The Willets lab is interested in understanding how heterogeneity at the nanoscale impacts the function and properties of materials. Much of our research focuses on noble metal nanoparticles, typically gold and silver, which are both optically-active through the excitation of localized surface plasmons as well as electrochemically-active, which enables them to behave as nanoscale electrodes. We use a variety of techniques including fluorescence, Raman, single molecule imaging, super-resolution imaging, electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, and electrochemistry to understand how nanoscale heterogeneity affects materials behavior.
Latest Lab News
May 24, 2017. Vignesh is selected to attend the "Next Generation of Electrochemistry" conference. Congratulations Vignesh!
May 18-19, 2017. The Willets lab visits Paul Holt's 9th grade science classes at Freire Charter School in Philadelphia. The students made silver nanoprisms of varying size and color!
May 11, 2017. Our Faraday Discussion on defocused imaging of gap mode SERS substrates is accepted.
April 24, 2017. The Willets lab welcomes two new undergraduate researchers to the group: Jeff Williams and Spencer Yeager. Welcome!
March 10, 2017. Aaron is selected as a Temple University Diamond Research Scholar. Congratulations, Aaron!
December 22, 2016. Willets lab wedding bells! Lab alums Dr. Karole Blythe and Dr. Eric Titus get engaged (despite violating the "no dating" policy in the lab . . . ). Congratulations to Karole and Eric!
December 8, 2016. Our review on super-resolution imaging and plasmonics is accepted in Chemical Reviews.
December 7, 2016. Joe Monaghan joins the group as a graduate student. Welcome Joe!
December 6, 2016. Our collaborative paper with the Zhang group on scanning electrochemical microscopy with optical feedback is accepted in Analytical Chemistry.
October 12, 2016. Our collaborative paper with the Van Duyne and Jensen groups is published in J. Phys. Chem. C.
September 16, 2016. Aaron and Allison participate in the Undergraduate Research Program poster session, and Aaron takes home top honors! Congratulations to our undergraduates!
September 16, 2016. The Willets lab bids farewell to Drew Wilson, who is heading off to a postdoc with Prashant Jain at the University of Illinois. Good luck Drew. (Beast Mode!)
September 2, 2016. Aaron is chosen as a finalist for the Notre Dame Competition in Nanoscience and Nanoengineering, which recognizes outstanding undergraduate research in nano. Congratulations Aaron and good luck in South Bend!
September 1, 2016. Yun Yu joins the group as a postdoctoral researcher. Welcome Yun!
August 29, 2016. Our collaborative review on SERS/TERS spectroelectrochemistry with the Van Duyne group is accepted at Accounts of Chemical Research.
July 8, 2016. Xiaoyu (Jet) Cheng joins the group as a postdoctoral researcher. Welcome Jet!
June 20, 2016. Drew's paper on the distance-dependent SERS spectroelectrochemistry of tethered Nile Blue is accepted in Analyst.
June 1, 2016. Alexandria Martinez joins the group as a summer REU student. Welcome Alexandria!
May 31, 2016. Drew's paper on the electrochemical properties of Nile Blue tethered to an electrode surface is accepted in J. Phys. Chem. C.
May 6, 2016. The Willets lab says farewell to our graduating senior, Zi, and wishes him the best of luck in the Chemistry Ph.D. program at the University of Pittsburgh. Thanks for all of the great work, Zi!
April 19, 2016. Taryn and Nat receive first summer research initiative awards from Temple. Congratulations!
April 14, 2016. Sabyasachi Bandyopadhyay joins the group as a postdoctoral researcher. Welcome Sabya!
April 1, 2016. The Willets lab says farewell to Dr. Karole Blythe as she moves to her new position as a microscopy specialist at NIST. Thanks for all of the great years, Karole!
March 30, 2016. Drew and Kallie's review on Molecular Plasmonics is published in the Annual Reviews of Analytical Chemistry.
March 28, 2016. Drew attends the national MRS Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona and presents a poster on his latest results on nanoscale electrochemistry.
March 21, 2016. Allison Cutri joins the lab as an undergraduate researcher. Welcome Allison!
March 21, 2016. Three of our collaborative manuscripts with the group of Shenqiang Ren are accepted in a single week.
January 21, 2016. Karole's work is featured on the cover of J. Phys. Chem. C.
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