Utterback James

Utterback James

James Utterback
CNRS Researcher (Chargé de Recherche)
Team(s) Chemical Physics and Dynamics of Surfaces

James K. Utterback

Institut des NanoSciences de Paris (INSP)
Sorbonne Université
4 Place Jussieu
Email: james.utterback -at- insp.jussieu.fr (or @sorbonne-universite.fr)


Short CV
CNRS Researcher | Researcher; Institute of Nanosciences of Paris; Sorbonne University | 2023 – present
Postdoctoral Fellow | Beckman Postdoctoral Fellow; University of California, Berkeley | 2019 – 2022
PhD in Chemistry | NSF Graduate Research Fellow; University of Colorado, Boulder | 2013 – 2018
B.S. in Physics | Goldwater Scholar & Undergraduate Research Fellow; University of Oregon | 2007 – 2011


James Utterback’s research focuses on ultrafast optical spectroscopy and microscopy of energy relaxation and transport in materials for optoelectronic applications.



Google Scholar Profile – James K. Utterback

Highlighted Publications

  1. J. K. Utterback, A. N. Grennell, M. B. Wilker, O. M. Pearce, J. D. Eaves, G. Dukovic. “Observation of trapped-hole diffusion on the surfaces of CdS nanorods.” Nature Chem. 2016, 8, 1061–1066.
  2. J. K. Utterback, A. Sood, I. Coropceanu, B. Guzelturk, D. V. Talapin, A. M. Lindenberg, N. S. Ginsberg. “Nanoscale disorder generates subdiffusive heat transport in self-assembled nanocrystal films.” Nano Lett. 2021, 21(8), 3540–3547.
  3. J. K. Utterback,* A. J. King, L. Belman-Wells, D. M. Larson, L. Hamerlynck, A. Z. Weber, N. S. Ginsberg.* “Operando label-free optical imaging of solution-phase ion transport and electrochemistry.”  ACS Energy Lett. 2023. 8(4), 1785–1792.

*Co-corresponding authors

  1. J. K. Utterback,* M. B. Wilker, D. W. Mulder, P. W. King, J. D. Eaves, G. Dukovic.* “Quantum efficiency of charge transfer with heterogeneous relaxation: The case of electron transfer from CdS nanorods to hydrogenase.”J. Phys. Chem. C 2019123(1), 886–896.

