., Xiang, D., Tang, Y., Datta, S. P. A., McLamore, E. S., Gomes, C. L. 2021. Sense-Analyze-Respond-Actuate (SARA) paradigm: proof of concept system spanning nanoscale and macroscale actuation for detection of Escherichia coli in aqueous media. Actuators. 10 (1): 2 cover article
  18. Longtin, N., Oliveira, D. A., Mahadevan, A., Gejji, V., Gomes, C., Fernando, S. 2021. Analysis of Spirulina platensis microalgal fuel cell. Journal of Power Sources. 486, 28, 229290.
  19. Hall, L. S., Hwang, D., Chen, B., Van Belle, B., Johnson, Z. T., Hondred, J. A., Gomes, C. L.,  Barlett, M. D., Claussen, J. C. C. 2021. All-graphene-based open fluidics for pumpless, small-scale fluid transport via laser-controlled wettability patterning. Nanoscale Horizons, 6, 24-32 cover article
  20. Parate, K., Pola, C. C., Rangnekar, S. V, Mendivelso-Perez, D., Smith, E., Hersam, M. C., Gomes, C., Claussen, J. 2020. Aerosol printed graphene immunosensors for electrochemical monitoring of the biogenic amine histamine in fish broth. 2D Materials. 7, 034002. https://doiorg/10.1088/2053-1583/ab8919 –featured article
  21. Rainier, R., Hjort, R., Reis, E. Soares, N., McLamore, E., Claussen, J. C., Gomes, C. 2020. Laser induced graphene electrochemical immunosensors for rapid and label-free monitoring of Salmonella enterica in chicken broth. ACS Sensors. article

Primary Strategic Research Area

Advanced Materials & Manufacturing