49. Lustig, D.R.; Buz, E.; Mulvey, J.T.; Patterson, J.P.; Kittilstved, K.R.; Sambur, J.B. Characterizing the Ligand Shell Morphology of PEG-coated ZnO Nanocrystals using FRET Spectroscopy” J Phys Chem B, 2023, 127, 41, 8961–8973.

48. Toole, J.; Sambur, J.B.; Anodic dissolution rates accelerate with decreasing MoS2 nanoflake thickness” J. Electrochem. Soc. 2023 170 116501.

47. J.B. Sambur, Brgoch, J.; “Unveiling the Hidden Influence of Defects via Experiment and Data Science” Chem Mater, 2023 35 (18), 7351-7354.

46. Almaraz, R.; Sayer, T.; Toole, J.; Austin, R.; Farah, Y.; Trainor, N.; Redwing, J. M.; Krummel, A.; Montoya-Castillo, A.; Sambur, J.B.. “Quantifying Interfacial Energetics of 2D Semiconductor Electrodes Using in Situ Spectroelectrochemistry and Many-Body Theory” Energy Environ. Sci., 2023, Advance Article .

45. Sayer, T.,; Farah, Y.R.; Austin, R.; Sambur, J.B.; Krummel, A.T.; Montoya-Castillo, A.; “Trion formation resolves observed peak shifts in the optical spectra of transition metal dichalcogenidesNano Letters, 2023, 23, 6035–6041.

44. Lustig, D.R.; Nilsson, Z.N.; Mulvey, J.T.; Zang, W.; Pan, X.; Patterson, J.P.; Sambur, J.B. “Towards Imaging Defect-Mediated Energy Transfer Between Single Nanocrystal Donors and Single Molecule AcceptorsChem. Biomed. Imaging 2023, 1, 2, 168–178.

43. Austin, R.; Farah, Y.R.; Sayer, T.; Luther, B.M.; Montoya-Castillo, A.; Krummel, A.T.; Sambur, J.B. “Hot carrier extraction from 2D semiconductor photoelectrodesPNAS, 2023, 120 (15) e2220333120.


42. Salzer, L.D.; Diamond, B.; Nieto, K.; Evans, R.C.; Prieto, A.L.; Sambur, J.B.; “Structure-property relationships in high-rate anode materials based on niobium tungsten oxide shear structuresACS Appl. Energy Mater. 2023  6, 3, 1685–1691.

41. Van Erdewyk, M.; Lorenz, D.; Sambur, J.B.; Answering old questions with new techniques: understanding performance-limiting factors in transition metal dichalcogenide photoelectrochemical solar cells” Current Opinion in Electrochemistry2023, 37, 101173.

40. Marquez, S; Varra, T; Christensen, C; Rajasekharan, O; Dojan, C; Hobbs, J; Otten, A; Salzer, L; Schuttlefield-Christus, J.D; Sambur, J.B.; “LBIC Imaging of Solar Cells: An Introduction to Scanning Probe-based Imaging Techniques” J Chem Ed, 2023. 100, 2, 1011–1016.

39. Van Erdewyk, M.; Sambur, J.B.; Molecular Reaction Imaging of a Surface Recombination Process Explains Performance Variation Among Smooth MoS2 PhotoelectrodesJ. Electrochem. Soc., 2022, 169 096519.

38. Van Erdewyk, M.; Sambur, J.B.;Single nanoflake photoelectrochemistry reveals intra-nanoflake doping heterogeneity that explains ensemble-level photoelectrochemical behaviorACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2022, 14, 20, 22737–22746.

37. R. C. Evans; Austin R.; Miller R.C.; Preston, A.; Nilsson Z.N.; Ma, K.; Sambur, J.B.; Surface Facet-Dependent Electrochromic Properties of WO3 Nanorod Thin Films: Implications for Smart WindowsACS Applied Nano Materials, 20214, 4, 3750–3759.

Facet dependent activity

36. Cashen, C.; R. C. Evans; Nilsson, Z.; Sambur, J.B.;Local substrate heterogeneity influences electrochemical activity of TEM grid-supported battery particlesFrontiers in Chemistry, 2021, 9, 651248.

Correlated SEM and TEM imaging

35. Nilsson, Z.; Beck, L.M.; Sambur, J.B.;Ensemble-level energy transfer measurements can reveal the spatial distribution of defect sites in semiconductor nanocrystalsJ Chem Phys 2021, 154, 054704.

