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James R. McBride

Research Associate Professor of Chemistry
Research Associate Professor of Materials Science & Engineering


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:

Multi-scale characterization of austenite reversion and martensite recovery in a cold-rolled medium-Mn steel. Benzing, JT; da Silva, AK; Morsdorf, L; Bentley, J; Ponge, D; Dutta, A; Han, J; McBride, JR; Van Leer, B; Gault, B; Raabe, D; Wittig, JE, ACTA MATERIALIA, 166, 512-530 , (2019) View Abstract

Chemical Structure, Ensemble and Single-Particle Spectroscopy of Thick-Shell InP-ZnSe Quantum Dots. Reid, KR; McBride, JR; Freymeyer, NJ; Thal, LB; Rosenthal, SJ, NANO LETTERS, 18, 709-716 , (2018) View Abstract

Photophysics of Thermally-Assisted Photobleaching in "Giant" Quantum Dots Revealed in Single Nanocrystals. Orfield, NJ; Majumder, S; McBride, JR; Koh, FYC; Singh, A; Bouquin, SJ; Casson, JL; Johnson, AD; Sun, LY; Li, XQ; Shih, CK; Rosenthal, SJ; Hollingsworth, JA; Htoon, H, ACS NANO, 12, 4206-4217 , (2018) View Abstract

Role of Surface Morphology on Exciton Recombination in Single Quantum Dot-in-Rods Revealed by Optical and Atomic Structure Correlation. Reid, KR; McBride, JR; La Croix, AD; Freymeyer, NJ; Click, SM; Macdonald, JE; Rosenthal, SJ, ACS NANO, 12, 11434-11445 , (2018) View Abstract

Continuous-wave lasing in colloidal quantum dot solids enabled by facet-selective epitaxy. Fan, FJ; Voznyy, O; Sabatini, RP; Bicanic, KT; Adachi, MM; McBride, JR; Reid, KR; Park, YS; Li, XY; Jain, A; Quintero-Bermudez, R; Saravanapavanantham, M; Liu, M; Korkusinski, M; Hawrylak, P; Klimov, VI; Rosenthal, SJ; Hoogland, S; Sargent, EH, NATURE, 544, 75-+ , (2017) View Abstract