Andreas Stein

portrait of Professor Andreas Stein

Andreas Stein

Distinguished McKnight University Professor, Department of Chemistry


Smith Hall
Room 219
207 Pleasant Street Se
Minneapolis, MN 55455


B.S. University of Calgary, 1986

M.S. University of Toronto, 1988 (G.A. Ozin)

Ph.D. University of Toronto, 1991 (G.A. Ozin)

Post Doctorate Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Post-doctoral Fellow, Bayer AG, Germany, Corporate Research Advanced Inorganic Materials Department, 1991-1992, NSERC Post-doctoral Fellow, University of Texas, Austin (T. E. Mallouk) 1992-1993, Postdoctoral Fellow, Pennsylvania State University (T. E. Mallouk) 1993-1994

Research Interests

Inorganic & Organometallic Chemistry: materials synthesis

Nanoscience & Materials Chemistry: solid state and porous

Experimental Physical Chemistry: solid state

Energy & Catalysis

Our research involves materials synthesis by templating and self-assembly methods. Using polymeric, surfactant, or colloidal templates we control the architecture of porous and nanostructured materials and create products with special properties. Examples include electrodes for rechargeable lithium batteries that can be charged more quickly, cluster-based materials for single-site catalysis, polymer/graphene nanocomposites with enhanced mechanical properties, non-toxic pigments that can change colors, sorbents for toxic heavy metals and more. Students involved in our multi-disciplinary research become hand-on users of a wide range of modern instrumentation for materials characterization.

designing nanostructures on multiple length scales

Honors and Awards

Chemistry of Materials 1k Club Author, 2018 (see Chem. Mater. 201830, 4177)

Distinguished McKnight University Professor, 2008

Merck Professorship in Chemistry, 2007-2008, 2015-2020

Listed among Top 30 Materials Scientists for impact during 2000-2010 by Thomson Reuters

Listed as Highly Cited Materials Scientist in Thomson Scientific's, 2007, 2014

McKnight Land-Grant Professorship, 1997-1999

DuPont Young Professor Grant, 1997-2000

National Science Foundation CAREER Award, 1997-2002

David & Lucile Packard Fellowship in Science & Engineering, 1996-2001

3M Non-Tenured Faculty Grant, 1995-2000

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Post-Doctoral Scholarship, 1991-1993

NSERC 1967 Science and Engineering Scholarship, 1986-1990

University of Toronto Open Fellowship, 1990

Society of Chemical Industry Merit Award, 1986

Lash Miller Scientific Travel Award, 1986

Hoechst Canada Inc. Scholarship, 1985

Sulphur Industry Prize, 1985

Chemical Institute of Canada Medal, 1984


Professor Andreas Stein is one of three editors for six-volume Handbook of Solid State Chemistry. He edited Volume 4 on Nano and Hybrid Materials and Volume 6 on Applications: Functional Materials. He also wrote a chapter, Volume 4, Chapter 10, with Jinbo Hu, Ph.D., “Macroporous Materials Synthesized by Colloidal Crystal Templating.”

Mailing Address

Andreas Stein
University of Minnesota
Department of Chemistry
A-19, 139 Smith Hall, 207 Pleasant St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455-0431