Farah Dawood

Farah Dawood
Farah Dawood

Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Taylor Science Center 1064

Farah Dawood is developing the experimental physical chemistry curriculum. She is initiating a research program grounded in nanolithography for designing optically active materials for manipulating light and sensors for detecting low concentrations of biomolecules. 

During her postdoctoral research at The Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies at Los Alamos National Laboratory, Dawood developed new lithographic methods for spatially organizing soft materials, in particular for enabling applications in next-generation quantum computing. Before that, Dawood was a postdoctoral researcher in physical chemistry at the University of Maryland, where she studied new nanofabrication methods using ultrafast lasers to design biomolecular scaffolds and sensors. She earned her doctorate in materials chemistry at Penn State, focusing on colloidal routes for the predictable and controllable synthesis of metastable nanoparticles using crystal structures as templates. Dawood earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Concordia College, Moorhead.

Recent Courses Taught

Principles of Chemistry lab
Physical Chemistry I lab
Physical Chemistry II


  • Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies funded postdoctoral researcher - Los Alamos National Laboratory, 2013-15
  • American Chemical Society Division of Inorganic Chemistry Travel Award, 2008
  • Outstanding Contribution, Living Curriculum Initiative – Texas A&M University Awarded by the Texas A&M First-Year Program in Chemistry for Undergraduate Teaching and Contribution toward a New Curriculum, 2005-06
  • Molldrem Scholarship, Concordia College, 2004-05

Select Publications

  • Dawood, F.; Sheehan, C. ; Staude, I.; Buck, M. R.; Dominguez, J. ; Kivshar, Y. S. ; Brener, I.; Hollingsworth, J. A. "Dip-Pen Nanolithography for Positioning Materials on Pre-Patterned Surfaces" manuscript in preparation.
  • Dawood, F.; Hsu, M.; Fourkas, J. T. "Highly Efficient Multiphoton Absorption Induced Luminescence (MAIL) Substrates: Using Galvanic Displacement Reactions for Silver Dendrite Formation" manuscript in preparation.
  • Fourkas, J. T.; Dawood, F.; Qin, S.; Li, L.; Nah, S.; Ropp, C.; Cummins, Z.; Shapiro, B.; Waks, E. "Creation of multimaterial micro- and nanostructures through aqueous-based fabrication, manipulation, and immobilization" 8970 Laser 3D Manufacturing 2014, 89700M.
  • Dawood, F.; Qin, S.; Li, L.; Lin, E. Y.; Fourkas, J. T. "Simultaneous Microscale Manipulation, Immobilization, and Fabrication in Aqueous Media," Chem. Sci. 2012, 3, 2449-2456. [Featured on the back cover of the July 2012 issue of Chemical Science, Highlighted in RSC's 'Chemistry World Blog,' May 28, 2012, and 'phys.org,' July 13, 2012; invited highlight in 'ACS Noteworthy Chemistry,' 2012]
  • Dawood, F.; Schaak, R. E. "ZnO-Templated Synthesis of Wurtzite-Type- ZnS and ZnSe Nanoparticles," J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2009, 131, 424 - 425.
  • Dawood, F.; Leonard, B. M.; Schaak, R. E. "Oxidative Transformation of Interrnetallic Nanoparticles: An Alternative Pathway to Metal/Oxide Nanocomposites, Textured Ceramics, and Nanocrystalline Multimetal Oxides," Chem. Mater. 2007, 19, 4545 - 4550.

Professional Affiliations

American Chemical Society

Appointed to the Faculty: 2015

Educational Background

Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University
B.A., Concordia College

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