Scott T Retterer

Scott Retterer

Scott T Retterer

Senior Research Staff Scientist


Scott Retterer is a senior staff scientist in the Biosciences and Center for Nanoscale Materials Sciences Divisions at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. His work focuses on the development of material interfaces that can be used to shape soft materials and biological systems with an emphasis on understanding the effects of nanoscale structure, molecular transport, and chemical patterning on material formation and biological processes. With continued work in refining methods for integrating nanostructures into functional arrays and microfluidic systems, current research focuses on understanding how these structures can be used to control the physical and chemical environment within microfluidic platforms to replicate complex natural environments in tractable experimental systems. Scott received his Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from Cornell University in 2005. He is a faculty member in the Bredesen Center for Interdisciplinary Research at the University of Tennessee.


NIH Interdisciplinary Molecular Sciences and Technology Review Panel, 2015
Battelle Multi-Scale Toxicology Initiative 2009
NCI/NIH Review Panel, Innovative Molecular Analysis Technologies, Emerging 2008-2009
Technologies, Cancer Sample Preparation 2008–2009
Biomedical Engineering Society, 2003–2005
Cornell Nanobiotechnology Center 2002–2005
University Honors, University of Illinois–Chicago, 2000
Pi Tau Sigma, Mechanical Engineering Society–President, 1999
Harold A. Simon Memorial Award, UIC Mechanical Engineering Department, 1999
Tau Beta Pi, Engineering Honors Society, 1998


