Matthew Panthani


Associate Professor, Herbert L. Stiles Faculty Fellow in Chemical Engineering


2037 Sweeney
618 Bissell Rd.
Ames, IA 50011-1098



  • Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin, 2011
  • B.S. Chemical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, 2006

Interest Areas

  1. New Materials  for Energy Applications
  2. Renewable Energy
  3. Electronics and Photonic
  4. Self-assembly, structure, and disorder
  5. Materials for Next-Generation Information Science

Current Projects

Our experimental research group focuses on addressing global challenges in the areas of energy production, utilization, and efficiency. Fundamental and technological advances in each of these areas require novel methods for manipulating energy at interfaces within and between materials. Our strategy will emphasize molecular-level, bottom-up engineering of functional inorganic materials with engineered structures and interfacial chemistry designed to control materials properties and transport characteristics. The goals of our group include understanding fundamental electronic and photophysical phenomena in quantum dot solids, developing new materials for next-generation computing, manipulating the electronic and photonic properties of nanostructured solids by precisely controlling their structure. We also work towards commercializing these technologies through proof-of-concept devices.
Current research interests include:
  1. Developing new 2D semiconductors materials and assemblies with new properties
  2. New materials for computing and information science
  3. Characterizing structural and energetic disorder in quantum-scale materials
  4. Optoelectronic devices based on nanostructured semiconductors

Developing new materials chemistry for electronic device applications (e.g., transistors, light-emitting diodes, data storage, photovoltaics), and Solution processable semiconductors for photovoltaics


  • Ryan, B.J.; Roling, L.T.; Panthani, M.G., “Anisotropic Disorder and Thermal
    Stability of Silicane,” (2021) ACS Nano. 15(9) 14557 14569.
  • Ferris, M.S.; Chesney, A.P.; Ryan, B.J.; Ramesh, U.; Panthani, M.G.; Cash, K.J., “Silicon Nanocrystals as Signal Transducers in Ionophore-Based Fluorescent Nanosensors,” (2021) Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical, 331.  129350.
  • Medina-Gonzalez, A; Rosales, B.A.; Hamdeh, U.H.; Panthani, M.G.; Vela, Javier. “Surface Chemistry of Ternary Nanocrystals: Engineering the Deposition of Conductive NaBiS2 Films,” Chemistry of Materials (2020). 32(14) 6085-6096.
  • Ryan, B.J.; Hanrahan, M.P.; Wang, Y.; Ramesh, U.; Nyamekye, C.K.A.; Liu, Z.+ Huang, C.; Nelson, R.D.; Whitehead, B.S.; Wang, J.; Roling, L.T.; Smith, E.A.; Rossini, A.J.; Panthani, M.G., “Silicene, Siloxene, or Silicane? Revealing the Structure and Optical Properties of Silicon Nanosheets Derived from Calcium Disilicide,” Chemistry of Materials (2020), 32(2) 795-804. DOI: acs.chemmater.9b04180. front cover article
  • Panthani, M.G.; Crisp, R.W.; Kurley, J.M.; Dietz, T.C.; Ezzyat, T.; Luther, J.M.; Talapin, D.V., “High Efficiency Solution Processed Sintered CdTe Solar Cells: The Role of Interfaces,” Nano Letters (2014), 14 (2), 670-675.
  • Panthani, M.G.; Stolle, C.J.; Reid, D.K.; Rhee, D.J.; Harvey, T.; Akhavan, V.A.; Korgel, B.A., “High open circuit voltages in CuInSe2 Quantum Dot Photovoltaics,”   Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters (2013), 4 (12), 2030-2034.
  • Panthani, M.G.; Khan, T.; Reid, D.K.; Hellebusch, D.; Rasch, M.R.; Maynard, J.M.; Korgel, B.A., “In Vivo Whole Animal Fluorescence Imaging of a Microparticle-Based Oral Vaccine Containing (CuInSexS2-x)/ZnS Core/Shell Quantum Dot,”  Nano Letters (2013), 13 (9) 4294-4298.
  • Panthani, M.G.; Hessel, C.M.; Reid, D.K.; Casillas, G.; Yacaman, M.J.; Korgel, B.A.,  “Graphene-Supported High Resolution TEM and STEM Imaging of Silicon Nanocrystals and their Capping Ligands,” Journal of Physical Chemistry C. (2013), 116 (42), 22463–22468.
  • Chockla, A.M.; Panthani, M.G.; Holmberg, V.C.; Hessel, C.M.; Reid, D.K.; Bogart, J.D.; Harris, J.D.; Mullins, C.B.;  Korgel, B.A., “Electrochemical Lithiation of Graphene-Supported Silicon and Germanium for Rechargeable Batteries,” Journal of Physical Chemistry C. (2012), 116 (22), 11917–11923.
  • Hessel, C.M.; Reid, D.K.; Panthani, M.G.; Rasch, M.R.; Goodfellow, B.G.; Wei, J.; Fuji, H.; Korgel, B.A., “Synthesis of Ligand-Stabilized Silicon Nanocrystals with Size-Dependent Photoluminescence Spanning Visible to Near Infrared Wavelengths,” Chemistry of Materials. (2012), 24 (2), 393–401.
  • Panthani, M.G.; Korgel, B.A., “Nanocrystals for Electronics,” Annual Review of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. (2012), 3(1), 287-311.
  • Hessel, C.M.; Pattani, V.; Rasch. M.; Panthani, M.G.; Koo, B.; Tunnell, J.; Korgel, B.A., “Copper Selenide Nanocrystals for Photothermal Therapy,” Nano Letters. (2011), 11(6), 2560–2566.
  • Ye, H.; Park, H.S.; Akhavan, V.A.; Goodfellow, B.W.; Panthani, M.G.; Korgel, B.A.; Bard, A.J., “Photoelectrochemical Characterization of CuInSe2 and Cu(In1− xGax) Se2 Thin Films for Solar Cells,” Journal of Physical Chemistry C. (2010), 115(1), 234-240.
  • Holmberg, V.C.; Panthani, M.G.; Korgel, B.A., “Phase Transitions, Melting Dynamics, and Solid-State Diffusion in a Nano Test Tube,” Science (2009), 326, 405-407.
  • Steinhagen, C.; Panthani, M.G.; Akhavan, V.; Goodfellow, B.; Koo, B.; Korgel, B.A., “Synthesis of Cu2ZnSnS4 Nanocrystals for Use in Low-Cost Photovoltaics,” Journal of the American Chemical Society (2009), 131 (35), 12554–12555.
  • Panthani, M.G.; Akhavan, V.; Goodfellow, B.; Schmidtke, J.P.; Dunn, L.; Dodabalapur, A.; Barbara, P.F.; Korgel, B.A.,  “Synthesis of CuInS2, CuInSe2, and Cu(InXGa1-X)Se2 (CIGS) Nanocrystal “Inks” for Printable Photovoltaics,”Journal of the American Chemical Society (2008), 130 (49), 16770-16777.