About Jeffrey Winiarz


  • SUNY At Buffalo, Doctor of Philosophy, 2003

Campus associations

Jeffrey Winiarz

Prof, asoc
101 Schrenk Hall

573-341-7654 | winiarzj@mst.edu


  • SUNY At Buffalo, Doctor of Philosophy, 2003

Campus associations


Jeffrey G. Winiarz studied Chemistry at the State University of New York at Buffalo (B.S., 1997; Ph.D., 2003). He did post-doctoral studies the Laser and Optics Research Center at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs (2003-2004) and was a Visiting Scholar at the Optical Sciences Center at the University of Arizona in Tucson (2004-2005). He joined the Department of Chemistry at the Missouri University of Science and Technology (MS&T) in 2005 where he currently holds the position of Associate Professor.

Our research focuses on the development of various types of polymeric photonic materials and devices, with emphasis on photorefractive composites. The commercial practicality of these materials is currently restricted by their slow response time and limited spectral sensitivity. We are addressing these issues through a novel approach involving the photosensitization of these materials by way of the inclusion of surface-passivated semiconductor nanocrystals. Inorganic nanocrystals posses several advantages over their organic counterparts in that, through the use of relatively narrow band gap semiconductor materials, the spectral properties of the photosensitizing species can be extended to the technologically important wavelengths in the near infrared region. Moreover, due to the highly efficient charge-generating properties associated with semiconductor materials, it is anticipated that these novel inorganic-organic hybrid nanocomposites can be fashioned such that their speed and sensitivity exceeds those associated with traditional all-organic composites.


Expertise areas

photorefractive materials, holography, optical materials, nanomaterials, photoconductive composites

Research interests

nonlinear optics, liquid crystals, anti-reflective thin films


  • Recent Progress in Organic Photorefractive Materials Moon, Jong-Sik; Kim, Kyujung; Han, Dong-Wook; Winiarz, Jeffrey G.; Oh,
    Jin-Woo; Applied Spectroscopy Reviews 2017, 53, DOI:
  • Practical correction of a phase-aberrated laser beam using a triphenyldiamine-based photorefractive composite Liang, Yichen; Winiarz, Jeffrey G.; Applied Physics B: Lasers and Optics
    2017, 123, 1-6.
  • Sub-Millisecond Response Time in a Photorefractive Composite Operating under CW Conditions Moon, Jong-Sik; Stevens, Tyler E.; Monson, Todd C.; Huber, Dale L.; Jin,
    Sung-Ho; Oh, Jin-Woo; Winiarz, Jeffrey G.; Scientific Reports 2016, 6,
  • Enhancement in the photorefractive performance of organic composites photosensitized with functionalized CdSe quantum dots Liang, Yichen; Wang, Wei; Moon, Jong-Sik; Winiarz, Jeffrey G.; Optical
    Materials 2016, 58, 203-209.
  • Evaluating the solid electrolyte interphase formed on silicon electrodes: a comparison of ex situ X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and in situ neutron reflectometry Fears, T. M.; Doucet, M.; Browning, J. F.; Baldwin, J. K. S.; Winiarz, Jeffrey
    G.; Kaiser, H.; Taub, H.; Sacci, R. L.; Veith, G. M.; Physical Chemistry
    Chemical Physics 2016, 18, 13927-13940.