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Maria Tamargo

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Maria Tamargo

Executive Officer, Chemistry Doctoral Program, CUNY Graduate Center


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CDI 4-380
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B.S. in Chemistry, University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras, 1972
M.S. in Chemistry, The Johns Hopkins University, 1974
Ph.D. in Chemistry, The Johns Hopkins University, 1978

Courses Taught

Chem 10401 - General Chemistry

Chem 42500 - Inorganic Chemistry

Chem B1000 - Inorganic Chemistry, Master's Level

Research Interests

Materials growth and properties of semiconductor multi-layered structures grown by liquid phase epitaxy (LPE), molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) and gas source MBE. Areas of research activity include III-V compounds, strained-layer and short-period superlattices, surface and interface chemistry, visible light emitters, optoelectronic devices, wide bandgap II-VI compounds, II-VI/III-V heteroepitaxy, low dimensional nanostructures, selective area epitaxy, intersubband devices, quantum cascade lasers, VECSELs, Topological Insulators. 

  1. Guopeng Chen, Kualie Zhao, Maria C. Tamargo, and Aidong Shen, Near Infrared Intersubband Absorption of CdSe/MgSe Quantum Wells Grown on InP Substrate with an InAlAs Buffer Layer. J. Vac. Sci. Technol. B 32(2), 2166-2746 (2014).
  2. Syed Islam, Maria Tamargo, Richard Moug, and John R. Lombardi,Surface-Enhanced Raman Scattering on a Chemically Etched ZnSe Surface. J. Phys. Chem. C 117(44), 23372-23377 (2013).
  3. Siddharth Dhomkar, Uttam Manna, I. Cevdet Noyan, Maria C. Tamargo, and Igor L. Kuskovsky, Vertical Correlation and Miniband Formation in Submonolayer Zn(Cd)Te/ZnCdSe Type-II Quantum Dots for Intermediate Band Solar Cell Application. Appl. Phys. Lett.103, 181905 (2013).
  4. Siddharth Dhomkar, Uttam Manna, Le Peng, Richard Moug, I. Cevdet Noyan, Maria C. Tamargo, and Igor L. Kuskovsky, Feasibility of submonolayer ZnTe/ZnCdSe quantum dots as intermediate band solar cell material system, Sol. Energ. Mat. Sol. C 117, 604–609 (2013).
  5. Bidisha Roy, Haojie Ji, Siddharth Dhokmar, Fred J. Cadieu, Le Peng, Richard Moug, Maria C. Tamargo, and Igor Kuskovsky, Distinguishability of stacks in ZnTe/ZnSe quantum dots via spectral analysis of Aharonov-Bohm oscillations, Eur. Phys. J. B 86, 31 (2013).
  6. Haojie Ji, Bidisha Roy, Siddharth Dhomkar, Richard T. Moug, Maria C. Tamargo, Alice Wang, and Igor L. Kuskovsky, Tuning between Quantum-Dot and Quantum-Well-Like Behaviors in Type-II ZnTe Sub-Monolayer Quantum Dots by Controlling Tellurium Flux during MBE Growth, J. Elect. Mater. 42(11), 3297-3302 (2013).
  7. Zhiyi Chen, Thor Garcia, Joel de Jesus, Zhecong Zhao, Jeff Secor, Milan Begliarbekov, Lia Krusin and Maria Tamargo, Molecular Beam Epitaxial Growth and Properties of Bi2Se3 Topological Insulator Layers Using Various Substrate Surface Preparations, J. Elect. Mater. Published Online,
  8. Joel de Jesus, Thor A. Garcia, Siddharth Dhomkar, Arvind Ravikumar, Claire Gmachl, Guopeng Chen, Aidong Shen, Dino Ferizovic, Martin Munoz, and Maria C. Tamargo, Characterization of the three-well active region of a quantum cascade laser using contactless electroreflectance, J. Vac. Sci. Technol. B 31(3), 134 (2013).
