Farah Dawood

Farah Dawood
Farah Dawood

Assistant Professor of Chemistry

on leave fall 2019
Taylor Science Center 1064

Farah Dawood's research interests are in lithographically fabricated nanomaterials that are useful for chemical sensing and electrochemical applications. Her research at Hamilton is at the intersection of materials, inorganic, and physical chemistry, with a focus on nanoscience.

Farah graduated with her B.A. in chemistry from Concordia College, in Moorhead, MN. She earned her Ph.D. in chemistry from Penn State University, focusing on colloidal routes for the controllable synthesis of metastable nanocrystals using crystal structures as templates. Subsequently, she completed postdoctoral research both at the University of Maryland and at The Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies at Los Alamos National Laboratory, where she developed new nanofabrication and lithographic methods to spatially organize materials; in particular, for enabling applications in next-generation quantum computing and nanophotonics. 

Recent Courses Taught

Physical Methods for Chemical Analysis 
Research Methods in Chemistry
Physical Chemistry (Statistical and Classical Thermodynamics and Kinetics)
Principles of Chemistry
Physical Chemistry (Quantum Mechanics) Laboratory
Physical Chemistry (Thermodynamics and Kinetics) Laboratory
Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory
Principles of Chemistry Laboratory


  • The John R. Hatch Excellence in Teaching Award, Hamilton College, 2017
  • Class of 1966 Career Development Award, Hamilton College, 2016, 2017
  • Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies funded postdoctoral researcher, Los Alamos National Laboratory, 2013-15
  • American Chemical Society Division of Inorganic Chemistry Travel Award - 236th ACS National Meeting, 2008
  • Outstanding Contribution, Living Curriculum Initiative, Texas A&M University, 2005-06
  • Molldrem Scholarship, Concordia College, 2004-05

Select Publications

  • Dawood, F.; Schulze, P. A.; Wang, J.; Sheehan, C. J.; Buck, M. R.; Majumder, S.; Ticknor, M.; Brener, I.; Hollingsworth, J. A. “The Role of Ink Transport in the Direct Placement of Quantum Dot Emitters onto Sub-Micron Antenna by Dip-Pen Nanolithography” Small 2018, accepted.
  • 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] (*denotes equal contribution)
  • 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 Intermetallic 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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