Energy transfer scheme

34. Nilsson, Z.; Van Erdewyk M.; Wang,L; Sambur, J.B. Molecular Reaction Imaging of Single-Entity PhotoelectrodesACS Energy Lett, 2020, 5, 5, 1474–1486.

33. Wang,L; Nilsson, Z.; Tahir, M; Chen, H; Sambur, J.B. Influence of the substrate on the optical and photoelectrochemical properties of monolayer MoS2ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces2020, 12 (13), 15034-15042.

32. Evans, R.C.; Nilsson, Z.; Balch, B.; Wang,L; Neilson, J.R.;  Weinberger, C.R.; Sambur, J.B. Quantifying Capacitive-like and Battery-like Charge Storage Contributions Using Single Nanoparticle Electro-optical ImagingChemElectroChem, 2020, (3), 753-760.

31. Varra, T; Simpson, A; Roesler, B.; Nilsson, Z.; Ryan, D; Van Erdewyk M.; Schuttlefield Christus, J.D.; Sambur, J.B.; “A homemade smart phone microscope for single particle fluorescence microscopy” J Chem. Ed., 2020, 97 (2), 471-478.

30. Wang,L; Tahir, M; Chen, H; Sambur, J.B. Probing charge carrier transport and recombination pathways in monolayer MoS2/WSheterojunction photoelectrodesNano Lett2019, 19 (12), 9084-9094.

29. Evans, R.C.; Nilsson, Z.; Sambur, J.B.; “High-throughput single nanoparticle electrochemistry using widefield electro-optical imaging” Anal Chem 2019, 91 (23), 14983-14991.

28. Wang,L; Schmid,M; Sambur, J.B.; “Single nanoparticle photoelectrochemistry: what is next?” J Chem Phys2019, 151, 180901. (Invited perspective article).

27. Wang,L; Schmid,M; Tahir, M; Chen, H; Sambur, J.B. Laser Annealing Improves Photoelectrochemical Activity of Ultrathin MoSePhotoelectrodesACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2019, 11 (21), 19207-19217.

26. 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.

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25. Wang, L.; Sambur, J.B.; “Efficient Ultrathin Liquid Junction Photovoltaics Based on Transition Metal Dichalcogenides” Nano Letters2019, 19 (5), 2960–2967.

24. Sambur, J.B.; Shepherd, D.P.; Hesari, M; Van Erdewyk, M.; Choudhary, E.; Chen, P.; “Correlated Single-Molecule Reaction Imaging and Photocurrent Measurements Reveal Underlying Rate Processes in Photoelectrochemical Water SplittingJ Electrochem Soc., 2019. 166 (5), H3286-H3293.

23. Chen, J.; Bailey, C.S.; Hong, Y.; Wang, L.; Cai, Z.; Shen, L.; Hou, B.; Wang, Y.; Shi, H.; Sambur, J.B.; Ren, W.; Pop, E.; Cronin, S.B.; “Plasmon-Resonant Enhancement of Photocatalysis on Monolayer WSe2” ACS Photonics., 2019. 6 (3), pp 787-792.

22. Isenberg, A. E.; Todt, M. A.; Wang, L.; Sambur, J. B.; “The Role of Photogenerated Iodine on the Energy Conversion Properties of MoSe2 Nanoflake Liquid Junction Photovoltaics” ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces., 2018. 10 (33), pp 27780–27786.

21. 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 FilmsJ. Phys. Chem. C., 2018, 122 (12), pp 6539–6545.

20.  Klunder, K.J., Nilsson, Z., Sambur, J.B., Henry, C.S.; “Patternable Solvent-Processed Thermoplastic Graphite Electrodes” J. Am. Chem. Soc.2017139, pp 12623–12631.


Graduate & Postdoctoral Work

19. Hesari, M., Sambur, J.B.,Mao, X., Jung, W., Chen, P.; “Quantifying Photocurrent Loss of a Single Particle-Particle Interface in Nanostructured PhotoelectrodesNano Letters, 201919 (2), 958–962.

18. Guanqun, C., Zhou, N., Chen, B., Sambur, J.B., Choudhary, E., Chen, P.; “Bimetallic Effect of Single Nanocatalysts Visualized by Super-Resolution Catalysis Imaging” ACS Cent. Sci., 2017, 3 (11), pp 1189–1197.

