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James R. McBride

Research Associate Professor of Chemistry


James is interested in applying advanced electron microscopy techniques towards the understanding of the structure-property relationships of colloidal quantum dots. In collaboration with Stephen Pennycook and Andrew Lupini at ORNL, he has utilized aberration-corrected electron microscopy to image the true structure of core/shell nanocrystals. With the newly added Tecnai Osiris at Vanderbilt, James has been employing this instrument’s state-of-the-art energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) system to map the chemical composition of doped Si nanowires and graded alloy nanocrystals. His primary efforts currently involve correlating the atomic structure and the photoluminescence of the same quantum dot.

James manages and trains graduates students on the Tecnai Osiris TEM/STEM at Vanderbilt.


Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Award, 2006
Graduate Teaching Fellowship, 2003
Vanderbilt Institute of Nanoscience and Engineering Fellowship, 2003 and 2004

Selected Publications:

Elimination of Hole-Surface Overlap in Graded CdSxSe1-x Nanocrystals Revealed by Ultrafast Fluorescence Upconversion Spectroscopy. Keene, JD; McBride, JR; Orfield, NJ; Rosenthal, SJ, ACS NANO, 8, 10665-+ , (2014) View Abstract

Encoding Abrupt and Uniform Dopant Profiles in Vapor-Liquid-Solid Nanowires by Suppressing the Reservoir Effect of the Liquid Catalyst. Christesen, JD; Pinion, CW; Zhang, X; McBride, JR; Cahoon, JF, ACS NANO, 8, 11790-11798 , (2014) View Abstract

Where's the Silver? Imaging Trace Silver Coverage on the Surface of Gold Nanorods. Jackson, SR; McBride, JR; Rosenthal, SJ; Wright, DW, JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY, 136, 5261-5263 , (2014) View Abstract

Dynamic Fluctuations in Ultrasmall Nanocrystals Induce White Light Emission. Pennycook, TJ; McBride, JR; Rosenthal, SJ; Pennycook, SJ; Pantelides, ST, NANO LETTERS, 12, 3038-3042 , (2012) View Abstract