Jon Camden

Jon Camden

Molecular Plasmonics and Surface Enhanced Spectroscopies


Professor, University of Notre Dame
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

  • Collette, R., Wu, Y., Olafsson, A., Camden, J. P., Rack, P. D. "Combinatorial Thin Film Sputtering AuxAl1- x Alloys: Correlating Composition and Structure with Optical Properties" 2018 ACS Combinatorial Science, 20 (11), pp. 633-642. DOI:10.1021/acscombsci.8b00091.
  • Olson, J. E., Tripp, A., Linder, M. K., Hu, Z., Detty, M. R., Jensen, L., Camden, J. P. "Non-Condon Effects in the Resonance Hyper-Raman Scattering of Chalcogen-Substituted Rhodamine Derivatives" 2018 Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 122 (43), pp. 25051-25058. DOI:10.1021/acs.jpcc.8b07507.
  • Tackman, E. C., Trujillo, M. J., Lockwood, T. E., Merga, G., Lieberman, M., Camden, J. P. "Identification of substandard and falsified antimalarial pharmaceuticals chloroquine, doxycycline, and primaquine using surface-enhanced Raman scattering" 2018 Analytical Methods, 10 (38), pp. 4718-4722. DOI:10.1039/c8ay01413b.
  • Trujillo, M. J., Strausser, S. L., Becca, J. C., Dejesus, J. F., Jensen, L., Jenkins, D. M., Camden, J. P. "Using SERS to understand the binding of n-heterocyclic carbenes to gold surfaces" 2018 Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, 9 (23), pp. 6779-6785. DOI:10.1021/acs.jpclett.8b02764.
  • Trujillo, M.J., Camden, J.P. "Utilizing Molecular Hyperpolarizability for Trace Analysis: A Surface-Enhanced Hyper-Raman Scattering Study of Uranyl Ion" 2018 ACS Omega, 3 (6), pp. 6660-6664. DOI: 10.1021/acsomega.8b01147
  • Gu, X., Trujillo, M.J., Olson, J.E., Camden, J.P. "SERS Sensors: Recent Developments and a Generalized Classification Scheme Based on the Signal Origin" 2018 Annual Review of Analytical Chemistry, 11, pp. 147-169. DOI: 10.1146/annurev-anchem-061417-125724.

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