*Co-corresponding authors

Further Publications

  1. M. Cavallo, R. Alchaar, E. Bossavit, H. Zhang, T. H. Dang, A. Khalili, Y. Prado, M. G. Silly, J. K. Utterback, S. Ithurria, P. Dudin, J. Avila, D. Pierucci and E. Lhuillier. “Inside a nanocrystal-based photodiode using photoemission microscopy.” Nanoscale 2023.
  2. T. H. Dang, C. Abadie, A. Chu, M. Cavallo, A. Khalili, C. Dabard, E. Bossavit, H. Zhang, Y. Prado, D. Pierucci, J. K. Utterback, Y. Todorov, C. Sirtori, J. Jaeck, G. Vincent, A. Vasanelli, B. Fix, E. Lhuillier. “Bias Reconfigurable Photoresponse of an Infrared Nanocrystal Film Integrated into a Coupled Fabry-Perot Resonator.” ACS Photonics 2023.
  3. H. Zhang, V. Guilloux, E, Bossavit, N. Fu, C. Dabard, M. Cavallo, T. H. Dang, A. Khalili, C. Abadie, R. Alchaar, C. Gréboval, X. Z. Xu, J. K. Utterback, D. Pierucci, S. Ithurria, J. I. Climente, T. Barisien, E. Lhuillier. “Visible and Infrared Nanocrystal-Based Light Modulator with CMOS Compatible Bias Operation” ACS Photonics 2023, 10(2), 430–436.
  4. M. Cavallo, E. Bossavit, H. Zhang, C. Dabard, T. H. Dang, A. Khalili, C. Abadie, R. Alchaar, D. Mastrippolito, Y. Prado, L. Becerra, M. Rosticher, M. G. Silly, J. K. Utterback, S. Ithurria, J. Avila, D. Pierucci, E. Lhuillier. “Mapping the Energy Landscape from a Nanocrystal-Based Field Effect Transistor under Operation Using Nanobeam Photoemission Spectroscopy.” Nano Lett. 2023, 23(4), 1363–1370.
  5. H. Zhang, R. Alchaar, Y. Prado, A. Khalili, C. Gréboval, M. Cavallo, E. Bossavit, C. Dabard, T. H. Dang, C. Abadie, C. Methivier, D. Darson, V. Parahyba, P. Potet, J. Ramade, M. G. Silly, J. K. Utterback, D. Pierucci, S. Ithurria, E. Lhuillier, “A Material Perspective on HgTe Nanocrystal-based Short Wave Infrared Focal Plane Arrays.” Chem. Mater. 2022, 34(24), 10964–10972.
  6. J. Li, Z. Chen, S. Saha, J. K. Utterback, M. Aubrey, R. Yuan, H. Weaver, N. Ginsberg, K. Chapman, M. Filip, H. Karunadasa “Zwitterions in 3D Perovskites: Organosulfide-Halide Perovskites.” JACS 2022, 144(49) 22403-22408.
  7. C. Abadie, L. Paggi, A. Fabas, A. Khalili, T. H. Dang, C. Dabard, M. Cavallo, R. Alchaar, H. Zhang, Y. Prado, N. Bardou, C. Dupuis, X. Z. Xu, S. Ithurria, D. Pierucci, J. K. Utterback, B. Fix, G. Vincent, P. Bouchon, E. Lhuillier, “Helmholtz Resonator Applied to Nanocrystal-Based Infrared Sensing.” Nano Lett. 2022, 22(21), 8779–8785
  8. P. Rastogi, E. Izquierdo, C. Gréboval, M. Cavallo, A. Chu, T. H. Dang, A. Khalili, C. Abadie, R. Alchaar, S. Pierini, H. Cruguel, N. Witkowski, J. K. Utterback, T. Brule, X. Z. Xu, P. Hollander, A. Ouerghi, B. Gallas, M. G. Silly, E. Lhuillier, “Extended Short-Wave Photodiode Based on CdSe/HgTe/Ag2Te Stack with High Internal Efficiency.” J. Phys. Chem. C 2022, 126(32), 13720–13728.
  9. S. Pierini, F. Capitani, M. Scimeca, S. Kozlov, D. Pierucci, R. Alchaar, C. Abadie, A. Khalili, M. Cavallo, T. H. Dang, H. Zhang, E. Bossavit, C. Gréboval, J. Avila, B. Baptiste, S. Klotz, A. Sahu, C. Feuillet-Palma, X. Z. Xu, A. Ouerghi, S. Ithurria, J. K. Utterback, S. Sauvage, E. Lhuillier, “Vanishing Confinement Regime in Terahertz HgTe Nanocrystals Studied under Extreme Conditions of Temperature and Pressure.” J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 2022, 13, 6919–6926.
  10. T. H. Dang, A. Khalili, C. Abadie, C. Gréboval, M. Cavallo, H. Zhang, E. Bossavit, J. K. Utterback, E. Dandeu, Y. Prado, G. Vincent, S. Ithurria, Y. Todorov, C. Sirtori, A. Vasanelli, E. Lhuillier , “Nanocrystal-Based Active Photonics Device through Spatial Design of Light-Matter Coupling.” ACS Photonics 2022, 9(7), 2528–2535.
  11. I. Coropceanu, E. M. Janke, J. Portner, D. Haubold, T. D. Nguyen, A. Das, C. Tanner, J. K. Utterback, S. Teitelbaum¸ M. Hudson, N. Sarma, A. M. Hinkle, C. Tassone, A. Eychmüller, D. Limmer, M. Olvera de la Cruz, N. Ginsberg, D. V. Talapin, “Self-assembly of nanocrystals into strongly electronically coupled all-inorganic supercrystalline solids.” Science 2022, 375(6587), 1422-1426.
  12. B. Guzelturk, J. K. Utterback, I. Coropceanu, V. Kamysbayev, E. M. Janke, M. Zajac, N. Yazdani, B. L. Cotts, S. Park, A. Sood, M. F. Lin, A. H. Reid, M. E. Kozina, X. Shen, S. P. Weathersby, V. Wood, A. Salleo, X. Wang, D. V. Talapin, N. S. Ginsberg, A. M. Lindenberg “Nonequilibrium thermodynamics of colloidal gold nanocrystals monitored by ultrafast electron diffraction and optical scattering microscopy.” ACS Nano 2020, 14(4), 4792–4804.
  13. J. K. Utterback, R. P. Cline, K. E. Shulenberger, J. D. Eaves, G. Dukovic “The motion of trapped holes on nanocrystal surfaces.” J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 2020, 11(20), 9876−9885.
  14. J. K. Utterback, J. L. Ruzicka, H. R. Keller, L. M. Pellows, G. Dukovic “Electron transfer from semiconductor nanocrystals to redox enzymes.” Annu. Rev. Phys. Chem. 2020, 71, 335–359.
  15. J. K. Utterback, J. L. Ruzicka, H. Hamby, J. D. Eaves, G. Dukovic “Temperature-dependent transient absorption spectroscopy elucidates trapped-hole dynamics in CdS and CdSe nanorods.” J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 2019, 10, 2782−2787.
  16. J. K. Utterback, H. Hamby, O. M. Pearce, J. D. Eaves, G. Dukovic, “Trapped-hole diffusion in photoexcited CdSe nanorods.” J. Phys. Chem. C2018122(29), 16974–16982.
  17. R. P. Cline, J. K. Utterback, S. E. Strong, G. Dukovic, J. D. Eaves, “On the nature of trapped-hole states in CdS nanocrystals and the mechanism of their diffusion.” J. Phys. Chem. Lett.20189(12), 3532–3537.
  18. M. B. Wilker, J. K. Utterback, S. Greene, K. A. Brown, D. W. Mulder, P. W. King, G. Dukovic “The role of surface-capping ligands in photoexcited electron transfer between CdS nanorods and [FeFe] hydrogenase and the subsequent H2 generation.” J. Phys. Chem. C. 2018, 122(1), 741–750.
  19. A. N. Grennell, J. K. Utterback, O. M. Pearce, M. B. Wilker, G. Dukovic “Relationships Between Exciton Dissociation and Slow Recombination Within ZnSe/CdS and CdSe/CdS Dot-in-Rod Heterostructures.” Nano Lett. 2017, 17, 3764–3774.

