Eli Sutter

Eli Sutter

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NH W348
City Campus (Lincoln)
(402) 472-2465
esutter@unl.edu
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Academic Degrees
  • Ph.D., Condensed Matter Physics, Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, Sofia, Bulgaria.
  • M.S., Condensed Matter Physics, Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, Sofia, Bulgaria.
Looking for Ph.D. students

The Sutter group has immediate openings for PhD students and Postdoctoral Research Associates:

1. Immediate openings for PhD students interested in Novel Materials and Materials for Energy Applications. The project is on synthesis/fabrication of new materials, notably core-shell nanoparticles and nanowires, 2D materials – graphene, BN and transition metal dichalcogenides. State-of-the-art in-situ transmission electron microscopy (TEM) methods will be used for studying the properties of these nanoscale objects, and how they behave differently from bulk materials.

To apply, please submit application materials (CV,  brief statement of research experience/interests) to Prof. Eli Sutter (esutter@unl.edu).

2. Postdoctoral Position in "Nanoscale Optoelectronics and Charge Transport in 2D and Layered Quantum Materials"

The Sutter Research Group (http://unlcms.unl.edu/engineering/mme/eli-sutter/welcome) has immediate openings for several Postdoctoral Research Associates in a project on nanoscale optoelectronics and charge transport of 2D and layered quantum materials. This ambitious project aims to break new ground in designing novel semiconducting materials and heterostructures, measuring and ultimately manipulating charge transport, light-matter interactions, and many-body quasiparticles at length scales below the diffraction limit.

The successful candidate will be an experimentalist with a Ph.D. in Physics, Materials Science, Engineering, or a related field. A solid understanding of the physics of charge transport and optoelectronic excitations is required. Desired experience and skills include: (1) Device microfabrication; (2) Precision transfer of 2D materials; (3) Room-temperature and/or cryogenic electronic transport measurements; (4) Photoluminescence, photocurrent, Raman or other optoelectronic spectroscopy; or (5) Transmission electron microscopy and cathodoluminescence.

To apply, please submit application materials (CV, publication list, brief (<1 page) statement of research experience, specifically referencing expertise aligned with the above list of desired skills) to Prof. Peter Sutter (psutter@unl.edu).

3.Postdoctoral Position in "In-situ Electron Microscopy"

The Sutter group at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (http://unlcms.unl.edu/engineering/mme/eli-sutter/welcome) has an immediate opening for a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the area of in-situ electron microscopy. The successful candidate will work on in-situ microscopy applied to energy-relevant materials and processes, e.g., understanding the solution synthesis of nanomaterials and heterostructures as well as self-assembly. The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in Materials Science, Physics, Chemistry, or a related field. Requires extensive experience in transmission electron microscopy (TEM), including instrument operation, in-situ experiments in different environments and temperatures, independent data acquisition and analysis. Experience in synthesis of nanomaterials as well as DNA- conjugation will be a plus.

To apply, please submit application materials (CV, publication list, brief (1 page) statement of research experience/interests) to Prof. Eli Sutter (esutter@unl.edu).


Areas of Research and Professional Interest
  • In-situ, variable temperature transmission electron microscopy (TEM) studies of properties of nanoscale objects – alloy phase diagrams, solute solubility, phase transformations: melting and crystallization, oxidation, solid state reactions such as silicidation.
  • Real -time TEM observations of processes in liquid environments: assembly of nanoparticles in colloids and solutions, growth processes - formation of core-shell nanoparticles & complex nanostructures, galvanic replacement reactions, protein self-assemblies, etc.
  • Mechanisms of epitaxial growth and nanostructure formation. Self-assembly, self-organization of nanowires, core-shell semiconductor-graphene and metal-graphene nanoparticles and nanowires, nanostructured materials.
  • 2-D materials: graphene, h-BN, metal dichalcogenides, heterostructures: epitaxy on transition metals, growth mechanism, band structure, transport properties.

 

Inventions/Patents
  1. “Assembly of Ordered Carbon Shells on Semiconducting Nanomaterials”, U.S. Patent No. 7,714,317 [issued May 11, 2010].
  2. “Apparatus for Dispensing Material”, U.S. Patent No. 7,972,560 [issued July 5, 2011].
  3. “Segmented Nanowires Displaying Locally Controllable Properties”, U.S. Patent No. 8,389,387 [issued March 5, 2013].
  4. “Assembly of Ordered Carbon Shells on Semiconducting Nanomaterials”, S.N. 12/658.810, U.S. Patent No. 8,278,124 B2 [issued October 2, 2012].
  5. "Processing of Monolayer Materials via Interfacial Reactions", No. 8728433 [issued May 20, 2014].
  6. “Stable and Metastable Nanowires Displaying Locally Controllable Properties” No. 8890115 [issued November 18, 2014].
  7. “Monolayer and/or Few Layer Graphene on Metal or Metal-Coated Substrates”, No. 9006644 [issued April 14, 2015].
  8. “Method for synthesis of uniform bi-layer and few-layer hexagonal boron nitride                              dielectric films”, U.S. Patent No. 9,410,243 [issued August 9, 2016].

