News Archive

December 2012 – Our group's work on next-generation nano-optical "Campanile" probes and hyperspectral nano-imaging was published in Science! Congratulations to Wei Bao and Mauro Melli, the co-first authors on this groundbreaking report. A press release describing the paper can be found here:

November 2012 – Jim gave an invited talk at the University of Colorado, Boulder in the Physics Department's Optics, electronics, and Quantum Systems Seminar.

October 2012 – Jim delivered an invited talk at the University of California, Irvine in their Center for Chemistry at the Space-Time Limit (CaSTL) Seminar.

September 2012 – Our paper on probing nanoplasmonic hotspots with apertureless NSOM, done in collaboration with Prof. Yohannes Abate's group at CSULB, was just published in Applied Physics Letters.  Congratulations to Stefan and Sarah from CSULB on their great work!

September 2012 – Jim gave the invited dinner presentation, titled "Pushing the Frontiers of Nano-Characterization," at DOE's Electron and Scan-Probe Microscopy PI meeting.

June 2012 – Collaborative work with the groups of Delia Milliron and Bruce Cohen at the Molecular Foundry resulted in a research paper on the combinatorial discovery of UCNPs with spectrally-pure emission was published in Nano Letters.  Congrats again to Emory Chan.

June 2012 – Jim was invited to chair a session and speak at this year's Gordon Research Seminar on Noble Metal Nanoparticles.

May 2012 – Work done with Jeff Neaton's group at the Molecular Foundry resulted in a paper demonstrating how chemical Raman enhancement can be harnessed for understanding organic adsorbate binding on metal surfaces.  Congratulations to 1st author Alexey Zayak on this excellent article.

May 2012 – Check out the video animation, made by our brilliant high school summer intern Andrew Mueller, showing how  Upconverting Nanoparticles (UCNPs) work  and what they consist of.

May 2012 – In a collaboration with Delia Milliron's group at the Molecular Foundry, a research article was published in J. Phys. Chem. B on understanding and recycling energy transfer between lanthanide dopants in upconverting nanocrystals.  Congrats to first author Emory Chan.

April 2012 – Jim gave an invited talk at 3rd International Conference on Metamaterials, Photonic Crystals, and Plasmonics (META 2012) in Paris, France, titled "Next-Generation NanoScale Imaging Spectroscopy".

April 2012 – Jim was invited to speak at the 2nd International Conference on Frontiers of Plasmonics (FOP2). His talk was titled "Putting Near-Field Probes in Perspective: The Case for the Campanile Geometry".

April 2012 – In a collaboration with Deirdre Olynick in the Nanofabrication Facility, a research paper about using laser ablation for dry development of sub-20nm features has been published in Nanotechnology.  Congratulations to first author Dimas Garcia de Oteyza!

March 2012 – Collaborative work with Howard Padmore's group at LBNL's Advanced Light Source has resulted in a research paper on the collective behavior of impedance matched plasmonic nanocavities, which was published in Optics Express, and chosen for inclusion in the Virtual Journal of Biomedical Optics.  Congrats to first author Alex Polyakov!

February 2012 – In a collaboration with the groups of Delia Milliron and Bruce Cohen at the Molecular Foundry, a research paper on the synthesis and imaging of single sub-10nm UCNPs has been published in ACS Nano.  Congratulations to first author Alexis Ostrowski!

January 2012 – Pradeep's paper in Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry was chosen as the cover article!

January 2012 – Research done with Paul Adams' group at LBL/UCB resulted in a paper detailing the use of micro-Raman spectroscopy combined with advanced chemometric analysis techniques to uncover the chemical composition and distribution of lignin types in plant cell walls, published in Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry.  Congrats to first author Pradeep Perera.

January 2012 – Jim gave an invited talk at this year's SPIE Photonics West conference, titled "Elucidating Effects of Nano-Structural Variations on Local Plasmonic Modes via Photon Localization Microscopy".

December 2011 – Wei Bao passed his Qualifying Exam!  This is an important milestone, so join me in congratulating Wei on his achievement.

March 2011
Check out the movie from our “official” Imaging and Manipulation Facility ski trip to Tahoe this spring. As you can see, we received a bit more snow than we expected.

February 2011
– In a collaboration with Jeff Neaton’s group in the Theory Facility, the paper “Chemical Raman Enhancement of Organic Adsorbates on Metal Surfaces,” about the origin of chemical enhancement in Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy, has been published in Physical Review Letters. Congratulations Alexey Zayak.

February 2011 – Jim will be delivering and invited presentation at this year’s 5th International Conference on Surface Plasmon Photonics in May in S. Korea.

January 2011 – Postdoc Alex Weber-Bargioni has accepted a Staff Scientist position here at the Molecular Foundry. Congrats to Alex (and the Imaging and Manipulation Facility)!

January 2011 – The research paper, “Hyperspectral Nanoscale Imaging on Dielectric Substrates with Coaxial Optical Antenna Scan Probes,” which highlights the first-ever demonstration of hyperspectral TERS imaging in non-gap mode has been published in Nano Letters. Congratulations to Alex Weber-Bargioni. Read the press release.

January 2011 – Our research paper describing the “Nonperturbative Visualization of Nanoscale Plasmonic Field Distributions via Photon Localization Microscopy” is published in Physical Review Letters. This article was named as an “Editor’s Suggestion” and was highlighted in a recent press release.

December 2010 – Postdoc Shiwei Wu begins his Faculty Position at Fudan University in the Department of Physics. Congrats Shiwei!

December 2010 – Former Postdoc Zhaoyu Zhang begins his Faculty Position at Peking University, Shenzen Graduate School. Congrats Zhaoyu!

December 2010 – Former Postdoc Hyuck Choo accepts a Faculty Position at Cal Tech. Congrats Hyuck!