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Jing Zhao

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Assistant Professor

Department of Chemistry
55 North Eagleville Road
Storrs, CT 06269
Phone: (860) 486-2443
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  • Postdoctoral Fellow, MIT, 2008-2012
  • Ph.D Northwestern University, 2008
  • B.S. University of Science and Technology of China, 2003


Research Focus

  • Characterize the optical and structural properties of nanoparticles at the single particle level;
  • Understand the interaction between various materials, eg. exciton-plasmon interaction between colloidal quantum dots and noble metal nanoparticles; iii)
  • Functionalize the nanoparticles and to control and optimize their properties for biological sensing and imaging, and energy related applications.
  • Tools used include single particle/molecule spectroscopy, time-resolved fluorescence, Raman scattering, plasmonics, nanofabrication, electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, etc.


Current Publications

Chen, O.; Zhao, J.; Chauhan, V. P.; Cui, J.; Wong, C.; Harris, D. K.; Wei, H.; Han, H.-S.; Fukumura, D.; Jain, R. K.; Bawendi, M. G.; “Compact High-Quality CdSe-CdS Core-Shell Nanocrystals with Narrow Emission Line Widths and Suppressed Blinking,”. Nature Materials, (2013), 12, 445.

Zhao, J.; Chen, O.; Strasfeld, D. B. and Bawendi, M. G., “Biexciton Quantum Yield Heterogeneities in Single CdSe(CdS) Core(Shell) Nanocrystals and Its Correlation to Exciton Blinking,” Nano Lett., (2012), 12, 4477.

Greytak, A. B.; Allen, P. M.; Zhao, J.; Liu, W.; Young, E. R.; Popović, Z.; Walker, B.; Bawendi, M. G. and Nocera, D. G., “Alternating Layer Addition Approach to CdSe/CdS Core/Shell Quantum Dots with Near-Unity Quantum Yields,” Chemical Science, (2012) 3, 2028.

Nair, G.; Zhao, J. and Bawendi, M. G., “Biexciton Quantum Yield of Single Semiconductor Nanocrystals from Photon Statistics,” Nano Lett., (2011),11, 1136.

Ren, S.; Chang, L.; Lim, S.-K.; Zhao, J.; Smith,M.; Zhao, N.; Bulović, V.; Bawendi, M. G. and Gradečak, S., “Inorganic–Organic Hybrid Solar Cell: Bridging Quantum Dots to Conjugated Polymer Nanowires,” Nano Lett., (2011),11, 3998.

Zhao, J.; Nair, G.; Fisher, B. F. and Bawendi, M. G., “Challenge to the Charging Model of Semiconductor-Nanocrystal Fluorescence Intermittency from Off-State Quantum Yields and Multiexciton Blinking,” Phys. Rev. Lett., (2010), 104, 157403.

Ashkenaz, D. E.; Hall, W. P.; Haynes, C. L.; Hicks, E. M.; McFarland, A. D.; Sherry, L. J.; Stuart, D. A.; Wheeler, K. E.; Yonzon, C. R.; Zhao, J.; Godwin, H. A. and Van Duyne, R. P., “Coffee Cup Atomic Force Microscopy,” J. Chem. Ed., (2010) 87, 306.

Das, A.; Zhao, J.; Schatz, G. C.; Sligar, S. G. and Van Duyne, R. P., “Screening of Type I and II Drugs Binding to Human Cytochrome P450-3A4 in Nanodisc by Localized Surface Plasmon Resonance Spectroscopy,” Anal. Chem., (2009) 81, 3754.

Zhao, J., Dieringer, J.; Zhang, X.; Schatz, G. C. and Van Duyne, R. P., “Wavelength-Scanned Surface-Enhanced Resonance Raman Excitaton Spectroscopy,” J. Phys. Chem. C, (2008), 112, 19302.

Zhao, J.; Pinchuk, A. O.; McMahon, J. M.; Li, S.; Ausman, L. K.; Atkinson, A. L.; Schatz, G. C., “Methods for Describing the Electromagnetic Properties of Anisotropic Silver and Gold Nanoparticles,” Acc. Chem. Res., (2008), 41, 1710.