Paden Roder
PTD Lithography Process Engineer at Intel Corporation

I am a Lithography Process Engineer in the Portland Technology Development (PTD) group at Intel Corporation's Hillsboro, OR.


My previous PhD research took place in Peter Pauzauskie's Nano-Opto-Mechanical Lab in the Materials Science and Engineering department at the University of Washington. My research in the Pauzauskie Group focused on developing methods for laser tweezers to perform novel studies on nanoscale objects for energy, medical, and material applications.


Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

Work Experience

2015 - Present

PTD Lithography Process Engineer
Intel Corporation; Hillsboro, OR

At Intel, I help develop the latest and greatest processors using immersion lithography.

Education Highlights

2010 – 2015

Materials Science & Engineering and Nanotechnology PhD
University of Washington

2006 – 2010

BA in Physics
Grinnell College
(* - Denotes co-first authorship)

A thorough overview of my research/publications can be found in my PhD thesis.

Updated publication and citation history and metrics can be found on my Google Scholar profile.


  1. Roder P, et al. “Pulsed Photothermal Heating of One-Dimensional Nanostructures.Journal of Physical Chemistry C. 120 (38), 21730-21739, (2016). Project Description.
  2. Zhou X, Smith B, Roder P, Pauzauskie P. “Laser Refrigeration of Ytterbium-Doped Sodium–Yttrium–Fluoride Nanowires.Advanced Materials. 28 (39), 8658-8662, (2016). Project Description.
  3. Smith B, Zhou X, Roder P, et al. “Recovery of Hexagonal Si-IV Nanowires from Extreme GPa Pressure.Journal of Applied Physics. 119 (18), 185902, (2016). Project Description.
  4. Roder P*, Smith B*, Zhou X*, Crane M, Pauzauskie P. “Laser Refrigeration of Hydrothermal Nanocrystals in Physiological Media.PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences). 112 (49), 15024-15029, (2015). Project Description.
  5. Roder P, et al. “Photothermal Superheating of Water with Ion-Implanted Silicon Nanowires.Advanced Optical Materials. 3 (10), 1362-1367, (2015). Project Description.
  6. Smith B, Roder P, et al. “Singlet-Oxygen Generation from Individual Semiconducting and Metallic Nanostructures during Near-Infrared Laser Trapping.ACS Photonics. 2 (4), 559-564, (2015). Project Description.
  7. Smith B, Roder P, et al. “Nanoscale Materials for Hyperthermal Theranostics.Nanoscale. 7 (16), 7115-7126, (2015). Project Description.
  8. Smith B*, Roder P*, et al. “Hot Brownian Thermometry and Cavity-Enhanced Harmonic Generation with Nonlinear Optical Nanowires.” Chemical Physics Letters. 639, 310-314, (2015). Project Description.
  9. Manandhar S*, Roder P*, et al. “Rapid Sol-Gel Synthesis of Nanodiamond Aerogel.The Journal of Materials Research. 29 (24), (2014). Project Description.
  10. Roder P, Smith B, Davis EJ, Pauzauskie P. “Photothermal Heating of Nanowires.The Journal of Physical Chemistry C. 118 (3), 1407-1416, (2014). Project Description.
  11. Roder P, Pauzauskie P, Davis EJ. “Nanowire Heating by Optical Electromagnetic Irradiation.Langmuir. 28 (46), 16177-16185, (2012). Project Description.
  12. Roder P. “Fabrication of a Stable Tunable Electronic Fabry-Perot Interferometer in the Fractional Quantum Hall Regime.2009 NNIN REU Research Accomplishments, 134-135, (2009). Project Description.
  13. Roder P, Willig-Onwuachi J. “GRAPPA Navigators: Motion Correction with Parallel Imaging.”  Proceedings of The International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, 1291, (2008). Project Description.
Research Experience

2010 - 2015

Dr. Peter Pauzauskie's Nano-Opto-Mechanics Lab
University of Washington

Utilizing Laser Tweezers to Perform Novel Studies on Nanoscale Objects for Energy, Medical, and Material Applications.

