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Jason Montgomery, Ph.D.

Associate 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.


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

Honors and Awards

  • American Chemical Society, Florida Section, Chair 2013-2014
  • Center for Nanoscale Materials User: Nanophotonics. Computer Resources on Carbon Cluster (100000 Hrs.) 2009 – 2010, (300000 Hrs) 2014-2015
  • National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center: Computational Nanophotonics. Computer Resources (300000 Hrs.) 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
  • Collaborative Research with Undergraduates Funding, Office of the Provost, Florida Southern College 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015

Publications and Exhibitions

Alfred J. Baca, Joshua Baca, Jason M. Montgomery, Lee R. Cambrea, Peter Funcheon, Linda Johnson, Mark Moran, and Dan Connor, "Mosaic-like Silver Nanobowl Plasmonic Crystals as Highly Active Surface-Enhanced Raman Scattering Substrates”, J. Phys. Chem. C, 2015, 119 (31), pp 17790–17799

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, 10, 3389-3394 (2010)

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. Matter 20, 323201 (2008)

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)