Current Research Group Members



Amy Morren, Graduate Student, Chemistry

Research project: Chiroptical properties of plasmonic nanostructures

B.S. Western Washington University






Anh Nguyen, Graduate Student, Chemistry

Research project: Plasmon-enhanced spectroscopy

B.S. University of Utah









Aria Ballance, Graduate Student, Chemistry

Research project: Plasmon-enhanced spectroscopy

B.A. Lewis & Clark






Alex Lineweaver, M.S. 2021

Dr. David Parker, Ph.D. 2021, Intel Corporation

Dr. Lindsey Beecher, Ph.D. 2020

Dr. Peter Stevenson, Ph.D. 2019, Azimuth Corporation| Air Force Research Laboratory

Jacob Neff, M.S. 2018, Capstone Nutrition

Dr. Art Quast, Ph.D. 2017, Intel

Dr. Cady Lancaster, Ph.D. 2016, Research Scientist, World Resources Institute and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services

Dr. Mark Swartz, Ph.D. 2016, Los Alamos National Laboratory

Dr. Cindy T. Cooper, Ph.D. 2013, Assistant Professor, BYU-Idaho

Aixiang Liu, M.S. 2013, Chemist, Reckitt Benckiser

Cara Barnes, M.S. 2012, Program Officer, Global Programs at VentureWell

Dr. Patrick Shem, Ph.D. 2012, Lecturer/Researcher, Department of Chemical Science and Technology, Technical University of Kenya

Dr. Jong-Won Park, Ph.D. 2012, Post Doctoral Research Associate, Department of Chemistry, Boston University

Dr. Rajesh Sardar, Post Doctoral Research Fellow, Associate Professor, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Research Site

Dr. Jianping Liu, Ph.D. 2011, Finance Manager/CCAR Modeling at American Express

Samuel Poff, M.S. 2009, University of Utah Law School

Dr. Rostislav Bukasov, Ph.D. 2009, Assistant Professor, Department of Biology and Chemistry, Nazarbayev University, Republic of Kazakhstan , Research Site

Undergraduate Students

Giselle Bauer, B.S. 2020

Anh Vu Van Nguyen, B.S. 2020, U of Utah Graduate Program

Wallis Scholl, B.S. 2020, Intel Corp.

Aria Ballance, Lewis and Clark College, NSF REU, B.S. May 2019

Maycee Redfearn, ACCESS Scholar, research rotation

Matthew Ticknor, Honors Program, UROP, B.S. May 2019, Materials Science and Engineering, Graduate student, UC-Boulder

Caitlin Coplan, Honors Program, ACESS Program, UROP, B.S. May 2019, Graduate student, Northwestern University

Ilse Meiler, Smith College, NSF REU, B.S. May 2019

Rebecca Cocke, Honors Program, NSF REU, B.S. May 2018, Myriad Genetics

Endora Abreu, Central Connecticut State University, CaSTL REU, B.S. May 2018

Benjamin Greydanus, Colorado College, NSF REU, B. S. May 2016, Graduate student, CU-Boulder

Curtis Sudbury, University of Utah, B.S. May 2014; University of Utah School of Medicine

Rebecca Goldstein, Westminster University, MRSEC REU, summer 2013; research assistant, Aug. 2012 – June 2014, Graduate student in Bio Medical Engineering, University of Utah

Thomas Heiderscheit, University of Iowa, MRSEC REU research student, summer 2014, Graduate student Rice University

Mun Lahpai, Arizona State University, MRSEC REU research student,  June-August 2013, June-August 2014, Intel

Christian Pecchia-Bekkum, University of Utah, September 2007 – May 2011

Amy Ya Hsuan Yeh, University of Utah, October 2009 – December 2009, University of Utah

Michelle Westwood, University of Utah, Freshman ACCESS student, January 2009 – May 2009

Nicholas Philpott, University of Utah, REU student, summer 2008

Natalie Bjorge, University of Utah, September 2007 – June 2008, UNC-Chapel Hill, Graduate program

Tyler Heap, University of Utah, September 2006 – June 2007, Pre-Medicine, University of Utah

Michael Hukill, University of Utah, March 2005 – May 2006

Jennie Berndt, University of Utah, February 2006 – May 2006, Paralegal

Joshua Erickson, Utah Valley State College, REU student, May 2005 – August 2005, UCLA Graduate Program

High School Students

Wallis Scholl, summer 2014

Asal Kareem, Summer Bridge Course, summer 2013

Laurel Anderson, International Baccalaureate Program, summer 2009