Jon Camden

Professor; Director of Undergraduate Studies

140E Mccourtney Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556
+1 574-631-1059


Research Areas

  • Physical/Analytical Chemistry

Research Specialties

  • Energy
  • Measurement

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Year Title
2020-present Director of Undergraduate Studies, University of Notre Dame
2019-present Professor, University of Notre Dame
2014-2019 Associate Professor, University of Notre Dame
2013-2014 Gleb Mamantov Assistant Professor, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
2008-2013 Assistant Professor, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
2005-2008 Postdoctoral Researcher, Northwestern University
2005 Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry, Stanford University
2000 B.S. in Chemistry and Music, University of Notre Dame

Selected Awards

2022   Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science

2020   Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C, Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching

2014   Chancellor's Award for Professional Promise, University of Tennessee

2013   Research and Creative Achievement Award, University of Tennessee

2012   NSF CAREER Award

2001-2004   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.

Selected Publications

  • Beutler, E. K.; Kumar, V.; Duddy, G.; Bourgeois, M. R.; Srijanto, B. R.; Hachtel, J. A.; Masiello, D. J. and Camden, J. P. "Localizing Low-Grade Heat using Hybrid Photonic-Phononic Materials" 2024 ACS Energy Letters, 9 (3), pp.941-947. DOI: 10.1021/acsenergylett.3c02573.
  • Dominique, N. L.; Chandran, A.; Jensen, I. M.; Jenkins, D. M. and Camden, J. P. "Unmasking the Electrochemical Stability of N-Heterocyclic Carbene Monolayers on Gold" 2024 Chemistry-A European Journal, 30, e202303681. DOI: 10.1002/chem.202303681.
  • Jensen, I. M.; Chowdhury, S.; Hu, G. H.; Jensen, L.; Camden, J. P. and Jenkins, D. M. "Seeking a Au-C Stretch on Gold Nanoparticles with 13C-Labeled N-Heterocyclic Carbenes" 2023 Chemical Communications, 59 (98), pp.14524-14527. DOI: 10.1039/d3cc04973f.
  • Kaur, G.; Dominique, N. L.; Hu, G. H.; Nalaoh, P.; Thimes, R. L.; Strausser, S. L.; Jensen, L.; Camden, J. P. and Jenkins, D. M. "Reactivity Variance between Stereoisomers of Saturated N-Heterocyclic Carbenes on Gold Surfaces" 2023 Inorganic Chemistry Frontiers, 10 (21), pp.6282-6293. DOI: 10.1039/d3qi01541f.
  • Pellitero, M. A.; Jensen, I. M.; Dominique, N. L.; Ekowo, L. C.; Camden, J. P.; Jenkins, D. M. and Arroyo-Curras, N. "Stability of N-Heterocyclic Carbene Monolayers Under Continuous Voltammetric Interrogation" 2023 ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 15 (29), pp.35701-35709. DOI: 10.1021/acsami.3c06148.
  • Thimes, R. L.; Santos, A.; Chen, R.; Kaur, G.; Jensen, L.; Jenkins, D. M. and Camden, J. P. "Using Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy to Unravel the Wingtip-Dependent Orientation of N-Heterocyclic Carbenes on Gold Nanoparticles" 2023 Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, 14 (18), pp.4219-4224. DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpclett.3c00588.