Faculty – Materials

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

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Travis Bailey - Associate Professor, Chemical and Biological Engineering
Ph.D., University of Minnesota
970-491-4648 / travis.bailey@colostate.edu
His research interests at Colorado State will focus on the thermodynamics of nanoscale self-assembly processes in block copolymer composite materials and their applications in a variety of environments, including polymer-based photovoltaics, bio-enzymatic fuel cells, chemical and biological sensing devices, targeted chemical delivery, and hydrogel-based shape memory materials.

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Kristen Buchanan - Assistant Professor, Physics
Ph.D., University of Alberta
970-491-5424 / kristen.buchanan@colostate.edu
My research explores lateral confinement and coupling effects in nanomagnets through both experimental investigations and numerical modeling. In addition to being an exciting subject of study from a fundamental perspective, nanomagnets are also important for the advancement of technology, for example, in spintronics devices, storage media, and for medical applications. My present work focuses on the magnetization reversal and spin excitations of patterned magnetic elements.

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Eugene Chen - Professor
Ph.D., University of Massachusetts
970-491-5609 / eugene.chen@colostate.edu
Polymer Chemistry, Sustainability, Renewable Energy, and Catalysis
Bioplastics from renewable feedstocks, biomass conversion into chemicals and fuels, metal-catalyzed stereospecific and asymmetric polymerizations, Lewis pair polymerization, organopolymerization catalysis, precision polymer synthesis, polymer photovoltaics

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C Michael Elliott - Professor
Ph.D., University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
970-491-5204 / elliott@lamar.colostate.edu
Electron- transfer reactions, photochemistry and electrochemistry of metal complexes, redox active polymer materials, materials-properties and sensor applications, redox catalysis, coordination chemistry, molecular assemblies, bioinorganic and bioanalystical chemistry of redox enzymes.

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

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Ellen Fisher - Professor, Department Chair
Ph.D., University of Utah
970-491-5250 / erfisher@lamar.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.

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Amber Krummel - Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
970-491-3694 / Amber.Krummel@colostate.edu
Structure & dynamics in condensed phase systems; two-dimensional infrared spectroscopy.

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Branka Ladanyi - Professor
Ph.D., Yale University
970-491-5196 / bl@lamar.colostate.edu
Statistical mechanics, structure and dynamics of molecular fluids and solids. Theoretical and computational studies of surfactant self-assembly, nanoconfined and supercritical fluids, liquid interfaces, solvation dynamics, light scattering and nonlinear optical phenomena.

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Nancy Levinger - Professor and University Distinguished Teaching Scholar
Ph.D., University of Colorado
970-491-1331 / levinger@lamar.colostate.edu
Dynamics of molecules and chemistry in the condensed phase, especially molecular assemblies, molecules at liquid interfaces and in confined environments by ultrafast spectroscopic techniques, NMR, and neutron scattering.

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Carmen Menoni - Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering
Ph.D., Colorado State University
970-491-8659 / carmen.menoni@colostate.edu
Prof. Menoni’s research bridges from material to optical sciences. She is engaged in the growth and characterization of high bandgap oxide materials for the engineering of interference coatings for high power lasers. She is also actively involved in using bright coherent beams of light of wavelengths between 10-50 nm for optics applications such as imaging and ablation.

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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.

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

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Anthony Rappe - Professor
Ph.D., California Institute of Technology
970-491-6292 / rappe@lamar.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.

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Melissa Reynolds - Assistant 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.

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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.

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Grzegorz Szamel - Professor
Ph.D., Warsaw University, Poland
970-491-2795 / szamel@lamar.colostate.edu
Statistical mechanics, dynamics of colloidal and polymeric fluids, structure and dynamics of colloidal fluids under non-uniform flow conditions.

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Alan Van Orden - Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley
970-491-6286 / vanorden@lamar.colostate.edu
Bioanalytical chemistry, single molecule detection and spectroscopy, laser spectroscopy, optical and scanning probe microscopy, optical biosensors for pharmaceutical and clinical chemistry.