Jonathan S. Owen

Jonathan S. Owen

Research Interest


The Owen group studies the inorganic chemistry of semiconductor and metal nanocrystals. We specialize in the kinetics and mechanisms of crystal formation as well as the structure and reactivity of colloidal crystal surfaces. These studies are aimed at describing the relationship between structure and electronic properties in nanocrystals and are leading to practical renewable energy technologies.  We are particularly interested in solution-processed semiconductor films and catalysts that interconvert the energy in sunlight, electricity, and chemicals.

Anderson, N.C.; Chen, P.E.; Buckley, A.K.; De Roo, J.; Owen, J.S.; J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2018140(23), 7199–7205. Stereolectronic Effects on the Binding of Neutral Lewis Bases to CdSe Nanocrystals.

Owen, J.S., Brus, L.E. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2017139(32), 10939–10943. Chemical Synthesis and Luminescence Applications of Colloidal Semiconductor Quantum Dots.

Chen, P.E.; Norman, Z.M.; Anderson, N.C.; Owen, J.S.; J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2017139(8), 3227–3236. Tight Binding of Carboxylate, Phosphonate, and Carbamate Anions to Stoichiometric CdSe Nanocrystals.

Campos, M.; Hendricks, M.P.; Beecher, A.N.; Walravens, W.; Swain, R.A.; Cleveland, G. T.; Hens, Z.; Sfeir, M.Y.; Owen, J.S.; J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2017139(6), 2296–2305. A Tunable Library of Selenourea Precursors to PbSe Nanocrystals with Size Distributions Near that Homogeneous Limit.

Hendricks, M.P.; Campos, M.P.; Cleveland, G.T.; Jen-La Plante, I.; Owen, J.S.; Science 2015348(6240), 1226-1230. A Tunable Library of Precursors to Metal Sulfide Nanocrystals.

Owen, J.S.: Science, 2015, 347(6222), 615-616The Coordination Chemistry of Nanocrystal Surfaces.

Beecher, A.N.; Yang, X.; Palmer, J.; Lagrassa, A.; Juhas, P.; Billinge, S.J.; Owen, J.S.; J. Am. Chem. Soc.2014136(30), 10645-10653. Atomic Structure and Gram Scale Synthesis of Three Tetrahedral Quantum Dots.

Norman, Z.M.; Anderson, N.C.; Owen J.S. ACS Nano. 2014, 8(7), 7513-7521. Electrical Transport and Grain Growth in Chloride-Terminated Cadmium Selenide Nanocrystal Thin Films.

Anderson, N.C.; Hendricks, M.P.; Choi. J.J.; Owen, J.S.; J. Am. Chem. Soc.2013135, 18536-18548. Ligand Exchange and the Stoichiometry of Metal-Chalcogenide Nanocrystals: Spectroscopic Observation of Facile Metal-Carboxylate Binding and Displacement.

Cossairt, B. M.; Owen, J. S. Chem. Mater. 2011, 23(12), 3114-3119. CdSe clusters: At the Interface of Small Molecules and Quantum Dots.