Selected Peer-Reviewed Publication: (Google Scholar User Profile: Scott Thomas Retterer)
(1) Aufrecht, J.A., Timm, C.M., Bible, A., Morrell-Falvey, J.L., Pelletier, D.A., Doktycz, M.J., Retterer, S.T., (2018) Quantifying the Spatiotemporal Dynamics of Plant Root Colonization by Beneficial Bacteria in a Microfluidic Habitat. Advanced Biosystems (in press)
(2) Shankles, P.G., Millet, L.J., Aufrecht, J.A., Retterer, S.T., (2018) Access microfluidics through feature-based design software for 3D printing. PLOS ONE.
(3) Wilmoth, J. L., Doak, P. W., Timm, A., Halsted, M., Anderson, J. D., Ginovart, M., Prats, C., Portell, X., Retterer, S. T., and Fuentes-Cabrera, M. (2018) A Microfluidics and Agent -Based Modeling Framework for Investigating Spatial Organization in Bacterial Colonies: The Case of Pseudomonas Aeruginosa and H1-Type VI Secretion Interactions. Front. Microbiol. 9.
(4) Sloetjes, S. D., Digernes, E., Olsen, F. K., Chopdekar, R. V., Retterer, S. T., Folven, E., and Grepstad, J. K. (2018) Interplay between bulk and edge-bound topological defects in a square micromagnet. Appl. Phys. Lett. 112.
(5) Hachtel, J. A., Davidson, R. B. I., Kovalik, E. R., Retterer, S. T., Lupini, A. R., Haglund, R. F. J., Lawrie, B. J., and Pantelides, S. T. (2018) Polarization- and wavelength-resolved near-field imaging of complex plasmonic modes in Archimedean nanospirals. Opt. Lett., OL 43, 927–930.
(6) Hasim, S., Allison, D. P., Mendez, B., Farmer, A. T., Pelletier, D. A., Retterer, S. T., Campagna, S. R., Reynolds, T. B., and Doktycz, M. J. (2018) Elucidating Duramycin's Bacterial Selectivity and Mode of Action on the Bacterial Cell Envelope. Front. Microbiol. 9.
(7) Ievlev, A. V., Belianinov, A., Jesse, S., Allison, D. P., Doktycz, M. J., Retterer, S. T., Kalinin, S. V., and Ovchinnikova, O. S. (2017) Automated Interpretation and Extraction of Topographic Information from Time of Flight Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry Data. Scientific Reports 7, 17099.
(8) Masigol, M., Barua, N., Retterer, S. T., Lokitz, B. S., and Hansen, R. R. (2017) Chemical copatterning strategies using azlactone-based block copolymers. Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology B 35.
(9) Aufrecht, J. A., Ryan, J. M., Hasim, S., Allison, D. P., Nebenführ, A., Doktycz, M. J., and Retterer, S. T. (2017) Imaging the Root Hair Morphology of Arabidopsis Seedlings in a Two-layer Microfluidic Platform. Journal of Visualized Experiments : JoVE –e55971.
(10) Hasim, S., Allison, D. P., Retterer, S. T., Hopke, A., Wheeler, R. T., Doktycz, M. J., and Reynolds, T. B. (2017) β-(1,3)-Glucan Unmasking in Some Candida albicans Mutants Correlates with Increases in Cell Wall Surface Roughness and Decreases in Cell Wall Elasticity. Infection and Immunity 85, e00601–16.
(11) Chopdekar, R. V., Li, B., Wynn, T. A., Lee, M. S., Jia, Y., Liu, Z., Biegalski, M. D., Retterer, S. T., Young, A. T., Scholl, A., and Takamura, Y. (2017, May 5) Nanostructured complex oxides as a route towards thermal behavior in artificial spin ice systems. Phys. Rev. Materials.
(12) Timm, A. C., Halsted, M. C., Wilmoth, J. L., and Retterer, S. T. (2017) Assembly and Tracking of Microbial Community Development within a Microwell Array Platform. Journal of Visualized Experiments : JoVE e55701–e55701.
(13) Halsted, M., Wilmoth, J. L., Briggs, P. A., Hansen, R. R., Briggs, D. P., Timm, A. C., and Retterer, S. T. (2016) Development of transparent microwell arrays for optical monitoring and dissection of microbial communities. Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology B 34, 06KI03.
(14) Mo, J., Kang, Z., Retterer, S. T., Cullen, D. A., Toops, T. J., Green, J. B., Mench, M. M., and Zhang, F.-Y. (2016) Discovery of true electrochemical reactions for ultrahigh catalyst mass activity in water splitting. Science Advances 2, e1600690–e1600690.
(15) Jubb, A. M.; Jiao, Y.; Eres, G.; Retterer, S. T.; Gu, B. Elevated Gold Ellipse Nanoantenna Dimers as Sensitive and Tunable Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy Substrates. Nanoscale 2016, 8, 5641–5648.
(16) Qin, K.; Hu, S.; Retterer, S. T.; Kravchenko, I. I.; Weiss, S. M. Slow Light Mach–Zehnder Interferometer as Label-Free Biosensor with Scalable Sensitivity. Opt. Lett., OL 2016, 41, 753–756.
(17) Caveney, P. M., Norred, S. E., Chin, C. W., Boreyko, J. B., Razooky, B. S., Retterer, S. T., Collier, C. P., and Simpson, M. L. (2016) Resource Sharing Controls Gene Expression Bursting. ACS Synth. Biol. acssynbio.6b00189.
(18) Boreyko, J. B.; Hansen, R. R.; Murphy, K. R.; Nath, S.; Retterer, S. T.; Collier, C. P. Controlling Condensation and Frost Growth with Chemical Micropatterns. Scientific Reports 2016, 6, 19131.
(19) Wang, S.; Jeon, O.; Shankles, P. G.; Liu, Y.; Alsberg, E.; Retterer, S. T.; Lee, B. P.; Choi, C.-K. In-Situ Photopolymerization of Monodisperse and Discoid Oxidized Methacrylated Alginate Microgels in a Microfluidic Channel. Biomicrofluidics 2016, 10, 011101.
(20) Morales, P.; Wang, L.; Krissanaprasit, A.; Dalmastri, C.; Caruso, M.; De Stefano, M.; Mosiello, L.; Rapone, B.; Rinaldi, A.; Vespucci, S.; et al. Suspending DNA Origami Between Four Gold Nanodots. Small 2015, n/a–n/a.
(21) Timm, C.M., Hansen, R.R., Doktycz, M.J., Retterer, S.T., Pelletier, D.A., Microstencils to Generate Defined, Multi-Species Patterns of Bacteria. Biomicrofluidics 2015 9, 064103.
(22) Timm, A. C.; Shankles, P. G.; Foster, C. M.; Doktycz, M. J.; Retterer, S. T. Characterization of Extended Channel Bioreactors for Continuous-Flow Protein Production. Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology B 2015, 33, 06FM02.
(23) Shankles, P. G.; Timm, A. C.; Doktycz, M. J.; Retterer, S. T. Fabrication of Nanoporous Membranes for Tuning Microbial Interactions and Biochemical Reactions. Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology B 2015, 33, 06FM03.
(24) Millet, L. J.; Doktycz, M. J.; Retterer, S. T. Nanofluidic Interfaces in Microfluidic Networks. Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology B 2015, 33, 06FM01.
(25) Da Yang; Greer, C. M.; Jones, B. P.; Jennings, A. D.; Retterer, S. T.; Männik, J. Characterization of Small Microfluidic Valves for Studies of Mechanical Properties of Bacteria. Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology B 2015, 33, 06F202.


