U.S. Department of Energy

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Marvin Warner

Marvin Warner
(509) 371-6480
Principal Investigator

Dr. Marvin Warner is a staff scientist in the Chemical and Biological Signature Sciences Group.  He received a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Kentucky in 1998 and a M.S. (2000) and Ph.D. (2003) in Chemistry (Materials Science Focus) from the University of Oregon.  His doctoral work focused on the development of engineered gold nanoparticles for the biologically inspired templating of nanoparticle arrays to serve as single electron transistors in nanoelectronic devices.  This work was multidisciplinary in nature and involved aspects of synthetic, physical, and analytical chemistry as well as biochemistry (specifically work with DNA and small polypeptides). Marvin joined Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) as a post-doctoral research fellow in 2003 working on the development of highly sensitive and rapid biodetection systems (both protein and nucleic acid based) that seek to utilize rationally designed nanomaterials to achieve better performance metrics out of complex sample matrices.  He subsequently joined PNNL as a research scientist in 2004 and continues to work in the field of nanomaterials and engineered surfaces for biological and chemical separation, preconcentration and detection focused on environmental and clinical applications.  Marvin has focused on the synthesis of a wide variety of metal, metal oxide, and fluorescent nanoparticles (aka quantum dots) for use in optical biological, chemical, and radiological signature detection and collection systems.  A unifying theme throughout his research has been the use of surface science and materials characterization techniques (i.e., XPS, TEM, XRD, and NMR to name only a few) to solve complex challenges in nanomaterials/materials synthesis and utilization. Currently, this technical focus on materials characterization and novel synthetic materials approaches has led to an interest in developing new materials and solving existing challenges in system of interest for quantum computing.

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