We are a group of chemical, condensed-matter, and optical theorists working at the interface of molecular and condensed-phase quantum many-body theory and the electrodynamics of nanoscale materials.  Our efforts are aimed at elucidating observation in:

  • Electron energy-loss/gain and cathodoluminescence spectroscopy (EELS/EEGS/CL) of optical materials
  • Thermo-plasmonics
  • Quantum plasmonics
  • Non-radiative plasmon decay processes, i.e., plasmon-enhanced energy and electron transfer
  • Semiconductor plasmonics
  • Hybrid plasmonic-photonic systems

We accomplish these goals by constructing new theoretical paradigms–borrowing ideas from quantum chemistry, AMO, chemical, and condensed-matter physics, nuclear many-body theory, and optics–together with the requisite numerical algorithms needed to explore a variety of optical phenomena on the nanoscale.  We are challenged to work in areas where no prior theoretical formalism or codes exist, allowing us to pursue research directions unexplorable with current theory/software.  At present we collaborate with several experimentalists in chemistry and engineering at UW as well as with others throughout the US and abroad.

The Masiello group is supported by the National Science Foundation, XSEDE, the American Chemical Society, and the University of Washington Clean Energy Institute.