Benjamin Lear

IEE Faculty Member
Titles and Affiliations
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

Dependence of Photothermal Rate Enhancements of Urethane Formation upon the Nature of Light Exposure and Solution Viscosity

Ginder, N. C. & Lear, B. J., Jun 29 2023, In: Journal of Physical Chemistry C. 127, 25, p. 11958-11965 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

The Marcus dimension: identifying the nuclear coordinate for electron transfer from ab initio calculations

Šrut, A., Lear, B. J. & Krewald, V., Aug 8 2023, In: Chemical Science. 14, 34, p. 9213-9225 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Surface Chemistry Controls the Density of States in Metallic Nanoparticles

Litak, N. P., Mawby, L. M. & Lear, B. J., Mar 22 2022, In: ACS nano. 16, 3, p. 4479-4486 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

27Al Solid-State Magic-Angle Spinning NMR Studies of Aluminum Powder Particle Surfaces Treated with a Methyltriethoxysilane Coupling Agent under Acidic Conditions

Mawby, L. M., Ludwig, B. & Lear, B. J., Sep 6 2022, In: Langmuir. 38, 35, p. 10810-10816 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Rapid Photothermal Synthesis of Polyurethane from Blocked Isocyanates

Phillips, S. J., Ginder, N. C. & Lear, B. J., Aug 23 2022, In: Macromolecules. 55, 16, p. 7232-7239 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

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

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

Probing ligand-induced modulation of metallic states in small gold nanoparticles using conduction electron spin resonance

Cirri, A., Silakov, A., Jensen, L. & Lear, B. J., Jan 1 2016, In: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics. 18, 36, p. 25443-25451 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review