Stephanie Benight
Stephanie Benight, Ph.D.
Managing Scientist
Polymer Science & Materials Chemistry
  • Menlo Park

Dr. Benight specializes in polymer materials synthesis and characterization, particularly for electronic and photonic applications. A chemist by training, her research experience spans the areas of materials design, synthesis and characterization, determination of structure-property relationships, as well as processing techniques for device preparation and evaluation of performance.

Dr. Benight was previously a postdoctoral scholar in the Chemical Engineering Department at Stanford where she developed elastic and mechanically compliant organic semiconducting polymers for stretchable thin film transistors and solar cells. This work included utilizing chemical and thermal crosslinking approaches and evaluating electronic properties and performance of thin film transistor devices. Her graduate work at the University of Washington focused on utilizing an interdisciplinary approach to develop electro-optic donor-bridge-acceptor chromophore systems for photonic devices in telecommunications applications. At UW, Dr. Benight also completed a dual Ph.D. degree in Nanotechnology.

Dr. Benight is skilled in organic electronic and photonic device development and has extensive experience in spin coating of polymers and small molecules, as well as high vacuum thermal deposition of organic small molecules and metals. Dr. Benight is trained in organic synthesis, including polymer and small molecule synthesis and purification, with core competency in a variety of materials characterization techniques, including ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy (UV-Vis), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), Fourier transform-infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), gel permeation chromatography (GPC), nano-dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA), nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR), gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS), and mass spectrometry. For thin film characterization, Dr. Benight is proficient at profilometry, variable angle spectroscopic ellipsometry (VASE), microscopy techniques for morphology assessment (atomic force microscopy (AFM) and optical microscopy), and tensile strain testing. Dr. Benight is also familiar with simple reflection ellipsometry, attenuated total reflection (ATR), and measurements of viscoelastic properties.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Postdoctoral Scholar, Chemical Engineering, Stanford University, 2014
  • Ph.D., Chemistry, University of Washington, 2011
  • B.S., Chemistry, Stanford University, 2006
  • Stanford Graduate School of Business, Ignite Program for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Certificate, 2014

    U.S. delegate to the Meeting of Nobel Laureates, Lindau, Germany, 2009

    Best Poster Award, The 7th Korea-U.S. Nanotechnology Forum, Seoul, Korea, 2010

    Women’s Chemist Committee (WCC)/Eli Lilly Company Travel Award, 2010 Spring ACS Meeting

    International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE) Scholarship Award, 2009 and 2010

    Bing Undergraduate Summer Research Fellow, Department of Chemistry, Stanford University, 2005

Publications

Benight S, MacLean S, Garcia M, Moll, J. Microscopy of intentionally oxidized polypropylene-based mesh material. Proceedings, ANTEC, 2016.

Benight SJ, Wang C, Tok JBH, Bao Z. Stretchable and self-healing polymers and devices for electronic skin. Progress in Polymer Science 2013; 38(12):1961–1977.

Benight SJ, Knorr, Jr. DB, Johnson LE, Sullivan PA, Lao D, Sun J, Kocherlakota LS, Elangovan A, Robinson BH, Overney RM, Dalton LR. Nano-engineering lattice dimensionality for a soft matter organic functional material. Advanced Materials 2012; 24(24) 3263–3268.

Knorr, Jr. DB, Benight SJ, Krajina B, Zhang C, Dalton LR, Overney RM. Nanoscale phase analysis of molecular cooperativity and thermal transitions in dendritic nonlinear optical glasses. Journal of Physical Chemistry B 2012; 116(46):13793–13805.

Benight SJ, Robinson BH, Dalton LR. Nano-engineering of molecular interactions in organic electro-optic materials. In: Molecular Interaction, Aurelia Meghea (ed), In Tech: Rijeka, Croatia, open access, published online.

Dalton LR, Benight SJ. Theory guided design of organic electro-optic materials and devices. Polymers 2011; 3(3):1325–1351.

Dalton LR, Benight SJ, Johnson LE, Knorr, Jr. DB, Kosilkin I, Eichinger BE, Robinson BH, Jen AK-Y, Overney RM. Systematic nano-engineering of soft matter organic electro-optic materials. Chemistry of Materials 2011; 23(3):430–445.

