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

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 Papers

  • Aleshire, K., Pavlovetc, I. M., Collette, R., Kong, X. -., Rack, P. D., Zhang, S., Masiello, D. J., Camden, J. P., Hartland, G. V., Kuno, M. "Far-field midinfrared superresolution imaging and spectroscopy of single high aspect ratio gold nanowires" 2020 Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 117 (5), pp. 2288-2293. DOI:10.1073/pnas.1916433117.
  • DeJesus, J. F., Sherman, L. M., Yohannan, D. J., Becca, J. C., Strausser, S. L., Karger, L. F. P., Jensen, L., Jenkins, D. M., Camden, J. P. "A Benchtop Method for Appending Protic Functional Groups to N-Heterocyclic Carbene Protected Gold Nanoparticles" 2020 Angewandte Chemie - International Edition, 59 (19), pp. 7585-7590. DOI:10.1002/anie.202001440.
  • Demille, T. B., Hughes, R. A., Dominique, N., Olson, J. E., Rouvimov, S., Camden, J. P., Neretina, S. "Large-area periodic arrays of gold nanostars derived from HEPES-, DMF-, and ascorbic-acid-driven syntheses" 2020 Nanoscale, 12 (31), pp. 16489-16500. DOI:10.1039/d0nr04141f.
  • Petrov, A. P., Sherman, L. M., Camden, J. P., Dovichi, N. J. "Database of free solution mobilities for 276 metabolites" 2020 Talanta, 209, 120545. DOI:10.1016/j.talanta.2019.120545.
  • Sherman, L. M., Petrov, A. P., Karger, L. F. P., Tetrick, M. G., Dovichi, N. J., Camden, J. P. "A surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy database of 63 metabolites" 2020 Talanta, 210, 120645. DOI:10.1016/j.talanta.2019.120645.
  • Wu, Y., Hu, Z., Kong, X. -., Idrobo, J. C., Nixon, A. G., Rack, P. D., Masiello, D. J., Camden, J. P. "Infrared plasmonics: STEM-EELS characterization of Fabry-PĂ©rot resonance damping in gold nanowires" 2020 Physical Review B, 085409. 101 (8), DOI:10.1103/PhysRevB.101.085409.

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