Marc D Porter
Marc D Porter is a faculty member in the University of Utah’s (UofU) Chemistry and Chemical Engineering departments. His research interests are in analytical chemistry, interfacial science, and nanotechnology. He is also the Director of the Nano Institute of Utah, which integrates researchers across Utah and the surrounding region into core research focus areas to address emerging “big science” questions in human health and energy. His laboratory has a long standing interest in sandwich immunoassay development and validation work using Surface-enhanced Raman Scattering (SERS) detection and giant magnetoresistance (GMR), to name a few. For over 10 years Porter also led a joint research team with personnel from NASA’s Johnson Space Center and Wyle Laboratories, a major contractor with NASA. The goal of this project was to design, construct, carry out an Earth-bound development and then microgravity flight simulations and performance assessments on a much needed water quality analyzer for eventual deployment as permanent hardware on the International Space Station (ISS). He has also co-founded several companies.