     

 

About Eli Sutter

My primary research interests are in Novel Materials and Materials for Energy Applications. We are using state-of-the-art in-situ transmission electron microscopy (TEM) methods for studying the properties of nanoscale objects, that is how nanomaterials behave differently from bulk materials. We perform TEM imaging in real time while processes are going on for example at high temperature. We work on synthesis/fabrication of new materials, notably core-shell nanoparticles and nanowires, whose optoelectronic properties we investigate by spectroscopy inside the TEM. We are also among the few groups that perform electron microscopy in liquid environments. Here we are interested in understanding the organization of nanoparticles in colloids and solutions, growth processes, galvanic replacement reactions, protein self-assemblies, etc.



Experience

  • 2006 – May 31 2015, Scientist with permanent appointment @ Center for Functional Nanomaterials, Brookhaven National Laboratory.
  • 2004 – 2005, Associate Scientist @ Center for Functional Nanomaterials, Brookhaven National Laboratory.
  • 2001– 2003, Assistant Professor (tenure-track) @ Department of Physics, Colorado School of Mines.
  • 1998 – 2000, Research Assistant Professor @ Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Colorado School of Mines.
  • 1997 - 1998, Postdoctoral fellow @ Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  • 1995 - 1996, Federal Postdoctoral Research Fellow @ Laboratorium für  Festkörperphysik, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zürich, Switzerland.

Honors and Awards

2015 Battelle Inventor of the Year Award.

2015 Long Island Technology Hall of Fame: Patent of the Year, Category: Innovation in Industry.

2013 Guest Professor (1 month, November 2013): Sorbonne/Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France.

2011 Editor’s choice in Science: Ian S. Osborne, “Reflecting Atoms off Graphene” Science 16 December 2011: 1473-1475.

2011 Sapphire Prize, Springer and Journal of Materials Science.

2011 Invited Talk at the Symposium in Honor of 100th Anniversary of Marie Curie's Nobel Prize for International Year of Chemistry, organized by Division of Physical Chemistry, at the 242 American Chemical Society Meeting.

2010 Thompson Reuters feature – Highly Cited Paper on Epitaxial Graphene.

2007 Scientific American 50 Award for leading Contributions to Science and Technology.

2004 American Physical Society Top Physics Discoveries of the Year.

1995 Swiss Federal Postdoctoral Fellowship.


Selected Publications

  • P. Sutter, C. Argyropoulos, E. Sutter, “Germanium Sulfide Nano-Optics Probed by STEM-Cathodoluminescence Spectroscopy, Nano Letters 18, 4576 (2018).
  • P. Sutter and E. Sutter, “Growth Mechanisms of Anisotropic Layered Group IV Chalcogenides on van der Waals Substrates for Energy Conversion Applications”, ACS Appl. Nano Mater. 1, 3026 (2018). (Cover)

  • P. Sutter, B. Zhang and E. Sutter, “Damage-Free In-Situ Electron Microscopy of DNA-Mediated Nanoparticle Assemblies in Solution” Nanoscale 10, 12674 (2018).

  • Y. Huang, E. Sutter, L. Wu, H. Xu, L. Bao, H.-J. Gao, X.-J. Zhou and P. Sutter, “Thick layered Semiconductor Devices with Water Top-Gates: High On-Off Ratio Field-Eeffect Transistors and Aqueous Sensors”, ACS Appl. Materials and Interfaces 10, 23198 (2018).

  • C. Keiser, P. Sutter and E. Sutter, “Formation of Ge-GeS core-shell nanostructures via solid-state sulfurization of Ge nanowires”, CrystEngComm 20, 2193 (2018).

  • E. Sutter and P. Sutter, “1D wires of 2D layered materials: growth mode, stability and optoelectronic properties of germanium sulfide nanowires” ACS Appl. Nano Mater. 1, 1042 (2018). 

  • P. Sutter, Y. Li, C. Argyropoulos, and E. Sutter, “In-situ electron microscopy of the plasmon-mediated growth of Ag nanoprisms”, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 139, 6771 (2017). (Cover)
  • P. Sutter, H.-P. Komsa, A. Krasheninnikov, Y. Huang, and E. Sutter, “Luminescence of defects in the structural transformation of layered tin dichalcogenides”, Appl. Phys.  Lett. 111, 262102 (2017).

