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We are a synthetic inorganic chemistry group focused on building up inorganic nanostructures for targeted applications in classical and quantum light emission, hybrid materials, energy harvesting, and catalysis. Using the tools and methods of inorganic and main-group synthesis we are preparing new III-V nanostructures and clusters and designing colloidal and homogeneous catalysts and electrocatalytic interfaces. Along the way we are preparing new molecular precursors, creating new synthetic methodologies, exploring complex reaction mechanisms, and developing a complete toolbox for tailoring nanoparticle surfaces. A diverse array of characterization techniques including optical spectroscopy, electrochemistry, NMR (VT, 2D, multinuclear, solid state), electron microscopy, X-ray spectroscopy, and X-ray diffraction allow us to analyze our new compounds and direct future synthetic strategies. More details on the different project directions are available on the Research section of the website.


Opportunities may be available for interested graduate students, undergraduates, and postdoctoral researchers. Please email inquiries along with a CV to Professor Cossairt.

For a fun introduction to the lab, check out this overview from Natalie Su (Carlmont High School) or this short lab tour video.

Check out the Chemistry Women Mentorship Network.

Connect with NSF and DOE Centers we are a part of!

University of Washington Molecular Engineering Materials Center (MEM·C, an NSF MRSEC)

Center for Integration of Modern Optoelectronic Materials on Demand (IMOD, an NSF STC)

Center for the Science of Synthesis Across Scales (CSSAS, a DOE EFRC)

Center for Molecular Electrocatalysis (CME, a DOE EFRC)

Cossairt Lab Principles


Open communication and free exchange of ideas.

Communication is the foundation of any group. Model this behavior, be receptive, and be curious about what others are up to.


Willingness and security to accept and give criticism.

Assume best intentions.


Respectful use of shared resources.

Don’t take advantage. Pull your weight. Support others in their group jobs.


Plan ahead, be ambitious, have a purpose.

Work smart, work hard, work happy, and be the example.


Motivation, and ultimately success, must come from the individual.

Only you can get yourself a PhD. But the lab is there to support you in your endeavor.

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