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David J. Masiello

David J. MasielloAssociate Professor of Chemistry

Adjunct Associate Professor of Applied Mathematics
Ph.D. University of Florida, 2004
(Plasmonics, Nanophotonics, Many-body Theory)

(206) 543-5579


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Research Interests

Masiello’s interdisciplinary research group is best known for building simple yet rich theoretical models and numerical simulation tools to understand nanoscale optical, magnetic, electronic, and thermal phenomena mediated by surface plasmons. An overarching theme of their research is the fundamental science of light manipulation, especially in metamaterials capable of directing light towards desired pathways, such as optical-frequency magnetism, spatially-directed thermal patterning, room-temperature quantum information processing, and enhanced solar-energy conversion. The Masiello group is also known for elucidating cutting-edge electron microscopy experiments that use fast electrons as a spectroscopic probe of matter. This work in particular has provided significant insight into the optical-frequency responses of metallic and semiconductor materials from the nanoscopic down to the quantum-size regime, and their theoretical approaches are currently being used by the plasmonics and nanophotonics communities to direct the design of advanced materials with unprecedented functionality.

Representative Publications


Optical microresonators as single-particle absorption spectrometers. K. D. Heylman, N. Thakkar, E. H. Horak, S. C. Quillin, C. Cherqui, K. A. Knapper, D. J. Masiello, R. H. Goldsmith. Nature Photonics 2016, 10, 788.


STEM/EELS Imaging of Magnetic Hybridization in Symmetric and Symmetry-Broken Plasmon Oligomer Dimers and All-Magnetic Fano Interference. C. Cherqui, Y. Wu, G. Li, S. C. Quillin, J. A. Busche, N. Thakkar, C. West, N. P. Montoni, P. D. Rack, J. P. Camded, D. J. Masiello. Nano Letters 2016, 16, 6668.


Spatially Mapping Energy Transfer from Single Plasmonic Particles to Semiconductor Substrates via STEM/EELS. G. Li, C. Cherqui, N. W. Bigelow, G. Duscher, P. J. Straney, J. E. Millstone, D. J. Masiello, J. P. Camden. Nano Letters 2015, 15, 3465.


Quantum Beats from Entangled Localized Surface Plasmons. N. Thakkar, C. Cherqui, D. J. Masiello. ACS Photonics 2015, 2, 157.


Charge-Tunable Quantum Plasmons in Colloidal Semiconductor Nanocrystals. A. M. Schimpf, N. Thakkar, C. E. Gunthardt, D. J. Masiello, D. R. Gamelin. ACS Nano 2014, 8, 1065.


Signatures of Fano Interferences in the Electron Energy-Loss Spectroscopy and Cathodoluminescence of Symmetry-Broken Nanorod Dimers. N. W. Bigelow, A. Vaschillo, J. P. Camden, D. J. Masiello. ACS Nano 2013, 7, 4511.

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Awards & Activities

  • 2016 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE)
  • 2013 ACS COMP Division Outstanding Junior Faculty Award
  • 2012 NSF CAREER Award
  • 2011 UW Royalty Research Fund Award

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