Jon Camden

Jon Camden

Molecular Plasmonics and Surface Enhanced Spectroscopies


Associate Professor, University of Notre Dame
Gleb Mamantov Professorship, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
Assistant Professor, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
Postdoctoral Researcher, Northwestern University
Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry, Stanford University
B.S. in Chemistry and Music, University of Notre Dame

Selected Awards

Research and Creative Achievement Award, University of Tennessee
NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Research Interests

It is well known that plasmonic nanostructures are capable of harvesting light and concentrating it in the near field. This special behavior results from the collective oscillation of the conduction electrons in a metallic nanostructure, and has enabled a plethora of exciting applications such as plasmon-enhanced solar cells, photonic circuits, superlenses, chemical and biological sensing, and the detection of single molecules. Underlying many of these processes is the ability of plasmon excitation to greatly enhance electromagnetic fields at the particle surface. The Camden group is working to develop new applications of plasmonic nanostructures and to understand fundamental features of the molecule-plasmon couplings underlying these applications.  Our current research efforts include:  (1) Understanding the flow of plasmonic energy from nanoparticles at interfaces and into molecules, (2) Development of fast, portable, and cost-effective analytical methods for small molecules based on SERS, and (3) Exploration of surface-enhanced nonlinear spectroscopy, and (4) Direct imaging of plasmon-enhanced fields using electron microscopy.

Recent Papers

  • Wu, Y.Y.; Li, G.L.; Cherqui, C.; Bigelow, N.W.; Thakkar, N.; Masiello, D.J.; Camden, J.P.; Rack, P.D. "Electron Energy Loss Spectroscopy Study of the Full Plasmonic Spectrum of Self-Assembled Au-Ag Alloy Nanoparticles: Unraveling Size, Composition, and Substrate Effects." ACS Photonics 2016, 3(1), 130-138.
  • Simmons, P.D.; Turley, H.K.; Silverstein, D.W.; Jensen, L.; Camden, J.P. "Surface-Enhanced Spectroscopy for Higher-Order Light Scattering: A Combined Experimental and Theoretical Study of Second Hyper-Raman Scattering." J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 2015, 6(24), 5067-5071.
  • Gu, X.; Camden, J.P. "Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy-Based Approach for Ultrasensitive and Selective Detection of Hydrazine." Anal. Chem. 2015, 87(13), 6460-6464.
  • Li, G.L.; Cherqui, C.; Wu. Y.Y.; Bigelow, N.W.; Simmons, P.D.; Rack, P.D.; Masiello, D.J.; Camden, J.P. "Examining Substrate-Induced Plasmon Mode Splitting and Localization in Truncated Silver Nanospheres with Electron Energy Loss Spectroscopy." J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 2015, 6(13), 2569-2576.
  • Li, G.; Cherqui, C.; Bigelow, N.W.; Duscher, G.; Straney, P.J.; Millstone, J.E.; Masiello, D.J.; Camden, J.P. "Spatially mapping energy transfer from single plasmonic particles to semiconductor substrates via STEM/EELS." NanoLetters 2015, 15, 3465-3471.
  • Iberi, V.; Bigelow, N.W.; Mirsaleh-Kohan, N.; Griffin, S.; Simmons Jr., P.D.; Guiton, B.S.; Masiello, D.J.; Camden, J.P. "Resonance Rayleigh Scattering and Electron Energy-Loss Spectroscopy of Silver Nanocubes." J. Phys. Chem. C 2014, 118 (19), 10254-10262.

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