Jeffrey Peterson

Associate Professor of Chemistry, Department Chair
ISC 331A

Jeffrey Peterson has been a member of the Geneseo faculty since 2008.

Research Interests

The Peterson group is focused on two main goals: (1) chemical synthesis of novel nanoparticles (NPs) and (2) the development of a full understanding of their optical and electronic properties through innovative spectroscopic methods. The group has a special interest in semiconductor quantum dots, inorganic particles 10,000x smaller than the width of a human hair that possess unique optical properties and that have applications in renewable energy and biological imaging. Active projects in the group include the application of single molecule spectroscopy methods to investigate the impact of NP shape on fluorescence blinking and the optimization SiO2/Au core/shell structures for the production of steam from solar radiation at room temperature. 

Portrait of Jeffrey Peterson

Spring 2024 Office Hours

Tues 12:30pm-2:00pm
Wed 11:00pm-12:30pm
or by appointment

Curriculum Vitae


  • NRC Postdoctoral Fellow, JILA/NIST, Boulder, CO

  • Ph. D. Chemistry, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY

  • B.S. Chemistry, Wheaton College, Chicago, IL


  • CHEM 116: Chemistry I

    An introduction to some of the fundamental principles of chemistry. Topics include introduction to chemistry, stoichiometric principles, atomic structure and nature of the periodic table, chemical bonding, reactions in solutions, solution stoichiometry, thermochemistry, and trends in the physical and chemical properties of elements and their compounds.

  • CHEM 129: Intro to Lab Research in Chem

    An introduction to research methods used in chemistry laboratories. Topics include utilizing chemical literature, experimental design and iteration, and scientific communication. Students complete a quantitative analysis project utilizing spectroscopic methods and write a technical report describing their work.