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Emory Chan


Staff Scientist, Inorganic Nanostructures


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Postdoctoral fellow, Molecular Foundry with Dr. Delia Milliron

Ph. D., Chemistry, UC Berkeley with Prof. Paul Alivisatos and Prof. Richard Mathies,

B. S., Chemistry, Stanford University with Prof. Hongjie Dai


Dr. Chan’s expertise lies in the combinatorial and high-throughput synthesis of colloidal inorganic nanoparticles. As part of the Foundry’s Combinatorial Nanoscience theme, Dr. Chan developed WANDA, a robot for high-throughput nanocrystal synthesis. He also supports analytical tools for high throughput optical and structural characterization, including the confocal Raman microscope and plate readers for UV/Vis/NIR absorption, luminescence, XRD, and DLS.

Dr. Chan’s research centers on the synthesis and characterization of lanthanide-doped nanoparticles that exhibit novel optical properties, such as photon upconversion. Using a systems approach that combines combinatorial screening and high-throughput modeling, Dr. Chan investigates the non-linear networks that govern nanoparticle synthesis and the energy transfer pathways that give rise to upconversion in lanthanide-doped nanoparticles.

Selected Publications

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