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Department of Chemistry

Materials Research

The Department of Chemistry has a diversity of interdisciplinary research spanning the interface between materials and chemical fields. Expertise in synthesis, characterization, and modeling include both inorganic materials (e.g. nanoparticles, thin films, and catalysts) and organic materials (e.g. polymers, complex fluids, and biomaterials). Research areas of interest range from nanobots and active matter to energy, optical materials, and sustainability.




Harry Allcock Evan Pugh University Professor of Chemistry

Polymer synthesis, materials chemistry, and biomedicine.

Igor Aronson Huck Chair Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Chemistry and Mathematics

Experiments and theory of nonequilibrium active materials.

John Asbury Professor of Chemistry

Ultrafast spectroscopy of photovoltaic materials.

Bert Chandler Professor of Chemistry and of Chemical Engineering

Environmental Catalysis; Nanoparticle & Materials Synthesis; Catalytic Reaction Mechanisms.

Paul Cremer J. Lloyd Huck Professor of Chemistry and of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Spectroscopy of proteins, complex solutions, and interfaces.

Beth Elacqua Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Small molecule and polymer synthesis, supramolecular catalysis, and organic molecules under confinement.

Julie Fenton Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Materials synthesis and characterization; inorganic, organic, and hybrid solids; colloidal nanomaterials; surface chemistry.

Danielle Reifsnyder Hickey Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Materials Science and Engineering

Atomic-resolution investigation, transformation, and synthesis of nanomaterials

James Hodges Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Solid-state Chemistry; Materials Synthesis; Catalytic Materials; Thermoelectrics

Lasse Jensen Professor of Chemistry

Energy flows in plasmonic materials.

Christine Keating Professor of Chemistry

Partitioning of solutes in aqueous multiphase systems. Characterization of organic/inorganic hybrid materials.

Kenneth Knappenberger Professor of Chemistry

Single-molecule and single-nanoparticle imaging.

Ben Lear Associate Professor of Chemistry

Photothermally driven chemical synthesis.

Stewart A. Mallory Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Computational, Theoretical, Materials.

Lukas Muechler Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Materials, Computational Chemistry, Computational Condensed Matter Physics.

Ray Schaak DuPont Professor of Materials Chemistry

Synthesis and applications of inorganic solids and nanomaterials.

Ayusman Sen Verne M. Willaman Professor of Chemistry

Self-powered nanoscale and microscale motors and pumps.

Mary Beth Williams Professor of Chemistry

Homogenous electron transfer.

Nicholas Winograd Evan Pugh University Professor of Chemistry

Imaging of biomaterials with mass spectrometry.

Lauren Zarzar Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Direct fabrication of complex materials.


Courtesy Faculty

Roman Engel-Herbert Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering

Synthesis and characterization of oxide thin films.

Marina Feric Assistant Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Fundamental mechanisms underlying the organization of cells

Rob Rioux Friedrich G. Helfferich Professor of Chemical Engineering

Heterogeneous catalysis.

Mauricio Terrones Verne M. Willaman Professor of Physics

2D and carbon-based nanomaterials.