Dalton LR, Benight SJ. Theory guided design of organic electro-optic materials and devices. Polymers 2011; 3(3):1325–1351. Olbricht BC, Sullivan PA, Dennis PC, Hurst JT, Johnson LE, Benight SJ, Davies JA, Chen A, Eichinger BE, Reid PJ, Dalton LR, Robinson BH. Measuring Order in contact-poled organic electro-optic materials with variable angle polarization-referenced absorption spectroscopy (VAPRAS). Journal of Physical Chemistry B 2011; 115(2):231–241.

Benight SJ, Johnson LE, Barnes R, Olbricht BC, Bale DH, Reid PJ, Eichinger BE, Dalton LR, Sullivan PA, Robinson BH. Reduced Dimensionality in organic electro-optic materials: Theory and defined order. Journal of Physical Chemistry B 2010; 114(37):11949–11956. Featured on the cover of the September 23, 2010 issue.

Benight SJ, Johnson LE, Knorr DB, Elangovan A, Kosilkin I, Olbricht BC, Sullivan PA, Bale DH, Robinson BH, Overney RM, Jen AK-Y, Steier WH, Kim S-K, Fetterman HR, Prather DW, Dalton LR. Theory-Guided enhancement of poling efficiency of organic electro-optic materials. Proceedings, SPIE, 7774, 77740F, 2010.

Ding R, Baehr-Jones T, Liu Y, Bojko R, Witzens J, Huang S, Luo J, Benight S, Sullivan P, Fedeli J-M, Fournier M, Dalton L, Jen A, Hochberg M. Demonstration of a low VπL modulator with GHz bandwidth based on electro-optic polymer-clad silicon slot waveguides. Optics Express 2010; 18(15):15618–15623.

Kim S-K, Sylvain N, Benight SJ, Kosilkin I, Bale DH, Robinson BH, Geary K, Jen AK-Y, Steier WH, Fetterman HR, Berini P, Dalton LR. Active plasmonic and metamaterials and devices. Proceedings, SPIE, 7754, 775403, 2010.

Grote JG, Dalton LR, Sullivan P, Robinson BH, Eichinger B, Jen AK-Y, Benight SJ, Kosilkin I, Bale DH. Definition of critical structure/function relationships and integration issues for organic electro-optic materials. Nonlinear Optics and Quantum Optics 2010; 40(1-4, Pt. 1):15–26.

Dalton LR, Sullivan PA, Bale D, Olbricht B, Davies J, Benight S, Kosilkin I, Robinson BH, Eichinger BE, Jen AKY. Organic electro-optic materials: Understanding structure/function relationships critical to the optimization of electro-optic activity. In: Organic Thin Films for Photonics Applications, W. Herman and S. Foulger (eds), ACS Symposium Series, Washington DC, Chapter 2, pp. 13–33, 2010.

Benight SJ, Bale DH, Olbricht BC, Dalton LR. Organic electro-optics: understanding material structure/function relationships and device fabrication issues. Journal of Materials Chemistry 2009; 19(40):7466–7475. Featured on the cover of the issue.

Benight SJ, El-Kady M, Kroto HW. Nanotechnology: Use and misuse. Part of the series “Nobel Reactions: 2009 Nobel Laureate Meetings in Lindau, Nature Video, 2009.

Dalton LR, Lao D, Olbricht BC, Benight S, Bale DH, Davies JA, Ewy T, Hammond SR, Sullivan PA. Theory-inspired development of new nonlinear optical materials and their integration into silicon photonic circuits and devices. Optical Materials 2010; 32(6):658–668.

Coulembier O, Lohmeijer BGG, Dove AP, Pratt RC, Mespouille L, Culkin DA, Benight SJ, Dubois P, Waymouth RM, Hedrick JL. Alcohol adducts of N-heterocyclic carbenes: Latent catalysts for the thermally-controlled living polymerization of cyclic esters. Macromolecules 2006; 39(17):5617–5628.

Presentations

Benight SJ. Developing intrinsically stretchable semiconductors for stretchable electronics. The Materials Research Society Spring National Meeting, San Francisco, CA, April 1–5, 2013.