  9. Thor A. Garcia, Songwoung Hong, Maria Tamargo, Joel de Jesus, Vasilios Deligiannakis, Arvind Ravikumar, Claire Gmachl, and
  10. Siddharth Dhomkar, Igor L. Kuskovsky, Uttam Manna, I. Cevdet Noyan, and Maria C. Tamargo, Optimization of growth conditions of type-II Zn(Cd)Te/ZnCdSe submonolayer quantum dot superlattices for intermediate band solar cells, J. Vac. Sci. Technol. B 31(3) C119 (2013).
  11. Aidong Shen, Guopeng Chen, Kualie Zhou, J. -T. Lai and Maria C. Tamargo, Metastable CdSe/MgSe quantum wells prepared by MBE with near IR intersubband absorption, J. Vac. Sci. Technol. B 31(3) C103 (2013).
  12. Y. Tian, P. Prucnal, Maria C. Tamargo, Claire F. Gmachl and Aidong Shen, Room temperature and high responsivity short wavelength II-VI quantum well infrared photodetector, Applied Physics Letters 102, 161107 (2013).
  13. Aidong Shen, Arvind P. Ravikumar, Guopeng Chen, Kualie Zhao, Adrian Alfaro-Martinez, Thor Garcia, Joel de Jesus, Maria C. Tamargo and Claire Gmachl, MBE growth of ZnCdSe/ZnCdMgSe quantum-well infrared photodetectors, J. Vac. Sci. Technol. B 31, C113, (2013).
  14. Richard T. Moug, Le Peng, Bidisha Roy, Siddarth Dhomkar, Alice Wang, Igor L. Kuskovsky, and Maria C. Tamargo, Control of quantum dot density of sub-monolayer type-II ZnTe quantum dots in a ZnSe matrix, Journal of Crystal Growth, submitted (2012).
  15. Yi Pan, Hanying Bai, Liang Pan, Yadi Li, Maria C. Tamargo, Mohammad Sohel and John R. Lombardi, Size controlled synthesis of monodisperse PbTe quantum dots: using oleylamine as the capping ligand, Journal of Materials Chemistry, (2012) /DOI: 10.1039/c2jm15540k.
  16. Arvind P. Ravikumar, Adrian Alfaro-Martinez, Guopeng Chen, Kuaile Zhao, Maria C. Tamargo, Claire F. Gmachl, and Aidong Shen, ZnCdSe/ZnCdMgSe quantum well infrared photodetector, Optics Express 20, 22391 (2012).
  17. Kuaile Zhao, Lijia Ye, Maria C. Tamargo, and Aidong Shen, Plasma-assisted MBE growth of ZnO on GaAs substrate with a ZnSe buffer layer, Phys. Status Solidi C 9, No. 8–9, 1809–1812 (2012) / DOI 10.1002/pssc.201100613.
  18. Uttam Manna, Qiang Zhang, Siddharth Dhomkar, I. F. Salakhutdinov, Maria C. Tamargo, I. Cevdet Noyan, G. F. Neumark, and Igor L. Kuskovsky, Radiative transitions in vertically correlated type-II ZnMgTe/ZnSe multilayer quantum dot structure, J. Appl. Phys. 112,063521 (2012).
  19. Mohammad A. Sohel, Liang Pan, and Maria C. Tamargo, Studies of surface oxidation in ultra-small magic-sized white-light emitting CdSe nanocrystals using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, Phys. Status Solidi C 9, (2012).
  20. Richard Moug, Adrian Alfaro-Martinez, Le Peng, Thor Garcia, Vasilios Deligiannakis, Aidong Shen and Maria Tamargo, Selective etching of InGaAs/InP substrates from II-VI multilayered heterostructures,  Phys. Status Solidi C 9, 1728–1731 (2012) / DOI 10.1002/pssc.201100716.
  21. Bidisha Roy, H. Ji, Siddharth Dhomkar, Fred J. Cadieu, Le Peng, Richard Moug, Maria C. Tamargo, and Igor L. Kuskovsky, Determination of excitonic size with sub-nanometer precision via excitonic Aharonov-Bohm effect in type-II quantum dots, Applied Physics Letters 100, 213114 (2012)
  22. Richard T. Moug, Humara Sultana, Yu Yao, Adrian Alfaro-Martinez, Le Peng, Thor Garcia, Aidong Shen, Claire Gmachl, and Maria C. Tamargo, Optimization of MBE growth for the development of mid-IR II-VI quantum cascade lasers, Journal of Electronic Materials, 41, 944 (2012).
