Anne Dillon is a Principal Scientist at NREL in the Center for Materials and Chemical Sciences. Her research is focused on the synthesis and characterization of nanostructured materials including single- and multi-wall carbon nanotubes as well as metal oxide nanoparticles and, recently, silicon nanostructures and amorphous Si powders. The nanostructures are targeted for a variety of renewable energy applications including vehicular electrical energy storage (with an emphasis on Li-ion batteries), electrochromic windows, and fuel cells. She has extensive experience employing both pulsed-laser vaporization and hot-wire chemical vapor deposition for the production of a variety of novel nanostructured materials. She has employed Raman spectroscopy to characterize the purity, defect density, and/or crystalline phases of these structures. She was invited by the National Academy of Engineering to participate in the American Frontiers of Engineering Symposium in 2006 and then later to organize an energy session at the U.S./Japan Frontiers in Engineering Symposium in 2009. She was the Spring Materials Research Society Meeting Chair in 2010. She enjoys co-advising graduate students and has students from the University of Colorado, Boulder; the Colorado School of Mines; and the University of Denver.
1988–1993 Ph.D. Physical Chemistry, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, Dissertation: "Reaction Processes on Silicon Surfaces: A Fourier Transform Infrared Analysis."
1984–1988 B.S. Chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, B.S. History, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University (cross registration).
- Dillon A.C. (2010). "Carbon Nanotubes for Photoconversion and Electrical Energy Storage." Chemical Reviews (110); p. 6856.
- Riley, L.A.; Cavenagh, A.S.; George, S.M.; Jung Y. S.; Yan, Y.; Lee, S.-H.; Dillon, A.C. (2010). "Conformal Surface Coatings to Enable High Volume Expansion Li-ion Anode Materials." ChemPhysChem (11); p. 2124.
- Ban, C.; Wu, Z.; Gillaspie, D.T.; Chen, L.; Yan, Y.; Blackburn, J.L.; Dillon, A.C. (2010). "Nanostructured Fe3O4-SWNT Electrode: Binder-free and High-rate Li-Ion Anode." Adv. Mater. (22); p. 20-145.
- Lee, S-H.; Deshpande, R.; Parilla, P.A.; Jones, K.M.; Mahan, A. H.; Dillon, A.C. (2006). "Crystalline WO3 Nanoparticles for Highly Improved Electrochromic Applications." Advanced Materials (18); p. 763.
- Dillon, A. C.; Yudasaka, M.; Dresselhaus, M.S. (2004). "Employing Raman to Qualitatively Evaluate the Purity of Carbon Single-Wall Nanotube Materials." Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (407); p. 69.