Solid State Seminar: Plasmonic Nanoparticles: How they Transfer Energy to their Environment and their Applications in Molecular Sensing

Professor Jon Camden
Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry 
University of Notre Dame 


In this talk, I will describe the application of STEM/EELS imaging to understanding how plasmons interact with and hybridize in response to their local environment. Additionally, I will discuss the ability of plasmonic nanoparticles to drive ultra-weak surface spectroscopies, such as hyper-Raman and second-hyper Raman scattering. Lastly, applications in molecular sensing will be highlighted. 


Jon Camden

Jon Camden received his B.S. in chemistry and music from the University of Notre Dame in 2000, where he worked with Professor Dennis Jacobs studying the interactions of rare gas atoms with single crystal surfaces in ultra-high vacuum and studied organ performance with Professor Craig Cramer. He received his Ph.D. from Stanford University in 2005 under the direction of Professor Richard Zare, where his work focused on understanding the dynamics of chemical reactions using a combination of molecular beams, mass spectroscopy, and laser spectroscopy. He then completed postdoctoral work at Northwestern University under the direction of Professors George Schatz and Richard Van Duyne, where his research combined both theoretical calculations and experiments to understand the optical properties of nanoparticles and surface enhanced spectroscopies. In 2008 he joined the Department of Chemistry at the University of Tennessee as an Assistant Professor and in 2014 moved to the University of Notre Dame as an Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry. His group’s research interests range from the optical properties of nanoparticles, ultrasensitive detection methods, and surface enhanced spectroscopies, to the fundamental dynamics of simple chemical reactions. He has won awards for both teaching, research creativity, and remains an actively performing organist and choral director.