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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

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

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.

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

Michael Hickner Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Chemical Engineering
New polymer membranes for batteries.

Rob Rioux Friedrich G. Helfferich Professor of Chemical Engineering
Heterogeneous catalysis.

Mauricio Terrones Verne M. Willaman Professor of Physics
2D and carbon-based nanomaterials.