Aaron Fafarman

Associate Professor
Chemical and Biological Engineering

Aaron Fafarman

Associate Professor
Chemical and Biological Engineering

Degrees / Education

  • Postdoc in Electrical Engineering, University of Pennsylvania, 2010-2013
  • PhD, Physical Chemistry, Stanford University, 2010
  • BS, Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley 2000

Research Interests

Photovoltaic energy conversion. Solution-based synthesis of semiconductor thin films. Colloidal nanocrystals. Electromodulation and photomodulation spectroscopy

Academic Distinctions

  • Annual Reviews Prize in Physical Chemistry, Stanford University 2010
  • Linus Pauling Chemistry Teaching Award, Stanford University 2010

Select Publications

  • Fafarman, A. T.; Hong, S.H.; Oh, S. J.; Caglayan, H.; Ye, X.; Diroll, B. T.; Engheta, N.; Murray, C. B. and. Kagan, C. R. Chemical Transformation of Solution-Processable, Silver Nanocrystal Building Blocks into Air-stable Nanostructures for Electronic and Plasmonic Devices. ACS Nano 2014, 8, 2746–2754.
  • Kim, D. K.; Fafarman, A. T.; Diroll, B. T.; Chan, S. H.*; Gordon, T. R.; Murray, C. B.; Kagan, C. R. Solution-based Stoichiometric Control over Carrier Statistics in Nanocrystalline CdSe Devices. ACS Nano 2013, 8760–8770.
  • Fafarman, A. T.; Hong, S.-H.; Caglayan, H.; Ye, X.; Diroll, B. T.; Paik, T.; Engheta, N.; Murray, C. B.; Kagan, C. R. Chemically Tailored Dielectric-to-Metal Transition for the Design of Metamaterials from Nanoimprinted Colloidal Nanocrystals. Nano Lett. 2013, 13, 350–357.
  • Choi, J.-H.; Fafarman, A. T.; Oh, S. J.; Ko, D.-K.; Kim, D. K.; Diroll, B. T.; Muramoto, S.; Gillen, J. G.; Murray, C. B.; Kagan, C. R. Bandlike Transport in Strongly Coupled and Doped Quantum Dot Solids: A Route to High-Performance Thin-Film Electronics. Nano Lett. 2012, 12, 2631–2638.
  • Fafarman, A. T.; Koh, W.; Diroll, B. T.; Kim, D. K.; Ko, D.-K.; Oh, S. J.; Ye, X.; Doan- Nguyen, V.; Crump, M. R.*; Reifsnyder, D. C.; Murray, C. B.; Kagan, C. R. Thiocyanate- Capped Nanocrystal Colloids: Vibrational Reporter of Surface Chemistry and Solution- Based Route to Enhanced Coupling in Nanocrystal Solids. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2011, 133, 15753–15761.


  • Dong, A.; Lin, C.; Fafarman, A. T.; Ye, X.; Kagan, C. R.; Murray, C. B. Phosphorescent Small Molecules that are Bonded to Inorganic Nanocrystal Host for Organic Light Emitting Devices and Methods of Making the Same; US Patent 20,130,146,854, 2013.

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