Steven Field Buchsbaum

Research Scientist
Biosciences and Biotechnology Division
Phone: +19254226524

Research Interests

My research interests are focused on using synthetic nanopore platforms to create biomimetic materials, ionic circuits, supercapacitors, drug delivery systems and biosensors. I am currently leading a project aimed at developing artificial excitable ion channels capable of producing signal propagation analogous to that seen in a neuron. I am also a key member of teams working to study ion behavior within the confined interior of carbon nanotubes looking specifically at enhancements in both double layer capacitance and ion transport as well as to develop stimuli-responsive multifunctional membranes for use in breathable and protective fabrics.


PhD, Physics, University of California, Irvine (2016)

MS, Physics, University of California, Irvine (2012)

BS, Physics, University of California, Santa Barbara (2010)

Professional Experience

Staff Scientist, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (2019 - present)

Postdoctoral Researcher, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (2016 - 2019)

Livermore Graduate Scholar, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (2014 - 2016)

Graduate Student Researcher, University of California, Irvine (2011 - 2016)

Selected Awards

Directors Science and Technology Award, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (2018)

Best Poster Award, PLS Postdoc Program, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (2018)

Most Valued Reviewer for 2017, NIMB Editors (2018)

Livermore Graduate Scholar Fellowship, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (2014)

Regents Fellowship, University of California, Irvine (2010)


Acer, E. T.*^, Buchsbaum, S. F.*^, Combs, C., Fornasiero, F.^, Siwy, Z.^ (2019). “Biomimetic Potassium Selective Nanopores." Science Advances, 5(2) eaav2568. (*authors contributed equally, ^co-corresponding author). []

Pham, T. A., Mortuza, S. M., Wood, B. C., Lau, E. Y., Ogitsu, T., Buchsbaum, S. F., Siwy, Z., Fornasiero, F., Schwegler, E. (2016). “Salt Solutions in Carbon Nanotubes: The Role of Cation-pi Interactions.” Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 120(13): 7332-7338. []

Innes, L., Gutierrez, D., Mann, W., Buchsbaum, S. F., Siwy, Z. (2015). “Presence of Electrolyte Promotes Wetting and Hydrophobic Gating in Nanopores with Residual Surface Charges.” Analyst, 140: 4804-4812. []

Kuo, C., Li, Y., Nguyen, D., Buchsbaum, S. F., Innes, L., Esser-Kahn, A., Valdevit, L., Sun, L., Siwy, Z., Dennin, M. (2015). “Macroscopic Strain Controlled Ion Current in an Elastomeric Microchannel.” Journal of Applied Physics, 117: 174904. []

Buchsbaum, S. F., Nguyen, G., Howorka, S., Siwy, Z. (2014). “DNA-Modified Polymer Pores Allow pH and Voltage-Gated Control of Channel Flux.” Journal of the American Chemical Society, 136(28): 9902-9905. []

Buchsbaum, S. F., Mitchell, N., Martin, H., Wiggin, M., Marziali, A., Coveney, P., Siwy, Z., Howorka, S. (2013). “Disentangling Steric and Electrostatic Factors in Nanoscale Transport Through Confined Space.” Nano Letters, 13(8): 3890-3896. []

Ferguson, B. S., Buchsbaum, S. F., Wu, T., Hsieh, K., Xiao, Y., Sun, R., Soh, H. (2011). “Genetic Analysis of H1N1 Influenza Virus from Throat Swab Samples in a Microfluidic System for Point-of-Care Diagnostics.” Journal of the American Chemical Society, 133(23): 9129-9135. []

Ferguson, B. S., Buchsbaum, S. F., Swensen, J., Hsieh, K., Lou, X., Soh, H. (2009). “Integrated Microfluidic Electrochemical DNA Sensor.” Analytical Chemistry, 81(15): 6503-6508. []