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Aaron Rose studies light-matter interactions in nanomaterials applicable to photochemistry, such as the photoelectrochemical reduction of CO2. He is particularly interested in controlling chemical reaction energetics and charge transfer using plasmonics and strong exciton–polariton coupling. Material systems under study include the two-dimensional transition metal dichalcogenides (2D TMDCs), 2D perovskites, and carbon nanotubes.

Aaron joined NREL as a director’s postdoctoral fellow under the mentorship of Jao van de Lagemaat in 2020. He earned his doctorate in condensed matter physics from Boston College in 2019, studying plasmonics and optoelectronics with Michael J. Naughton. Prior to his graduate work, he served as a secondary education Peace Corps volunteer in Burkina Faso, West Africa, for two years.

Research Interests

Solar photochemistry

Quantum and carbon nanomaterials

Photoelectrochemical CO2 reduction

Strong exciton–polariton coupling


Ultrafast spectroscopy

Education/Academic Qualification

PhD, Condensed Matter Physics, Boston College

Master, Condensed Matter Physics, Boston College

Bachelor, Space Physic, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Bachelor, Aerospace Engineering, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University


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