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Stephen K. Gray

Senior Scientist


Stephen Gray received a B.Sc. degree in chemistry from Carleton University, Ottawa, in 1977 and a Ph.D. degree in chemistry from UC Berkeley in 1982.  After post-doctoral work at Oxford University (1982-84) and The University of Chicago (1984-86) he was an Assistant Professor in the Chemistry Department at Northern Illinois University before joining Argonne in 1990 as a staff scientist in the Chemistry Division.  He moved on to become Group Leader of the Theory and Modeling Group at Argonne’s Center for Nanoscale Materials in 2009

His research focuses on the classical electrodynamics and quantum dynamics  of light-matter interactions in nanostructured systems, including problems in quantum plasmonics, sensing and information. 

He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and has over 230 publications with an h-index of 62.

Representative Publications:

E. R. MacQuarrie, M. Otten, S. K. Gray and G. D. Fuchs, Cooling a mechanical resonator using nitrogen-vacancy centres using a room temperature excited-state spin interaction, Nature Communications 8, 14358 (2017).

N. Zhang et al., Near-field dielectric scattering promotes optical absorption by platinum nanoparticles, Nature Photonics 10, 473-482 (2016).

Fei et al., Ultraconfined plasmonic hotspots inside graphene nanobubbles, Nano Letters 16, 7842-7848 (2016)

A postdoctoral position is available.  Please contact me if interested.