The Pauzauskie lab’s central focus is on basic materials science and engineering research into the design, synthesis, and characterization of nanoscale optoelectronic materials with unique compositions and morphologies.  The group’s ultimate goal is to help answer challenging questions in the biomedical, information technology, and renewable energy sectors by understanding how a material’s atomistic structure impacts subsequent properties and long-term performance.  Group members employ a number of experimental and computational techniques including nanowire synthesis via metal assisted chemical etching, air-sensitive solution phase synthesis of ternary inorganic nanocrystals, x-ray diffraction, scanning and transmission electron microscopy, synchrotron radiation (NEXAFS, STXM, XRD), three-dimensional laser trapping, optical spectroscopy, cell culturing, nonlinear least squares data analysis, as well as finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) and finite-element computational methods for the design and simulation of multifunctional nanoscale optoelectronic materials.

 The Pauzauskie group’s research laboratories are located in the beautiful new Benjamin D. Hall Interdisciplinary Research Building


The Pauzauskie group gratefully acknowledges support from our sponsors:


Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) Young Investigator Program

Murdock Charitable Trust

American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund (ACS-PRF)

University of Washington Royalty Research Fund (UW-RRF)

University of Washington startup funding

National Science Foundation, Graduate Research Fellowship

Department of Energy, PNNL & LBNL ALS

National Institutes of Health

NDSEG, Department of Defense