  • H. Chen, C. Keiser, S. Du, H-J. Gao, E. Sutter, and P. Sutter, “Termination of Ge Surfaces with Ultrathin GeS and GeS2 Layers via Solid-State Sulfurization”, Phys Chem Chem Phys 19, 32473 - 32480 (2017).
  • (Invited Review) X. Zhao, J. Kotakoski, J.C. Meyer, E. Sutter, P. Sutter, A. Krasheninnikov, U. Kaiser, and W. Zhou, Engineering and Modifying 2D Materials by Electron Beams, MRS Bulletin 42, 667 (2017).

  • E. Sutter, and P. Sutter, “In-Situ Liquid Cell Electron Microscopy of Ag-Au Galvanic Replacement Reactions”, Nanoscale 9, 1271 (2017).
  • E. Sutter, P. Sutter, A. Tkachenko, R. Krahne, M. Arciniegas, and L. Manna, “In-Situ Microscopy of the Self-Assembly of Branched-Nanocrystal in Solutions”, Nature Comm 7, 11213 (2016).
  • Y. Huang, Jingsi Qiao, K. He, S. Bliznakov, E. Sutter, F. Meng, D. Su, Jeremy Decker, Wei Ji, Rodney Ruoff, and Peter Sutter, “Degradation of Black Phosphorus: The Role of Oxygen and Water”, Chem. Mater. 28, 8330 (2016).
  • E. Sutter, Y. Huang, H.-P. Komsa, M. Ghorbani-Asl, A. Krasheninnikov, and P. Sutter, “Electron-Beam Induced Transformations of Layered Tin Dichalcogenides”, Nano Lett. 16, 4410 (2016).
  • K. Ouadahi, A. Andrieux-Ledier, J. Richardi, P-.A. Albouy, P. Baunier, P. Sutter, E. Sutter, and A. Courty, “Tuning the growth mode of single 3D silver nanocrystal superlattices via triphenylphosphine”, Chem. Mater. 28, 4380 (2016).
  • H. Zang, P. Routh, Y. Huang, J. Chen, E. Sutter, P. Sutter, and M. Cotlet, “Nonradiative Energy Transfer from Individual CdSe/ZnS Quantum Dots to Single-Layer and Few-Layer Tin Disulfide”, ACS Nano 9, 10612 (2016).
  • P. Sutter, S. Tenney, F. Ivars-Barcelo, and E. Sutter, “Alloy Oxidation as a Route to Chemically Active Nanocomposites of Gold Atoms in a Reducible Oxide Matrix”, Nanoscale Horiz. 1, 212 (2016).
  • Y. Huang, H. Zang, J. Chen, E. Sutter, P. Sutter, C.-Y. Nam, and M. Cotlet “Hybrid quantum dot-tin disulfide field-effect transistors with improved photocurrent and spectral responsivity”, Appl. Phys. Lett. 108 (2016).
  • C. Medina-Plaza, M. L.  Rodriguez-Mendez, P. Sutter, X. Tong, and E. Sutter,Nanoscale Au-In alloy-oxide core-shell particles as electrocatalysts for efficient hydroquinone detection” J. Phys. Chem. C. 119, 25100 (2015).
  • Y. Huang, E. Sutter, N. N. Shi, J. Zheng, T. Yang, D. Englund, H. Gao, and P. Sutter,Reliable Exfoliation of Large-Area High-Quality Flakes of Graphene and Other Two-Dimensional Materials”, ACS Nano 9, 10612 (2015).
  • T. H. Vo, G. Perera, M. Shekirev, M. M. Pour, D. A. Kunkel, H. Lu, A. Gruverman, E. Sutter, M. Cotlet, D. Nykypanchuk, P. Zahl, A. Enders, A. Sinitskii, P. Sutter, "Nitrogen-doping induced self-assembly of graphene nanoribbon-based 2D and 3D metamaterials," Nano Lett. 15, 5770 (2015).
  • E. Sutter and P. Sutter, Determination of redox reaction rates and –orders by in-situ liquid cell electron microscopy of Pd and Au solution growth”, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 136, 16865 (2014).
  • Y. Huang, E. Sutter, J. T. Sadowski, M. Cotlet, O. Monti, M. Neupane, R. Lake, B. Parkinson, and P. Sutter, “SnS2 – An emerging layered metal dichalcogenide semiconductor: Materials properties and device applications”, ACS Nano 8, 10743 (2014).
  • E. Sutter, K. Jungjohann, S. Bliznakov, A. Courty, E. Maisonhaute, and P. Sutter, “In-situ Liquid Cell Electron Microscopy of Ag-Pd Galvanic Replacement Reactions on Ag Nanoparticles”, Nature Commun.  5, 4946 (2014).
