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

Polymer Science, Sustainable Chemistry, and Homogeneous Catalysis: Intrinsically recyclable & bio-derived sustainable polymers; chemical synthesis of biodegradable microbial plastics; precision (living and stereoselective & chemoselective) polymer synthesis; Lewis pair polymerization methodology for compounded sequence control; metal-catalyzed coordination polymerization for chiral polymers; organocatalysis for 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

Seonah Kim / Associate Professor

Develop computational catalyst design and apply computational tools to both enzymatic and catalytic conversion processes of sustainable chemicals and polymers from plants (biomass) for a new bio-energy infrastructure. Mechanism-driven discovery of biopolymer upgrading and material design via molecular and quantum mechanics. Machine learning approach in catalyst design, and (bio)fuel and chemical property prediction tool kit development.

Carmen Menoni / University Distinguished Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering
Phone: (970) 491-8659
Office: Engineering B104

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.

Jamie Neilson / Associate 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.

Melissa Reynolds / Professor, Research Associate Dean
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 chemical and structural properties with function/performance.

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.

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

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