17.  Sambur, J.B.; Chen, P.; “Distinguishing between direct and indirect photoelectrocatalytic oxidation mechanisms using quantitative single-molecule reaction imaging and photocurrent measurementsJ. Phys. Chem. C.2016120, 20668-20676.

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16.  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 photoanodesNature, 2016, 530, 77-80.


15.  Sambur, J.B.; Parkinson, B.A.; “Size Selective Photoetching of CdSe Quantum Dot Sensitizers on Single-Crystal TiO2ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2015, 6, 21916.


14.  Sambur, J.B.; Chen, P.; “Approaches to Single-Nanoparticle CatalysisAnn. Rev. Phys. Chem., 2014, 65, 395.

13.  Shepherd, D.; Sambur, J.B.; Liang, Y.; Parkinson, B.A.; Van Orden, A., “In-Situ Studies of Photoluminescence Quenching in Quantum Dot Sensitized Single Crystal TiO2 and ZnO Electrodes2012, J. Phys. Chem. C., 116, 21069.


12.  Schuttlefield, J.D.; Sambur, J.B.; Gelwicks, M.; Eggleston, C.M.; Parkinson, B.A., “Photooxidation of Chloride by Oxide Minerals: Implications for Perchlorate on MarsJ. Am. Chem. Soc., 2011, 133, 17521.


11.  Sambur, J.B.; Averill, C.M.; Bradley, C.; Schuttlefield, J.; Lee, S.H.; Reynolds, J.R.; Schanze, K.S.; Parkinson, B.A., “Interfacial Morphology and Photoelectrochemistry of Conjugated Polyelectrolytes Adsorbed on Single Crystal TiO2Langmuir, 2011, 27, 11906.


10.  Riha, S.; Fredrick, S.; Sambur, J.B.; Liu, Y.; Prieto, A.; Parkinson, B.A., “Photoelectrochemical Characterization of Nanocrystalline Thin Film Cu­­2ZnSnS4 PhotocathodesACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2011, 3, 58.


9.  Sambur, J. B.; Novet, T.; Parkinson, B. A., “Multiple Exciton Collection in a Sensitized Photovoltaic SystemScience 2010, 330, 63.

8.  Manandhar, K.; Sambur, J. B.; Parkinson, B. A., “Morphologies, structures, and interfacial electronic structure of perylene on Au(111)” J. Appl. Phys. 2010, 107, 063716.

7.  Sambur, J. B.; Parkinson, B. A., “CdSe/ZnS Core/Shell Quantum Dot Sensitization of Low Index TiO2 Single Crystal Surfaces” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2010, 132, 2130.


6.  Sambur, J. B.; Riha, S. C.; Choi, D.; Parkinson, B. A., “Influence of Surface Chemistry on the Binding and Electronic Coupling of CdSe Quantum Dots to Single Crystal TiO2 Surfaces” Langmuir 2010, 26, 4839.

5.  Jäckel, B.; Sambur, J.B.; and Parkinson, B.A., “A Photoemission Study of the Morphology and Barrier Heights of the Interface Between Chrysene and Inert Substrates” J. Phys. Chem B., 2009, 113, 1837.

4.  Jäckel, B.; Sambur, J. B.; Parkinson, B. A., “The Influence of Metal Work Function on the Barrier Heights of Metal/Pentacene Junctions” J. Appl. Phys. 2008, 103, 063719.

3.  Jäckel, B.; Sambur, J. B.; Parkinson, B. A., “Ubiquitous Pentacene Monolayer on Metals Deposited onto Pentacene Films” Langmuir 2007, 23, 11366.

2.  Sambur, J. B.; Doetschman, D. C.; Yang, S. W.; Schulte, J. T.; Jones, B. R.; DeCoste, J. B., “Multiple Effects of the Presence of Water on the Nucleophilic Substitution Reactions of NaX Faujasite Zeolite with Dimethylmethylphosphonate (DMMP)” Microporous and Mesoporous Materials 2008, 112, 116.

1.  Yang, S.W.; Doetschman, D.C.; Schulte, J.T.; Sambur, J.B.; Kanyi, C.W.; Fox, J.D.; Kowenje, C.O.; Jones, B.R.; Sharma, N.D.; “Sodium X-type Faujasite Zeolite Decomposition of Dimethylmethylphosphonate (DMMP) to Methylphosphonate: Nucleophilic Zeolite Reactions 1” Microporous and Mesoporous Materials 2006, 92, 56.