James Coe

James Coe

James Coe




0044B McPherson Laboratory
140 W 18th Ave
Columbus, OH 43210

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Areas of Expertise

  • Physical


Jim Coe received his B.A. with Honors in 1980 from Swarthmore College, and his Ph.D. in 1986 from The Johns Hopkins University (advisor Kit H. Bowen) where he was awarded the Roseman Award for excellence in research. Postdoctoral work was done at the University of California, Berkeley (advisor Richard J. Saykally). He has been a faculty member at The Ohio State University since 1989, being promoted to Associate Professor in 1995 and Full Professor in 2007. He was given the Outstanding Service Award in 1999 by the ACS Columbus Section for work as Program Chair of the 31st ACS Central Regional Meeting, was elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society in 2008, and has been on the Editorial Board of the journal Plasmonics since 2005.

Research Overview

The Coe Group has been developing applications of Plasmonics in Chemistry, Physics, and Biology.  Click on the left image to get a more detailed picture of our research program.  Our biggest application involves placing inhalable dust particles into the holes of a plasmonic metal mesh in order to record scatter-free infrared absorption spectra of subwavelength size particles.  This has led to a program in Environmental Chemistry to identify the chemical components of the dust that is breathed into people's lungs.  We are creating a library of single particle dust spectra, as well as calibranting materials that are known to be in dust, in order to better understand respirable dust.  In applying plasmonics to detection of cancerous liver tissues, we now have a program using IR light to detect cancer without using stains or labels.  We have joined a team of oncological surgeons, pathologists, and spectroscopists at the James Comprehensive Cancer Center in order to develop spectroscopic probes for detecting cancer in surgically resected tissues.

What is Plasmonics?  Go to the "Research Page" tab and choose "Movie Introduction to Plasmonics".


Coe Group Projects


J. Phys. Chem. C Cover

 Coe Group Projects                                               J. Phys. Chem. C Cover


Dust Particle Trapped in Plasmonic Mesh Hole.


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SEM Image of a Dust Particle Trapped in a Mesh Hole.         Analytical Chemistry Cover.

Recent Publications

Coe has 87 papers, an H-Index of 30, and 3373 citations

a list since ~2003 can be found at the "Publications" tab on our Research Page

A. Ravi, A. Luthra, F.L. Teixeira, and J.V. Coe, “Predicting infrared spectra of atmospheric
dust samples of mixed composition particles”, Conference Proceedings 2nd International Conference on Atmospheric Dust – DUST2016, ProScience 3 94-99 (2016).

A. Luthra, A. Ravi, S. Li, S.V. Nystrom, Z. Thompson, P.J. Lioy, and J.V. Coe, “Dust Library
of Plasmonically Enhanced Infrared Spectra of Individual Respirable Dust Particles: Lab Air, Home Air Filter, 11 September 2001 WTC Event and Calibrants”, Applied Spectroscopy, 70:9, 1546-1554 (2016).

A. Ravi, A. Luthra, F.L. Teixeira, P.R. Berger, and J.V. Coe, “Tuning the Plasmonic Extinction
Resonances of Hexagonal Arrays of Ag Nanoparticles”, Plasmonics 10:6, 1505-1512 (2015).

J.V. Coe, S.V. Nystrom, Z. Chen, R. Li, D. Verreault, C.L. Hitchcock, E.W. Martin Jr., and
H.C. Allen, “Extracting Infrared Spectra of Protein Secondary Structures using a Library of Protein Spectra and the Ramachandran Plot”, J. Phys. Chem B, 19:41 13079-13092 (2015).

A. Luthra, A. Ravi, and J.V. Coe, “The Dust Library: Enhanced Infrared Spectra of Individual
Respirable Dust Particles”, Proceedings of 45th International Conference on Environmental Systems, Bellevue WA, (2015), # 248, in press.

J.V. Coe, Z. Chen, R. Li, S.V. Nystrom, R. Butke, B. Miller, C.L. Hitchcock, H.C. Allen,
S.P. Povoski, E.W. Martin, Jr., “Molecular constituents of colorectal cancer metastatic to the liver by imaging infrared spectroscopy”, Imaging, Manipulation, and Analysis of Biomolecules, Cells, and Tissues XIII Book Series: Proceedings of SPIE, 9328, 89470B/1-89470B/7 (2015).

J.V. Coe, Z. Chen, R. Li, R. Butke, B. Miller, C.L. Hitchcock, H.C. Allen, S.P. Povoski,
E.W. Martin, Jr., “Imaging infrared spectroscopy for fixation-free liver tumor detection”, Proceedings of SPIE, 8947(Imaging, Manipulation, and Analysis of Biomolecules, Cells, and Tissues XII), 89470B/1-89470B/6 (2014).

K.R. Rodriguez, M.A. Malone, W.A. Nanney, C.J. A. Maddux, J.V. Coe, and H. L. Martínez, “Generalizing thermodynamic properties of bulk single-walled carbon nanotubes”, AIP Advances 4, 127149 (2014); http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.4905263.

J.V. Coe, D.B. Lioi, L. Shaffer, M.A. Malone, A. Luthra, A. Ravi, “Plasmonic spectra of
individual subwavelength particles under the infrared microscope: cells and airborne dust”, Proceedings of SPIE, 8957(Plasmonics in Biology and Medicine XI), 89570A/1-89570A/9 (2014).

