Dr. Javier Vela

Ames Laboratory Associate and Assistant Professor, Iowa State University
2101E Hach Hall
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011
Phone 515-294-5536
Email vela@iastate.edu

Research Interests

Photoactive nanomaterials for catalysis, energy, and biology; synthesis, functionalization, and bottom-up directed assembly of semiconductor and metal nanocrystals; nanoparticle-polymer nanocomposites; sensitization/activation of transition metal complexes by photoactive nanostructures; organometallic chemistry and catalysis

        Project Affiliations:

        Group Website:

(Chronologically most recent on top)Education

  • 2007-2009, Postdoctoral Fellow, Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • 2005-2006, Postdoctoral Associate, University of Chicago
  • Ph.D. 2005, University of Rochester
  • M.S. 2003, University of Rochester
  • B.S. 2001, UNAM

(Chronologically most recent on top)Professional Appointments

  • 2009-present, Assistant Professor, Iowa State University

(Chronologically most recent on top)Honors & Awards

  • NSF CAREER Award, 2013-2018
  • Los Alamos National Laboratory Director’s Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2007-2009
  • ACS Inorganic Young Investigator Award, 2006
  • Messersmith, Hooker & Sherman-Clarke Graduate Fellowships, University of Rochester, 2001-2005
  • ACS Inorganic Travel Award, 2004
  • TELMEX Foundation Award 1996-2000

(Chronologically most recent on top)Publications with the Ames Laboratory

Guo Y J; Marchuk K; Sampat S; Abraham R; Fang N; Malko A V; Vela J . 2012. Unique Challenges Accompany Thick-Shell CdSe/nCdS (n > 10) Nanocrystal Synthesis. Journal of Physical Chemistry C. 116:2791-2800. abstract
Export: Tagged BibTex

Alemseghed M G; Ruberu T P A; Vela J . 2011. Controlled Fabrication of Colloidal Semiconductor-Metal Hybrid Heterostructures: Site Selective Metal Photo Deposition. Chemistry of Materials. 23:3571-3579. abstract
Export: Tagged BibTex

Ruberu T Purnima A; Vela J . 2011. Expanding the One-Dimensional CdS-CdSe Composition Landscape: Axially Anisotropic CdS(1-x)Se(x) Nanorods. ACS Nano. 5:5775-5784. abstract
Export: Tagged BibTex