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Opportunity at U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center (ECBC)

Rational Design of Plasmonic and Dielectric Nanostructures


Edgewood Chemical Biological Center, Physical Sciences

RO# Location
11.01.07.B8266 Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD 210105423


Name E-mail Phone
Karwacki, Christopher J 410.436.5704


Opportunities exist in basic and applied research to study plasmonic/dielectric composite nanostructures, which generate unique optical, chemical, and physical properties. Ultimately, these properties will be explored as a means of enhancing adsorption, detection, catalysis, and energy conversion. This project will entail the computational design and synthesis of composite nanoparticles and composite arrays. This work focuses on a systematic understanding of the coupling of multiple resonances with a given nano-architecture, which will serve as a means of designing composites for specific applications. Much of this work will entail the fabrication of multilayered nanoparticles using wet chemistry techniques, although lithographic techniques may also be explored as a means of fabricating multilayered stacks/arrays. Familiarity with computational electromagnetics is a plus and will guide the synthesis portion of this project (i.e. finite difference time domain [FDTD]) finite element method, rigorous coupled wave theory.



King, NS, et al: Fano Resonant Aluminum Nanoclusters for Plasmonic Colorimetric Sensing. ACS Nano, DOI: 10-1021/acsnano.5b04864, 2015

DeLacy BG, et al: Coherent Plasmon-Exciton Coupling in Silver Platelet-J-aggregate Nanocomposites. Nano Letters 15(4): 2588-2593, 2015

McElhiney M, et al: Aluminum-based Plasmonic Arrays Using Nanosphere Lithography. Proceedings of META 2015, Aug 4-7, 2015, New York, NY


Nanostructure; Plasmonics; Catalysis; Coupling; Resonances; Electromagnetics;


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Level:  Open to Postdoctoral and Senior applicants
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