Joseph Tracy

University Faculty Scholar
Professor

University Faculty Scholar
Professor
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Many kinds of nanoscale materials have size- and shape-tunable physical properties arising from their reduced dimensions and high surface-area-to-volume ratio. We synthesize magnetic and noble metal nanoparticles using a “bottom-up” approach starting from molecular precursors. Surface modification of nanoparticles with organic molecules and inorganic overcoatings imparts additional chemical, physical, and biological functionality. The surface plasmon resonance of gold nanoparticles depends on their shape and is sensitive to interparticle coupling. Magnetic nanoparticles have size-dependent magnetic properties and can be manipulated with magnetic fields, for example to direct assembly into chains. Incorporating magnetic and plasmonic nanoparticles into soft polymers makes possible remote actuation with magnetic fields and light.

Dr. Tracy’s research interests include the synthesis, characterization, and self-assembly of noble metal, magnetic, and multifunctional nanoparticles and their applications in soft robotics, sensors, and medicine.

Education

Ph.D. 2005

Physical Chemistry

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

B.S. 2000

Chemistry

University of California, Santa Barbara

Publications

Size control of cobalt nanoparticles by adjusting the linear carboxylic acid ligand chain length
Johnston-Peck, A. C. C., & Tracy, J. B. B. (2022), JOURNAL OF MAGNETISM AND MAGNETIC MATERIALS. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jmmm.2022.169036
Controlled Organization of Inorganic Materials Using Biological Molecules for Activating Therapeutic Functionalities
Chandler, M., Minevich, B., Roark, B., Viard, M., Johnson, M. B., Rizvi, M. H., … Afonin, K. A. (2021), ACS APPLIED MATERIALS & INTERFACES, 8. https://doi.org/10.1021/acsami.1c09230
Plasmon-Coupled Gold Nanoparticles in Stretched Shape-Memory Polymers for Mechanical/Thermal Sensing
Yadav, P. R., Rizvi, M. H., Kuttich, B., Mishra, S. R., Chapman, B. S., Lynch, B. B., … Tracy, J. B. (2021), ACS APPLIED NANO MATERIALS, 4(4), 3911–3921. https://doi.org/10.1021/acsanm.1c00309
Reconfigurable Magnetic Origami Actuators with On-Board Sensing for Guided Assembly
Ha, M., Canon Bermudez, G. S., Liu, J. A.-C., Oliveros Mata, E. S., Evans, B. A., Tracy, J. B., & Makarov, D. (2021), ADVANCED MATERIALS, Vol. 5, p. 2008751. https://doi.org/10.1002/adma.202008751
Sulfidation and selenidation of nickel nanoparticles
Lynch, B. B., Kelliher, A. P., Anderson, B. D., Japit, A., Spencer, M. A., Rizvi, M. H., … Tracy, J. B. (2021), CARBON ENERGY, 10. https://doi.org/10.1002/cey2.83
Flexible Cyclic-Poly(phthalaldehyde)/Poly(epsilon-caprolactone) Blend Fibers with Fast Daylight-Triggered Transience
Li, S., Rizvi, M. H., Lynch, B. B., Tracy, J. B., & Ford, E. (2020), MACROMOLECULAR RAPID COMMUNICATIONS, Vol. 42, p. 2000657. https://doi.org/10.1002/marc.202000657
Photothermally Reconfigurable Shape Memory Magnetic Cilia
Liu, J. A.-C., Evans, B. A., & Tracy, J. B. (2020), ADVANCED MATERIALS TECHNOLOGIES, Vol. 5, p. 2000147. https://doi.org/10.1002/admt.202000147
Programmable Anisotropy and Percolation in Supramolecular Patchy Particle Gels
Song, J., Rizvi, M. H., Lynch, B. B., Ilavsky, J., Mankus, D., Tracy, J. B., … Holten-Andersen, N. (2020), ACS Nano, 14(12), 17018–17027. https://doi.org/10.1021/acsnano.0c06389
3D-Printed Silicone Soft Architectures with Programmed Magneto-Capillary Reconfiguration
Roh, S., Okello, L. B., Golbasi, N., Hankwitz, J. P., Liu, J. A.-C., Tracy, J. B., & Velev, O. D. (2019), ADVANCED MATERIALS TECHNOLOGIES, 4(4), 1800528. https://doi.org/10.1002/admt.201800528
Direct electrospinning of titania nanofibers with ethanol
Chapman, B. S., Mishra, S. R., & Tracy, J. B. (2019), DALTON TRANSACTIONS, 48(34), 12822–12827. https://doi.org/10.1039/c9dt01872g

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