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James Dickerson

Assistant Director for the User Program and External Affairs | Administration


  • Electrophoretic Deposition
  • Rare Earth Chalcogenide Nanoparticle Synthesis and Characterization
  • Rare Earth Sesquioxide Nanoparticle Synthesis and Characterization
  • Polar/Non-polar Solvent Preparation
  • Magnetic Nanoparticles

CFN Research Activities

We have achieved a substantial milestone toward the mass production of macroscopic monolayers and thin films of colloidal nanocrystals on various substrates, including conducting metals and doped-semiconducting substrates.  In fact, this work can claim a leading position among all nanocrystal assembly and shaping techniques, as our approach combines the advantages of liquid-phase, colloidal suspension approaches with the superior deposition rate, size scalability, and cost effective features of electrophoretic deposition (EPD) in non-polar solvents to achieve monolayer-by-monolayer deposition control over nanocrystal films.

My group also studies and synthesizes rare earth sequioxide (Eu2O3, Gd2O3: RE3+, etc.) and europium chalcogenide (EuS, EuTe, etc.) nanocrystals to investigate their phosphorescence and magnetic characteristics.


  • PhD: State University of New York at Stony Brook, 2002
    • Department of Physics and Astronomy
    • Dissertation Title: ***
  • B.A.: Amherst College, Amherst, MA, USA, 1994
    • Major: Physics

Professional Appointments

  • Associate Professor of Physics & Associate Professor of Chemistry, Vanderbilt University, 2011-Present
  • Assistant Professor of Physics, Vanderbilt University, 2004-2011
  • Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Department of Applied Physics & Applied Mathematics & Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center, Columbia University, 2002-2004
  • High School Physics Teacher, The Loomis Chaffee School, 1994-1996

Selected Publications & Research Highlights

A. J. Krejci, J. Mandal, and J. H. Dickerson, Patterned Substrates to Facilitate Long-Range Ordering in the Formation of Nanoparticle Monolayers by Electrophoretic Deposition, Applied Physics Letters 101, 043117, 2012.

W. He, M. E. Osmulski, J. Lin, D. S. Koktysh, J. R. McBride, J. H. Park, and J. H. Dickerson, Remarkable Optical and Magnetic Properties of Ultra-thin Europium Oxysulfide Nanorods, Journal of Materials Chemistry 22, 16728, 2012.

I. Gonzalo-Juan, A. J. Krejci, and J. H. Dickerson, Toward Dynamic Control over TiO2 Nanocrystal Monolayer-by-Monolayer Film Formation by Electrophoretic Deposition in Non-Polar Solvents, Langmuir 28,5295, 2012.

W. He, J. Lin, B. Wang, S. Tuo, S. T. Pantelides, and J. H. Dickerson, An analytical expression for the van der Waals interaction in oriented-attachment growth: a spherical nanoparticle and a growing cylindrical nanorod, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 14, 4548, 2012.

Weidong He, Bin Wang, and  J. H. Dickerson, Overall Concentration Polarization and Limiting Current Density of Fuel Cells with Nanostructured Electrodes, Nano Energy, 2012.