Graduate Student

Joseph May

Department of Chemistry
University of Washington
311B Bagley Hall
Seattle, WA 98195-1700
Tel: (206) 616-6232


  • 2011 M.S. Chemistry University of Washington
  • 2009 B.S. Biochemistry Southern Oregon University

Awards and Honors

  • 2013 Chemical Computing Group Excellence Award
  • 2013 Chemistry Department Nominee for UW Graduate Student Medal
  • 2013 University Nominee for Intel Ph.D. Fellowship


  1. J. W. May, J. Ma, E. Badaeva, X. Li, “Tunable Mid-Gap Excitations in Co2+-doped ZnO Quantum Dots: Effect of Excited State Structural RelaxationJ. Phys. Chem. C, 2014, 118, 13152.
  2. B. Peng, J. W. May, D. R. Gamelin, X. Li, “Effects of Crystallographic and Shape Anisotropies on Dopant-Carrier Exchange Interactions in Magnetic Semiconductor Quantum Dots,” J. Phys. Chem. C, 2014, 118, 7630.
  3. L. R. Bradshaw, J. W. May, J. L. Dempsey, X. Li, D. R. Gamelin, “Ferromagnetic excited-state Mn2+ dimers in Zn1-xMnxSe quantum dots observed by time-resolved magnetophotoluminescence,” Phys. Rev. B, 2014, 89, 115312.
  4. D. B. Lingerfelt, S. A. Fischer, J. W. May, X. Li, “Dynamical Investigations of Inhomogenous Vibrational Broadening in Diluted Magnetic Semiconductor Nanocrystals,” J. Phys. Chem. C, 2014, 118, 3266-3273.
  5. J. W. May, J. D. Lehner, M. J. Frisch, X. Li, “Transition State Search using a Guided Direct Inversion in the Iterative Subspace Method,” J. Chem. Theory Comput., 2012, 8, 5175.
  6. J. W. May, R. J. McMorris, X. Li, “Ferromagnetism in p-Type Manganese-Doped Zinc Oxide Quantum Dots,” J. Phys. Chem. Lett., 2012, 3, 1374.
  7. R. Beaulac, Y. Feng, J. W. May, E. Badaeva, D. R. Gamelin, X. Li, “Orbital pathways for Mn2+-carrier sp—d exchange in diluted magnetic semiconductor quantum dots,” Phys. Rev. B, 2011, 84, 195324.
  8. E. Badaeva, J. W. May, J. Ma, D. R. Gamelin, X. Li, “Characterization of Excited-state Magnetic Exchange in Mn2+-doped ZnO Quantum Dots using Time-Dependent Density Functional Theory,” J. Phys. Chem. C, 2011, 115, 20986.