Peter Pauzauskie

Peter J. Pauzauskie

  • Assistant Professor of Materials Science & Engineering
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering
  • Assistant Professor, UW Center for Nanotechnology
Office: 302D Roberts Hall
Phone:(206) 543-2303
Fax:(206) 543-3100


Ph.D., Physical Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley (2007)
B.S., Chemical Engineering, Kansas State University (2002)
B.S., Chemistry and Mathematics, Kansas State University (2002)

Awards & Honors

* Distinguished E.O. Lawrence postdoctoral fellowship (2007)
* University of Cambridge Oppenheimer postdoctoral fellowship (2007, declined)
* MRS Graduate Student Gold Award (2006)
* National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow (2002)
* Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, 2 years (1999)
* Bausch & Lomb Honorary Science Award (1997)

Research Interests

Just as the 20th century was the century of the electron, the 21st century will be the century of the photon.  Optical fibers already form the backbone of the internet-based information-economy as recognized by the 2009 Nobel Prize in Physics.  In the biological sciences, laser-induced fluorescence has been a pivotal technology employed both in sequencing the human genome and in achieving near-molecular resolution with optical imaging.

Nanometer-scale optoelectronic materials have attracted a great amount of attention in recent years for use in biomedical cancer-research as fluorescent probes, in hyperthermal cancer therapy, and in tracking the molecular-scale chemical processes that make life possible.  One-dimensional NWs are a critical link between the micron-scale world of individual cells and the nanoscale domain of single macromolecules given NWs’ micron-scale lengths and cross sections frequently below 10 nanometers. Additionally, interesting physical phenomena emerge at nanometer length scales.  For instance, highly focused laser radiation can exert optical forces on inorganic nanostructures, providing contact-free 3-dimensional control over the particle's center of mass.

Research projects are focused squarely on the emerging field of Nanoscale Opto-Mechanical Systems (NOMS) to pursue challenging experimental questions in the molecular engineering of advanced materials for biosensors and nanomedicine. Experimental efforts are aimed at answering the question, "How can optomechanical materials be used to control molecular interactions at nanometer length scales?" The group's initial experimental efforts are directed at the molecular surface functionalization of photonic nanowires for parallel subwavelength biosensing as well as the optoelectronic patterning of nanomaterials for the control of chemical reactions.

Group members employ a number of experimental and computational techniques including organometallic chemical vapor deposition for vapor-liquid-solid nanowire synthesis, air-sensitive solution phase synthesis of ternary inorganic nanocrystals, x-ray diffraction, scanning and transmission electron microscopy, synchrotron radiation (NEXAFS, STXM, XRD), time correlated single photon counting, Raman spectroscopy, cryogenic visible and near-infrared photoluminescence, cell culturing, nonlinear least squares data analysis, as well as finite element computational methods for the design and simulation of optoelectronic nanostructures.


Selected Publications

  • Pauzauskie*, P.J., A. Jamshidi*, J.K. Valley, J.H. Satcher, and M.C. Wu. (2009). Parallel trapping of multiwalled carbon nanotubes with optoelectronic tweezers. Applied Physics Letters 95:113104.

    Yan, R., P. Pauzauskie, J. Huang, and P. Yang. (2009). Direct photonic-plasmonic coupling and routing in single nanowires. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 106:21045.

    Jamshidi*, A., P.J. Pauzauskie*, P.J. Schuck, A.T. Ohta, P.Y. Chiou, J. Chou, P.D. Yang, and M.C. Wu. (2008). Dynamic manipulation and separation of individual semiconducting and metallic nanowires. Nature Photonics 2:85.

    Nakayama*, Y., P.J. Pauzauskie*, A. Radenovic*, R.M. Onorato*, R.J. Saykally, J. Liphardt, and P.D. Yang. (2007). Tunable nanowire nonlinear optical probe. Nature 447:1098.

    Pauzauskie, P.J., A. Radenovic, E. Trepagnier, H. Shroff, P.D. Yang, and J. Liphardt. (2006). Optical trapping and integration of semiconductor nanowire assemblies in water. Nature Materials 5:97.

    Pauzauskie, P.J., and P. Yang. (2006). Nanowire photonics. Materials Today 9:36.

    Pauzauskie, P.J., D.J. Sirbuly, and P.D. Yang. (2006). Semiconductor nanowire ring resonator laser. Physical Review Letters 96:143903.

    Kuykendall*, T., P.J. Pauzauskie*, Y.F. Zhang, J. Goldberger, D. Sirbuly, J. Denlinger, and P.D. Yang. (2004). Crystallographic alignment of high-density gallium nitride nanowire arrays. Nature Materials 3:524.

    * – equal contribution


    Patent Number: WO2007079411 A3
    Publication date: 2007-10-18

Patent Number: WO2005067547 A3
Publication date: 2006-05-04

Patent Number: WO2005110057 A3
Publication date: 2006-04-27

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