Jon Camden

Jon Camden

Molecular Plasmonics and Surface Enhanced Spectroscopies


Associate Professor, University of Notre Dame
Concurrent Associate Professor, First Year of Studies, University of Notre Dame
Adjunct Professor, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
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

Chancellor's Award for Professional Promise, University of Tennessee
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

  • Gu, X.; Wang, H.; Camden, J. P. "Utilizing light-triggered plasmon-driven catalysis reactions as a template for molecular delivery and release." Chemical Science 2017, 8, 5902-5908.
  • Turley, H. K.; Hu, Z.; Jensen, L.; Camden, J. P. "Surface-Enhanced Resonance Hyper-Raman Scattering Elucidates the Molecular Orientation of Rhodamine 6G on Silver Colloids." Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters 2017, 8, 1819-1823.
  • Trujillo, M. J.; Jenkins, D. M.; Bradshaw, J. A.; Camden, J. P. "Surface-enhanced Raman scattering of uranyl in aqueous samples: implications for nuclear forensics and groundwater testing." Analytical Methods 2017, 9, 1575-1579.
  • Griffin, S.; Montoni, N. P.; Li, G.; Straney, P. J.; Millstone, J. E.; Masiello, D. J.; Camden, J. P. "Imaging Energy Transfer in Pt-Decorated Au Nanoprisms via Electron Energy-Loss Spectroscopy." Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters 2016, 7, 3825-3832.
  • Cherqui, C.; Wu, Y.; Li, G.; Quillin, S. C.; Busche, J. A.; Thakkar, N.; West, C. A.; Montoni, N. P.; Rack, P. D.; Camden, J. P.; Masiello, D. J. "STEM/EELS Imaging of Magnetic Hybridization in Symmetric and Symmetry-Broken Plasmon Oligomer Dimers and All-Magnetic Fano Interference." Nano Letters 2016, 16, 6668-6676.
  • Quillin, S. C.; Cherqui, C.; Montoni, N. P.; Li, G.; Camden, J. P.; Masiello, D. J. "Imaging Plasmon Hybridization in Metal Nanoparticle Aggregates with Electron Energy-Loss Spectroscopy." Journal of Physical Chemistry C 2016, 120, 20852-20859.

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