Jon Camden

Jon Camden

Molecular Plasmonics and Surface Enhanced Spectroscopies


Professor, University of Notre Dame
Director of Undergraduate Studies, 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

Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science
Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C, Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching
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 Publications

  • Morsby, J. J.; Thimes, R. L.; Olson, J. E.; McGarraugh, H. H.; Payne, J. N.; Camden, J. P. and Smith, B. D. "Enzyme Sensing using 2-Mercaptopyridine-Carbonitrile Reporters and Surface-Enhanced Raman Scattering" 2022 ACS Omega, 7 (7), pp.6419-6426. DOI: 10.1021/acsomega.2c00139.
  • Sherman, L. M.; Finley, M. D.; Borsari, R. K.; Schuster-Little, N.; Strausser, S. L.; Whelan, R. J.; Jenkins, D. M. and Camden, J. P. "N-Heterocyclic Carbene Ligand Stability on Gold Nanoparticles in Biological Media" 2022 ACS Omega, 7 (1), pp.1444-1451. DOI: 10.1021/acsomega.1c06168.
  • Olson, J. E.; Yu, J. H.; Thimes, R. L. and Camden, J. P. "Vibrational Two-Photon Microscopy for Tissue Imaging: Short-Wave Infrared Surface-Enhanced Resonance Hyper-Raman Scattering" 2022 Journal of Biophotonics, 15 (1), e202100158. DOI: 10.1002/jbio.202100158.
  • Olafsson, A.; Khorasani, S.; Busche, J. A.; Araujo, J. J.; Idrobo, J. C.; Gamelin, D. R.; Masiello, D. J. and Camden, J. P. "Imaging Infrared Plasmon Hybridization in Doped Semiconductor Nanocrystal Dimers" 2021 Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, 12 (42), pp.10270-10276. DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpclett.1c02741.
  • Dominique, N. L.; Strausser, S. L.; Olson, J. E.; Boggess, W. C.; Jenkins, D. M. and Camden, J. P. "Probing N-Heterocyclic Carbene Surfaces with Laser Desorption Ionization Mass Spectrometry" 2021 Analytical Chemistry, 93 (40), pp.13534-13538. DOI: 10.1021/acs.analchem.1c02401.
  • Camden, J. P.; Masiello, D. J. and Ren, B. "Spectroscopy and Microscopy of Plasmonic Systems" 2021 Journal of Chemical Physics, 155 (9), 090401. DOI: 10.1063/5.0065513.

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