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Jonathan Huff

Graduate Research Assistant

Micron School of Materials Science and Engineering

Image of Johnathan HuffJonathan joined the Nanoscale Materials and Device Group in the Spring of 2017 after completing his undergraduate degree in Materials Science and Engineering at Boise State University the previous spring. During his undergraduate career he served two summer research internships at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). At NIST he gained experience with tunable dye lasers, interferometry, and instrument programming with LabVIEW. The experience of contributing to research motivated him to return to Boise State in pursuit of a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering.

Jonathan is currently researching quantum coherence on DNA patterned dye aggregates. He works with other students in the NM&DG to characterize the optical properties of novel DNA structures. Most of the characterization is performed in the Boise State Nanophotonics Lab which houses an ultrafast spectroscopy system.

Outside of school, Jonathan enjoys seasonal outdoor activities like camping, hiking, and kayaking. He also enjoys photography, programming, flying Radio Controlled planes, and tinkering with electronics.

Instruments and Techniques

Light Sources:

  • Coherent Mantis Oscillator
  • Coherent Legend Elite Regenerative Amplifier
  • Coherent OPerA Solo Optical Parametric Amplifier

Steady State Spectroscopy:

  • Ocean Optics Flame-S-XR1-ES Spectrometer
  • Varian Cary Eclipse Fluorescence Spectrophotometer
  • Cary 5000 UV-Vis-NIR Spectrophotometer

Ultrafast Spectroscopy:

  • Transient Absorption Spectroscopy

Laboratory Electronics:

  • Oscilloscopes
  • Lock-in Amplifiers
  • Gated Integrators
  • Spectrum Analyzers
  • Function Generators


  • Python
  • Mathematica
  • Microsoft Office Suite
  • Origin


Peer Reviewed Journal Publications

Huff, J. S.; Davis, P. H.; Christy, A.; Kellis, D. L.; Kandadai, N.; Toa, Z. S. D.; Scholes, G. D.; Yurke, B.; Knowlton, W. B.; Pensack, R. D. DNA-Templated Aggregates of Strongly Coupled Cyanine Dyes: Nonradiative Decay Governs Exciton Lifetimes. J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 2019, 10 (10), 2386–2392. DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpclett.9b00404

Conference Presentations and Posters

­ None at this time

Honors and Awards

  • Earned and maintained the Georgia Hope Scholarship from 2009 to 2011
  • Earned and maintained the Zell Miller Scholarship from 2011 to 2012
  • Graduated Magna Cum Laude from Boise State in 2016

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