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Jennifer Ann Hollingsworth

Jennifer Hollingsworth


Optical Nanomaterials Synthesis, Characterization, Application

Developing new synthetic approaches to create novel functional nanomaterials, including non-blinking semiconductor quantum dots ("giant" quantum dots), heterostructured nanowires and functional hybrid composite nanomaterials. Combinatorial chemistry and automated synthesis. Dip-pen nanolithography.




Ph.D., Inorganic Chemistry, Washington University in St. Louis, 1999

B.A., Chemistry, Grinnell College, 1992


LANL Positions

Technical Staff Member, Scientist 5, Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT) and Materials Physics & Applications Division 2015 – present

Technical Staff Member, Scientist 4, Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT) and Materials Physics & Applications Division 2010 – 2015

Technical Staff Member, Scientist 4, Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT) and Chemistry Division 2006 – 2010

Technical Staff Member, Chemistry Division 2001 – 2006

Director’s Funded Postdoctoral Fellow, Chemistry Division 1999 – 2001



LANL Program Recognition Award and LANL Achievement Award (2014)

LANL Fellows’ Prize for Research (2013)

LANL Associate Directorate for Chemistry, Life, & Earth Sciences Achievement Award (2009)

LANL Awards for Outstanding Scientific Achievement (2010, 2006, 2001)

LANL Women’s Career Development Mentoring Award (2005)

LANL Distinguished Postdoctoral Performance Award (Small Team) (2002)

LANL Director's Postdoctoral Fellow (1999-2001)

NASA Graduate Student Researchers Program Center Fellow (1996-1999)

MRS Graduate Student Award Finalist (Fall, 1997)

Phi Beta Kappa (1992-present)

National Merit Scholarship, Grinnell College (1988-1992)



7,935,419 (2011): “Thick-shell Nanocrystal Quantum Dots"

7,261,940 (2007): “Multifunctional Nanocrystals"

6,819,692 (2004): “Optical amplifiers and lasers”



Selected – Please see CV Document for full publication list (>7100 citations; h-index 35)

