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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 Acting Dean of the Eberly College of Science and 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.