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About Elton Graugnard

Dr. Elton Graugnard joined the faculty of the Department of Materials Science & Engineering at Boise State University in 2009. He is currently working on DNA nanotechnology with the Nanoscale Materials and Device Group (see Links at right). Prior to joining Boise State, he was a physics professor at Rollins College involved in photonic crystals research. In collaboration with Chris Summer's Nanophotonics research group in the School of Materials Science & Engineering at Georgia Tech, he developed techniques to fabricate and manipulate the optical properties of 2D and 3D photonic crystals using atomic layer deposition (ALD). Dr. Graugnard has also worked on ultra-high vacuum scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) of semiconductor surfaces (Si and GaAs). He received a Ph.D. in Physics in 2000 from Purdue University, where he researched the field emission and electronic conductance of multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWNTs) in Ron Reifenberger's group.


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

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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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