Trevor Hull

Nanomaterials Chemist & Spectroscopist


I'm finishing up my PhD in Chemistry studying how the surface chemistry of semiconductor nanocrystal quantum dots affect their photoluminescence properties. To do this I use a time correlated single photon counting confocal microscope, a lot of python code, and even more troubleshooting and problem-solving.

I've previously worked on incorporating QDs into perovskites for infrared LED and solar cell applications, as well as some exploratory stuff on graphene nanostructures which taught me how to use scotch tape, how to build a tube furnace, and why Raman spectroscopy is used to measure carbon nanotubes and FT-IR is not.

Most of my work has been on synthesizing inorganic air-sensitive nanomaterials on a Schlenk line or in a glovebox and, more often, trying to figure out how the materials characterization will lead to concrete conclusions. I also learned how to order a $250,000 scientific instrument and planned a few department summer bbqs and alumni events - you learn some unexpected things in grad school.

I enjoy learning and exploiting how things work, whether it's fixing lab equipment, using programming to process data the right way, or making the best cup of coffee at home - knowledge is power!

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