Over a Decade of Experience Solving  BIG Problems at the NANOSCALE

I have a passion for problem solving and working with teams to generate new technologies.  I have always been attracted to working on projects and technologies that people said “can’t be done” or “that’s impossible.”  The feeling of satisfaction when demonstrating that something CAN be done is unmatched.  My dedication to solving difficult problems, contagious positive personality, and excellent communication skills are the bedrock of my success.

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Peter K. B. Palomaki, Ph.D.

  • B.S. Chemistry, Muhlenberg College (organometallic synthesis – high honors)
  • Ph.D. Chemistry, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (light harvesting materials development – best thesis award)
  • Nanomaterials Chemist, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (nanocrystal synthesis and surface manipulation)
  • Industry experience with VC, private, and SBIR projects (individual contributor, project leader, principal investigator)

Technical Expertise

My career has, in general, been on the materials development end of light-matter interactions.  I have experience in a range of technologies including solar cells, photo detectors, LEDs, and fuel cells.  Below are just a few areas in which I am particularly experienced.


Nanomaterial surface interactions are of the utmost importance to achieving desired properties.  I have been tuning nanomaterial surfaces to enable technological advancements for over a decade.

Quantum Dots

II-VI, III-V, group IV.  I have synthesized , characterized and tuned many different types of quantum dots chemistries.  Whether you need a crash course in QDs, or an in-depth technical look at your QD technology, I can help.

Surface chemistry

Many modern technologies are reliant on interacting surfaces, you only have to look as far as the phone in your pocket.  Self assembled monolayers, hydrophobic surface treatments, and functional surface chemistries are just a few of the areas in which I specialize.


The right piece of equipment and method can make all the difference when trying to answer tough material questions, and it often takes more than one good set of data to get there. I have used dozens of different instruments and tools to drive a fundamental technical understanding of optical materials.

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