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May 9: Congratulations to Shing Shing Ho for successfully defending her thesis!
May 6: Congratulations to Stefan on his paper, “Small Alkaline-Earth-Based Core/Shell Nanoparticles for Efficient Upconversion,” now published in Nano Letters!
April 5-7: The D-Lab brings their 'SUPR'-powers to the Stanford Universitiy Photonics Retreat in Pt. Reyes. Thanks to SPRC for organizing!
April 3: Congratulations to Jason Casar, who is among this year's NSF Graduate Research Fellows!
April 1: Jen is awarded the the NSF's 2019 Alan T. Waterman Award for development of materials and methods to image dynamic physical, chemical and biological processes with high resolution. Thank you Paul McIntyre and Yi Cui for the nomination, and to all students, postdocs, and collaborators for making this research possible! News Release
March 30: Stefan is named an Ignite Fellow, a program that allows innovators to formulate, develop, and commercialize their ideas. Congratulations, Stefan!
January 30: Alice Lay successfully defends her thesis! Congratulations, soon-to-be doctor Lay!
January 7: Jen presents at Physics of Quantum Electronics, PQE-2019, in Snowbird, Utah.
January: Congratulations to David, Mark, Jen and graduated lab members Brian and Hadiseh whose book chapter entitled "Parity-Time Symmetric Plasmonics" is now published in Springer's "Parity-Time Symmetry and It's Applications", edited by Jianke Yang and Demetrios Christodoulides.
December 27: Congratulations to Michelle on her paper, “Enantiospecific Optical Enhancement of Chiral Sensing and Separation with Dielectric Metasurfaces,” now published in ACS Photonics!
November 30: Congratulations, Shing-Shing on winning best poster at the Stanford Center for Imaging Industry Affiliates Meeting!
November 9: Jen presents at the Nature Conference on Integrated Nanophotonics in Nanjing! Thank you Alberto Moscatelli for the invitation!!
November 7: Congratulations to Michal on her paper, “In-situ observation of plasmon-controlled photocatalytic dehydrogenation of individual palladium nanoparticles,” now published in Nature Communications!
November 5: Jen and Stefan presented on the lab's work on upconversion and dielectric metasurfaces at Corning. Thank you Waguih Ishak and Rebecca Schaevitz for the invitation!!
November 1: Welcome to new D-Lab members Claire McLellan and Lisa Poulikakos!
I. Small alkaline-earth-based core/shell nanoparticles for efficient upconversion:
Stefan and co-workers developed small alkaline-earth rare-earth fluoride (MLnF) core/shell upconverting nanoparticles in sub-15 nm size regime with excellent upconversion performance. The optical conversion efficiencies (UCQY) of 6 different MLnF (M=Ca,Sr,Ba; Ln=Y,Lu) host materials were measured as function of the thickness of the passivating shell layers. SrLuF nanoparticles are the most efficient with 5 times higher UCQY than the reference material hexagonal NaGdF4. Their work is now published in Nano Letters!
II. Enantiospecific Optical Enhancement of Chiral Sensing:
Michelle and co-workers demonstrate how a metasurface of dielectric disks can be designed to enable enantiospecific enhancements in sensing and separation of chiral molecules. Using first-order kinetics of the molecule thiocamphor, they predict that the metasurface could enable a 20% enantiomeric excesses with a >2000-fold increase in yield for a photoionization reaction compared to CPL alone. Their work is now published in ACS Photonics!
III. Imaging Photochemistry in Real-Time:
Michal and co-workers bring light to an environmental transmission electron microscope, using this capability to image a light-driven phase transition in real-time. Plasmons were found to increase the rate of distinct reaction steps with unique time constants; enable reaction nucleation at sites closest to the electromagnetic hot spots; and open a new reaction pathways that are not observed without illumination. The work is now published in Nature Communications!