Wayne L. Gladfelter

portrait of Professor Wayne Gladfelter

Wayne L. Gladfelter

College of Science and Engineering Distinguished Professor, Department of Chemistry


Smith Hall
Room 241B
207 Pleasant Street Se
Minneapolis, MN 55455


B.S. Mineral Engineering Chemistry, Colorado School of Mines, 1975

Ph.D. Penn State University, 1978 (Gregory L. Geoffroy)

Post Doctorate National Science Foundation Fellow CalTech, 1978-1979 (Harry Gray)

Research Interests

Inorganic & Organometallic Chemistry

Nanoscience & Materials Chemistry

Researchers in the Gladfelter group are working on projects at the interface of inorganic and materials chemistry. In one project they collaborate with the Professor David Blank and his group to understand the mechanism of charge separation in dye-sensitized solar cells. The project involves preparing dyads comprising metal oxide nanocrystals and organic or inorganic dye molecules. Using ultrafast spectroscopic methods the excited state electron transfer rates are measured allowing insight into the reaction mechanism.

Wayne Gladfelter research example dyes that adsorb on ZNONCs

In another project, group members in collaboration with Professor Jason Goodpaster are studying the mechanism of chemical vapor deposition and related processes using computational methods.

Honors and Awards

George W. Taylor Award for Distinguished Service, 2015

Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2007

Associate Fellow of the Minnesota Supercomputing Institute, 2005

Colorado School of Mines "Wall of Fame" Award, 2003

College of Science and Engineering Distinguished Professorship, 1998

College of Science and Engineering Student Board Outstanding Instructor Award, 1991

Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow, l983-l985

Union Carbide Innovation Recognition Program, 1982-1985

Nobel Laureate Signature Award for a Graduate Student in Chemistry, American Chemical Society, 1980

National Science Foundation National Needs Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Caltech, 1978-1979

Selected Publications


Mailing Address

Wayne L. Gladfelter
University of Minnesota
Department of Chemistry
A-15, 139 Smith Hall, 207 Pleasant St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455-0431