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Simon Roy

Graduate Research Assistant

Micron School of Materials Science and Engineering

Simon Roy

Simon graduated from Boise State University with a B.S. in Physics in the spring of 2018. As an undergraduate researcher, Simon worked with Dr. Brian Jackson to explore the conditions leading to the existence of ultra-short-period exoplanets. Simon also worked in the Collaborative for Epitaxy of Nanomaterials (CEN) group with Dr. Paul Simmonds. CEN is an MBE lab focused on growing nanostructures of III-V materials by molecular beam epitaxy. Simon’s research focused around analysis of photoluminescence data obtained from quantum dots produced in the lab.

In Fall of 2018, Simon joined the Nanoscale Materials and Device Group in pursuit of a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering, with a focus on DNA nanotechnology. In his spare time, Simon can be found skiing, rafting, or otherwise enjoying the great state of Idaho.


  • B.S. Physics, Boise State University, Summa cum laude
    • Applied Physics Emphasis
    • Minor: Materials Science and Engineering
    • Minor: Applied Mathematics

Instruments and Techniques


  • Cary5000 Spectrophotometer
  • JASCO J810 Spectrophotometer
  • Horiba Fluorolog 3


    • Hall Measurement
    • Molecular Beam Epitaxy


    • Python
    • MatLab
    • Origin
    • LabView


Peer Reviewed Journal Publications

  • Schuck, Christopher F.; McCown, Robin A.; Hush, Ashlie; Mello, Austin; Roy, Simon; Spinuzzi, Joe W.; Laing, Baolai; Huffaker, Diana L.; and Simmonds, Paul J.. (2018). “Self-assembly of (111)-oriented tensile-strained quantum dots by molecular beam epitaxy”. Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology B,
  • Schuck, Christopher F.; Roy, Simon K; Garret, Trent; Yuan, Qing;Wang, Ying; Cabrera, Carlos; Grossklaus, Kevin; Vandervelde, Thomas E; Laing, Baolai; Simmonds, Paul J. (2019) “Anomalous Stranski-Krastanov growth of (111)-oriented quantum dots with tunable wetting layer thickness”. Scientific Reports,
  • Olga A. Mass, Christopher K. Wilson, Simon K. Roy*, Lance K. Patten, Matthew S. Barclay, Ewald A. Terpetschnig, Jeunghoon Lee, Ryan D. Pensack, Bernard Yurke, and William B. Knowlton, Exciton Delocalization in Indolenine Squaraine Aggregates Templated by DNA Holliday Junction Scaffolds, Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 124 (43), 9636–9647 (2020).
  • Matthew S. Barclay, Simon K. Roy*, Jonathan S. Huff*, Olga A. Mass, Daniel B. Turner, Christopher K. Wilson, Donald L. Kellis,
    Ewald A. Terpetschnig, Jeunghoon Lee, Paul H. Davis, Bernard Yurke, William B. Knowlton, and Ryan D. Pensack, Rotaxane
    Rings Promote Oblique Packing and Extended Lifetimes in DNA-Templated Molecular Dye Aggregates, Communications Chemistry, 4 (19), 1–11 (2021). doi: 10.1038/s42004-021-00456-8.
  • Huff*, JS, DB Turner, OA Mass, LK Patten, CK Wilson, SK Roy*, MS Barclay, B Yurke, WB Knowlton, PH Davis, and RD Pensack, Excited-State Lifetimes of DNA-Templated Cyanine Dimer, Trimer, and Tetramer Aggregates: The Role of Exciton Delocalization, Dye Separation, and DNA HeterogeneityJ. Phys. Chem. B, 125(36): 10240–10259 (2021). doi: 10.1021/acs.jpcb.1c04517.
  • Roy*, SK, OA Mass, DL Kellis, CK Wilson, JA Hall, B Yurke, and WB Knowlton, Exciton Delocalization and Scaffold Stability in Bridged Nucleotide-Substituted, DNA Duplex-Templated Cyanine Aggregates, Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 125(50), 13670–13684  (2021). doi: 10.1021/acs.jpcb.1c07602.

Conference Presentations and Posters

  • Simon Roy, Brian Jackson, Statistical Analysis of Stars Hosting USPs and Hot Jupiters, poster presented at Exoclipse 2017 Astronomy Conference (Boise, Idaho; August 22-24, 2017)

Honors and Awards

  • Received Idaho Opportunity Scholarship; Fall 2015 – Spring 2018
  • Received Michael & Cathy Whitlock Math and Science Scholarship; Fall 2016 – Spring 2018
  • Received Honcik Physics Scholarship; Fall 2017 – Spring 2018