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Jason M. Montgomery, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Chemistry

"Perhaps more than in any other discipline, chemistry builds upon itself and requires a solid foundation. There is no denying its construction is a challenge; a student cannot be passive and expect to succeed. My approach in the classroom is not only to convey my own understanding but also to create an environment in which students can develop critical thinking and analytical skills and build a solid foundation through practice and making connections throughout the curriculum."

Dr. Montgomery received his B.S. degree in Chemistry and an M.S. degree in Chemical Physics from Texas Tech University before pursuing a Ph.D. in Chemistry at the University of Chicago in 2007. Upon completing a postdoctoral appointment at the Center for Nanoscale Materials at Argonne National Laboratory in 2009, he joined the Florida Southern faculty as Assistant Professor of Chemistry. His research interests are focused on nanophotonics, computational electrodynamics, and gas-phase quantum molecular dynamics. With respect to nanophotonics and computational electrodynamics, he is interested in the theory and modeling of the interactions of light with matter at the nanoscale. In particular, he is interested in exploiting the field confinement and enhancement of surface plasmons at metal / dielectric interfaces for applications in chemical and biological sensors, optoelectronics, etc. With respect to quantum molecular dynamics, Dr. Montgomery is interested in the development of efficient theoretical methods to calculate bound and resonance states for molecules using basis set optimization methods and iterative diagonalization techniques to solve the Schrodinger equation exactly.

Courses Taught

Preparation for Principles of Chemistry; Chemical Foundations for Biological Sciences; Principles of Chemistry I; Physical Chemistry I/II; Advanced Physical, Inorganic, and Analytical Chemistry Education.


Postdoc, Argonne National Laboratory
Ph.D., Chemistry, University of Chicago
B.S., Chemistry, Texas Tech
M.S., Chemical Physics, Texas Tech

Honors and Awards

American Chemical Society, Florida Section, Chair Elect 2012-2013
Center for Nanoscale Materials User: Nanophotonics.  Computer Resources on Carbon Cluster (100000 Hrs.) 2009 – 2010
National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center: Computational Nanophotonics. Computer Resources (150000 Hrs.) 2009 – 2010, 2010 – 2011, 2011-2012
Collaborative Research with Undergraduates Funding, Office of the Provost, Florida Southern College 2010, 2011, 2012

Selected Publications

Alfred J. Baca, Jason M. Montgomery, Lee R. Cambrea, Mark Moran, Linda Johnson and Jeanine Yacoub, “Nanopost Plasmonic Crystals Fabricated by Soft Imprint Lithography for Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering”, J. Phys. Chem. C, 2011, 115 (15), pp 7171–7178)

Lina Cao, Rene Nome, Jason M. Montgomery, Stephen K. Gray, and Norbert F. Scherer, “Controlling Plasmonic Wave Packets in Silver Nanowires” NanoLett  2010, 10, 3389-3394

Jason M. Montgomery, Stephen K. Gray, Alexandra Imre, Ulrich Welp and Vitalii Vlasko-Vlasov.   “Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy Enhancements Via Periodic Gratings of Gold Nanospheres on Silver Films.” Opt. Exp. 17, 8669 (2009)

Alfred Baca, Tu T. Truong, Jason M. Montgomery, Stephen Gray, Daner Abdula, Tony R. Banks, Jimin Yao, Ralph Nuzzo, and John Rogers, Molded Plasmonic Crystals for Imaging Molecular Fingerprints by Surface-Enhanced Raman Scattering.  Applied Physics Letters. 94, 243109 (2009)

John T. Bahns, Qiti Guo, Jason M. Montgomery, Stephen K. Gray, Heinrich M. Jaeger, and Liaohai Chen, Nanohole Arrays for High Fidelity Hole Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy J. Phys. Chem. C, 113, 11190 (2009).

Jason M. Montgomery, Tae-woo Lee, and Stephen K. Gray, Theory and modeling of light interactions with metallic nanostructures. J. Phys.: Condens. Matte

Jason M. Montgomery and Stephen K. Gray, Enhancing surface plasmon polariton propagation lengths via coupling to asymmetric waveguide structures. Phys. Rev. B 77, 125407 (2008)

Jason M. Montgomery and Bill Poirier, Eigenspectra calculations using Cartesian coordinates and a rotational symmetry adapted Lanczos method. J. Chem. Phys. 119, 6609 (2003)