  • L. Camilli, E.Sutter, and P. Sutter, “Growth of two-dimensional materials on non-catalytic substrates: h-BN/Au(111)”, 2D Materials 1, 025003 (2014).
  • P. Sutter, Y. Huang, and E. Sutter, “Nanoscale Integration of Two-Dimensional Materials by Lateral Heteroepitaxy”, Nano Letters 14, 4846 (2014).
  • P. Sutter, and E. Sutter, “Thickness Determination of Few-layer Hexagonal Boron Nitride Films by Scanning Electron Microscopy and Auger Electron Spectroscopy”, APL Materials 2, 092502 (2014).
  • E. Sutter, F. Ivars-Barcelo, and P. Sutter, “Size-Dependent Room Temperature Oxidation of Sn Nanoparticles”, Particle and Particle Systems Characterization 8, 879 (2014).
  • A. Haab, M. Mikulics, E. Sutter, J. Jin, T. Stoica, B. Kardynal, T. Rieger, D. Gruetzmacher, and H. Hardtdegen, “Evolution and Characteristics of GaN Nanowires Produced via Maskless Reactive Ion Etching”, Nanotechnology 25, 255301 (2014).
  • R. Cortés, D. P. Acharya, E. Sutter, and P. Sutter, “Graphene on Ru(0001) Moiré Corrugation and Role of van der Waals Interaction in Au/graphene/Ru (0001) surfaces”, J. Phys. Chem. C 117, 20675 (2013).
  • E. Koren, E. Sutter, S. Bliznakov, and P. Sutter, “Isolation of High Quality Graphene from Ru by Solution Phase Intercalation”, Appl. Phys. Lett. 103, 121602 2013.
  • K. L. Jungjohann, S. Bliznakov, P. W. Sutter, E. A. Stach, and E. A. Sutter, “In-Situ Liquid Cell Electron Microscopy of the Solution Growth of Au-Pd Core Shell Nanostructures”, Nano Lett. 13, 2964 (2013).
  • E. Sutter, X. Tong, K. Jungjohann, and P. Sutter, “Oxidation of nanoscale Au-In alloy particles as a possible route toward stable Au-based catalysts”, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA  110, 10519 (2013).
  • P. Sutter, P. Albrecht, X. Tong, and E. Sutter, “Mechanical Decoupling of Graphene from Ru(0001) by Interfacial Reactions with Oxygen”, J. Phys. Chem. C 117, 6320 (2013).
  • P. Sutter and E. Sutter, “Microscopy of graphene growth, processing, and properties”, Adv. Funct. Mater. 23, 2617 (2013).
  • E. Sutter and P. Sutter, “Size-Dependent Room Temperature Oxidation of In Nanoparticles”, J. Phys. Chem. C 116, 20574 (2012).
  • P. Sutter, R. Cortes, J. Lahiri, and E. Sutter, “Monolayer Graphene-Boron Nitride Heterostructures”, Nano Lett. 12, 4869 (2012).
  • C. Koenigsmann, E. Sutter, R. Adzic, and S. S. Wong, “Size and Composition-Dependent Enhancement of Electrocatalytic Oxygen Reduction Performance in Ultrathin Palladium-Gold (Pd1-xAux) Nanowires”, J. Phys. Chem. C 116, 15297 (2012).
  • S. Bliznakov, M. Vukmirovic, L. Yang, E. A. Sutter, and R. R. Adzic, "Pt Monolayer on Electrodeposited Pd Nanostructures-Advanced Cathode Catalysts for PEM Fuel Cells", J. Electrochemical Society 159, F501 (2012).
  • E. Sutter and P. Sutter, ‘Enhanced Oxidation of Nanoscale In Particles at the Interface with a Si Nanowire’, Appl. Phys. Lett. 100, 231602 (2012).
  • C. Koenigsmann, E. Sutter, T. Fanara, R. Adzic, and S. S. Wong, “Highly Enhanced Electrocatalytic Oxygen Reduction Performance in Bimetallic Palladium Based Nanowires Prepared under Ambient, Surfactantless Conditions”, Nano Lett. 12, 2013 (2012).
  • P. Sutter, C. Ciobanu, and E. Sutter, “Real-time microscopy of graphene growth on epitaxial metal films”, Small 8, 2250 (2012).

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