Previous M.S. Students
Jose Castaneda. By fabricating devices with layers of gold nanoparticles, transparent polymer and CdSe quantum dots, Jose is trying to understand how metal-semiconuctor distances control the rate of plasmon-enhance multi-exciton emission in colloidal quantum dots.
Jose Graduated in 2014 and is currently studying for a Ph.D. in Nanoscale Science with Dr. Yong Zhang
Andrew Pedersen. In collaboration with the Walter group at UNC Charlotte, Andrew is working on a model electron transfer system enhanced by delocalized quantum states across two porphyrin molecules. This project will almost certainly provide an new and super-efficient light harvesting strategy and will undoubtedly solve the global energy crisis.
Andrew graduated in 2014 and went on to study for a Chemistry Ph.D. at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Cale Bowman. Using isothermal titration calorimetry and time-resolved fluorescence, Cale is trying to understand the factors that control electron transfer rates between CdSe quantum dots and a series of bidentate thioether ligands. This is an important step toward understanding interfacial electron transfer processes in colloidal quantum dots.
Cale graduated in 2015.
Scott Williams graduated with a Masters in Chemistry in Spring 2013. During his research Scott determined the binding constant of trioctylphosphine oxide (TOPO) to CdSe quantum dots and determined the effects of TOPO on quantum dot fluorescence. Using isothermal titration calorimetry and time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy he also studied a series of thioether ligands as hole acceptors wen bound to CdSe. This work was done in collaboration with Dr. Dan Rabinovich.