Gabriel LeBlanc PhD

Wellspring Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry College of Engineering & Natural Sciences
Chemistry and Biochemistry
Keplinger Hall 2195 918-631-2528


Gabriel is a husband, father, teacher, and scientist currently serving as the Wellspring Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Tulsa. Originally from Little Rock, AR, Gabriel attended Lyon College where he became interested in the field of chemistry while synthesizing novel ruthenium compounds under the guidance of Dr. Flyod Beckford. After graduating in 2010 with a B.S. in Chemistry, he then continued his education at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. There he worked with Dr. David Cliffel on a solar energy project where biomaterials were interfaced with electrodes. After completing his PhD. in 2014, he spent a year at the University of Texas at Austin working with Dr. Delia Milliron on a "smart-window" project to improve energy conservation in buildings by utilizing the unique properties of metal oxide nanoparticles and composites. Currently Gabriel's research interests involve the investigation of how electricity can be utilized to alter the physical properties of biomaterials and nanomaterials for applications ranging from alternative energy to new biosensor detection platforms.

Ph.D., Vanderbilt University
B.S., Lyon College

Alternative Energy
Biosensor Development
In-situ experimental design

Analytical Chemistry

The following may be selected publications rather than a comprehensive list.

Journal Articles

Gizzie, E. A., LeBlanc, G., Jennings, G. K., Cliffel, D. E. Electrochemical Preparation of Photosystem I-Polyaniline Composite Films for Biohybrid Solar Energy Conversion. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 2015.

Kim, J.; Ong, G. K.; Wang, Y.; LeBlanc, G.; Williams, T. E.; Mattox, T. M.; Helms, B. A.; Milliron, D. J. Nanocomposite Architecture for Rapid, Spectrally-Selective Electrochromic Modulation of Solar Transmittance. Nano Lett. 2015.

LeBlanc, G., Winter, K. M., Crosby, W. B., Jennings, G. K., Cliffel, D. E. Integration of Photosystem I with Graphene Oxide for Photocurrent Enhancement. Adv. Energy Mater. 2014, 4, 1301953.

LeBlanc, G.; Gizzie, E. A.; Yang, S.; Cliffel, D. E.; Jennings, G. K. Photosystem I Protein Films at Electrode Surfaces for Solar Energy Conversion. Langmuir 2014, In Press.

Darby, E., LeBlanc, G., Gizzie, E. A., Jennings, G. K., Cliffel, D. E. Photoactive Films of Photosystem I on Transparent Reduced Graphene Oxide Electrodes. Langmuir 2014, 30, 8990-8994.

Gunther, Darlene et al. “Pueraria Lobata (Kudzu) Photosystem I Improves the Photoelectrochemical Performance of Silicon.” Industrial Biotechnology 9.1 (2013): 37–41. Print.

Chen, C., Hijazi, F. M., LeBlanc, G., Jennings, G. K., Cliffel, D. E. Scanning Electrochemical Microscopy of Multilayer Photosystem I Photoelectrochemistry. ECS Electrochem. Lett. 2013, 2, H59-H62.

Gunther, D., LeBlanc, G., Prasai, D., Zhang, J. R., Cliffel, D. E., Bolotin, K. I., Jennings, G. K. Photosystem I on Graphene as a Highly Transparent, Photoactive Electrode. Langmuir 2013, 29, 4177-4180.

Chen, G., LeBlanc, G., Jennings, G. K., Cliffel, D. E. Effect of Redox Mediator on the Photo-Induced Current of a Photosystem I Modified Electrode. J. Electrochem. Soc. 2013, 160, H315-H320.

LeBlanc, G., Chen, G., Gizzie, E. A., Jennings, G. K., Cliffel, D. E. Enhanced Photocurrents of Photosystem I Films on p-doped Silicon. Adv. Mat. 2012, 24, 5959-5962.

LeBlanc, G., Chen, G., Jennings, G. K., Cliffel, D. E. Photoreduction of Catalytic Platinum Particles Using Immobilized Multilayers of Photosystem I. Langmuir 2012, 28, 7952-7956.

Kimmel, D. W., LeBlanc, G., Meschievitz, M. E., Cliffel, D. E. Electrochemical Sensors and Biosensors. Anal. Chem. 2011, 84, 685-707.

Coleman, M.T., LeBlanc, G. Use of diethoxymethane as a solvent for phase transfer catalyzed reactions. Org. Proc. Res. Dev. 2010, 14, 732-736.

Beckford, F.A., LeBlanc, G., Thessing, J., Shaloski, M. Jr., Frost, B. J., Li, L., Seeram, N. P. Organometallic ruthenium complexes with thiosemicarbazone ligands:Synthesis, structure and cytotoxicity of [(η6-p-cymene)Ru(NS)Cl]+ (NS = 9-anthraldehyde thiosemicarbazones). Inorg. Chem. Comm. 2009, 12, 1094-1098.

Beckford, F.A., Shaloski, M. Jr., LeBlanc, G., Thessing, J., Lewis-Alleyne, L.C., Holder, A. A., Li, L., Seeram, N.P. Microwave synthesis of mixed ligand diimine-thiosemicarbazone complexes of ruthenium(II): biophysical reactivity and cytotoxicity. Dalton Trans., 2009, 48, 10757-10764.


Cliffel, David, Gabriel LeBlanc, and G Jennings. “Biohybrid Photoelectrochemical Energy Conversion Device.” Google Patents (2013): n. pag. Print.

American Chemical Society
Electrochemical Society

CHEM 4081 Analytical Chemistry I Laboratory
CHEM 4083 Analytical Chemistry I
CHEM 4181 Analytical Chemistry II Laboratory
CHEM 4183 Analytical Chemistry II