Dr. Matthew J. Crane

Matthew Crane received his bachelor’s degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology summa
cum laude, in 2011. While there, he studied the chemistry of vapor-liquid- solid nanowire growth
with in situ FTIR under the guidance of Dr. Michael Filler. Later in 2011, Matthew moved to the
department of chemical engineering at the University of Washington to pursue a Ph.D. Along
this path, he acquired an M.S. working for Dr. Samson Jenekhe to characterize the influence of
surface energy on phase segregation in organic photovoltaic thin films and to investigate high
efficiency non-fullerene electron acceptors with density functional theory. Matthew then worked
with Dr. Peter Pauzauskie on two projects. In the first of these, he used optical tweezers to study
chemistry in superheated nanostructures and, along that path, the impact of solvent choice on
trapping forces. In the second, he demonstrated the molecular doping of carbon precursors and
subsequent high pressure, high temperature conversion to doped nanodiamond. Throughout these
studies, he won a range of national and international awards, including the National Defense
Science and Engineering Research Fellowship from the Office of Naval Research, a Joseph
Goldstein Fellowship from the Microanalysis Society, and President’s Scholarship from the
Georgia Institute of Technology.


  • M.J. Crane, B.E. Smith, P.B. Meisenheimer, X. Zhou, R.M. Stroud, E.J. Davis, P.J. Pauzauskie,
    “Laser-directed spatial control of HPHT nanodiamond materials from chemically-designed
    precursors,” Carbon, In Review
  • M.J. Crane, M.B. Smith, X. Zhou, E.J. Davis, P.J. Pauzauskie, “Rapid synthesis of transition
    metal dichalcogenide doped carbon aerogels for supercapacitor applications,” Nature
    Microsystems and Nanoengineering, 3, 17032 (2017)
  • P.B. Roder, B.E. Smith, X. Zhou, M.J. Crane, P.J. Pauzauskie, “Laser refrigeration of
    hydrothermal nanocrystals in physiological media,” Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 112, 15024
  • M.J. Crane, P.J. Pauzauskie, “Mass Transport in Nanowire Synthesis: An overview of scalable
    nanomanufacturing,” J. Mater. Sci. Technol. 31, 523 (2015) Invited Review
  • H. Li, T. Earmme, G. Ren, A. Saeki, S. Yoshikawa, N.M. Murari, S. Subramaniyan, M.J. Crane,
    S. Seki, S.A. Jenekhe, “Beyond Fullerenes: Design of nonfullerene acceptors for efficient
    organic photovoltaics,” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 136, 14589 (2014)
  • N.M. Murari, M.J. Crane, T. Earmme, Y. Hwang, S.A. Jenekhe, “Annealing temperature
    dependence of the efficience and vertical phase segregation of polymer/polymer bulk
    heterojunction photovoltaic cells,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 104, 223906 (2014)
  • M.J. Crane, A.S. Ganas, X. Zhou, A. Petrone, R. Beck, R.M. Stroud, X. Li, P.J. Pauzauskie,
    “Molecular silicon doping in nanodiamonds” In Preparation (2017)
  • M.J. Crane, P.J. Whitham, B.E. Smith, P.B. Roder, D.R. Gamelin, P.J. Pauzauskie, “Optical
    trapping, superheating, and chemistry in organic media,” In Preparation (2017)
  • M.J. Crane, E.P. Pandres, V.C. Holmberg, P.J. Pauzauskie, “Optical assembly of nanorod
    heterostructures,” In Preparation (2017)
  • M.J. Crane, X. Zhou, R.M. Stroud, P.J. Pauzauskie, “Observation of intermediate phases during
    the conversion of amorphous carbon to diamond” In Preparation (2017)