Materials Science & Engineering
Phone: 208-426-4026 | Fax: 208-426-2470 | Office: ERB 2149
My full curriculum vitae can be found at my personal website, but briefly, my research interests are atomic layer deposition (ALD), scanning probe microscopy, and DNA-based nanotechnology, which I pursue as a member of the Nanoscale Materials and Device Group in collaboration with Profs. Bill Knowlton, Bernie Yurke, Will Hughes, Wan Kuang, Jeunghoon Lee, and Cheryl Jorcyk.
Prior to joining Boise State, I taught physics at Rollins College and involved students in photonic crystals and atomic layer deposition (ALD) research. As a post-doc in Chris Summers's Nanophotonics research group in the School of Materials Science & Engineering at Georgia Tech, I developed techniques to fabricate and manipulate the optical properties of 2D and 3D photonic crystals using ALD. Using custom ALD systems, we developed several protocols to grow thin films and multi-layers of titanium dioxide (TiO2), aluminum oxide (Al2O3) and gallium phosphide (GaP) within synthetic opals and 2D slab waveguides. This allowed us to tune and enhance the optical properties of these structures for specific applications.
I've also worked on ultra-high vacuum scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) of semiconductor surfaces (Si and GaAs) with John Weaver at UIUC. We studied the etching of semiconductors with halogens, atom-by-atom. I also used a variable-temperature STM to study the surface dynamics and evolution in 'real time'.
In graduate school, I worked in Ron Reifenberger's group on the field emission and temperature dependent electronic conductance of multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWNTs). I received my Ph.D. in physics in 2000.