Orla Wilson

Senior Lecturer

Research Interests

Nanomaterials and Optical Properties

  • Ph.D. 2005, Texas A&M University
  • Master of Science 1997, Dublin City University, Ireland
  • Bachelor of Science 1993, Dublin City University
  • 2015 - Present:  INSTRUCTOR, Whiting School of Engineering
  • 2012 - Present:  Senior Instructor, Engineering Innovation Summer Program
  • 2009 - 2011:  Instructor, Engineering Innovation Summer Program
  • 2008 - 2014:  Lecturer, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
  • 2008 - 2008:  Research Associate, Chemistry & Biochemistry, UMBC, Baltimore, MD
  • 2006 - 2007:  Manager, Materials Characterization Facility, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
  • 2001 - 2002:  Staff Researcher, Materials Science and Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL
  • 2001 - 2001:  Staff Researcher, Chemistry, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia
  • 1998 - 2000:  Staff Researcher, Molecular Science Division, Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), Melbourne, Australia
Research Areas
  • ELECTRON microscopy
  • Metal Nanoparticles
  • OPTICAL properties
  • Quantum Dots
  • 2019:  ABET IDEAL Scholar
  • 2017:  Capers and Marion McDonald Award for Excellence in Mentoring and Advising
  • 2014:  Robert B. Pond Sr. Excellence in Teaching Award
  • 2012:  Technology Fellowship Grant, JHU CER with Dr. Michael Karweit (WSE) and Dr. Karen Borgsmiller (WSE Center for Educational Outreach) “Video Tutorials as a Digital Pre-Lab Preparation Tool”
  • 2011:  Kenan Award
  • 2005:  Graduate Fellowship
  • 2003:  Martell Travel Award
Journal Articles
  • Pan H, Grow ME, Wilson O, Daniel M (2013).  A new poly(propylene imine) dendron as potential convenient building-block in the construction of multifunctional systems.  Tetrahedron.  69(13).  2799-2806.
  • Wilson O, Knecht MR, Garcia-Martinez JC, Crooks RM (2006).  Effect of Pd nanoparticle size on the catalytic hydrogenation of allyl alcohol.  Journal of the American Chemical Society.  128(14).  4510-4511.
  • Scott RW, Sivadinarayana C, Wilson O, Yan Z, Goodman DW, Crooks RM (2005).  Titania-supported PdAu bimetallic catalysts prepared from dendrimer-encapsulated nanoparticle precursors.  Journal of the American Chemical Society.  127(5).  1380-1381.
  • Wilson O, Scott RW, Garcia-Martinez JC, Crooks RM (2005).  Synthesis, characterization, and structure-selective extraction of 1-3-nm diameter AuAg dendrimer-encapsulated bimetallic nanoparticles.  Journal of the American Chemical Society.  127(3).  1015-1024.
  • Scott RW, Wilson O, Crooks RM (2005).  Synthesis, characterization, and applications of dendrimer-encapsulated nanoparticles.  Journal of Physical Chemistry B.  109(2).  692-704.
  • Scott RW, Wilson O, Oh SK, Kenik EA, Crooks RM (2004).  Bimetallic palladium-gold dendrimer-encapsulated catalysts.  Journal of the American Chemical Society.  126(47).  15583-15591.
  • Scott RW, Wilson O, Crooks RM (2004).  Dendrimer supports for bimetallic catalysts.  Abstracts of Papers of the American Chemical Society.  227.  U831-U831.
  • Zhang ZS, Wilson O, Efremov MY, Olson EA, Braun PV, Senaratne W, Ober CK, Zhang M, Allen LH (2004).  Heat capacity measurements of two-dimensional self-assembled hexadecanethiol monolayers on polycrystalline gold.  Applied Physics Letters.  84(25).  5198-5200.
  • Scott RW, Wilson O, Crooks RM (2004).  Titania-supported Au and Pd composites synthesized from dendrimer-encapsulated metal nanoparticle precursors.  Chemistry of Materials.  16(26).  5682-5688.
  • Wilson O, Scott RW, Garcia-Martinez JC, Crooks RM (2004).  Separation of dendrimer-encapsulated Au and Ag nanoparticles by selective extraction.  Chemistry of Materials.  16(22).  4202-4204.
  • Hartland GV, Hu M, Wilson O, Mulvaney P, Sader JE (2002).  Coherent excitation of vibrational modes in gold nanorods.  Journal of Physical Chemistry B.  106(4).  743-747.
  • Wilson O, Hu XY, Cahill DG, Braun PV (2002).  Colloidal metal particles as probes of nanoscale thermal transport in fluids.  Physical Review B.  66(22).
  • Sonnichsen C, Franzl T, Wilk T, von Plessen G, Feldmann J, Wilson O, Mulvaney P (2002).  Drastic reduction of plasmon damping in gold nanorods.  Physical Review Letters.  88(7).
  • Wilson O, Staniland SS, Rawlings A, Bramble J, Tolosa J, Garcia-Martinez JC, Binns C (2014).  Novel Methods for the Synthesis of Magnetic Nanoparticles.  Elsevier.  (1).
Book Chapters
  • Garcia-Martinez JC, Wilson O, Scott RW, Crooks RM (2006).  Extraction of metal nanoparticles from within dendrimer templates.  Metal-Containing and Metallosupramolecular Polymers and Materials.  928.  215-229.
Conference Proceedings
  • Hartland GV, Hu M, Mulvaney P, Wilson O, Sader JE (2003).  Coherent excitation of vibrational modes in nanoparticles and nanorods: what do we really measure?.  Conference on Physical Chemistry of Interfaces and Nanomaterials II.  77-84.
  • Hartland GV, Hu M, Wilson O, Mulvaney P (2002).  Excitation of mechanical modes in gold nanorods.  International Symposium on Smart Materials, Nano-, and Micro-Smart Systems.  52-60.
  • "Streamlining the Task: Using Taskstream as an Efficient Continuous Assessment and Self-Study Preparation Tool", 2016 ABET Symposium.  Florida.  April 1, 2016
  • "Hands-on Preparation and Testing of Solution-Processed Semiconductor Devices in the Undergraduate Classroom", Gateway Sciences Initiative.  January 20, 2012
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