Faculty – Sustainability

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.

Jeffrey Bandar
Jeffrey Bandar - Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Columbia University
Coming Soon / jsbandar@mit.edu
Physical organic chemistry, catalysis, synthesis
The design and study of new catalysts and catalytic processes with applications for pharmaceutical, natural product and industrial chemical synthesis.

Thomas Borch
Thomas Borch - Professor, Soil and Crop Sciences
Ph.D., Montana State University
970-491-6235 / thomas.borch@colostate.edu
My research is directed at determining reactions influencing the fate of trace elements and organic contaminants in soils.

Eugene Chen
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

Delphine Farmer
Delphine Farmer - Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University of California-Berkeley
970-491-0624 / delphine.farmer@colostate.edu
Atmospheric biogeochemistry and mass spectrometry
Atmospheric chemistry; Instrument development & high resolution mass spectrometry; Field and laboratory measurements of reactive trace gases, pesticides and particles; Oxidation of organic compounds in the atmosphere; Biosphere-atmosphere exchange.

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; microfluidics

Amber Krummel
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.

Martin McCullagh
Martin McCullagh - Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Northwestern University
970-491-3572 / Martin.McCullagh@colostate.edu
Computational and Theoretical Chemistry
We employ computational and theoretical chemistry tools to study phenomena in Biology. In particular we are interested in how Biology achieves control of energy transduction and self-assembly. Protein-DNA complexes provide a nice set of basis set for such studies.

Andrew McNally
Andrew McNally - Assistant Professor
Ph. D. The University of Cambridge
970-491-6782 / amcnally@mail.colostate.edu
Organic synthesis and catalysis
Synthetic chemistry, development of new catalytic reactions, transformation of renewable and abundant resources into value-added products, catalytic asymmetric processes.

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.

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.

A.R. Ravishankara
A.R. Ravishankara - Professor
Ph.D. University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
970-491-2876 / A.R.Ravishankara@colostate.edu
Atmospheric Chemistry
Atmospheric chemistry via studies in gas phase kinetics and photochemistry, heterogeneous chemistry, atmospheric field observations, and analyses of modeling results; Furthering understanding of the earth’s atmosphere, diagnosing, understanding of, and providing solutions to environmental issues of the stratospheric ozone depletion, air quality, and climate change; Provide new insights into gas phase chemical reactions, reactions on surfaces and in liquids, and photochemical processes; Developing new experimental methods both for laboratory studies and atmospheric measurements.

Justin Sambur
Justin Sambur - Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Colorado State University
970-491-3096 / jsambur@colostate.edu
Nanomaterials, Nanoelectrochemistry, Single-particle microscopy and spectroscopy, Solar energy conversion and Catalysis
The Sambur group synthesizes nanomaterials and develops imaging techniques to correlate material properties with nanoscale function/performance.

Yian Shi
Yian Shi - Professor
Ph.D., Stanford University
970-491-7424 / Yian.Shi@colostate.edu
Organic and biological chemistry, new synthetic methodology, synthesis of chemically and biologically interesting natural products and study of their molecular mechanisms of action, study of enzymatic reaction mechanisms and development of therapeutic agents.

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.

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.