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About Elton Graugnard

Dr. Elton Graugnard joined the faculty of the Micron School of Materials Science & Engineering at Boise State University in 2009. He is currently working on atomic layer deposition (ALD) of thin and atomic-layered films, as well as DNA nanotechnology with the Nanoscale Materials and Device Group (see Links at right). Dr. Graugnard holds degrees in physics and has expertise in a range of research areas, including photonic crystals, atomic layer deposition (ALD), ultra-high vacuum scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), DNA nanotechnology, and nanoscale materials synthesis and characterization.


2009 - Present Assistant Professor, Boise State University Department of Materials Science and Engineering


2019 - Present DNA-Controlled Dye Aggregation – A Path to Create Quantum Entanglement
Department of Energy Basic Energy Sciences Established Program
Role: Co-principal investigator
Colleague(s): Jeunghoon Lee (co-principal investigator)
2019 - Present Optimizing DNA-assembled Dye Aggregates for Quantum Coherent Exciton Devices
Department of Defense’s Office of Naval Research
Role: Primary Investigator
2018 - 2021 Understanding Interfacial Chemistry and Cation Order-Disorder in Mixed-Phased Complex
Department of Energy EPSCoR Program
Role: Co-investigator
Colleague(s): Hui (Claire) Xiong and Argonne National Laboratory
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Honors and Awards

  • Research recognized by Editor's Choice in Science 2005
  • Journal Reviewer for Physical Review Letters, Physical Review B, Advanced Materials


  • Nanoscale Processing, MSE 545
  • Structure of Materials, MSE 305

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