  1. Hollingsworth, J. A., Htoon, H., Piryatinski, A., Götzinger, S., Sandoghdar, V. When excitons and plasmons meet: Emerging function through synthesis and assembly. Invited Review MRS Bull. September, 2015.
  2. Hanson, C. J., Buck, M. R., Acharya, K., Torres, J. A., Kundu, J., Ma, X., Bouquin, S., Hamilton, C. E., Htoon, H. & Hollingsworth, J. A. Giant Quantum Dots: Matching Solid-State to Solution-Phase Photoluminescence Performance for Near-Unity Down-Conversion Efficiency. ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2015, 7, 13125-13130.
  3. Acharya, K. P., Nguyen, H. M., Paulite, M., Piryatinski, A., Zhang, J., Casson, J. L., Xu, H., Htoon, H. & Hollingsworth, J. A. Elucidation of Two Giants: Challenges to Thick-shell Synthesis in CdSe/ZnSe and ZnSe/CdS Core/Shell Quantum Dots. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2015, 137, 3755-3758.
  4. Karan, N. S., Keller, A. M., Sampat, S.,  Roslyak, O.,  Arefin, A., Hanson, C. J., Casson, J. L., Desireddy, A., Ghosh, Y.,  Piryatinski, A., Iyer, R. , Htoon, H., Malko, A. V. & Hollingsworth, J. A. Plasmonic Giant Quantum Dots: Hybrid Semiconductor-Metal Nanostructures for Truly Simultaneous Optical Imaging, Photothermal Effect and Thermometry. Chem. Sci. 2015, 6, 2224-2236.
  5. Acharya, K. P; Ji; Z.; Holesinger, T. G.; Crisp, J. A.; Ivanov, S. A.; Sykora,M.; and Hollingsworth, J. A. Layer-by-Layer Fabrication of Nanowire Sensitized Solar Cells: Geometry-Independent Integration. Adv. Funct. Mater. 2014, 24, 6843-6852.
  6. Keller, A. M.; Ghosh, Y.; DeVore, M. S.; Phipps, M. E.; Stewart, M. H.; Lidke, D. S.; Wilson, B. S.; Hollingsworth, J. A.;* Werner, J. H.*  3-Dimensional Tracking of Non-blinking ‘Giant’ Quantum Dots in Live Cells. Adv. Funct. Mater. 2014, 24, 4796-4803. (*co-corresponding)
  7. Hollingsworth, J. A. Nanoscale engineering facilitated by controlled synthesis: From structure to function. Coordin. Chem. Rev. (Invited Review) 2014, 263-64, 197-216.
  8. Laocharoensuk, R.; Palaniappan, K.; Smith, N. A.; Dickerson, R. M.; D. Werder, Baldwin, J. K.; Hollingsworth, J. A. Flow-based solution–liquid–solid nanowire synthesis, Nature Nanotechnology 2013 8, 660-666. (Highlight article in NPG Asia Materials.)
  9. Hollingsworth, J. A. Heterostructuring Nanocrystal Quantum Dots Toward Intentional Suppression of Blinking and Auger Recombination. (Invited Review) Chem. Mater. 2013, 25, 1318-1331.
  10. Dennis, A. M.; Mangum, B.; Piryatinski, A.; Park, Y.-S.; Hannah, D.; Casson, J.; Williams, D.; Schaller, R.; Htoon, H.; Hollingsworth, J. A. Suppressed Blinking and Auger Recombination in Near-Infrared Type-II InP/CdS Nanocrystal Quantum Dots. Nano Lett. 2012 12, 5545-5551.
  11. Ghosh, Y.; Mangum, B.D.; Casson, J. L.; Williams, D. J.; Htoon, H.; Hollingsworth, J. A. New Insights into the Complexities of Shell Growth and the Strong Influence of Particle Volume in Non-Blinking “Giant” Core/Shell Nanocrystal Quantum Dots. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2012, 134, 9634–9643.
  12. Kundu, J.; Ghosh, Y.; Dennis, A. M.; Htoon, H.; Hollingsworth, J. A. Giant Nanocrystal Quantum Dots: Stable Down-Conversion Phosphors that Exploit a Large Stokes Shift and Efficient Shell-to-Core Energy Relaxation. Nano Lett., 2012, 12, 3031-3037.
  13. Pal, B.N.; Ghosh, Y.; Brovelli, S.; Laocharoensuk, R.; Klimov, V.I.; Hollingsworth, J.A.*; Htoon, H.* ‘Giant’ CdSe/CdS Core/Shell Nanocrystal Quantum Dots As Efficient Electroluminescent Materials: Strong Influence of Shell Thickness on Light-Emitting Diode Performance. Nano Lett. 2012, 12, 331 (*co-corresponding).
  14. Galland, C.; Ghosh, Y.; Steinbrück, A.; Sykora, M.; Hollingsworth, J.A.; Klimov, V.I.; Htoon, H. Two types of luminescence blinking revealed by spectroelectro-chemistry of single quantum dots. Nature 2011, 479, 203-207.
  15. Malko, A.; Park, Y.; Sampat, S.; Galland, C.; Vela, J.; Chen, Y.; Hollingsworth, J.; Klimov, V.; Htoon, H. Pump-intensity- and shell-thickness-dependent evolution of photoluminescence blinking in individual core/shell CdSe/CdS nanocrystals. Nano Lett. 2011, 11, 5213.
  16. Park, Y.-S.; Malko, A. V.; Vela, J.; Chen, Y.; Ghosh, Y.; García-Santamaría, F.; Hollingsworth, J. A.; Klimov, V. I.; Htoon, H. Near-Unity Biexciton Emission Quantum Yields in Individual CdSe/CdS Nanocrystals Revealed by Two-Photon-Correlation and Photoluminescence-Saturation Measurements. Phys. Rev. Lett. 2011, 106, 187401-1-4.
  17. Vela, J.; Htoon, H.; Chen, Y.; Park, Y.-S.; Ghosh, Y.; Goodwin, P.M.; Werner, J.H.; Wells, N. P.; Casson, J. L.; Hollingsworth, J. A. Effect of shell thickness and composition on blinking suppression and the blinking mechanism in ‘giant’ CdSe/CdS nanocrystal quantum dots. J. Biophotonics 2010, 3, 706-717.
  18. Wooten, A.; Werder, D.; Williams, D.; Casson, J.; Hollingsworth, J. A. Solution-Liquid-Solid Growth of Ternary Cu-In-Se Semiconductor Nanowires from Multiple- and Single-Source Precursors. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2009, 131, 16177-16188.
  19. Chen, Y.; Vela, J.; Htoon, H.; Casson, J. L.; Werder, D. J.; Bussian, D. A.; Klimov, V. I., and Hollingsworth, J. A., “Giant” multishell CdSe nanocrystal quantum dots with suppressed blinking. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2008, 130, 5026-5027.
  20. Pietryga, J. M.; Werder, D. J.; Williams, D. J.; Casson, J. L.; Schaller, R. D.; Klimov, V. I., and Hollingsworth, J. A. Utilizing the lability of lead selenide to produce heterostructured nanocrystals with bright, stable infrared emission. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2008, 130, 4879-4885.
  21. Jeong, S.; Achermann, M.; Nanda, J.; Ivanov, S.; Klimov, V. I.; Hollingsworth, J. A. Effect of the thiol-thiolate equilibrium on the photophysical properties of aqueous CdSe/ZnS nanocrystal quantum dots. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2005, 127, 10126-10127.
  22. Pietryga, J. M.; Schaller, R. D.; Werder, D.; Stewart, M. H.; Klimov, V. I.; Hollingsworth, J. A. Pushing the band gap envelope: Mid-infrared emitting colloidal PbSe quantum dots. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2004, 126, 11752.
  23. Klimov, V. I., Mikhailovsky, A. A., Xu, S., Malko, A., Hollingsworth, J. A., Leatherdale, C. A., Eisler, H. J., Bawendi, M. G. Optical gain and stimulated emission in nanocrystal quantum dots. Science, 2000 290, 5490, 314
  24. Hollingsworth, J. A.; Buhro, W. E.; Poojary, D. M.; Clearfield, A. Catalyzed growth of a metastable InS crystal structure as colloidal crystals. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2000, 122, 14, 3562.
  25. Hollingsworth, J. A.; Hepp, A. F., and Buhro, W. E. Spray CVD of Copper Indium Disulfide Films: Control of Microstructure and Crystallographic Orientation. Adv. Mater. CVD 1999, 5, 3, 105.



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