• Biotechnology Track Director, Professional Master of Science and Technology Program, Graduate School
  • Professor, Chemistry

Research Statement

Metal nanoparticles and naonstructures exhibit unique plasmonic behavior induced by interactions with light. By tailoring the plasmonic nanomaterials, we investigate tuning of the optical behavior, including nanoscale manipulation of light. As the size of the metal nanoparticles is scaled down to a few nanometers, the catalytic properties become important. We are studying the catalytic behavior based on structural properties of the nanoparticles, including the influence of size, shape  and ligands. For more details, check out our research website and publications (

We share our enthusiasm for science and engineering with the local community through hands-on nanomaterials and spectroscopy activities with students in K-12, mentoring in-coming freshman women through the College of Science ACCESS Program, and a partnership with the MESA Club at the Salt Lake Center for Science Education, a grade 6-12 lab school in the Salt Lake City School District.

Research Keywords

  • Surface Chemistry
  • Spectroscopy
  • Sensing
  • Self-assembly
  • Plasmonics/ Plasmonic materials
  • Nanoparticles
  • Microfluidics
  • Immunogenicity
  • High-throughput Techniques
  • Catalysis


  • National Science Foundation, CaSTL Reverse Site Visit, "Plasmonic Platforms for Surface Enhanced Spectroscopy," poster presented by C.T. Cooper. Co-authors: Lancaster, C.; Maekawa, H.; Feng, R.; Ge, N.-H.; Potma, E.; Jensen, L.; Shumaker-Parry, J.S. April 2014. Poster, Presented, 04/2014.
  • SciX, Federation of Analytical Chemistry and Spectroscopy Societies, “Probing the Optical Near Field Behavior of Asymmetric Plasmonic Nanoantennas,” September 2013. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 09/2013.
  • 7th International Conference on Materials for Advanced Technologies (ICMAT), “Polarization-Dependent Optical Near Field Behavior of Plasmonic Antennas,” Singapore, July 2013. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 07/2013.
  • Barnes, C.M.; Shumaker-Parry, J.S. “Tailored Plasmonic Nanostructures for Surface-enhanced Spectroscopy Using Nanosphere Template Lithography,” oral presentation, ACS 243rd National Meeting, San Diego, CA, March 2012. Contributed Talk, Presented, 03/2012.

Research Groups

  • Peter Stevenson, Graduate Student. Chemistry. 05/01/2016 - present.
  • Asal Kareem, Visiting Student. Summer Bridge Course. 07/2013 - 07/2013. Awards/Scholarships/Stipends: Participant in Summer Bridge Course.
  • Mun Lahpai, Undergraduate Student. Arizona State University, Materials Science. 06/2013 - 08/2013. Awards/Scholarships/Stipends: MRSEC REU.


  • Park, Jong-Won & Shumaker-Parry, Jennifer S. (2015). Strong Resistance of Citrate Anions on Metal Nanoparticles to Desorption under Thiol Functionalization. American Chemical Society (ACS). Vol. 9(2), 1665-1682. Published, 2015.
  • Cooper, Cindy T., Rodriguez, Miguel, Blair, Steve & Shumaker-Parry, Jennifer S. (2015). Mid-Infrared Localized Plasmons through Structural Control of Gold and Silver Nanocrescents. American Chemical Society (ACS). Vol. 119(21), 11826-11832. Published, 2015.