  23. Uttam Manna, I. Cevdet Noyan, Qiang Zhang, I. F.  Salakhutdinov, K. A. Dunn, S. W. Novak, Richard Moug, Maria C. Tamargo, G. F. Neumark, and Igor L. Kuskovsky, Structural properties and spatial ordering of multilayered ZnMgTe/ZnSe type-II quantum dot structures, Journal of Applied Physics 111, 033516 (2012).
  24. Dino Ferizovic, Le Peng, Humara Sultana, Pritish Mukherjee, Sarath Witanachchi, Marıa C. Tamargo, and Martın Munoz, Photoreflectance spectroscopy study of a strained-layer CdTe/ZnTe superlattice, Journal of Applied Physics 110, 093703 (2011).
  25. Yu Yao, Adrian Alfaro-Martinez, Kale J. Franz, William O. Charles, Aidong Shen, Maria C. Tamargo, and Claire F. Gmachl, Room temperature and narrow intersubband electroluminescence from ZnCdSe/ZnCdMgSe quantum cascade laser structures, Applied Physics Letters 99, 041113 (2011).
  26. Qiang Zhang, Aidong Shen, Igor L. Kuskovsky, and Maria C. Tamargo, Role of magnesium in band gap engineering of sub-monolayer type-II ZnTe quantum dots embedded in ZnSe, Journal of Applied Physics 110, 034302 (2011).
  27. Bidisha Roy, Aidong Shen, Maria C. Tamargo, and Igor L. Kuskovsky, Effects of Varying MBE Growth Conditions on Layered Zn-Se-Te Structures, Journal of Electronic Materials, 40, 1775-1780 (2011) Doi: 10.1007/S11664-011-1690-1.
  28. Yunpu Li, Jonathan P. King, Le Peng, Maria C. Tamargo, Jeffrey A. Reimer, and Carlos A. Meriles, "Helicity independent optically-pumped nuclear magnetic resonance in gallium arsenide" Appl. Phys. Lett. 98, 112101 (2011).
  29. Jiun-De Wu, Ying-Sheng Huang, D. Y. Lin, William O. Charles, Aidong Shen, Maria C. Tamargo, K. K. Tiong, "Temperature-dependent photoluminescence and contactless electroreflectance characterization of a ZnxCd1-xSe/Znx'Cdy'Mg1-x'-y'Se asymmetric coupled quantum well structure" Journal of Alloys and Compounds 509, 3751-3755 (2011).
  30. Jiun-De Wu, Ying-Sheng Huang, Bingsheng Li, Aidong Shen, Maria C. Tamargo, and K. K. Tiong, Photoluminescence and photoreflectance characterization of Zn(x)Cd(1-x)Se/MgSe multiple quantum wells, Journal of Applied Physics 108, 123105 (2010).
  31. Richard Livingstone, Xuecong Zhou, Maria C. Tamargo, John R. Lombardi, Lucia G. Quagliano, and Fleumingue Jean-Mary, "Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy of Pyridine on CdSe/ZnBeSe Quantum Dots Grown by Molecular Beam Epitaxy," J. Phys. Chem. C 114, 17460–17464, (2010).
  32. Qiang Zhang, Yunpu Li, Xuejun Liu, Daniela Pagliero, Aidong Shen, Carlos A. Meriles and Maria C. Tamargo, "Dependence of electron spin relaxation times on the crystal orientation of CdTe grown on (100)ZnSe/GaAs substrates", Phys. Stat. Sol. (c) 7, 1665 (2010).
  33. Jiun-De Wu, Chen-Tai Huang, Ying-Sheng Huang, William O. Charles, Aidong Shen, Qiang Zhang, Maria. C. Tamargo, Optical characterization of intersubband transitions in ZnxCd1-xSe/ZnxCdyMg1-xySe asymmetric coupled quantum well structures by contactless electroreflectance, Physica Status Solidi (c) 7, 1530 (2010).
  34. William O. Charles, Yu Yao, K. J. Franz, Qiang Zhang, Aidong Shen, Claire Gmachl and Maria C. Tamargo, Growth of ZnxCd(1−x)Se/ZnxCdyMg(1−x−y)Se–InP quantum cascade structures for emission in the 3–5 μm range, J. Vac. Sci. Technol. B 28, C3G24 (2010).
  35. S. K. Zhang, Thander Myint, W. B. Wang, B. B. Das, Noemi Perez-Paz, Hong Lu, Maria C. Tamargo, Aidong Shen, and Robert R. Alfano, Optical study of strongly coupled CdSe quantum dots, J. Vac. Sci. Technol. B 28, C3D17 (2010).
