Faculty – Materials

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.

Travis Bailey
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.

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.

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.

Charles Henry
Charles Henry - Professor, Department Chair
Ph.D., University of Arkansas
970-491-2852 / chuck.henry@colostate.edu
Microscale bioanalytical and environmental chemistry
Bioanalytical chemistry; environmental chemistry; chemical separations; microscale chemical instrumentation; capillary electrophoresis; biosensor development; paper-based analytical devices; electrochemical sensors; microfluidics

Nancy Levinger
Nancy Levinger - Professor and University Distinguished Teaching Scholar
Ph.D., University of Colorado
970-491-1331 / Nancy.Levinger@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.

Carmen Menoni
Carmen Menoni - University Distinguished 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.

Garret Miyake
Garret Miyake - Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Colorado State University
970-495-4340 / garret.miyake@colostate.edu
catalysis, polymer chemistry, materials science

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 - 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.

Justin Sambur
Justin Sambur - Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Colorado State University
970-491-3096 / jsambur@colostate.edu
Nanomaterials, Nanoelectrochemistry, Super-resolution Imaging
The Sambur group synthesizes nanomaterials and develops imaging techniques to correlate material properties with nanoscale function/performance.

Matthew Shores
Matthew Shores - 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.

Christopher Snow
Christopher Snow - Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering
Ph.D., Stanford University
970-491-5276 / christopher.snow@colostate.edu
Nanomaterials, Physical, Biomolecular, and Theoretical Chemistry
Computational design, simulation, and experimental validation of new enzymes, and crystalline biomolecular assemblies. We convert porous protein crystals into “3D molecular pegboards” for the controlled assembly of nanoparticles, enzymes, fluorescent proteins, oligonucleotides, and other functional molecules.

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

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

Joseph Zadrozny
Joseph Zadrozny - Assistant Professor
Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley
970-495-4168 / zadrozny@colostate.edu
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.