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

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(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

Alvarado S R; Guo Y J; Ruberu T P A; Tavasoli E; Vela J . 2014. Inorganic chemistry solutions to semiconductor nanocrystal problems. Coordination Chemistry Reviews. 263:182-196. abstract
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Ha J W; Ruberu T P A; Han R; Dong B; Vela J; Fang N . 2014. Super-Resolution Mapping of Photogenerated Electron and Hole Separation in Single Metal-Semiconductor Nanocatalysts. Journal of the American Chemical Society. 136:1398-1408. abstract
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Guo Y J; Alvarado S R; Barclay J D; Vela J . 2013. Shape-Programmed Nanofabrication: Understanding the Reactivity of Dichalcogenide Precursors. ACS Nano. 7:3616-3626. abstract
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Vela J . 2013. Molecular Chemistry to the Fore: New Insights into the Fascinating World of Photoactive Colloidal Semiconductor Nanocrystals. Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters. 4:653-668. abstract
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Lesoine M D; Bhattacharjee U; Guo Y J; Vela J; Petrich J W; Smith E A . 2013. Subdiffraction, Luminescence-Depletion Imaging of Isolated, Giant, CdSe/CdS Nanocrystal Quantum Dots. Journal of Physical Chemistry C. 117:3662-3667. abstract
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Tavasoli E; Guo Y J; Kunal P; Grajeda J; Gerber A; Vela J . 2012. Surface Doping Quantum Dots with Chemically Active Native Ligands: Controlling Valence without Ligand Exchange. Chemistry of Materials. 24:4231-4241. abstract
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Ruberu T P A; Nelson N C; Slowing I I; Vela J . 2012. Selective Alcohol Dehydrogenation and Hydrogenolysis with Semiconductor-Metal Photocatalysts: Toward Solar-to-Chemical Energy Conversion of Biomass-Relevant Substrates. Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters. 3:2798-2802. abstract
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Ruberu T P A; Albright H R; Callis B; Ward B; Cisneros J; Fan H J; Vela J . 2012. Molecular Control of the Nanoscale: Effect of Phosphine-Chalcogenide Reactivity on CdS-CdSe Nanocrystal Composition and Morphology. ACS Nano. 6:5348-5359. abstract
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Alvarado S R; Guo Y J; Ruberu T P A; Bakac A; Vela J . 2012. Photochemical versus Thermal Synthesis of Cobalt Oxyhydroxide Nanocrystals. Journal of Physical Chemistry C. 116:10382-10389. abstract
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Marchuk K; Guo Y J; Sun W; Vela J; Fang N . 2012. High-Precision Tracking with Non-blinking Quantum Dots Resolves Nanoscale Vertical Displacement. Journal of the American Chemical Society. 134:6108-6111. abstract
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