  36. Qiang Zhang, Yunpu Li, Daniela Pagliero, William Charles, Aidong Shen, Carlos A. Meriles and  Maria C. Tamargo, Controlled growth of (100) or (111) CdTe epitaxial layers on (100) GaAs by molecular beam epitaxy and study of their electron spin relaxation times, J. Vac. Sci. Technol. B 28, C3D1 (2010).
  37. Yu Yao, William O. Charles, K. J. Franz, Aidong Shen, Maria C. Tamargo and Claire F. Gmachl, Improvement on the Luminescence Efficiency, Electroluminescence Linewidth and Transport Properties of ZnCdSe/ZnCdMgSe Quantum Cascade Structures, OSA / CLEO/QELS (2010).
  38. Igor L. Kuskovsky, Y. Gong, Maria C. Tamargo, and G. F. Neumark "Photoluminescence and magneto-optical properties of multilayered type-II ZnTe/ZnSe quantum dots", Superlattices and Microstructures 47, 87-92  (2010).
  39. Jiun-De Wu, Chen-Tai Huang, Ying-Sheng Huang, William O. Charles, Aidong Shen, and Maria C. Tamargo, Photoreflectance and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy study of intersubband transitions of a Znx'Cd1−x'Se/ZnxCdyMg1−x−ySe asymmetric coupled quantum well structure for quantum cascade laser application, Applied Physics Letters 95, 191905 (2009).
  40. Wei Dong, Bo Li, Qiang Zhang, Maria C. Tamargo, and Carlos A. Meriles, Helicity-independent optical pumping of nuclear magnetization in bulk CdTe, Phys. Rev. B 80, 045211 (2009).
  41. Nirajan Mandal, Frank Peiris, Oleg Maksimov, and Maria C. Tamargo, Far-infrared dielectric functions and phonon spectra of BexZn1-xTe alloys, determined by spectroscopic ellipsometry, Solid State Com., 149, (2009) 1698-1701.
  42. Jiun-De Wu, J W Lin, Ying-Sheng Huang, William O. Charles, Aidong Shen, Qiang Zhang, and Maria C. Tamargo, Characterization of a ZnxCd1−xSe/Znx'Cdy'Mg1−x'−y Se multiple quantum well structure for mid-infrared device applications by contactless electroreflectance and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, J. Phys. D: Appl. Phys. 42 (2009) 165102.
  43. Qiang Zhang, William Charles, Bingsheng Li, Aidong Shen, Carlos A. Meriles, and Maria C. Tamargo, Control of crystal orientation of CdTe epitaxial layers grown on (001) GaAs with ZnSe buffer layer by molecular beam epitaxy, J. Crystal Growth 311, 2603-2607 (2009).
  44. V. A. Shuvayev, Igor L. Kuskovsky, L. I. Deych, Y. Gu, Y. Gong, G. F. Neumark, Maria C. Tamargo, and Alexander A. Lisyansky, Dynamics of the radiative recombination in cylindrical nanostructures with type-II band alignment, Phys. Rev. B 79, 115307 (2009).
  45. Aidong Shen, William O. Charles, Bingsheng, K.J. Franz, Claire Gmachl, Qiang Zhang, and Maria C. Tamargo, Wide Band Gap II-VI Selenides for Short Wavelength Intersubband Devices, J. Crystal Growth 311 (2009) 2109–2112.
  46. S. Li, Aidong Shen, William O. Charles, Qiang Zhang, and Maria C. Tamargo, Growth and properties of wide band gap MgSe/ZnxCd1-xSe multiple quantum wells for intersubband devices operating at short wavelengths, J. Crystal Growth 311 (2009) 2113–2115.
  47. Martin Muñoz and Maria C. Tamargo, Use of Contactless Electroreflectance in the Development of Quantum Cascade Lasers from ZnCdSe/ZnCdMgSe, phys. status solidi a 206, 780–785 (2009).
  48. Lyudmila Malikova, Todd Holden, M. Noemi Perez-Paz, Martin Muñoz, and Maria C. Tamargo, Microscopic Surface Photovoltage Spectroscopy of the Cdse/ZnCdMgSe Quantum Dots Structures, Applied Physics Letters 94, 102109 (2009).
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