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Luiz G. Jacobsohn

Luiz G. Jacobsohn

Associate Professor

Phone: (864) 656-5965
Office: Sirrine 375
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Dr. Jacobsohn obtained a B.Sc. in Physics in 1992, a master's degree in Materials and Metallurgical Engineering in 1994, and a D.Sc. in Physics in 1999, all from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He joined the Materials Science and Technology Division of Los Alamos National Laboratory in 2002 as a postdoctoral research associate, and in 2005 was converted to a limited-term technical staff member in the same Division. In 2009, he joined Clemson University’s Department of Materials Science as a research faculty. Presently, he is an associate professor with the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and a researcher affiliated with the University’s Center for Nuclear Environmental Engineering Sciences and Radioactive Waste Management (NEESRWM) and the University’s Center for Optical Materials Science and Engineering Technologies (COMSET). Dr. Jacobsohn’s research interests are in the areas of scintillators, OSL dosimeters, and luminescent materials in general, including transparent ceramics, nanoparticles, glasses, single crystals, and thin films. He has more than 20 years of experience in materials synthesis, processing, and characterization. According to Web of Science, he has authored and co-authored 1 patent issued, 1 book chapter, and more than 130 publications that received more than 2070 citations to date. He co-chaired the 6th International Workshop on Photoluminescence in Rare Earths: Photonic Materials and Devices (PRE’16) in 2016 and was the Managing Guest Editor of the conference proceedings published as a special issue of Optical Materials in 2017. He is a member of the Organizing Committee of the 16th International Conference on Scintillating Materials and their Applications (SCINT), Santa Fe, NM, September 16-24, 2021, and co-organized the symposium “Application of Luminescent Materials for Radiation Detection” as part of the International Chemical Congress of Pacific Basin Societies (Pacifichem), Honolulu, HI, December 16-21, 2021. His research is or has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), Nuclear Energy University Program (NEUP), Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL), Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), and the NASA EPSCoR South Carolina Space Grant Consortium. Dr. Jacobsohn was the recipient of the prestigious NSF CAREER award in 2017, of the Award for Excellence from the Board of Trustees of Clemson University in 2018, of the Dean’s Professorship Award from the College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences of Clemson University also in 2018, and of the David and Mary Ann Bishop Dean’s Professorship Award in 2020, and of the Fulbright U.S. Scholar award in 2022. (May 2022)


D.Sc., PUC-Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (1999)
M.S., PUC-Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (1994)
B.S., PUC-Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (1992)

Research Areas

Luminescent Materials, including nanoparticles and transparent ceramics
Luminescent Dosimeters
Interaction of Ionizing Radiation with Matter
Radiation Damage
Synthesis and processing of Ceramic Materials
Structure-Property Relations

Selected Publications

The kinetic parameters of the main thermoluminescence glow peak of Al2O3:C,Mg: a critical evaluation of different analytical methods
J.M. Munoz, E.M. Yoshimura, M.L. Chithambo, L.G. Jacobsohn, N.M. Trindade Journal of Luminescence 247, 118848 (6 pages) (2022)

Promising Tb3+-doped gallium tungsten-phosphate glass scintillator: spectroscopy, energy transfer, and UV/X-ray sensing T.A. Lodi, J.F.M. dos Santos, G. Galleani, L.G. Jacobsohn, T. Catunda, and A.S.S. de Camargo Journal of Alloys and Compounds 904, 164016 (10 pages) (2022)

Magnesium aluminate spinel for optically stimulated luminescence dosimetry L. Pan, S. Sholom, S.W.S. McKeever, and L.G. Jacobsohn
Journal of Alloys and Compounds 880, 160503 (9 pages) (2021)

Comparative investigation of transparent polycrystalline ceramic and single crystal Lu3Al5O12:Ce scintillators: Microstructural and thermoluminescence analyses A.A. Trofimov, T.A. DeVol, and L.G. Jacobsohn Journal of Luminescence 238, 118229 (11 pages) (2021)

Luminescence of undoped and Ce-doped hexagonal BiPO4 Pan, K. Koehler and L.G. Jacobsohn Journal of Luminescence 228, 117626 (9 pages) (2020) DOI:

Insights into the proton transport mechanism in TiO2 simple oxides by in-situ Raman spectroscopy Gao, Y. Meng, A. Benton, J. He, L.G. Jacobsohn, J. Tong, K. Brinkman ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 12, 38012-38018 (2020) DOI:

Scintillation, luminescence and optical properties of Ce-doped borosilicate glasses Pan, J.K.M.F. Daguano, N.M. Trindade, M. Cerruti, E.D. Zanotto, and L.G. Jacobsohn Optical Materials 104, 109847 (5 pages) (2020) DOI: 10.1016/j.optmat.2020.109847

Thermoluminescence of UV-irradiated α-Al2O3:C,Mg N.M. Trindade, M.G. Magalhães, M.C.S. Nunes, E.M. Yoshimura, and L.G. Jacobsohn Journal of Luminescence 223, 117195 (5 pages) (2020) DOI: 10.1016/j.jlumin.2020.117195

Radioluminescence of Lu3Al5O12:Ce single crystal and transparent polycrystalline ceramic at high temperatures A.A. Trofimov, and L.G. Jacobsohn Ceramics International 46, 26335-26338 (2020) DOI: 10.1016/j.ceramint.2019.12.247