Jennifer Dionne

Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering

(650) 736-2286


Ph. D., Applied Physics, California Institute of Technology
B.S. Physics & Electrical and Systems Engineering, Washington University in St. Louis

Research Interests

Our research group is a diverse team of materials scientists, engineers, chemists, and physicists passionate about understanding nano- and molecular-scale systems with light. We are actively investigating questions such as:

·         Can sub-bandgap photons be efficiently harvested in solar cells?

·         Can catalytic processes be probed on the single-particle and single-molecule level?

·         Can small nanoparticles, molecules, or even single atoms be optically trapped and manipulated?

·         Can the structure of individual chiral proteins be optically determined?

Our research addresses these questions by developing new nanophotonic and plasmonic materials. These materials both beat the diffraction limit and strongly respond to optical-frequency electric and magnetic fields.


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