Dr Sarah Stoll received her BA from Smith College, cum laude, and PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. With the same post-doctoral mentor she was a Post-doctoral Fellow at Harvard University and Rice University. After teaching at Oberlin College, she moved to Georgetown University, where she has been since 2002. She has been a Fulbright scholar at Helsinki University of Technology, a visiting scientist at Université Pierre et Marie Curie as well as the National Institute for Standards and Technology Nuclear Center for Neutron Research.
The overarching goal of the Stoll lab is the design, synthesis and characterization of magnetic nanomaterials. One project seeks to identify magnetic nanobeads to use as a contrast agent for Magnetic Resonance Imaging, a non-radiative clinical imaging technology. Nanobeads < 50nm containing highly magnetic clusters have been developed for replacing gadolinium chelates; this work is funded by the National Institutes of Health. The second project investigates magnetic semiconductors based on lanthanide chalcogenides for solid state device applications, which is currently funded by the National Science Foundation. A new project that has grown from this work is to study uranium chalcogenide nanoparticles for fundamental understanding of bonding and magnetism in the actinides.