(1) Retterer, S. T., Doktycz, M. J., and Ut-Battelle, L. (2017) Method for preparing small volume reaction containers.
(2) Vertes, A., Walker, B. N., Stolee, J. A., Retterer, S. T., The George Washington University, and Ut-Battelle, L. (2017) Tailored nanopost arrays (napa) for laser desorption ioinzation in mass spectrometry.
(3) Allman, S. L.; Doktycz, M. J.; Retterer, S. T.; Allison, D. P. Local Thermal Actuation of Material Surfaces via Micro- and Nanowire Heating for the Prevention of Cellular Attachment and Biological Fouling. 2014.
(4) Wang, W.; Gu, B.; Retterer, S. T.; Doktycz, M. J.; Ut-Battelle, L. Volume-Labeled Nanoparticles and Methods of Preparation. 2015.
(5) Collier, C. P.; Retterer, S. T.; Jung, S. Y. Generation of Monodisperse Droplets by Shape-Induced Shear and Interfacial Controlled Fusion of Individual Droplets on-Demand. 8,944,083, 2015.
(6) Doktycz, M. J.; Allison, D. P.; Barnett, C. F.; Retterer, S. T.; Ut-Battelle, L. Active Materials for Prevention and Treatment of Fouled Surfaces. 2014.
(7) Collier, C. P.; Retterer, S. T.; Jung, S.-Y.; Ut-Battelle, L. Generation of Monodisperse Droplets by Shape-Induced Shear and Interfacial Controlled Fusion of Individual Droplets on-Demand. 2012.
(8) Wang, W.; Gu, B.; Retterer, S. T.; Doktycz, M. J.; Ut-Battelle, L. Volume-Labeled Nanoparticles and Methods of Preparation. 2012.
(9) Cordaro, J. V.; Serkiz, S. M.; McWhorter, C. S.; Sexton, L. T.; Retterer, S. T.; Savannah River Nuclear Solustions, L. Nano Structural Anodes for Radiation Detectors. 2012.
(10) Wang, W.; Gu, B.; Retterer, S. T.; Doktycz, M. J.; Ut-Battelle, L. Volume-Labeled Nanoparticles and Methods of Preparation. 2012.
(11) Retterer, S. T.; Doktycz, M. J.; T, R. S.; J, D. M. Method for Preparing Small Volume Reaction Containers. 2012.
(12) Eres, G.; Gu, B.; Retterer, S. T.; Zhang, Z.; Hatab, N. A. A.; Ut-Battelle, L. Fabrication and Use of Elevated Optical Nanoantennas. 2013.

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