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The research questions I am interested in focus on the molecular level details of surfaces and thin films in nature. As boundaries between two phases, surfaces and thin films provide unique environments for chemical reactions and molecular transport. The current focus of my research is water movement in very hydrophobic films, or model wax films that mimic the waxy outer layer of the plant cuticle. We use attenuated total reflection infrared spectroscopy to determine the hydrogen bonding environment of water molecules adsorbed into thin films. Our time-dependent measurements of the rate of water penetration allow us to further explore different molecular level mechanisms for water transport through the wax portion of the plant cuticle.
(Publications under Annabel H. Muenter.)
- Muenter, A.H., Hentschel, J., Borner, H. Brezesinski, G. 2008. Characterization of peptide-guided polymer assembly at the air/water interface. Langmuir. v. 24 no. 7 p. 3306-3316
- Olak, C., Muenter, A.H., Andra, J., Brezesinski, G. 2008. Interfacial properties and structural analysis of the antimicrobial peptide NK-2. Journal of Peptide Science. v. 14 no. 4 p. 510-517
- Muenter, A.H.; DeZwaan, J.L.; Nathanson, G.M. 2007. Interfacial interactions of DCl with salty glycerol solutions of KI, NaI, LiI, and NaBr. Journal of Physical Chemistry C . v. 111 no. 41 p. 15043-15052
- Lepere, M.; Muenter, A.H.; Chevallard, C.; Guenoun, P.; Brezesinski, G. 2007. Comparative IR and X-ray studies of natural and model amyloid peptides at the air/water interface. Colloids and Surfaces A. v. 303 no. 1-2 p. 3-78
- Muenter, A.H.; DeZwaan, J.L.; Nathanson, G.M. . 2006. Collisions of DCl with Liquid Glycerol: Evidence for Rapid, Near-Interfacial D → H Exchange and Desorption . Journal of Physical Chemistry B. v. 110 no. 10 p. 4881-4891
- Ringeisen, B.R.; Muenter, A.H.; Nathanson, G.M.. 2002. Collisions of HCl, DCl, and HBr with Liquid Glycerol: Gas Uptake, D → H Exchange, and Solution Thermodynamics . Journal of Physical Chemistry B. v. 106 no. 19 p. 4999-5010
- Ringeisen, B.R.; Muenter, A.H.; Nathanson, G.M.. 2002. Collisions of HCl, DCl, and HBr with Liquid Glycerol: Gas Uptake, D → H Exchange, and Solution Thermodynamics . Journal of Physical Chemistry B. v. 106 no. 19 p. 4988-4998
- Muenter, A.H.; Koehler, B.G.. 2000. Adsorption of Ammonia on Soot at Low Temperatures. Journal of Physical Chemistry A . v. 104 no. 37 p. 8527-8534
- Edwards, A.M. . 2009. Attenuated total reflection infrared spectroscopy studies of water transport in films inspired by plant cuticles. Poster Presentation at 13th IACIS International Conference on Surface and Colloid Science and the 83rd ACS Colloid & Surface Science Symposium. New York City, NY
Beti Ellerson is founder and director of the Centre for the Study and Research of African Women in Cinema created in 2008, and an avid social media advocate for its public forum, the African Women in Cinema Blog. She was involved locally in community television and video production, and was executive producer and host of the 27-episode series, "Reels of Colour", which aired from 1997 to 2000 in the Washington DC area. Her research includes the book Sisters of the Screen: Women of Africa on Film, Video and Television (Africa World Press, 2000) and the film documentary, “Sisters of the Screen: African Women in the Cinema” released in 2002 and distributed by Women Make Movies.
She has spoken widely on African women in cinema, notably as keynote speaker at the Symposium on 40 years of African women francophone filmmakers in Paris in November 2012. She was the 2011 laureate of the Distinguished Woman of African Cinema Award presented by Women Filmmakers of Zimbabwe (WFOZ). In addition, she was the president of the Diaspora Jury at the 2013 Fespaco (Pan African Film Festival in Burkina Faso). In September 2013 she was invited to moderate a panel at the African Women in Film Forum (AWIFF) held in Accra, Ghana.
Her recent work focuses on theoretical formulations toward an African Women in Cinema Studies, which has been recently published in the Journal of African Cinemas: "Towards an African women in cinema studies" and Feminist Africa: "Reflections on Cinema Criticism and African Women", among others.