Example consulting projects

  • Carbon nanotube growth using PECVD
  • SEM analysis of carbon nanotubes
  • Band diagrams for quantum dot devices
  • Various reports, presentations, and literature/patent reviews
  • Technology review - quantum dots on LEDs
  • Technical due diligence for VC firm
  • Brainstorming and design sprint for seed technology
  • Lab setup for QD synthetic capabilities
  • Training on QD synthesis, characterization, and testing
  • Improving QD stability in polymer matrix
  • QD-ligand modifications for bio-applications
  • SBIR proposal writing and review (NSF, DOD, NIH, DARPA)
  • Recommendations for safe use of hazardous chemicals

non-published projects

  • Assembly of nanoscale structures into system level components (DARPA)
  • Standoff detection of chemical and biological warfare agents (DoD)
  • Direct polymerization from QD surface (NREL)
  • Synthesis of infrared absorbing nanocrystals (various DoD projects)
  • QD Ligand exchange for matrix compatability (industry)
  • Patterning of conductive nanoparticle inks (DoD)
  • Dispersion of QDs in polymer matrices (industry)
  • Encapsulation of QDs for improved stability in harsh environments (industry)
  • Thin film deposition of nanocrystal inks (various DoD projects)

Examples of projects with peer-reviewed publications

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Group IV Nanocrystals: Silicon and Germanium

Silicon is the bedrock of modern technology, but the fundamental understanding nanostructured silicon is still evolving (as is it's sister semiconductor, germanium).  I worked with many talented scientists at NREL to improve our control of the surfaces of these materials, along with their optical and electronic properties.

Synthesis of Indium Nitride Nanocrystals

Nitride nanocrystals are historically very difficult to synthesize.  We develped a method to generate InN nanocrystals with size control using simple synthetic levers, and discovered a unique, tunable plasmonic property that had never before been observed in InN nanocrystals.  The results were published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society.

Mapping electronic states of quantum dots

Lead sulfide quantum dots were used as a model material to better understand and visualize descrete electronic states spacially within a single quantum dot.  This work was a collaboration with the Nazin lab at the University of Oregon which houses specialized Scanning Tunneling Spectroscopy (STS) equipment.

layer by layer chromophore assemblies

The majority of my Ph.D. work was dedicated to developing a novel layer-by-layer assembly process using "click" chemistry.  We successfully demonstrated a rapid, high-yielding process for the assembly of multiple chromophores on oxide surfaces.  In addition we created a proof-of-concept solar cell based on this technology that may someday improve the efficiency at which we convert light into electricity. Work continues in the lab of Peter Dinolfo to achieve this goal. My four first author publications are below.

Synthesis of novel organometallic compounds

Our team was searching for new compounds that could act as dearomatization agents in order to utilize inexpensive compounds as a chemical feedstock.  In pursuit of this goal we created many new fully characterized compounds with complete synthetic procedures.

Inorganica Chemica Acta 2007