Andrea Munro's Research Group

CdSe nanorods Aug 2015
CdSe nanorods synthesized in the Munro Lab

Undergraduate researchers in the Munro Lab investigate the interactions between colloidal semiconductor nanocrystals and their surface ligands. We study the chemistry behind ligand exchange in order to improve the efficiency and stability of colloidal nanocrystals in solar cells.

Our research group is part of a northwest research alliance that will be developing quantum-dot based luminescent solar cells (LSCs). Students in the Munro Lab will synthesize doped-semiconductor nanocrystal quantum dots that will serve as the dyes within the LSCs.

Each summer 2-3 undergraduate students work in the Munro Lab for 10 weeks. They learn to synthesize CdSe nanocrystals spheres, rods, and belts using air-free techniques. Students learn to characterize their samples using UV-vis absorbance and photoluminescence spectroscopy as well as XRD, FTIR, NMR, TEM, and cyclic voltammetry.

Two students with lab coats and googles sitting on the couch
Former undergraduate research students Rachel Smith and John Stiller all set and ready for research!

Munro Group News

Our paper, “Phenyldithiocarbamate Ligands Decompose During Nanocrystal Ligand Exchange” was accepted by the Journal of Physical Chemistry C today. Four of the co-authors are current and former PLU students Caleb Chandler, Matthew Garling, Darick Chai, and Victoria Popovich!

TEM image before and after
5 colorful tubes
Spherical CdSe Nanocrystal Quantum Dots of varying diameter

Current Group Members

  • Khrizelle Atienza
  • Katie Cameron
  • Derek Chai
  • Caleb Chandler
  • Ciara Flannery
  • Shelby Murdock

Munro Research Group - May 2016 - students at Marzanos
Munro Research Group Lunch - May 2016

Former Group Members

  • Matthew Garling
  • Victoria Popovich
  • Victoria Richmond
  • Michael Klennert
  • Jennifer Stein
  • Laura Murphy
  • Jeremy Zee
  • John Stiller
  • Rachel Smith
  • Josh Siverson
  • Kelsey Weigley