Nanoscience & Materials

Nanoscience & Materials Chemistry

From the tall to the small, we strive to synthesize and characterize nanoscopic to macroscopic materials. A major goal is to understand the fundamental links among structure, microstructure, composition, properties, reactivity, and function. We collaborate across departments to pull together interdisciplinary teams of students and faculty members that can tackle fundamental and applied materials chemistry challenges. Our researchers gain hands-on experiences with state-of-the-art instrumentation at our excellent facilities.

Many of our students benefit from research opportunities through the NSF Materials Research in Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC), and the NSF Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology. In addition, our faculty and students make valuable career connections with industrial partners through participation in the Industrial Partnership for Research in Interfacial and Materials Engineering (IPRIME). 

Research topics encompass:

  • novel organic and inorganic materials synthesis,
  • properties and reactivity of natural and synthetic nanoparticles,
  • hierarchically structured materials,
  • state-of-the-art materials characterization,
  • nanoscience and nanotechnology, and
  • contemporary computational chemistry.

Faculty

portrait of Professor_Department Head David Blank
David A. Blank
Head, Professor Chemistry & Chemical Physics
Office
139A Smith Hall
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Professor Philippe Buhlmann
Philippe "Phil" Buhlmann
Professor, Chemistry, Chemical Physics
Office
325 Smith Hall
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Erin Carlson
Associate Professor, Chemistry
Office
341 Smith Hall
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Peter Carr
Professor, Chemistry
Office
327 Smith Hall
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Christopher Douglas
Associate Professor, Chemistry
Office
568C Kolthoff Hall
portrait of Professor Christopher Ellison
Christopher Ellison
Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering & Materials Science
Office
384 Amundson Hall
portrait of Professor Renee Frontiera
Renee Frontiera
Associate Professor, Director of Chemical Physics
Office
233 Smith Hall
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Laura Gagliardi
Professor, University of Chicago
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Wayne Gladfelter
Professor, Chemistry
Office
241B Smith Hall
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Jason Goodpaster
Assistant Professor, Chemistry
Office
213 Smith Hall
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Christy Haynes
Associate Department Head, Professor Chemistry & Chemical Physics
Office
243 Smith Hall
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Marc Hillmyer
Professor, Chemistry
Office
209 Smith Hall
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Thomas Hoye
Professor, Chemistry
Office
422 Smith Hall
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James Johns
Assistant Professor, Chemistry
Office
39 Smith Hall
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Timothy Lodge
Regents Professor, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering & Materials Science
Office
235 Smith Hall
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Mahesh Mahanthappa
Professor, Chemical Engineering & Materials Science
Office
389 Amundson Hall
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Kent Mann
Professor, Chemistry
Office
668B Kolthoff Hall
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Aaron Massari
Director of Graduate Studies, Associate Professor Chemistry & Chemical Physics
Office
245 Smith Hall
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Alon McCormick
Professor, Chemical Engineering & Materials Science
Office
455 Amundson Hall
portrait of Professor Matthew Neurock
Matthew Neurock
Professor, Chemical Physics, Chemical Engineering & Materials Science
Office
489 Amundson Hall
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Lee Penn
Professor, Director of Undergraduate Studies
Office
225 Smith Hall
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Theresa Reineke
Professor, Chemistry
Office
239 Smith Hall
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J. Ilja Siepmann
Professor, Chemistry, Chemical Physics
Office
227 Smith Hall
portrait of Professor Andreas Stein
Andreas Stein
Professor, Chemistry
Office
219 Smith Hall
portrait of Professor Donald Truhlar
Donald Truhlar
Regents Professor, Chemistry, Chemical Physics
Office
247 Smith Hall