Faculty – Inorganic

Christopher Ackerson
Christopher Ackerson - Associate Professor
Ph.D., Stanford University
970-491-0521 / Chris.Ackerson@colostate.edu
Nanoparticle structure, nanoparticle chemistry, novel nanoparticle synthesis strategies, applications of nanoparticles to biological imaging.

Eugene Chen
Eugene Chen - Professor, John K. Stille Chair
Ph.D., University of Massachusetts
970-491-5609 / eugene.chen@colostate.edu
Polymer Chemistry & Green/Sustainable/Catalytic Chemistries
Intrinsically recyclable polymers; renewable monomers and sustainable polymers; precision (stereoselective, chemoselective & living) polymer synthesis; Lewis pair polymerization; new polymerization methodology; transition-metal, main-group & organic catalysis; biomass conversion to fuels, chemicals & materials.

Debbie Crans
Debbie Crans - Professor
Ph.D., Harvard University
970-491-7635 / Debbie.Crans@colostate.edu
Bioinorganic, Bioorganic, Physical Organic Chemistries, with focuses on characterization of menaquinone metabolism and ihibition of electron transport in tuberculosis bacteria, vanadium containing anti-diabetic and anti-malarial compounds, microemulsion drug-membrane interaction studies, copper (II) amyloid-beta and peptide complexation studies, and spectroscopic techniques including 1D and 2D NMR, EPR, fluorescence and IR.

Richard Finke
Richard Finke - Professor
Ph.D., Stanford University
970-491-2541 / Richard.Finke@colostate.edu
Chemical catalysis, nanoparticle research, energy research and kinetics and mechanism

Ellen Fisher
Ellen Fisher - Professor
Ph.D., University of Utah
970-491-5250 / Ellen.Fisher@colostate.edu
Plasma chemistry, reactivity of radicals with surfaces using LIF and molecular beam techniques. Plasma polymerization deposition and etching of materials. Characterization of plasma synthesized thin films.

James Neilson
James Neilson - Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University of California Santa Barbara
970-491-2958 / james.neilson@colostate.edu
Functional inorganic materials for energy and biomineralization
New materials and methodologies involving solid-state and solution-phase reactions, particularly those involving kinetic control. We study structure/property relationships of materials (e.g., magnetism, electrical transport) using advanced synchrotron X-ray and time-of-flight neutron scattering and spectroscopic methods.

Amy Prieto
Amy Prieto - Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
970-491-1592 / Amy.Prieto@colostate.edu
Electrochemical synthesis of inorganic bulk and nanoscale materials, low-temperature solid-state chemistry, nanomaterials.

Anthony Rappe
Anthony Rappe - Professor
Ph.D., California Institute of Technology
970-491-6292 / Anthony.Rappe@colostate.edu
Theoretical characterization of reaction mechanisms in homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis, new electronic structure techniques, development of force fields or model potentials for chemical reactivity studies.

Melissa Reynolds
Melissa Reynolds - Associate Professor of Chemistry and School of Biomedical Engineering
Ph.D., University of Michigan
970-491-3775 / melissa.reynolds@colostate.edu
Biomaterials and biomedical engineering
Multidisciplinary chemical design and fabrication of biomimetic materials for use in medical device applications. Research work includes: synthesis of organic and inorganic compounds including small-molecule therapeutics, polymers, and extended frameworks; analytical studies utilizing fluorescence, chemiluminesence, zeta potential, and LC/MS-TOF; fabrication and engineering of materials; biomedical efficacy and toxicity studies.

Matthew Shores
Matthew Shores - Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
970-491-7235 / Matthew.Shores@colostate.edu
(Magnetic) applications of coordination complexes
Coordination and organometallic complex synthesis and characterization: environmental control of spin-crossover properties; single-molecule magnets; solar photochemistry employing earth-abundant materials.

Steven Strauss
Steven Strauss - Professor
Ph.D., Northwestern University
970-491-5104 / steven.strauss@colostate.edu
Fundamental and applied aspects of synthetic inorganic, analytical and environmental chemistry; fluorinated superweak ions; selective fluorination and chlorination of fullerenes; pollution prevention; infrared sensors for environmental and industrial applications; redox-cyclable ion-exchange; layered materials; metal carbonyls

Joseph Zadrozny
Joseph Zadrozny - Assistant Professor
Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley
Physical and Synthetic Approaches to Magnetic Resonance and Reactivity
My group harnesses synthetic inorganic and materials chemistry to enable the next generation of magnetic resonance imaging and photocatalytic applications.

Emeritus Faculty Members

Oren Anderson
Oren Anderson - Professor Emeritus
Ph.D. Northwestern University
970-491-6339 / Oren.Anderson@colostate.edu
Structural chemistry of inorganic compounds, including Group IIA complexes, iron/copper bioinorganic model compounds, and metalloporphyrins; protein crystallography.