Ben Lear

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Associate Professor of Chemistry, Chemistry

Research Summary

Current research focuses on understanding how ligands present on nanoparticles can be leveraged to control their electronic properties as well as how to generate and leverage molecular scale heat to drive molecular scale transformations.

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Recent Publications

Asymmetries in the Electronic Properties of Spheroidal Metallic Nanoparticles, Revealed by Conduction Electron Spin Resonance and Surface Plasmon Resonance

Cruz, S. S., Tanygin, V. & Lear, B. J., Mar 23 2021, In: ACS nano. 15, 3, p. 4490-4503 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Preparation and Oxygen Sensitivity of a Range of Noble-Metal Nanoparticles (Ir, Pt, and Au) Protected by a Series of Chalcogen-Dodecane Ligands (S, Se, and Te)

Tanygin, V. & Lear, B. J., Jan 12 2021, In: Chemistry of Materials. 33, 1, p. 63-72 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Dependence of Core Electronics of Gold Nanoparticles on Ligand, Solvent, and Sample Preparation

Fagan, J. W. & Lear, B. J., Nov 5 2020, In: Journal of Physical Chemistry C. 124, 44, p. 24435-24440 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Nanoscale heat for organic transformations: a photothermally driven retro Diels–Alder reaction

Widstrom, A. L. & Lear, B. J., Mar 1 2020, In: Applied Nanoscience (Switzerland). 10, 3, p. 819-825 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Photothermal Control over the Mechanical and Physical Properties of Polydimethylsiloxane

Fortenbaugh, R. J., Carrozzi, S. A. & Lear, B. J., Jan 1 2019, In: Macromolecules.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Controlled Rapid Formation of Polyurethane at 700 K: Thermodynamic and Kinetic Consequences of Extreme Photothermal Heating

Van Burns, E. N. & Lear, B. J., Jun 13 2019, In: Journal of Physical Chemistry C. 123, 23, p. 14774-14780 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Structural and solvent control over activation parameters for a pair of retro Diels-Alder reactions

Widstrom, A. L. & Lear, B. J., Dec 1 2019, In: Scientific reports. 9, 1, 18267.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Photothermal effectiveness of magnetite nanoparticles: Dependence upon particle size probed by experiment and simulation

Johnson, R. J. G., Schultz, J. D. & Lear, B. J., 2018, In: Molecules. 23, 5, 1234.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

On-demand curing of polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) using the photothermal effect of gold nanoparticles

Joseph Fortenbaugh, R. & Lear, B. J., Jul 7 2017, In: Nanoscale. 9, 25, p. 8555-8559 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Chain Length and Solvent Control over the Electronic Properties of Alkanethiolate-Protected Gold Nanoparticles at the Molecule-to-Metal Transition

Cirri, A., Silakov, A., Jensen, L. & Lear, B. J., Dec 14 2016, In: Journal of the American Chemical Society. 138, 49, p. 15987-15993 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review