  • Headed research that demonstrated the first example of local laser refrigeration in a condensed phase as well as the first experimental realization of predicted yet previously unrealized “cold Brownian motion.”
  • First student in a new research group. Built the lab from the ground up, including (but not limited to) laser tables, laser tweezers, simulation computers, and chemical synthesis/processing equipment.
  • Developed novel theory and experimental methods to deduce temperature fields of optically trapped nanoparticles in a laser tweezer for cancer theranostic applications.
  • Utilized various characterization equipment, including the TEM, SEM, AFM, Raman, XRD, various spectrometers, optical microscopes, EMCCD cameras, forward-scattered interferometry, position sensitive detectors, and STXM NEXAFS.
  • Nanoparticle synthetic experience with air sensitive chemistry, hydrothermal chemistry, and wet etching.
  • Performed simulations of experiments using MEEP (Finite Difference Time Domain), DDScat (Direct Dipole Approximaiton), Comsol Multiphysics (Finite Element Method), FORCITE (Molecular Dynamics), KINETIX (Monte Carlo), GAUSSIAN (Quantum Chemistry), CASTEP (Density Functional Theory), and MATLAB.
  • Interfaced equipment with computers using DAQ cards, MATLAB, and LabView. Created custom GUI to perform detailed instrument manipulation, data acquisition, and data, signal, and image processing.

Project Overviews

Summer 2009

Charles Marcus Lab
Harvard University

Fabrication of a Stable Tunable Electronic Fabry-Perot Interferometer in the Fractional Quantum Hall Regime

  • Fabricated novel quantum Hall devices for wave function interference experiments.
  • Utilized electron beam lithography, thermal and electron beam evaporators.
  • Performed low-temperature experiments on high mobility GaAs/AlGaAs heterostructure devices.
  • Communicated results at NNIN conference at the University of Michigan.

Project Overview

Summer 2008

John Silcox's Lab
Cornell University

Creation and Preparation of Graphene for STEM Analysis

  • Designed creation and transfer processes of graphene onto TEM grids.
  • Utilized nanofabrication facilities to spin wafers and prepare graphene samples.
  • Imaged graphene in SEM, TEM, HV HG STEM, and aberration corrected ultra-STEM.
  • Learned advanced characterization techniques with Raman spectroscopy.

Project Overview

Summer 2007

Jacob Willig-Onwuachi's Lab
Grinnell College

MRI Image Reconstruction

  • Designed, tested, updated, and implemented motion correction MATLAB algorithm to correct motion corrupted MRI images.
  • Assisted team members to create novel RF-coils.
  • Research led to poster presentation at international conference.
  • Communicated results at Midstates Consortium at University of Chicago.

Project Overview

Talks & Presentations
  • Recipient of UW MSE Departmental Annual PhD Student Seminar (Talk, 2014)
  • SPIE 2014 Summer Meeting in San Diego, CA (Talk, 2014)
  • MRS 2012 Fall Meeting in Boston, MA (Talk, 2012)
  • NNIN Convocation at University of Michigan (Talk & Poster, 2009)
  • Harvard University NNIN Research Symposium (Talk, 2009)
  • Cornell University CNS Research Symposium (Talk & Poster, 2008)
  • Midstates Consortium at University of Chicago (Talk, 2007)
Recent Work Experience


Technical Consultant
  • Was sought out to perform image and data processing tasks in MATLAB for a patent dispute.
  • Contributed to drafting a reexamination response in regarding image display technology.
  • Consulted on laser physics and technology for patent applications and disputes.
Core Competencies

Physics/Systems Modelling

  • Developing analytical models of complex systems.
  • Using simulation packages (FDTD, FEM, DDA, DFT, MD) to test analytical models.


  • C#/Python/Visual Studio – Creating GUIs that allow users to pull, display, and manipulate data pulled through SQL queries. Data mining & data science.
  • MATLAB – Interfacing hardware; collecting, processing, and analyzing complex data, images, and signals with easy-to-use graphical user interfaces.
  • Linux and Windows scripting for data processing and software integration.

Nano-Opto-Mechanical Systems

  • Setup and integration of complex optical systems.
  • Nanoparticle synthesis, processing, and characterization (TEM specialist).
Teaching Experience


Intro. to Materials Science & Engineering
Lead TA
  • Offered the lead teaching assistant in the Winter 2011 & 2012 quarter.
  • Was one of the highest student-rated teaching assistants in the Engineering School during the Winter 2011 and 2012 quarters.


Crystallography & X-Ray Diffraction

Student Organizations

  • UW Science  & Engineering Business Association (SEBA) (2010-2014)
  • UW MRS Student Society
  • UW SPIE Student Society


  • SEBA ‘From The Laboratory to Leadership’ scholarship winner (2015)


  • Roder Research Award – For the winner of the South O’Brien High School (alma mater) Science Fair Competition to be used for miscellaneous expenses for the state and national competition
  • University of Washington Engineering Days “The Materials Of Music” project lead

Grinnell College Baseball

  • 1st Team All-Midwest Conference (2007 – 08, 2008 – 09), Academic All-Conference (2007 – 08, 2008 – 09), Team Captain (2009 – 10)
  • Pioneer Pride Award Recipient – For the player who provided leadership, hard work, outstanding effort and was an example on and off the field (2009 – 10)