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Sandra Rosenthal

Professor of Chemistry
Jack and Pamela Egan Professor of Chemistry
Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Professor of Pharmacology
Director, Vanderbilt Institute of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (VINSE)

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (secondary)

Intellectual Neighborhoods

Research Focus

In the Rosenthal group we study semiconductor nanocrystals, a novel material whose optical properties and electronic structure can be precisely tuned by controlling the size or composition of the nanocrystal. We perform fundamental optical studies for example: femtosecond florescence upconversion spectroscopy and single nanocrystal spectroscopy.  We are exploiting the properties of nanocrystals for implementation as biological probes for membrane proteins involved in neuronal signaling. We also have a program to explore the possible use of nanocrystal white light emitters for implementation in energy efficient solid state lighting and novel technologies.



SEC Faculty Achievement Award, 2014
VINSE High Impact Paper Award, 2013
Inaugural Jack & Pamela Egan Chair of Chemistry, 2011
Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2011
Jeffrey Nordhaus Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, 2009
Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Award, 2006
Distinguished Faculty Award, 2004
Madison-Sarratt Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, 2004
NSF CAREER Award, 1999
NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship, 1993

Selected Publications:

Correlation of atomic structure and photoluminescence of the same quantum dot: pinpointing surface and internal defects that inhibit photoluminescence.. Orfield, NJ; McBride, JR; Keene, JD; Davis, LM; Rosenthal, SJ, ACS NANO9, 831-839 , (2015) View Abstract

Elimination of Hole-Surface Overlap in Graded CdSxSe1-x Nanocrystals Revealed by Ultrafast Fluorescence Upconversion Spectroscopy. Keene, JD; McBride, JR; Orfield, NJ; Rosenthal, SJ, ACS NANO8, 10665-+ , (2014) View Abstract

The Possibility and Implications of Dynamic Nanoparticle Surfaces. McBride, JR; Pennycook, TJ; Pennycook, SJ; Rosenthal, SJ, ACS NANO7, 8358-8365 , (2013) View Abstract

Bright White Light Emission from Ultrasmall Cadmium Selenide Nanocrystals. Rosson, TE; Claiborne, SM; McBride, JR; Stratton, BS; Rosenthal, SJ, JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY134, 8006-8009 , (2012) View Abstract

Single Molecule Analysis of Serotonin Transporter Regulation Using Antagonist-Conjugated Quantum Dots Reveals Restricted, p38 MAPK-Dependent Mobilization Underlying Uptake Activation. Chang, JC; Tomlinson, ID; Warnement, MR; Ustione, A; Carneiro, AMD; Piston, DW; Blakely, RD; Rosenthal, SJ, JOURNAL OF NEUROSCIENCE32, 8919-8929 , (2012) View Abstract