Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Tammy Olson

Research Staff
Functional Material Synthesis and Integration Group
Materials Science Division

 +1 925-423-0155

Ph.D. Chemistry
University of California at Santa Cruz
B.S. Chemical Engineering
Washington State University

Research Interests

Synthesis, characterization, crystal growth studies, and applications of metal and metal oxide nanomaterials; surface enhanced Raman for sensing applications; in-situ atomic force microscopy for monitoring crystal growth in real time; understanding effects of various surfactants on crystal shape and how properties are altered as a result; electrophoretic deposition for manipulation and directed self assembly of nanoparticles.

Honors and Awards

  • Laboratory Directed Research & Development (LDRD) – Labwide awarded at LLNL for FY13 & FY14 – Lead PI
  • Best Chemical Sciences Division (CSD) Postdoc Symposium Poster award - LLNL 2010
  • Lawrence Scholar Fellowship (formerly SEGRF) – Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (2005-2009)
  • Outstanding Student Poster Award - ACS National Meeting, Physical Chemistry Division (2008)
  • ACS Women Chemists Committee travel award (2008)
  • Nowell Microscopy Award - University of California – Santa Cruz (2008)


  • American Chemical Society
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Materials Research Society

Selected Publications

T. Y. Olson, B. El-Dasher, J. Z. Zhang, and C. A. Orme. "Crystal Growth Effect of Polyvinylpyrrolidone on Electrochemically Reduced Micro-scale Silver", 2012, in preparation.

T. Y. Olson*, C. A. Orme, T. Y. Han, M. A. Worlsey, K. A. Rose, J. H. Satcher, Jr., and J. D. Kuntz. "Shape Control Synthesis of Fluorapatite Structures Based on Supersaturation: Prismatic Nanowires, Ellipsoids, Star, and Aggregate Formation". CrysEngComm., 2012, in press.

T. Y. Olson, A. A. Chernov, B. A. Drabek, J. H. Satcher, Jr., and T. Y. Han. "Experimental Validation of the Geometrical Selection Model for Hydrothermally Grown Zinc Oxide Nanowire Arrays". Chem. Mater., 2012, in press.

S. H. Kim, T. Y. Olson, J. H. Satcher, and T. Y., Han. "Hiearchical ZnO structures template with amino acid based surfactants". Microporous Mesoporous Mater., 2012, 151, 64-69.

M. A. Worsley, S. O. Kucheyev, J. D. Kuntz, T. Y. Olson, T. Y. Han, A. V. Hamza, J. H. Satcher, and T. F. Baumann. "Carbon Scaffolds for Stiff and Highly Conductive Monolithic Oxide-Carbon Nanotube Composites". Chem. Mater., 2011, 23 (12), 3054-3061.

M. A. Worsley, T. Y. Olson, J. R. I. Lee, T. M. Wiley, M. H. Nielsen, S. K. Roberts, P. J. Pauzauskie, J. Biener, J. H. Satcher, T. F. Baumann. "High Surface Area, sp2-cross-linked Three-Dimensional Graphene Monoliths". J. Phys. Chem. Lett., 2011, 2 (8), 921-925.

T. Y. Olson, A. M. Schwartzberg, J. L. Liu, and J. Z. Zhang. "Raman and Surface-Enhanced Raman Detection of Domoic Acid and Saxitoxin". Appl. Spectrosc., 2011, 65 (2), 159-164.

M. A. Worsley, P. J. Pauzauskie, T. Y. Olson, J. Biener, J. H. Satcher, and T. F. Baumann. "Synthesis of Graphene Aerogel with High Electrical Conductivity". J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2010, 132 (40), 14067-14069.

T. Y. Olson and J. Z. Zhang. "Structural and Optical Properties and Emerging Applications of Metal Nanomaterials," Journal of Materials Science and Technology, 24, 433-446, 2008.

M. P. Melancon, W. Lu, Z. Yang, R. Zhang, Z. Cheng, A. M. Elliot, J. Stafford, T. Y. Olson, J. Z. Zhang, and C. Li, "In vitro and in vivo targeting of hollow gold nanoshells directed at epidermal growth factor receptors for photothermal ablation therapy," Molecular Cancer Therapeutics, 7, 1730, 2008.

C. Shi, Y. Zhang, C. Gu, B. Chen, L. Seballos, T. Y. Olson, and J. Z. Zhang, "Molecular Fiber Sensors Based on Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering (SERS)," Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, in press, 2008 (invited review).

T. Y. Olson, A.M. Schwartzberg, C. Orme, C. Talley, J.Z. Zhang, "Hollow Gold/Silver Double-Shell Nanospheres: Structure, Optical Absorption, and Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering", Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 112, 6319-6329, 2008.

A.M. Schwartzberg, T.Y. Olson, C. Talley, J. Z. Zhang, "Gold nanotubes synthesized via magnetic alignment of cobalt nanoparticle templates ", Journal of Physical Chemistry C (Communication), 111, 16080-16082, 2007.

L. Seballos, T. Olson, J.Z. Zhang, "Effects of Chromophore Orientation and Molecule Conformation on Surface-enhanced Raman Scattering Studied with Alkanoic Acids and Colloidal Silver Nanoparticles", Journal of Chemical Physics, 125, 234706, 2006.

A.M. Schwartzberg, T. Y. Olson, C. Talley, J. Z. Zhang, "Synthesis, characterization and tunable optical properties of hollow gold nanospheres", Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 110, 19935-19944, 2006.

A.M. Schwartzberg, T. Y. Oshiro, J.Z. Zhang, Thomas Huser, and Chad Talley, "Improving nanoprobes using surface-enhanced Raman scattering from 30 nm hollow gold particles", Analytical Chemistry (Communications), 78, 4732-4736, 2006.

T. Oshiro, A. Backstrom, A. Cumberlidge, K.W. Hipps, Ursula Mazur, "Nanomechanical Properties of ordered phthalocyanine Langmuir-Blodgett layers", Journal of Materials Research, 19, 1461-1470, 2004.

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