Materials Faculty

Chris Ackerson / Associate Professor
Phone: (970) 491-0521

Nanoparticle structure, nanoparticle chemistry, novel nanoparticle synthesis strategies, applications of nanoparticles to biological imaging.

Travis Bailey / Associate Professor, Chemical and Biological Engineering
Phone: (970) 491-4648
Office: Scott Bioengineering Building 322

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 / Professor, John K. Stille Chair
Phone: (970) 491-5609
Office: Chemistry 000

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 / Professor
Phone: (970) 491-2541
Office: Chemistry C213

Chemical catalysis, nanoparticle research, energy research and kinetics and mechanism

Ellen Fisher / Professor
Phone: (970) 491-5250
Office: Chemistry C118

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.

Chuck Henry / Professor, Department Chair
Phone: (970) 491-2852
Office: Chemistry 00

Bioanalytical chemistry; environmental chemistry; chemical separations; microscale chemical instrumentation; capillary electrophoresis; biosensor development; paper-based analytical devices; microfluidics

Nancy Levinger / Professor and University Distinguished Teaching Scholar
Phone: (970) 491-1331
Office: Chemistry C205

Dynamics of molecules and chemistry in the condensed phase, especially molecular assemblies, molecules in confined environments. Fundamental properties and processes governing cryopreservation.

Carmen Menoni / University Distinguished Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering
Phone: (970) 491-8659
Office: Engineering C101E

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 / Assistant Professor
Phone: (970) 495-4340
Office: Chemistry Research 215

Jamie Neilson / Assistant Professor
Phone: (970) 491-2958

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 / Professor
Phone: (970) 491-1592
Office: CHEMIS

Electrochemical synthesis of inorganic bulk and nanoscale materials, low-temperature solid-state chemistry, nanomaterials.

Anthony Rappe / Professor
Phone: (970) 491-6292
Office: Chemistry C215

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 / Associate Professor of Chemistry and School of Biomedical Engineering
Phone: (970) 491-3775

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 / Assistant Professor
Phone: (970) 491-3096

The Sambur group synthesizes nanomaterials and develops imaging techniques to correlate material properties with nanoscale function/performance.

Matthew Shores / Professor
Phone: (970) 491-7235
Office: Chemistry Chemis

Coordination and organometallic complex synthesis and characterization: environmental control of spin-crossover properties; single-molecule magnets; solar photochemistry employing earth-abundant materials.

Chris Snow / Associate Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering
Phone: (970) 491-5276
Office: Scott Bioengineering Building 356

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 / Professor
Phone: (970) 491-2795
Office: Chemistry C127B

Statistical mechanics, dynamics of colloidal and polymeric fluids, structure and dynamics of colloidal fluids under non-uniform flow conditions.

Alan Van Orden / Professor
Phone: (970) 491-6286
Office: Chemistry C207

Bioanalytical chemistry, single molecule detection and spectroscopy, laser spectroscopy, optical and scanning probe microscopy, optical biosensors for pharmaceutical and clinical chemistry.

Joe Zadrozny / Assistant Professor
Phone: (970) 495-4168
Office: Chemistry Research 113

My group harnesses synthetic inorganic and materials chemistry to enable the next generation of magnetic resonance imaging and photocatalytic applications.

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