Francesco Mastrocinque

Welcome to my website! I'm a Chemistry/ECE graduate student at Duke University working under Professor Michael Therien. My research is focused on probing and developing next-generation nanoscale materials relevant to solar energy capture and conversion, molecular communication, and spintronics. I'm passionate about building new things using tools ranging from molecules, 3D printing, and programming. This website was built from scratch with the help of the Astro static site generator using a combination of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. Thanks for stopping by!


Duke University

Doctor of Philosophy


Concentration: Nanoscience & Engineering

August 2018 - May 2023

Duke University

Master of Science

Electrical and Computer Engineering

January 2021 - May 2023

Bard College

Bachelor of Arts


August 2014 - May 2018


Chemistry Research Assistant

Bard College & Duke University

Bard College: Synthesized and characterized organometallic, transition metal complexes that exhibited luminescent, catalytic, and biological activity.

Duke University: Developed new classes of aryleneethynylene polymers that helically wrap single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) at a fixed pitch length. These assemblies modulate SWNT electronic structure, rendering them as next-generation hybrid nanoscale materials relevant to solar energy capture, conversion, and systems for spin-based communication.

January 2015 - Present

Chemistry Teaching Assistant

Bard College & Duke University

Provided instruction for students in general, organic, and inorganic chemistry. Responsibilities included presenting course lecture and tutorials on best lab techniques.

January 2016 - May 2022

Project Leader

Duke University Consulting Club

Consulted with start-ups in Durham, NC and the greater Research Triangle Park (RTP) to implement entrance strategies into new markets. Development of new innovative strategies was guided by quantitative market research.

May 2019 - May 2021

Graduate Recruitment Chair

Duke University

Responsible for planning recruitment events for admitted graduate students.

July 2019 - June 2021

Graduate Outreach Coordinator

Duke University

Responsible for coordinating outreach events involving Duke University and the greater Durham community.

July 2019 - June 2021


Bard College Student Chapter of The American Chemical Society

Responsible for overseeing, allocating, and distributing club funds. Set up events to engage local eighth grade students in chemistry-related topics through a variety of outreach events.

September 2014 - May 2018


  • Anderson, C. M.; Duman, L.; Mastrocinque, F.; Mastrocinque, C.; Pizzuto, M.; Tran, K.; Weinstein, M.; Hashmi, A.; Tanski, J. M. Synthesis, Characterization,and Photophysical Properties of Platinum Complexes with Benzothiophene Ligands. Journal of Organometallic Chemistry 2019, 882, 10-17.

  • Mastrocinque, F.; Anderson, C. M.; Elkafas, A. M.; Ballard, I. V.; Tanski, J. M. Synthesis, characterization, and photophysical properties of cyclometalated N-Heterocyclic carbene Platinum(II) complexes. Journal of Organometallic Chemistry 2018, 880, 98-107.

  • Anderson, C. M.; Oh, N.; Balema, T. A.; Mastrocinque, F.; Mastrocinque, C.; Santos, D.; Greenberg, M. W.; Tanski, J. M. Regioselective C-H/C-X activation of naphthyl-derived ligands to form six-membered palladacycles. Tetrahedron Letters 2016, 57 (41), 4574-4577.

Awards & Achievements

Nanoscience Fellowship

Duke University

Competitive interdisciplinary fellowship offered by the Duke University graduate school for research excellence in the field of nanoscience.

January 2020 - May 2020

Inorganic Travel Award

American Chemical Society

Award granted by the division of Inorganic Chemistry of the American Chemical Society for scientific merit and excellence in research.

August 2018

C.T. Sottery Award

Bard College

Award granted annually to one junior for significant achievement in chemistry and for an outstanding contribution to the work of the Division of Science, Mathematics, and Computing.

May 2017

Distinguished Scientist Scholarship

Bard College

Scholarship awarded for outstanding achievement in the sciences from Bard College covering up to full tuition.

August 2014 - May 2018

Finalist - 2nd Place

The American Rocketry Challenge (TARC)

Placed 2nd in the world's largest student rocket competition.

July 2014


8th Workshop on Nanotube Optics and Nanospectroscopy (WONTON), Boston, MA.

Poster Presentation

"Low-Energy Band Gap Opening and Metallic-to-Semiconducting Phase Transitions in Metallic Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes."

Francesco Mastrocinque, Jamie Alatis, George Bullard, Animesh Nayak, Nicholas X. Williams, Zachary X. W. Widel, Aaron D. Franklin, and Michael J. Therien.

July 2022

Materials Research Society (MRS) National Meeting, Boston, MA.

Oral Presentation

"Low Energy Band Gap Opening via Symmetry Breaking in Polymer-Wrapped/Metallic Single Walled Carbon Nanotube Hybrid Assemblies."

Francesco Mastrocinque, George Bullard, Animesh Nayak, Nicholas X. Williams, Zachary X. W. Widel, Aaron D. Franklin, and Michael J. Therien.

November 2021

256th ACS National Meeting & Exposition, Boston, MA.

Poster Presentation

“Synthesis, characterization, and photophysical properties of cyclometalated N-heterocyclic carbene platinum(II) complexes.”

Francesco Mastrocinque, Craig M. Anderson, Adel Elkafas, Isabel Ballard, Joseph M. Tanski.

August 2018

254th ACS National Meeting & Exposition, Washington D.C.

Poster Presentation

Cyclometalated (C^N) Pt(IV) complexes with thiophene-based ligands: Synthesis and reactivity.”

Francesco Mastrocinque, Craig M. Anderson, David Yu, Rahma Ahmed, Melissa Yost-Bido, and Garrett Brown.

August 2017

Skills & Relevant Coursework

Programming Languages:

Python, Java, Javascript, Go, R, MATLAB, Mathematica, HTML, CSS

Programming Tools:

Django, Bootstrap, Heroku, Pandas, NumPy, Scikit-learn, NPM, Git, SQL

Instrumentation & Tools

Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM), Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM), Optical Microscopy, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR), MNOVA, IR Spectroscopy, Raman Spectroscopy

Relevant Courses

Algorithms, Machine Learning and Imaging, Calculus I & II, Linear Algebra and Differential Equations, Vector Calculus, Advanced Optics, Statistical Mechanics, Quantum Mechanics, Foundations of Nanoscale Science and Technology, Advances in Photonics, Foundations in Nanoelectronics and Nanophotonics