Materials | Department of Chemistry


The synthesis, characterization, and utilization of novel materials occupy a central role in modern science and technology. Materials chemistry is a highly interdisciplinary endeavor, which is exemplified by the diversity of our faculty conducting research in the field. Our interests include:

  • Semiconductor materials
  • New materials for solar cells and optoelectronics
  • Nano/bio photonics and imaging
  • Computational methods for modeling surfaces
  • New strategies for applying the tools of nanotechnology to materials synthesis
  • Imprinted polymer-materials for chemical and biochemical sensing
  • Nanocarbon Materials

  • Oliver M.R. Chyan: Microelectronic materials chemistry, plasma assisted functional thin-film materials, novel materials for alternative energy production and fuel cells
  • Thomas R. Cundari: Multiscale modeling of metals in advanced materials including aerospace alloys, functionally graded materials, and metal-containing ceramics. Metal-based materials for light-emitting display devices.
  • Francis D'Souza: Functionalization of nanocarbon materials for energy harvesting and storage applications; Imprinted polymer for chemical and biochemical sensing; ultra-fast spectroscopy.
  • Teresa D. Golden: Materials and bioanalytical chemistry which includes: electrodeposition of nanomaterials; chromatography; corrosion protection coatings; forensic investigations.
  • Jeffry A. Kelber: Atommic layer deposition, 2-D materials, oxides, plasma/surface interactions
  • Mohammad A. Omary: Phosphorescent materials for lighting devices and sensors, black absorbers for solar cells, unipolar semiconductors for molecular transistors, and metal-organic frameworks for gas storage
  • Guido F. Verbeck, IV: Microscale analysis of material surfaces utilizing micromanipulation coupled with nanospray mass spectrometry.
  • Dr. Hong Wang: Asymmetric catalysis through cooperative enamine-metal acid catalysis; functional organic materials based on pi-extended porphyrins; development of small molecule inhibitors targeting STAT3.

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