Principal Investigator

David Watson

Professor of Chemistry
Postdoctoral Fellow, Johns Hopkins University 2001-2004
Ph.D., Chemistry, Princeton University 2001
M.S., Chemistry, Northwestern University 1997
B.S. in Chemistry, Haverford College 1996
Office: 531 Natural Science Complex
Contact (Office): (1)716-645-4189


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Graduate Students

Karoline Garcia Pedraza

Year: 4th 
Education: B. S. in Chemistry. University of Puerto Rico at Cayey, 2020

Research Interest: Excited state charge transfer of heterostructures for CO2 reduction with nickel(II) doped quantum dots.

Udani Wijethunga
Year: 2nd 
Education: B.S. in Environmental Science , University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, 2018; M.S. in Environmental Chemistry , SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, 2022 
Research Interest: Excited-state charge transfer of ternary heterostructures for CO2 reduction with metal-porphyrin redox co-catalysts.


Benjamin Parasch

Year: 2nd
Education: B.S. in Chemistry, University of Tulsa, 2022
Research Interest:
Excited-state charge transfer between quantum dots and functionalized buckminsterfullerene for reductive production of H2

Undergraduate Students

Marissa Harrell
Major :Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Science
Monica Lubs
Major :Chemistry
Maya Buhrmaster
Major : Biomedical Science


Postdoctoral Researcher

Jonathan Mann (2007-2008): SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering

PhD Students

Austin Gilbert, PhD 2023: Emergent Properties of Coordination-Driven Self-Assembled Nanocages: i.) Redox Chemistry of a Multi-Ferrocene Palladium(II) Structure and Its Charge-Transfer Dynamics with Cadmium Selenide Quantum Dots, and ii.) Cyclometallated Iridium(III)-Based Architectures 

Arianna Rothfuss, PhD 2023: Charge Transfer Dynamics and Photocatalytic Water Splitting in Cadmium Chalcogenide Quantum Dot Based Linker-Assisted Assembly Heterostructures

Michael Clark, PhD 2023: Synthesis and Evaluation of Chalcogenoxanthylium Dyes for Photophysical and Photoelectrochemical Applications

Caitlin McGranahan PhD, 2022: Excited-State Charge Transfer within Covalently Tethered Dual-Cadmium Chalcogenide Quantum Dot Heterostructures and Photocatalytic Production of Solar Fuels by Ternary Vanadium Oxide/Quantum Dot Heterostructures

Aaron Sheng, PhD 2020: Heterostructures Consisting of Vanadium Oxide Nanowires, with or without Intercalated Cations, Interfaced with Cadmium Chalcogenide Quantum Dots: Investigating Band Energetics for More Efficient Charge-Transfer Processes

Nuwanthi Savindrika Suwandaratne, PhD 2020: Photocatalysis and Charge Transfer Dynamics in Cadmium Chalcogenide Quantum Dot-based Heterostructures.

Guy Edward Wolfe II, PhD 2019: Excited-State Charge Transfer in Covalently Tethered Cadmium Chalcogenide Quantum Dot Heterostructures.

Natalia Rivera-González, PhD 2019: Surface Chemistry and Charge Transfer Dynamics in Cadmium Chalcogenide Quantum Dots Tethered to Linker Functionalized Metal Oxides and Redox-Active Molecules.

Saurabh Chauhan, PhD 2018: Charge Transfer Dynamics in Quantum Dots Based Heterostructures. Process Engineer, back end dry etch at Intel Corporation.

Justin Nasca, PhD 2017: Spectroscopic Analysis of Covalently Tethered Quantum Dot Systems and Chalcogenorhodamine Dyes on TiO2: Probing Electron Transfer Processes.

Chris Milleville, PhD 2016: CdSe/β-Pb0.33V2O5 Heterostructures: Nanoscale Semiconductor Interfaces with Tunable Energetic Configurations for Solar Energy Conversion and Storage. Postdoctoral researcher (Doty Group) at University at Delaware

Meghan Kern, PhD 2013: Investigations of the Surface Functionalization of Titania: Dispersion-Induced effects within Mixed Monolayers, Linker-Assisted Assembly of Quantum Dots, and Photovoltaic Device Performance. Research Scientist, Cabot Corporation

Kacie Mulhern, PhD 2013: Spectroscopic and Photoelectrochemical Studies of Metal-Free Dyes for Applications in Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells. Assistant Professor, D’Youville College

Diane Youker, PhD 2013: Fundamental Studies of Interfacial Excited-State Charge Transfer in Molecularly Tethered Semiconductor Nanoassemblies. Postdoctoral Researcher, Texas A&M University

Kathleen Coughlin, PhD 2012: Aqueous Cadmium Chalcogenide Quantum Dots: Synthesis, Characterization, Spectroscopic Investigation of Electron Transfer Properies and Photovoltaic Device Performance. Undergraduate Laboratory Supervisor, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

Jeremy Nevins, PhD 2011: Surface Chemistry of Nanostructures: 1) Interactions of Mixed Monolayers of Carboxylic Acids on Titania, 2) Synthesis and Immobilization of Aqueous Cadmium Selenide Quantum Dots. Research Scientist, Cree, Inc.

Anthony Smith, PhD 2010: Photopatterning and Solar Energy Conversion Using Nanocrystalline Metal Oxide Films. Senior Scientist and R&D Manager, Global Tungsten & Powders Corporation

Rachel Dibbell, PhD 2009: Fundamental Studies of the Surface Chemistry and Photoinduced Charge Transfer Reactivity of Tethered Semiconductor Nanoassemblies. Adjunct Instructor, University at Buffalo

Greg Soja, PhD 2008: Patterning Applications via Photochemical and Intermolecular Reactions within Monolayers on Metal Oxide Films. Assistant Professor, D’Youville College

Masters Students

Sarah Forney (M.S 2023)

Zak Schmidt (M.A 2020)

Amanda Button (M.A. 2014)

Ian Anderson (M.A. 2013)

Scott Martin (M.A. 2008)

Tzuchuan Cheng (M.A. 2007)

Ruth Hoth (M.S. 2006)