Justin Sambur Assistant Professor


Phone: (970) 491-3096

Website: https://samburlab.colostate.edu

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

Imagine a world in which long-lasting batteries charge in seconds and “solar painted” buildings produce clean chemical fuels from abundant sunlight. The Sambur research group focuses on developing fundamental knowledge of nanoscale materials that promise to make these transitions possible. The group develops new imaging tools to "see" nanomaterials function in working device environments and uses this knowledge to guide materials design. Our long-term goal is to advance basic energy science to transform the way society consumes and produces energy.


Prospective students and postdocs are strongly encouraged to contact Justin!


Honors & Awards

  • 2020 NSF CAREER Award
  • 2020 DOE Early Career Award
  • 2019 Scialog Fellow: Advanced Energy Storage, Research Corporation for Science Advancement
  • 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.