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Jason Amsden

Jason Amsden

Research Scientist

Duke University

Durham, NC

I am devoted to a career applying my broad scientific background to improving the quality of life of everyone on the planet. Diverse multidisciplinary research background including pioneering new technological materials (postdoctoral work, Tufts University), researching photoactive proteins (doctoral work, Boston Universit...

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Emerging renewable energy technologies

Duke University

Research Scientist

• Miniaturization of a magnetic sector mass spectrometer with coded apertures as part of a project funded by the Department of Homeland Security.
• Evaluation of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) as smaller, lower impedance electrodes for neurostimulation
• Advisor Jeffery T. Glass

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Seoul National University

National Science Foundation International Fellow

Principal investigator on a United States National Science Foundation International Research Fellowship grant.

Applied for and received a grant from the US NSF to spend two years visiting the laboratories of Professors Changhee Lee and Do Yeung Yoon at Seoul National University in Seoul, South Korea.
http://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward.do?AwardNumber=0965057

The objective of the project is to evaluate the use of ZnO nanoparticles as the acceptor material in hybrid polymer/nanoparticle bulk heterojunction photovoltaic devices.

Traveled to Germany for one month to collaborate with Frederic Laquai's group at the Max Plank Institute for Polymer Research in Mainz Germany on spectroscopy of the ZnO/polymer blends.

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Boston University Femtospec Laboratory

Visiting Scientist

My work as a graduate student led to the award of a NSF Major Research Instrument Development grant to the team of Boston University professors I helped bring together.
http://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward.do?AwardNumber=0821450

Managed the development of unique ultrafast spectroscopy apparatus for multi-disciplinary studies.

Trained and mentored undergraduate and graduate students on the design and use of the system.

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Tufts University Ultrafast Nonlinear Optics and Biophotonics Laboratory

Postdoctoral Associate

Pioneered technological uses of silk fibroin as part of a DARPA program on chemical communications.

Worked on projects using silk fibroin in structural color and plasmonic biosensors, nanoimprinted optics, dielectrics for organic electronic devices, flexible dissolvable substrates for medical diagnostics and metamaterial devices.
See publications below and: http://www.ted.com/talks/fiorenzo_omenetto_silk_the_ancient_material_of_the_future.html

Helped organize collaborative efforts on various projects between several universities and corporations and helped prepare bimonthly reports to the funding agency.

Traveled to Consiglio Nazionale delle RicercheIstituto per lo Studio dei Materiali Nanostrutturati-Sede di Bologna in Italy to help them start a silk electronics program.

Advised and mentored numerous undergraduate and graduate students.

Advisor: Fiorenzo G. Omenetto

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Boston University Molecular Biophysics Laboratory

Graduate Research Assistant

Investigated the molecular basis for the function of microbial rhodopsins using static low-temperature and femtosecond time-resolved infrared spectroscopy.

Started a collaboration between Professors Kenneth J. Rothschild, Shyamsunder Erramilli, Larry Zeigler, and Richard Averitt and helped write a successful NSF Major Research Instrumentation Development grant.

Designed and built an ultrafast visible pump infrared probe spectroscopy apparatus from scratch.

Observed for the first time protein response to light activation of a chromophore on a sub-picosecond time scale.

Advisor: Kenneth J. Rothschild

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University of Maine Laboratory for Surface Science and Technology

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Investigated current voltage characteristics of WO3 thin films to be developed into poisonous gas sensors.

Advisor: Robert J. Lad

University of Maine Environmental Radioactivity Laboratory

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Worked on a study monitoring radioactivity in household radon granular activated carbon water filters.

Used x-ray fluorescence techniques to determine the lead content in buildings on the University of Maine at Orono campus.

Advisor: Charles T. Hess

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Boston University

Doctor of Philosopy, Physics

University of Maine

Bachelor of Science, Physics