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. Students will also synthesize metallic nanoparticles for use as photocatalysts. The alliance is funded by has collaborators from George Fox University, PLU, the University of Puget Sound, and Western Washington University.

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.

2017 Summer Research Group (Tori on left & Jenise on right)
Glowing Doped QDs
Growing a Batch of Gold Nanoparticles
CdSe Quantum Dots

Munro Group News

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

J. Phys. Chem. C (2016) vol. 120, pg. 29455-29462

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

Current Group Members

  • Jenise Cavness
  • Megan Packer
  • Erik Staume

CdSe/ZnS QDs with native ligands (left), 11-aziodoundecanethiol (middle), 12-azidododecanoic acid (right)

Former Group Members

  • Toriana Vigil
  • Derek Chai
  • Ciara Flanery
  • Caleb Chandler
  • Khrizelle Atienza
  • Shelby Murdock
  • Katie Cameron
  • Matthew Garling
  • Victoria Popovich
  • Victoria Richmond
  • Michael Klennert
  • Jennifer Stein
  • Laura Murphy
  • Jeremy Zee
  • John Stiller
  • Rachel Smith
  • Josh Siverson
  • Kelsey Weigley

Munro Lab Capstone Students Jan 2017 (from left: Caleb, Shelby, Khrizelle, Katie)
Munro Research Group - May 2016 - students at Marzanos
Munro Research Group Lunch - May 2016 (Darick & Matt)
Rachel and Jon ready for research! Summer 2011