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John Daniel Watt

John Watt

Phone (505) 284-0018


  • Chemical Science
  • Physical chemistry
  • Quantum dots
  • Chemical synthesis
  • Materials chemistry
  • Colloids
  • Materials
  • Electron microscopy
  • Magnetic
  • CINT
  • Synthesis
  • Structure Measurements
  • Property Measurements
  • Characterization


Soft, Biological, and Composite Nanomaterials  Cryo Electron Microscopy for Soft Matter and Nanomaterials


PhD in Chemistry, Victoria University of Wellington,  Wellington, New Zealand, 2010.

BSc in Chemistry, Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand, 2004.


Professional Appointments

Scientist 2, Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies. 2018 - Present.


Professional Societies

Materials Research Society  American Chemical Society

Microscopy Society of America

Microanalysis Society




2009                   Prime Minister’s MacDiarmid Emerging Scientist

2009                   MacDiarmid New Zealand Young Scientist of the Year





Complete List:

Selected Publications:

  1. J. Watt; M. J. Austin; C. K Simocko; D. V. Pete; J. Chavez; L. M Ammerman, D. L. Huber. Formation of Metal Nanoparticles Directly from Bulk Sources Using Ultrasound and Their Application to E-waste Upcycling. Small 14, 1703615 (2018) Back Cover.
  2. G. C. Bleier; J. Watt; C. K. Simocko; J. M. Lavin; D. L. Huber. Reversible Magnetic Agglomeration – A Mechanism for True Thermodynamic Control over Nanoparticle Size. In Press at Angew. Chem. Intl. Ed. DOI: 10.1002/anie.201800959 (2018) Front Cover.
  3. J. Watt; G.C. Bleier; M.J. Austin; S.A. Ivanov; D.L. Huber. Non-volatile iron carbonyls as versatile precursors for the synthesis of iron-containing nanoparticles. Nanoscale 9, 6632-6637 (2017) Back Cover.
  4. J. Watt; B.G. Hance; R.S. Anderson; D.L. Huber. Effect of Seed Age on Gold Nanorod Formation: A Microfluidic, Real-Time Investigation. Chem. Mater. 27, 6442-6449 (2015).
  5. E.C. Vreeland; J. Watt; G.B. Schober; B.G. Hance; M.J. Austin; A.D. Price; B.D. Fellows; T.C. Monson; N.S. Hudak; L. Maldonado-Camargo; A.C. Bohorquez; C. Rinaldi; D.L. Huber. Enhanced Nanoparticle Size Control by Extending LaMer's Mechanism. Chem. Mater. 27, 6059-6066 (2015).
  6. J. Watt; C. Yu; S.L.Y. Chang; S. Cheong; R.D. Tilley. Shape Control from Thermodynamic Growth Conditions: The Case of hcp Ruthenium Hourglass Nanocrystals. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 135, 606-609 (2013).
  7. J. Watt; S. Cheong; M.F. Toney; B. Ingham; J. Cookson; P.T. Bishop; R.D. Tilley. Ultrafast growth of highly branched palladium nanostructures for catalysis. ACS Nano 4, 396-402 (2010).
  8. S. Cheong; J.D. Watt; R.D. Tilley. Shape control of platinum and palladium nanoparticles for catalysis. Nanoscale 2, 2045-2053 (2010).
  9. J. Watt; N. Young; S. Haigh; A. Kirkland; R.D. Tilley. Synthesis and Structural Characterization of Branched Palladium Nanostructures. Adv. Mater. 21, 2288 (2009). Front Cover.