Andrew (Andy) Greenspon

Andrew (Andy) Greenspon

Andrew (Andy) Greenspon

Graduate Student: Optimizing Lanthanide Emitters in Multiple Environments
9 Oxford St., Room 226, Cambridge, MA 02138
p: 617-496-3060

Education

B.A. Physics
Amherst College, 2011

S.M. Applied Physics
Harvard University 2015

Research

I am studying the emission properties of lanthanide emitters incorporated into varying environments for possible applications such as waveguides, optical cavities, and sensors. Currently, I bind lanthanide ions to organic ligands to form a chelated complex to provide a uniform chemical environment for the lanthanide. I then use polyelectrolyte multilayers as a binding matrix for controlling the number and location of complexed lanthanide emitters on a surface. I am studying the optical stability of the lanthanides in this environment and am characterizing the structure of these layers.