Jennifer L. Sample, PhD, is distinguished research scientist in the defense and intelligence community. She is Director of Research at Accenture Federal Services and previously was a Program Area Manager and Principal Scientist in the Research and Exploratory Development Department at Johns Hopkins University’s Applied Physics Laboratory. Since 2004, Sample has served as an instructor in Johns Hopkins University’s Engineering for Professionals program.

Over the past fifteen years, Sample has received several awards for her inventions and for her research, and she has demonstrated strength in leading people and programs. She has contributed to several books, including the Handbook of Space Engineering, Archaeology, and Heritage, and Systems Engineering for Microscale and Nanoscale Technologies, and she also has published many papers and patents. Sample received her B.S. in Chemistry from Pennsylvania State University, her PhD in Physical Chemistry from the University of California, Los Angeles and MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Education History

  • B.S. Chemistry, The Pennsylvania State University
  • MBA Business Analytics, Sustainability, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • PhD Physical Chemistry, University of California, Los Angeles

Work Experience

Assistant Research Professor, JHU Whiting School of Engineering


Book Chapters
Handbook of Space Engineering, Archaeology, and Heritage (Advances in Engineering Series), eds. A. Darrin, B. O’Leary, CRC Press,“Space Environmental Effects”, Chapter 27 by J. Sample, 2009.

Systems Engineering for Microscale and Nanoscale Technologies, eds. A. Darrin and J. Barth, CRC Press, “Introduction to Nanotechnology”, Chpater 7 by J. Sample, 2011.

Selected Publications

“Synthesis of sub-10 nm solid lipid nanoparticles for topical and biomarker detection applications”. Calderón-Colón, X., Patchan, M. W., Theodore, M. L., Le, H. T., Sample, J. L., Benkoski, J. J., & Patrone, J. B. Journal of Nanoparticle Research, 16(2), 2252, 1-10 (2014).

“Crystal structure and optical properties of erbium- and neodymium-doped zirconia nanoparticles,” M. Trexler, D. Zhang, L. Kelly, J. L. Sample, Journal of Materials Research 25, 500 (2010).

“Spacecraft coating-induced charging: a materials and modeling study of environmental extremes,” M.M. Donegan, J.L .Sample, J. R. Dennison, R. Hoffmann, Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, 47, 134, (2010).

“Alumina Optical Surface Heat Shield for Use in Near-Solar Environment,” D. King, D. Drewry, J.L. Sample, D. Clemons, K. Caruso, K. Potocki, D. Eng, D. Mehoke, M. Mattix, M. Thomas, D. Nagle, International Journal of Applied Ceramic Technology, 6, 355, (2008).

“Non-covalent functionalization of carbon nanotubes in Nylon-12,” A. Hofstra, M. Morris, J. L. Sample, Proc. SPIE 6643, 664305 (2007).

“Charging of Ceramic Materials due to Space-based Radiation Environment,” J.L. Sample, A. Nedungadi, J. Wilkerson, D. King, D. Drewry, K. Potocki, D. Eng, Advanced Ceramic Coagings and Interfaces: Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings, 27, 225, (2007).

“Microfabricated substrates for spectroscopy and separation,” J.L. Sample, S. J. Papadakis, M. J. Fitch, J. A. Miragliotta, Proc. SPIE, 5699, 531, (2005).

“Carbon nanotube coatings for thermal control,” J.L. Sample, K. Rebello, H. Saffarian, R. Osiander, Proceedings of the Intersociety Conference on Thermal and Thermomechanical Phenomena in Electronic Systems, 297, (2004).

“Imaging transport disorder in conducting arrays of metallic quantum dots: An experimental and computational study,” J. L. Sample, K. Beverly, P. Chaudhari, F. Remacle, J. R. Heath, R. D. Levine, Advanced Materials, 14, 124, (2002).

“Quantum dot artificial solids: Understanding the static and dynamic role of size and packing disorder,” K. Beverly, J. F. Sampaio, J. L. Sample, F. Remacle, J. R. Heath, R. D. Levine, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 99, 6456, (2002).

“Josephson coupled quantum dot artificial solids,”,I. S. Weitz, J. L. Sample, R. Ries, E. M. Spain, J. R. Heath, Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 104, 4288 (2000).

“Positive and negative contrast lithography on silver quantum dot monolayers.” S. E. Henrichs, J. L. Sample, J. J. Shiang, J. R. Heath, C. P. Collier, R. J. Saykally, Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 103(18), 3524 (1999).

Honors and Awards

  • Patent, High energy density Li-ion battery electrode materials and cells (2017)
  • Patent, Method of producing nanoparticle taggants for explosive precursors (2015)
  • Patent, Nanoparticle taggants for explosive precursors (2014)
  • Patent, Method for improving Polymer-nanotube composite (2013)
  • Patent, Method for functionalizing carbon nanotubes and improved polymer-nanotube composites using same (2013)
  • Patent, Method and apparatus for detection of bioaerosols (2010)
  • Excellence in Teaching Award, Johns Hopkins University Engineering for Professionals (2009)
  • Patent, Thermal interface and switch using carbon nanotube arrays (2009)
  • Patent, Method and apparatus for detection of bioaerosols (2009)
  • R.W. Hart Prize Honoring Excellence in R&D (2005)
  • Patent, Cortisol Sensor (2004)

Professional Organizations

American Chemical Society