06/24/14 - Zak’s paper on high mobility nanocrysal thin films appears in ACS Nano.

03/01/14 - Welcome to our newest postdoc, Ilan Jen-La Plante!

11/16/13 - Josh’s paper on PDF analysis of the nanostructure in lead iodide perovskites appears in Nano Letters.

11/15/13 - Welcome to our newest group members, Leslie Hamachi and Suk ho Hong!

11/07/13 - Nick’s paper on the dynamic stoichiometry of metal  chalcogenide nanocrystals appears in JACS.

02/13/12 - Our review on precursor conversion reactions appears in Chemistry of Materials.

12/07/12 - Nick’s paper on chloride terminated cadmium selenide appears in Chemistry of Materials.

11/09/12 - Welcome to our newest group members, Peter Chen and Michael Campos!

10/08/12 - Mark’s paper on the conversion of cadmium dithiophospinate  to CdS nanocrystals appears in ACS Nano.

07/15/12 - Welcome to Dr. Josh Choi who joins us from the Prof. Frank Wise and Prof. Tobias Hanrath groups at Cornell.

04/05/12 - Congratulations to Alex Beecher who was awarded ‘Honorable Mention’ in the Graduate Research Fellowship competition sponsored by the National Science Foundation.

02/10/12 - Jon wins a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation.

02/01/12 - Congratulations to Brandi Cossairt who recently accepted a faculty position in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Washington!


We are an inorganic chemistry group that specializes in the synthesis and surface modification of semiconductor nanocrystals. We are developing methods to exchange nanocrystal surface ligands and characterize the influence of surface structure on electronic properties. Small molecule model systems that can be characterized with X-ray crystallography and NMR spectroscopy are helping us  develop a molecular picture of nanocrystal structure and reactivity. Ultimately these fundamental studies will lead us to integrate these extraordinary chromophores in device and biological detection applications. More detail is available in the research portion of our webpage.

Positions are available for chemists familiar with organic synthesis, inorganic synthesis, kinetics, and the physical properties of semiconductors. Please mail a hard copy of your resume and a summary of your research interests to Professor Owen if you would like to join the group.

Open Positions