Office of Science

Ian Craig, Ph.D.

Post-Doctoral Fellow, WR Wiley Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory
P.O. Box 999, K5-25
Richland, WA 99352
Work: (509) 371-7241 Fax: ()
Updated: February 3, 2012

Current Activities and Projects

I am currently responsible for the ongoing development and deployment of a scattering scanning near-field optical microscope (s-SNOM) here at EMSL. The s-SNOM integrates either a femtosecond pulsed mid-infrared broadband laser or a narrowband infrared quantum cascade laser with an atomic force microscope to allow us to measure infrared spectra at distance scales orders of magnitude smaller than the transform limit, on the order of the radius of curvature of a metal-coated AFM tip.

Research Interests

I am especially interested in applying s-SNOM to better understand phase separation phenomena in organic solar cells, to studying metal/insulator phase transitions in metal oxides, as well as understanding the fundamental physics of the technique itself and pushing the boundaries of what can be done with it.

Past Experience

• Research
o Undergraduate researcher, UC Berkeley Department of Chemistry – Resonance Raman spectroscopy of quantum confined phonons in CdSe nanocrystals
o Research Associate, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Actinide Chemistry Group – Coordination of lanthanides and actinides in high activity salt solutions and solid model waste using laser induced fluorescence, Raman spectroscopy and X-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy (XAFS)
o Graduate student researcher, UCLA Department of Chemistry –Physical morphology and electronic structure of organic semiconductors using a range of optical and computational techniques including second harmonic spectroscopy, linear optical spectroscopy, and quantum electronic structure calculations
o Postdoctoral Associate, USC Department of Chemistry – Structural dynamics at water interfaces using fourth-order nonlinear infrared spectroscopy


• B.Sc. Chemistry with a minor in Physics --University of California Berkeley
• Ph.D. University of California Los Angeles
Dissertation title: “Linear and Nonlinear Optical Properties of Organic Semiconductors”

Awards, Honors, & Appointments

• 2001 National Science Foundation (NSF) Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) Fellowship
• 2006 UCLA Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry Excellence In Teaching Award