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Dustin Ray Cummins

Dustin Cummins

Phone (505) 665-3789


  • Chemical Science
  • Analytical chemistry
  • Inorganic chemistry
  • Organic chemistry
  • Quantum dots
  • Chemical synthesis
  • Materials chemistry
  • Photovoltaics
  • Nanostructured quantum confined materials
  • Materials
  • Radiological materials
  • Irradiation
  • Uranium manufacturing
  • Powder metallurgy
  • Chemical vapor deposition
  • Physical vapor deposition
  • Nanotechnology
  • Ceramics processing
  • Electron microscopy
  • Interface engineering
  • Materials synthesis (single crystals)
  • Gas/surface interactions and reactions
  • Fundamental understanding of gas phase radiolysis and radiation induced surface chemistry
  • X-ray spectroscopy and imaging
  • Transport characterization of materials,
  • Photoemission spectroscopies
  • Nanoscale (in time and space) spectroscopies
  • Photovoltaics
  • Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT)
  • Nuclear Engineering and Technology
  • Nuclear engineering
  • Nuclear reactor technology
  • Cladding materials
  • Nonproliferation
  • Uranium manufacturing
  • Actinides
  • Actinide characterization
  • Weapons Science and Engineering
  • Stockpile stewardship
  • Life extension programs
  • Material fabrication and characterization
  • Stockpile surveillance
  • CINT
  • Synthesis
  • Fabrication
  • Characterization
  • Writing & Editing
  • Technical writing
  • Proofreading
  • Technical editing


  • Nanomaterials synthesis (inorganic nanowires)
  • UltraFast spectroscopy (operator)
  • Chemical vapor deposition
  • Electrocatalysis
  • Materials characterization
  • Semiconductor physics


Ph. D., Chemical Engineering, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY, Expected December 2014

M.Eng., Chemical Engineering, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY, 2009

B.S., Chemical Engineering, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY, 2008


LANL Positions

Graduate Student Research Affiliate, Materials Synthesis and Integrated Devices (MPA-11), July 2013 – Present


Professional Societies

Tau Beta Pi: The Engineering Honor Society

Electrochemical Society

Material Research Society

American Institute of Chemical Engineers



D. R. Cummins, R. Kappera, A. Martinez, J. Jasinski, H. Yamaguchi, M. Chhowalla, M. K. Sunkara, A. Mohite, and G. Gupta, “Improved MoS2 Nanowires as Electrocatalyst for Hydrogen Production”, In Preparation.

D. R. Cummins, H. B. Russell, M. Menon, J. Jasinski, And M. K. Sunkara, “Iron Sulfide (FeS) Nanotubes Using Sulfurization of Hematite Nanowires”, Nano Letters, 13(6), 2013.

B. Pandit, T. Luitel, D. R. Cummins, A. K. Thapa, T, Druffel, F. Zamborini, and J. Liu, “Spectroscopic investigation of Photoinduced Charge Transfer Processes in FTO/TiO2/N719 Photoanodes with and without Covalent Attachment through Silane-based Linkers”, Journal of Physical Chemistry A, Just Accepted.

Z. Chen, D. R. Cummins, E. L. Clark, B. Reinecke, M. K. Sunkara, and T. F. Jaramillo, “Core-shell MoO3-MoS2 Nanowires for Hydrogen Evolution: A Functional Design for Electrocatalytic Materials”, Nano Letters, 11(10), 2011.

M. K. Sunkara, C. Pendyala, D. R. Cummins, P. Meduri, J. Jasinski, V. Kumar, H. B. Russell, E. Clark, and J. H. Kim, “Inorganic nanowires: a perspective about their role in energy conversion and storage applications”, Journal of Physics D-Applied Physics, 44(17), 2011.


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