These authors contributed equally

  1. J. K. Utterback, M. B. Wilker, K. A. Brown, P. W. King, J. D. Eaves, G. Dukovic “Competition between electron transfer, trapping, and recombination in CdS nanorod–hydrogenase complexes.”Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 2015, 17(8), 5538–5542.
  2. A. Lott, A. Perdomo-Ortiz, J. K. Utterback, A. Aspuru-Guzik, A. H. Marcus “Conformation of self-assembled porphyrin dimers in liposome vesicles by phase-modulation 2D fluorescence spectroscopy.” Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 2011, 108(40), 16521–16526.
  3. T. Campbell, J. D. Cook, B. A. Coombs, E. P. Fuller, J. L. Hardwick, S. M. Hurley, L. K. Ho, P. A. Kovac, E. J. Robertson, E. N. Senning, J. K. Utterback, R. S. Wiser, “Temperature dependence of pressure broadening and shifts of acetylene at 1550 nm by N2.” Mol. Phys. 2011, 109(17–18), 2199.

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Arnold O. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellowship in Chemical Sciences (Postdoc Fellow), 2020
Camille and Henry Dreyfus Environmental Chemistry Fellow (Postdoc Fellow), 2019
Best Poster Award, Nature Conference: Visualizing Dynamics, Tempe AZ (Postdoc Fellow), 2019
Best of the Young Meeting, International Solar Fuels Conference, San Diego CA, 2017
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow (NSF GRFP) (Graduate Fellow), 2015
Excellence in Teaching Award, TA for General Chemistry, University of Colorado Boulder, 2014
Oregon Six: Selected for “Oregon Six” of Phi Beta Kappa Honors Society, University of Oregon, 2011
Undergraduate Research Fellow, Center on Teaching and Learning, University of Oregon, 2010
Barry M. Goldwater Scholar (Undergraduate Fellow), 2009
NASA Space Grant Undergraduate Scholar (Undergraduate Fellow), 2008