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Katie Rice

Research Interests: 

My research is concerned with the synthesis and characterization of nanoparticles, particularly in optimizing oxidative stability.  Metallic nanoparticles have unique applications in sensors, biological imaging, catalysts, and photovoltaics; however, their size scale makes them particularly susceptible to oxidation under ambient conditions.   Our research aims to characterize core-shell nanostrucutres with innovative microscopy techniques in the SEM and TEM, and determine structural factors that are important in the oxidation process of colloidal metal nanocrystals and thin metal films.  Other areas of interest include plasmonic materials, colloidal nanocrystal synthesis and shape control, and the development of new materials.

Professional Affiliations:

Materials Research Society (MRS)

American Institute for Chemical Engineers (AiCHE)

Awards and Honors:

National Research Council- NIST Postdoctoral Fellowship (2012)

ConocoPhillips Graduate Fellowship (2009-2011)

Grand prize at the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute (RASEI) poster competition (2011)

Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) Fellowship (2008-2010)

1st place, University of Colorado StARS research symposium (2010)

2nd place, University of Colorado StARS research symposium (2008)

National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates (2005)


Rice, K.P.; Han, J., Campbell, I.P, Stoykovich, M.P; Low Temperature Oxidation of Sputtered Films, in preparation.

Rice, K.P.; Paterson, A.S.; Stoykovich, M.P; Temperature-induced nanoscale Kirkendall effect in copper oxide nanocrystals. Submitted.

Rice, K.P.; Stoykovich, M.P; Saunders, A.E.; Seeded growth of shape-controlled wurtzite CdSe nanocrystals: Cubes, platelets, trapezoids and bullets. Submitted.

Rice, K. P.; Saunders, A. E.; Stoykovich, M. P., Classifying the Shape of Colloidal Nanocrystals by Complex Fourier Descriptor Analysis. Crystal Growth & Design 2012, 12 (2), 825-831

Rice, K. P.; Walker, E. J.; Stoykovich, M. P.; Saunders, A. E.; Solvent-dependent surface plasmon response and oxidation of copper nanocrystals. Journal of Physical Chemistry C 2011, 115 (5), 1793-1799.

McCormick, J.A.; Rice, K. P.; Paul, D. F.; Weimer, A. W.; George, S. M.; Analysis of Al2O3 atomic layer deposition on ZrO2 nanoparticles in a rotary reactor. Chemical Vapor Deposition 2007, 13 (9), 491-498.
Katie Rice


Chemical Engineer
Applied Chemicals and Materials Division
Nanoscale Reliability

Employment History:

Postdoctoral Fellow at NIST, Materials Reliability Division, July 2012 – Present.

Graduate Research Assistant, University of Colorado at Boulder, Department of Chemical Engineering, Aug 2007- June 2012.

Pulp and Paper Process Development Center, University of Maine.  May-Aug 2004

Advanced Engineered Wood Composites Center, University of Maine.  June 2003-September 2003.


Ph.D., Chemical Engineering
University of Colorado, Boulder, CO (2012)
Thesis: Shape Control and Oxidation Behavior of Colloidal Nanocrystals

B.S., Chemical Engineering
University of Maine, Orono, ME (2007)
Minors: Mathematics and German



Phone: 303-497-7996
Fax: 303-497-5030