Principal Investigator 
Frank Osterloh
Inorganic Chemistry

University of California
Davis, CA 95616
Phone: (530) 754-6242
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Email: osterloh@chem.ucdavis.edu
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Frank Osterloh

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Diploma in Chemistry, University of Oldenburg, Germany, 1994.
Ph.D., University of Oldenburg, Germany, 1997.
DFG Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University, Cambridge, 1997-2000.
Assistant Professor, University of California, Davis, 2000-2005
Associate Professor, University of California, Davis, 2006-2010
Professor, University of California, Davis,


Frank Osterloh was educated at the Carl von Ossietzky Universitat in Oldenburg, Germany and graduated with B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in chemistry.  After postdoctoral work (1997-2000) at Harvard University under the supervision of Prof. Richard H. Holm, he joined the faculty in Chemistry at the University of California at Davis as an Assistant Professor in 2000 and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2006, and then Professor in 2011.


Dr. Osterloh's research at UC Davis focuses on the chemistry and properties of inorganic nanomaterials. His group has developed methods to assemble metallic, magnetic, and luminescent nanoparticles into freely dispersible pseudo-0, 1-, 2-, and 3-dimensional multicomponent nanostructures with useful properties. Examples include nanoscale compasses and magnetic liquid crystals, directional nanoscale light emitters, and chemical sensors. Current research is centered on nanomaterials for solar energy conversion. This includes photocatalysts for water splitting and biofuel conversion, and photoelectrochemical cells for making electricity from light. A collaboration with Prof. Adam Moule in the Department of Chemical Engineering involves nanoparticle-enhanced photovoltaic cells. These project are supported by the National Science Foundation and by the Petroleum Research Fund.  For more information about these projects please visit our research webpages.


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  » Planar Polarized Light Emission From CdSe Nanoparticle Clusters, Jin Young Kim, Hiroki Hiramatsu, Frank E. Osterloh, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2005, 127(44), 15556-15561. DOI: 10.1021/ja0541377 Download Local Copy
  » Fe3O4-LiMo3Se3 Nanoparticle Clusters as Superparamagnetic Nanocompasses, Frank E. Osterloh, Hiroki Hiramatsu, R. K. Dumas, Kai Liu, Langmuir, 2005, 21(21), 9709-9713. DOI: 10.1021/la051498r Download Local Copy
  » ZnO-CdSe Nanoparticle Clusters as Directional Photoemitters with Tunable Wavelength, Jin Young Kim, Frank E. Osterloh, J. Am. Chem. Soc, 2005, 127 (29), 10152-10153. DOI: 10.1021/ja052735f Download Local Copy
  » Chemical Sensing with LiMo3Se3 Nanowire Films, Xiubin Qi, Frank E. Osterloh, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2005, 127(21); 7666-7667.DOI: 10.1021/ja050960r Download Local Copy
  » A Simple Large Scale Synthesis of Nearly Monodisperse Gold and Silver Nanoparticles with Adjustable Sizes and with Exchangeable Surfactants, Hiroki Hiramatsu, Frank E. Osterloh, Chem. Mat., 2004, 16, 2509-2511. DOI: 10.1021/cm049532v Download Local Copy
  »  Solution Self-Assembly of Magnetic Light Modulators from Exfoliated Perovskite and Magnetite Nanoparticles, Osterloh, F. J. Am. Chem. Soc.; 2002; 124(22); 6248-6249. DOI: 10.1021/ja025858y   Download Local Copy  
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