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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. Dr. Graugnard holds degrees in physics and has expertise in atomic layer deposition (ALD), ultra-high vacuum scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), DNA nanotechnology, and nanoscale materials synthesis and characterization.


Present Associate Professor, Boise State University Micron School of Materials Science and Engineering
2009 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
2020 - 2020 For purchase of an Atomic Force Microscopy–Infrared Spectroscopy (AFM-IR) system
M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust
Role: Co-Primary Investigator
Colleague(s): David Estrada and Paul Davis
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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


2000 Ph.D. - Physics, Purdue University
1998 M.S. - Physics, Purdue University
1996 B.S. - Physics (Honors), Magna cum laude, Centenary College of Louisiana

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