Principal Investigator

David Watson

Professor of Chemistry, Chair (Department of Chemistry)
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

Aaron Sheng

Year: 5th
Education: B.S. in Chemistry, University at Buffalo, 2015
Research Interest: Excited state charge transfer in quantum dots-metal oxide nanowires heterostructures

Caitlin McGranahan

Year: 4th
Education: B.S. in Chemistry, University at Buffalo, 2016
Research Interest: Charge transfer characteristics of covalently-tethered quantum dots.


Austin Gilbert

Year: 3rd
Research Interest:

In collaboration with Dr. Timothy R. Cook

Michael Clark

Year: 3rd
Education: B.S. in Biochemistry, SUNY Geneseo, 2011
M.S. in Chemistry, Rochester Institute of Technology, 2013
Research Interest:


Arianna Rothfuss

Year: 2nd
Education: B.S. in Chemistry, University at Buffalo 2018
Research Interest: Linker-assisted assembly of quantum dot/MoS

Sarah Forney

Year: 2nd
Education: B.S. in Chemistry, Nazareth College, 2018
Research Interest: Excited-state charge transfer in quantum dot heterostructures created using alternative synthesis methods, such as click chemistry

Undergraduate Students



Postdoctoral Researcher

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

PhD Students

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

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)