Dane W. deQuilettes

Dr. Dane W. deQuilettes is a technical staff member in the Quantum Information and Integrated Nanosystems Group, where he leads research in the growth of color centers in diamond (i.e., nitrogen- and silicon-vacancy) for applications in quantum sensing and communication. His broader interests span the characterization, control, and utilization of defects in semiconductors that are critical to combatting climate change, achieving nanoscale biosensing, and developing future quantum technologies.

Prior to joining Lincoln Laboratory, deQuilettes held a postdoctoral position at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he led a team in achieving the longest charge carrier lifetime ever measured in a direct bandgap semiconductor through the chemical design of surface fields. As a graduate student at the University of Washington, deQuilettes was the first to discover the location of defects in polycrystalline metal halide perovskite semiconductors. He developed many of the first surface defect passivation techniques for perovskites, which has led to some of the most emissive semiconductors ever fabricated. These passivation strategies have since been used to set world records in perovskite LED efficiency as well as photovoltaic power conversion efficiency.

deQuilettes has published > 30 peer-reviewed papers, which have been cited more than 6,000 times collectively. He has been named one of the 11 “rising stars” in the natural sciences by Nature Index, awarded the IUPAC-Solvay International Award for Young Chemists, and was listed to Forbes 30 under 30 in Energy for his pioneering work in developing novel materials for solar energy conversion.

deQuilettes received his PhD degree in chemistry and nanotechnology (dual title degree) from the University of Washington as a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow and his BS degree in chemistry from Pepperdine University.