Z. Chen, R, Butke, B. Miller, C.L. Hitchcock, H.C. Allen, S.P. Povoski, E.W. Martin, and
J.V. Coe, “Infrared Metrics for Fixation-Free Liver Tumor Detection”, J. Phys. Chem. B 117:41 12442-12450 (2013).

D.B. Lioi, K.E. Cilwa, M. McCormack, M.A. Malone, and J.V. Coe, “Infrared Spectral Model
for Subwavelength Particles of Mixed Composition based on the Spectra of Individual Particles with Calibration Data for Airborne Dust”, J. Phys. Chem. B, 117:44 11297-11307 (2013).

A. Ravi, M.A. Malone, A. Luthra, D. Lioi, and J.V. Coe, “Spectral challenges of individual
wavelength-scale particles: strong phonons and their distorted lineshapes”, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 15:25 10307-10315 (2013).

M.A. Malone, A. Luthra, D. Lioi, and J.V. Coe, “Developing Plasmonics Under the Infrared
Microscope: From Ni Nanoparticle Arrays to Infrared Micromesh”, J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 3:13, 1774-1782, (2012).

K. E. Cilwa, S. Teeters-Kennedy, K.A. Ramsey and J.V. Coe, “Infrared Plasmonic Transmission
Resonances of Gold Film with Hexagonally Ordered Hole Arrays on ZnSe Substrate”, Plasmonics 8:2 349-355 (2013).

M.A. Malone, K.E. Cilwa, A. Luthra, M. McCormack, D. Lioi, and J.V. Coe, “Plasmonics under
the Infrared Microscope: Sensing and Spectra of Single Particles Using Metal Film Hole Arrays”, 2012 Symposium on Photonics and Optoelectronics (SOPO 2012), 6 pages, available at iEEE Explore, digital object identifier: 10.1109/SOPO.2012.6270997.

M. A. Malone, M. McCormack, and J.V. Coe “Single Airborne Dust Particles using Plasmonic
Metal Films with Hole Arrays”, J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 3, 720−724 (2012).

J.M. Heer and J.V. Coe, “3D-FDTD Modeling of Angular Spread for the Extraordinary Transmission
Spectra of Metal Films with Arrays of Subwavelength Holes”, Plasmonics, 7:1–5 (2012).

K. E. Cilwa, M. McCormack, M. Lew, C. Robitaille, L. Corwin, M.A. Malone, and J.V. Coe,
“Scatter-Free IR Absorption Spectra of Individual, 3-5 μm, Airborne, Dust Particles Using Plasmonic Metal Microarrays: A Library of 63 Spectra”, J. Phys. Chem. C 115 , 16910–16919 (2011).

M. A. Malone, K. E. Cilwa, M. McCormack, and J.V. Coe “Modifying an Infrared Microscope
to Characterize Propagating Surface Plasmon Polariton Mediated Resonances”, J. Phys. Chem.
115 , 12250–12254 (2011).

M. A. Malone, S. Prakash, J.M. Heer, L.D. Corwin, K. E. Cilwa, and J.V. Coe, “Modifying
infrared scattering effects of single yeast cells with plasmonic metal mesh”, J. Chem. Phys.
133 , 185101 (2010).

J. Heer, L. Corwin, K. Cilwa, M. Malone Jr., and J. V. Coe, “Infrared Sensitivity of Plasmonic
Metal Films with Hole Arrays to Microspheres In and Out of the Holes”, J. Phys. Chem. C,
114 , 520-525 (2010).

K.E. Cilwa, K.R. Rodriguez, J.M. Heer, M.A. Malone, L.D. Corwin, and J.V. Coe, “Propagation
lengths of surface plasmon polaritons on metal films with arrays of subwavelength holes by infrared imaging spectroscopy,” J. Chem. Phys. 131 (6), 061101 (2009).

J.V. Coe, S.M. Williams, and K.H. Bowen, “Photoelectron spectra of hydrated electron clusters
vs cluster size: Connecting to bulk”, Int. Rev. Phys. Chem., 27 (1), 27-51 (2008).

J.V. Coe, J.M. Heer, S. Teeters-Kennedy, H. Tian, and K.R. Rodriguez, “Extraordinary Transmission
of Metal Films with Arrays of Subwavelength Holes”, Ann. Rev. Phys. Chem. 59 179-202 (2008).

J. V. Coe, K.R. Rodriguez, S. Teeters-Kennedy, K. Cilwa, J.M. Heer, and H. Tian, and S.M.
Williams, “Metal Films with Arrays of Tiny Holes: Spectroscopy with Infrared Plasmonic Scaffolding”, J. Phys. Chem. C 111 (47) 17459-17472 (2007), featured article.

K.R. Rodriguez, H. Tian, J.M. Heer, and J.V. Coe, “Extraordinary Infrared Transmission Resonances
of Metal Microarrays for Sensing Nanocoating Thickness”, J. Phys. Chem. C, 111 12106-12111 (2007).

K.R. Rodriguez, H. Tian, J.M. Heer, S. Teeters-Kennedy, and J.V. Coe, “Interaction of an
infrared surface plasmon with an excited molecular vibration”, J. Chem. Phys. 126 151101, 5 pps (2007).

S.M. Teeters-Kennedy, S.M. Williams, K.R. Rodriguez, K. Cilwa, D. Meleason, A. Sudnitsyn,
F. Hrovat, and J.V. Coe, “Extraordinary Infrared Transmission of a Stack of Two Metal Micromeshes”, J. Phys. Chem. C, (2007), 111 , 124-130.

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