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James Alexander Liddle

J. Alexander Liddle is a senior research scientist in the Microsystems and Nanotechnology Division. He received a B.A. and a D. Phil. in Materials Science from the University of Oxford. Alex worked for eleven years at Bell Laboratories, beginning as a postdoctoral researcher and advancing to staff scientist and technical manager. He then spent four years at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in the Center for X-ray Optics, and then as Lead Scientist of the Nanofabrication Facility in the Molecular Foundry. Alex's research at NIST is focused on the physics of self-assembly, where he leads several projects on the measurement of the self-assembly of nanostructures. He holds 16 U.S. patents and has over 250 publications, including several in high profile journals such as Nature and Nano Letters. Alex has also helped organize a number of international conferences and workshops on nanofabrication and self-assembly.

Selected Programs/Projects

Selected Publications

  • Quantum-dot fluorescence lifetime engineering with DNA origami constructs, S. H. Ko, K. Du, and J. A. Liddle, Angewandte Chemie International Edition 52, 1193–1197 (2013).
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  • Quantum dot-DNA origami binding: a single particle, 3D, real-time tracking study, K. Du, S. H. Ko, G. M. Gallatin, H. P. Yoon, J. A. Liddle, and A. J. Berglund, Chemical Communications 49, 907–909 (2013).
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  • Three-dimensional real-time tracking of nanoparticles at an oil–water interface, K. Du, J. A. Liddle, and A. J. Berglund, Langmuir 28, 9181–9188 (2012).
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  • Nanomanufacturing with DNA origami: factors affecting the kinetics and yield of quantum dot binding, S. H. Ko, G. M. Gallatin, and J. A. Liddle, Advanced Functional Materials 22, 1015-1023 (2012).
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  • Lithography, metrology and nanomanufacturing, J. A. Liddle and G. M. Gallatin, Nanoscale 3, 2679 (2011). 
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  • Simultaneous positioning and orientation of a single nano-object by flow control: theory and simulations, P. P. Mathai, A. J. Berglund, J. Alexander Liddle, and B. A. Shapiro, New Journal of Physics 13, 013027 (2011).
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  • Measuring the structure of epitaxially assembled block copolymer domains with soft x-ray diffraction, G. E. Stein, J. A. Liddle, A. L. Aquila, and E. M. Gullikson, Macromolecules 43, 433-441 (2010).
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Low-temperature growth of carbon nanotubes catalyzed by sodium-based ingredients

Renu Sharma, Richard Li, Erica F. Antunes, Estekke Cohen, Akira Kudo, Luiz Acauan, Wei-Chang D. Yang, Chih-Ming Wang, Kehang Cui, Andrew Liotta, Ananth G. Rajan, Jules Gardner, David C. Bell, Michael S. Strano, James A. Liddle, Brian L. Wardle
Nanoparticle-catalytic synthesis of carbon nanostructures is an attractive route for producing 1-dimensional carbon nanomaterials, such as carbon nanotubes1

Research Update: Electron beam-based metrology after CMOS

James A. Liddle, Brian D. Hoskins, Andras Vladar, John S. Villarrubia
The strengths of and challenges facing electron-based metrology for post-CMOS technology are reviewed. Directed self-assembly, nanophotonics/plasmonics, and

Subnanometer localization accuracy in widefield optical microscopy

Craig R. Copeland, Jon C. Geist, Craig D. McGray, Vladimir A. Aksyuk, James A. Liddle, Bojan R. Ilic, Samuel M. Stavis
The common assumption that precision is the limit of accuracy in localization microscopy and the typical absence of comprehensive calibration of optical
Created July 30, 2019, Updated November 26, 2019