Davis Laboratory

Davis Laboratory at Tufts Chemistry

Davis Laboratory

We are a diverse team of inorganic, physical, and materials chemists interested in sustainability in inorganic materials!

We are a diverse team of inorganic, physical, and materials chemists interested in sustainability in inorganic materials!

We are a diverse team of inorganic, physical, and materials chemists interested in sustainability in inorganic materials!


We are currently searching for a Postdoctoral Teaching Scholar!

Projects

<b>Molecular light absorbers and emitters</b><br>We explore high-spin complexes of first-row transition metals, metal-metal bonded dimers and clusters, and ligand-to-ligand or ligand-to-metal charge transfer complexes as more sustainable molecules for light absorption and emission.


<b>Materials for thin-film photovoltaics</b><br>We search for earth-abundant materials for thin-film photovoltaics, including light-absorbers, electron-transport layers, and hole-transport layers. We study film formation, band alignment, and defect tolerance in metal oxides and sulfides.


<b>Volatile molecular reducing agents</b><br>We develop new volatile molecules enabling chemical vapor deposition of metals important in conventional and quantum circuits, such as Co, Ni, Ti, Al, and Nb.


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People

Luke

Luke M. Davis

Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Postdoctoral Fellow with Prof. Roy G. Gordon, Harvard University

Ph.D. with Prof. Gregory S. Girolami, University of Illinois

M.S. and B.S. with Prof. David W. Thompson, The College of William and Mary

Publications prior to Tufts

Daniela

Daniela Chavez

2nd-year graduate student

B.S. in Chemistry, Rhode Island College

Materials for thin-film photovoltaics



Jesse

Jesse Cohan

2nd-year graduate student

B.S. in Chemistry, Muhlenberg College

Materials for thin-film photovoltaics

Prior research: Evaporation kinetics

Jessica

Jessica Eldridge

2nd-year graduate student

B.S. in Chemistry, University of New Haven

Molecular light absorbers and emitters



Lee

Lee Blackmer

1st-year graduate student

B.A. in Chemistry, Mount Holyoke College

Volatile molecular reducing agents

Prior research: H+ Conduction in BaZrO3:Y

Blake

Blake Bunney

Senior, biochemistry


Materials for thin-film photovoltaics

Noah

Noah Mills

Senior, ACS-certified chemistry


Materials for thin-film photovoltaics

Allison

Allison Choi

Senior, chemical engineering


Materials for thin-film photovoltaics

Bryan

Bryan Valdivia

Senior, biochemistry


Carbon-free reduction of iron ore

Max

Max Levene

Junior, ACS-certified chemistry


Materials for thin-film photovoltaics

Publications

Our first manuscripts are in preparation now!


Collaborations at Tufts

1. Chang, C. M.; Davis, Luke M.; Spear, E. K.; Gordon, R. G., “Chemical Vapor Deposition of Transparent, p-Type Cuprous Bromide Thin Films,” Chem. Mater. 2021, 33, 1426-1434. link


Davis publications from research prior to Tufts

Alumnae

2021

B.S. May, 2021, ACS Chemistry and Biology, Honors, Laidlaw Scholar: Peter Bixler, Q2 Solutions


2020

Postdoctoral Scholar, 2018-2020: Dr. Lauren Hartle, Associate at Prime Impact Fund

M.S. May, 2020: Susan Schmidt, AP Chemistry Teacher at Somerville High School


2019

M.S. December, 2019: Katlyn Hanson, writer

M.S. August, 2019: Fengfan Zhu, biotechnology

Tufts Summer Research Experience, 2019: Angelina Shi

Tufts Summer Research Experience, 2019: Shiqi Zheng

Resources

Our Instrumentation

<b>Ultrahigh vacuum analysis chamber</b><br>Our SPECS system, installed by 3e8 Scientific, utilizes an adaptive hemispherical analyzer for XPS, UPS, AES, and ISS, and includes separate stations for IPES and KP.
<b>Scanning electron microscope</b><br>Our Amray 1845 FE-SEM, installed by SEMTech Solutions, includes secondary and backscatter detectors and a Noran-6 EDS system.
<b>Synthetic equipment</b><br>Our laboratory includes four synthesis fume hoods, a walk-in fume hood, two gloveboxes, Schlenk glassware, and standard synthetic equipment (rotary evaporators, stirrer-hotplates, glassware, balances, ovens, etc.).
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Department Instrumentation

Tour of Chemistry Department Instrumentation


Facilities we use

Tufts Micro and Nanofabrication Facility

Tufts Epitaxial Core Facility

Tufts Advanced Microscopic Imaging Center

Harvard Center for Nanoscale Systems

Harvard Chemistry X-ray Laboratory

MIT MRSEC

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