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Nicholas Wright

Graduate Research Assistant

Micron School of Materials Science and Engineering


Nick Wright joined the Micron School of Materials Science & Engineering at Boise State University in January 2022 as a Graduate Research  Assistant working in the Nanoscale Materials and Device Group as a part of the Quantum DNA (qDNA) research group under Professor Bill Knowlton and Dr. Bernard Yurke. As part of qDNA, Nick is a member of the Ultra Fast Laser Spectroscopy Team working with Dr. Ryan Pensack.

In his senior year of college, Nick researched the synthesis and characterization of barium-strontium titanate ceramics using a solid-state synthesis process and characterized his study materials using Raman spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction. Nick enjoyed the spectroscopy element of that research, which is what led him to the Ultrafast Laser Spectroscopy Team. Nick is  currently researching the excited-state lifetimes of asymmetric squaraine dyes using the transient absorption spectrometer in the ultrafast lab. He is also going to be working on building a homemade UV-Vis spectrometer in the ultrafast lab. Outside of school, Nick likes gravity-powered sports: skiing, mountain biking, whitewater kayaking. He also does lot of camping.


    •  B.S. Physics, Colorado Mesa University, Grand Junction, CO (2019)

Instruments and Techniques

  • Light source: Coherent Legend Regenerative Amplifier
  • Steady-State Spectroscopy: Cary 5000 UV-Vis-NIR Spectrophotometer, Princeton Instruments Action-Spectra Pro Spectrometer
  • Ultrafast Spectroscopy: Transient Absorption Spectroscopy


  • Python, Origin, LaTex