Justin Sambur Assistant Professor

Phone: (970) 491-3096

Website: http://wp.natsci.colostate.edu/samburlab/

Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=ykpxpW8AAAAJ&hl=en


  • B.S., State University of New York (SUNY)-Binghamton
  • Ph.D., Colorado State University
  • NSF ACC-F Postdoctoral Fellow, Cornell University


Research Overview

My research program is driven by the widely recognized and urgent need to develop massively-scalable renewable energy technologies. Nanoscale materials are promising low-cost light absorbers for solar energy conversion into chemical fuels or electricity, but it is unclear how the chemical, electronic, and physical properties of individual nanomaterials affect their collective function. My group will develop new analytical tools to visualize device function on the nanoscale and use this knowledge to guide the development of high-efficiency devices.


Prospective students and postdocs are strongly encouraged to contact Justin!


Honors & Awards

  • 2019 Research Corporation for Science Advancement, Scialog Fellow: Advanced Energy Storage
  • 2017 Norman Edmund Inspirational Award
  • 2017 Air Force Young Investigator Award
  • 2011 NSF ACC-F Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • 2006 Walter E. Kaskin Award in Physical Chemistry


Selected Publications

  • Evans, R.C.; Ellingworth, A.; Cashen, C.J.; Weinberger, C.R.; Sambur, J.B. “Influence of single nanoparticle electrochromic dynamics on the durability and speed of smart windows” Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci., 2019, 116 (26) 12666-12671.
  • Wang, L.; Sambur, J.B.; “Efficient Ultrathin Liquid Junction Photovoltaics Based on Transition Metal Dichalcogenides” Nano Letters2019, 19 (5), 2960–2967.
  • Wang,L; Schmid,M; Tahir, M; Chen, H; Sambur, J.B.;  “Laser Annealing Improves Photoelectrochemical Activity of Ultrathin MoSe2 Photoelectrodes” ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces2019, 11 (21), 19207-19217.
  • Todt, M.A., Isenberg, A., Miller, E.M., Nanayakkara, S.U., Sambur, J.B.; “Single Nanoflake Photoelectrochemistry Reveals Champion and Spectator Nanoflakes in Exfoliated MoSe2 Films” J. Phys. Chem. C., 2018, 122 (12), pp 6539–6545.
  • Sambur, J.B.; Chen, T.Y.; Choudhary, E.; Chen, G.; Nissen, E.J.; Thomas, E.M.; Zou, N.; Chen, P.; “Sub-particle reaction and photocurrent mapping to optimize catalyst-modified photoanodes” Nature, 2016530, 77.
  • Sambur, J. B.; Novet, T.; Parkinson, B. A., “Multiple Exciton Collection in a Sensitized Photovoltaic System” Science 2010, 330, 63.
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