Alan Van Orden Professor

Office: Chemistry C207

Phone: (970) 491-6286



  • B.S. Brigham Young University
  • Ph.D. University of California at Berkeley
  • Postdoc Los Alamos National Laboratory


Our research utilizes quantitative single-molecule methods such as fluorescence correlation spectroscopy (FCS) and super-resolution single-molecule localization microscopy (SMLM) for a variety of applications. These single-molecule techniques are increasingly useful for examining the molecular-level properties of biological, environmental, inorganic, and nanomaterial systems that are otherwise obscured in ensemble measurements. Ongoing projects in our lab are focused on advancing both fundamental and applied aspects of these techniques, including instrument and method development, in addition to studies upon metal nanoclusters, DNA, and quantum dots.