Benight SJ. Nano-engineered lattice dimensionality of soft matter organic functional materials: Structure, order, viscoelasticity, and theory. Invited talk. The 2011 International Workshop on Nano and Bio-Photonics (IWNBP), St. Germain au Mont d’Or, France, October 23–28, 2011.

Benight SJ. Reduced dimensionality from nanoengineering of soft matter organic electro-optic materials. The 2011 AIChe Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, Minnesota, October 19, 2011.

Benight SJ. ‘Soft’ intermolecular interactions for engineering molecular order in organic photonic materials. Poster. The 2011 AIChe Annual Meeting, Meet the Faculty Candidate Poster Session, Minneapolis, MN, October 16, 2011.

Benight SJ. Reduced dimensionality in organic electro-optic materials. IGERT 2011 Conference Celebrating Nanotechnology at the UW-Small Steps to a Big Future. Poster. University of Washington (UW), Seattle, WA, September 6–7, 2011.

Benight SJ. Theory-inspired nano-engineering of lattice dimensionality and viscoelasticity in organic photonic materials for electro-optic, plasmonic, and photolithographic applications. Invited Seminar, Hewlett-Packard Laboratories, Palo Alto, CA, June 9, 2011.

Benight SJ. Theory-inspired nano-engineering of structure, lattice dimensionality, and viscoelasticity of new polymer and dendrimer materials. Plenary Lecture, International Conference on Frontiers of Polymers and Advanced Materials, Pretoria, South Africa, May 2011.

Benight SJ. Reduced dimensionality in organic electro-optic materials. International Chemical Congress of Pacific Basin Societies (Pacifichem), Honolulu, HI, December 16, 2010.

Benight SJ. Theory guided enhancement of poling efficiency of organic electro-optic materials. Invited talk, SPIE Optics and Photonics Conference, San Diego, CA, August 2, 2010.

Benight SJ. Reduced dimensionality in organic electro-optic materials. Poster. Center on Materials and Devices for Information Technology Research (CMDITR) Site Visit, June 15, 2010.

Benight SJ. Exploitation of specific intermolecular interactions for nano-engineering and integration into nano-slot devices. Invited talk and poster. The 7th Korea-U.S. Nanotechnology Forum, Seoul, Korea, April 5–6, 2010.

Benight SJ. Understanding active intermolecular interactions in organic electro-optic materials. ACS 239th National Meeting, Polymer Science and Engineering (PMSE) division, San Francisco, CA, March 25, 2010.

Benight SJ. Reduced dimensionality in organic electro-optic materials. ACS 239th National Meeting, WCC/Eli Lilly Travel Award Poster Session, San Francisco, CA, March 23, 2010.

Benight SJ. Tuning spatially anisotropic interactions in electric field poling of highly NLO active chromophores. Center on Materials and Devices for Information Technology Research (CMDITR) Retreat, Tucson, AZ, February 2009.

Benight SJ, Culkin DA, Waymouth RM. Kinetic studies of alcohol elimination from the methanol adduct of a triazolyidene carbene. Poster. Symposium for Undergraduate Research in Progress (SURP), Stanford University, October 2005.

Professional Affiliations

American Chemical Society—ACS

Materials Research Society—MRS

International Society for Optical Engineering—SPIE

American Institute of Chemical Engineers—AIChE

Knowledge

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Postdoctoral Scholar, Chemical Engineering, Stanford University, 2014
  • Ph.D., Chemistry, University of Washington, 2011
  • B.S., Chemistry, Stanford University, 2006
  • Stanford Graduate School of Business, Ignite Program for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Certificate, 2014

    U.S. delegate to the Meeting of Nobel Laureates, Lindau, Germany, 2009

    Best Poster Award, The 7th Korea-U.S. Nanotechnology Forum, Seoul, Korea, 2010

    Women’s Chemist Committee (WCC)/Eli Lilly Company Travel Award, 2010 Spring ACS Meeting

    International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE) Scholarship Award, 2009 and 2010

    Bing Undergraduate Summer Research Fellow, Department of Chemistry, Stanford University, 2005