Colin Hessel


Ph.D., University of Alberta
Supervisor: Jonathan Veinot
Thesis work: Synthesis of silicon nanocrystals from hydrogen silsesquioxane

B.Sc., University of Alberta
Specialization in environmental chemistry


Throughout my academic career I have created and studied nanomaterials that have advanced the scientific community and provided innovation in the areas of medicine, energy, photonics, and microelectronics. I have considerable expertise in the synthesis, characterization, and surface chemistry of silicon and germanium nanocrystals, nanorods, and nanowires. I have also synthesized and studied gold nanorods, gold nanoshells, and copper chalcogenide nanocrystals for plasmonic applications. I am currently focused on using nanomaterials to diagnosis and treat human diseases.


Chockla, Aaron M.; Bogart, Timothy. D.; Hessel, Colin M.; Klavetter, Kyle; Mullins, C. Buddie; Korgel, Brian A., Influences of Gold, Binder and Electrolyte on Silicon Nanowire Performance in Li-Ion Batteries. Journal of Physical Chemistry C (2012), ASAP. [link]

Hessel, Colin M.; Wei, Junwei; Fujii, Hiromasa; Reid, Dariya K.; Downer, Michael C.; Korgel, Brian A., Raman Spectroscopy of Oxide-Embedded and Ligand-Stabilized Silicon Nanocrystals. Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters (2012), 3(9), 1089 - 1093. [link]

Chockla, Aaron M.; Panthani, Matthew G.; Holmberg, Vincent C.; Hessel, Colin M.; Reid, Dariya K.; Bogart, Timothy D.; Harris, Justin T.; Mullins, C. Buddie; Korgel, Brian A., Electrochemical Lithiation of Graphene-Supported Silicon and Germanium for Rechargeable Batteries. Journal of Physical Chemistry C (2012), 116 (22), 11917-11923. [link]

Hessel, Colin M.; Pattani, Varun P.; Rasch, Michael; Panthani, Matthew G.; Koo, Bonil; Tunnell, James W.; Korgel, Brian A., Copper Selenide Nanocrystals for Photothermal Therapy. Nano Letters (2011), 11(6), 2560-2566. [link]

Kelly, Joel A.;Henderson, Eric J.; Clark, Rhett J.;Hessel, Colin M.; Cavell, Ronald G.; Veinot, Jonathan, G.C., X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy of Functionalized Silicon Nanocrystals. Journal of Physical Chemistry C (2010), 114(51), 2251922525. [link]

Hessel, Colin M.; Henderson, Heitsch, Andrew T.; Korgel, Brian, A., Gold Seed Removal From The Tips of Silicon Nanorods. Nano Letters (2010), 10, 176-180. [link]

Henderson, Eric J.; Hessel, Colin M.; Cavell, Ronald G.; Veinot, Jonathan, G.C., How Processing Atmosphere Influences the Evolution and Optical Properties of GeO2-Embedded Germanium Nanocrystals Obtained from the Thermolysis of Phenyl Trichlorogermane-Derived Polymers. Chemistry of Materials (2010), 22(8), 26532661. [link]

Hessel, Colin M.; Rasch, Michael R.; Hueso, Jose L.; Goodfellow, Brian W.; Akhavan, Vahid A.; Puvanakrishnan, Priyaveena; Tunnel, James W.; Korgel, Brian A., Alkyl Passivation and Amphiphilic Polymer Coating of Silicon Nanocrystals for Diagnostic Imaging. Small (2010), 6(18), 2026-2034. [link]

Heitsch, Andrew T.; Hessel, Colin M.; Akhavan, Vahid A.; Korgel, Brian A., Colloidal Silicon Nanorod Synthesis. Nano Letters (2009), 9(8), 3042-3047. [link]

Hessel, Colin M.; Henderson, Eric J.; Kelly, Joel A.; Cavell, Ronald.G.; Sham, Tsong.K.; Veinot, Jonathan G.C., Origin of Luminescence from Silicon Nanocrystals: a Near Edge X-ray Absorption Fine Structure (NEXAFS) and X-ray Excited Optical Luminescence(XEOL) Study of Oxide-Embedded and Free-Standing Systems. Journal of Physical Chemistry C (2008), 112, 14247-14254 [link]

Henderson, Eric J.; Hessel, Colin M.; Veinot, Jonathan G.C, Synthesis and Photoluminescent Properties of Size-Controlled Germanium Nanocrystals from Phenyl Trichlorogermane Derived Polymers. Journal of the American Chemical Society (2008), 130, 3624-3632. [link]

Hessel, Colin M.; Summers, Mark A.; Malek, Marik; Meldrum, Al; Veinot, Jonbathan G.C., Direct Patterning, Conformal Coating, and Erbium Doping of Luminescent nc-Si/SiO2 Thin Films from Solution Processable Hydrogen Silsesquioxane. Advanced Materials, (2007), 19, 3513-3516. [link]

Hessel, Colin M.; Henderson, Eric J.; Veinot, Jonathan, G.C., An Investigation of the Formation and Growth of Oxide Embedded Silicon Nanocrystals in Hydrogen Silsesquioxane Derived Nanocomposites. Journal of Physical Chemistry C (2007), 111, 6956-6961. [link]

Hessel, Colin M.; Henderson Eric J.; Veinot, Jonathan G.C., Hydrogen Silsesquioxane: A Molecular Precursor for Nanocrystalline Si-SiO2 Composites and Freestanding Hydride Surface Terminated Silicon Nanoparticles. Chemistry of Materials (2006), 18, 6139-6146. [link]