Heterostructured Optical Nanomaterials From the Inside Out

November 30, 2018

Dr. Jennifer Ann Hollingsworth from the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT) and Materials Physics & Applications Division, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL)

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Profile: Dr. Hollingsworth received a B.S. in Chemistry from Grinnell College in 1992.  She received her Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from the Washington University in St. Louis in 1999.   She was a Director’s Funded Postdoctoral Fellow in the Chemistry Division from 1999 to 2001.  Later she was technical staff member from 2001 to 2006. She then joined the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT) in 2006 and is now a Laboratory Fellow in this division.  Dr. Hollingsworth’s research focus on developing new synthetic approaches to create novel functional nanomaterials, including non-blinking semiconductor quantum dots ("giant" quantum dots), heterostructured nanowires and functional hybrid composite nanomaterials. Combinatorial chemistry and automated synthesis. Dip-pen nanolithography.

Abstract: The synthetically accessible “structural toolbox” available for tuning photophysical properties of semiconductor nanocrystals has been dramatically expanded in recent years. Once largely dependent on size or quantum-confinement effects for the direct manipulation of properties like the color of light emitted by a quantum dot (QD), synthetic tuning of shape and compositional complexity has afforded access to additional variables and, thereby, opportunities for exquisite refinement of photophysical properties, as well as for introduction of new and emergent phenomena, such as two-color blinking-suppressed photoluminescence. Here, I will describe examples where advances in properties optimization and discovery have been enabled by establishment of deep synthesis-structure-function correlations, as well as new synthetic protocol and synthesis and characterization methods, including, for example, automation and single-nanocrystal “stress tests,” respectively. Lastly, I will describe our efforts to assemble semiconductor nanocrystals with sub-wavelength nanophotonic structures, such as optical nanoantenna and nanoscale resonators, toward the ultimate in extrinsic manipulation and enhancement of light emission properties.

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