Faculty

The Materials Science and Engineering faculty all have Doctorate degrees in related fields and a significant fraction of their research is in the materials sciences.

The faculty reside in nine departments across the CU Boulder campus.

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Kristi Anseth

Distinguished Professor and HHMI InvestigatorChemical and Biological Engineering / Biofrontiers InstituteMSE Areas: Polymers, hydrogels, biomaterials, synthetic extracellular matrices, photopolymers, networkskristi.anseth@colorado.edu

Meredith Betterton

Associate ProfessorDept of Physics and Biofrontiers Institute MSE Areas: Biophysics, biomaterials, soft matter physics, liquid crystals, active matter, active liquid-crystalline materialsmeredith.betterton@colorado.edu

Mark Borden

Associate ProfessorMechanical EngineeringMSE Areas: Biomaterials, biomembranes, emulsions, bubbles, foams, colloids, lipid monolayers, lipid vesicles, polymer vesicles, microbubbles, microparticles, micelles, polymer brushesmark.borden@colorado.edu

Christopher Bowman

Patten ProfessorChemical and Biological EngineeringMSE Areas: Polymer chemistry, polymer networks, biomaterials, smart/responsive materials, photopolymerizations, optical materials, photolithography
christopher.bowman@colorado.edu

Stephanie Bryant

Associate ProfessorChemical and Biological EngineeringMSE Areas: Biomaterials, tissue engineering, polymer chemistry, photopolymerization, hydrogelssbryant@colorado.edu

J. Scott Bunch

Assistant ProfessorMechanical EngineeringMSE Areas: Graphene, thin Films, nanomaterials, nanomechanics
jbunch@colorado.edu

Jennifer Cha

Norviel Associate ProfessorChemical and Biological EngineeringMSE Areas: Nanoscience, biomolecular materials, photovoltaic materials, nanoparticle thin films, catalysis, surface science, colloids, polymers and polypeptides, biosensors
jennifer.cha@colorado.edu

Noel Clark

ProfessorPhysicsMSE Areas: liquid crystals, colloidal particles, self-assembly of DNAnoel.clark@colorado.edu

Nikolaus Correll

Assistant ProfessorComputer Science, "swarm"MSE Areas: Self-organization, swam intelligencenikolaus.correll@colorado.edu

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Daniel Dessau

ProfessorPhysicsMSE Areas: Electronic materials, superconductors,magnetic materials, topological insulators, spintronics, organic photovoltaics, electron spectroscopy, thin filmsdan.dessau@colorado.edu

Yifu Ding

Assistant ProfessorMechanical EngineeringMSE Areas: Polymer physics, nanofabrication, thin films, nanocomposites, polymer-based membranes, smart materials
yifu.ding@colorado.edu

Gordana Dukovic

Assistant ProfessorMSE Areas: Nanocrystal synthesis and spectroscopy, photochemistry, solar fuels, catalysis, solar energy conversion, inorganic nanomaterialsgordana.dukovic@colorado.edu

Martin Dunn

ProfessorMechanical EngineeringMSE Areas: Active materials, thin films, mechanics, composites, materials design, adhesion, fracture, piezoelectric materialsmartin.dunn@colorado.edu

Virginia Ferguson

Assistant ProfessorMechanical EngineeringMSE Areas: Materials characterization, nanomechanics, nanoindentation, scanning electron microscopy, standardization of materials measurements, structure-function relationships, tissue mechanics, biological tissue chemistry, bone, cartilage, materials for tissue engineering, properties of tissues in pregnancy.mailto:virginia.ferguson@colorado.edu

Steven George

ProfessorChemical and Biological Engineering & Chemistry and BiochemistryMSE Areas: Thin films, surface chemistry, nanoscale engineering, atomic layer deposition, molecular layer deposition, hybrid organic-inorganic materials, Li ion batteries, supercapacitors, fuel cells, protective coatings and barriers, transparent conducting filmssteven.george@colorado.edu

Andrew Goodwin

Assistant ProfessorChemical and Biological EngineeringMSE Areas: Polymer chemistry, soft materials, self‐assembly, nanostructures, biomedical engineeringandrew.goodwin@colorado.edu

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Arthi Jayaraman

Patten Assistant ProfessorChemical and Biological EngineeringMSE Areas: Molecular simulations, polymers, macromolecular materials, nanocomposites, biomaterialsarthi.jayaraman@colorado.edu

Henry Kapteyn

ProfessorJILA & PhysicsMSE Areas: Nanoscale thermal transport, nanoscale acoustic metrology, ultrafast spin dynamics, ultrafast x-ray photoemission of surfaces and phase change materialshenry.kapteyn@colorado.edu

Frank Kustas

President/CTO, Engineered Coatings, Inc.Adjunct Assistant ProfessorMSE Areas: Thin films, atmospheric / vacuum deposition, ultrasonic spray of nanoparticles, nanomaterials, wear testing, materials selection, microstructureMechanical Engineering Partnershipfkustas.eci@gmail.com

Minhyea Lee

Assistant ProfessorPhysicsMSE Areas: Strongly-correlated electron systemsminhyea.lee@colorado.edu

Sehee Lee

Associate ProfessorMechanical EngineeringMSE Areas: Nanostructured materials for batteries, electrochromic devices, electrochemical supercapacitors, opto-electronic and sensor
applications, thin film rechargeable lithium batteries, intercalation materialssehee.lee@colorado.edu

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Joseph Maclennan

Professor Attendant RankPhysicsMSE Areas: Liquid crystals, electrooptics, thin filmsjem@colorado.edu

Kurt Maute

ProfessorAerospace Engineering SciencesMSE Areas: Modeling, numerical analysis, computational design of active polymers, Li-ion battery electrodes, structural and functional compositeskurt.maute@colorado.edu

John McCartney

Assistant ProfessorCivil, Environmental and Architectural EngineeringMSE Areas: Unsaturated soil mechanics, thermo-hydro-mechanical behavior of saturated and unsaturated soils, hydraulic and mechanical interaction between unsaturated soils and geosyntheticsjohn.mccartney@colorado.edu

Robert McLeod

Associate ProfessorElectrical, Computer and Energy EngineeringMSE Areas: Photopolymers, optical materials, optical characterization, organic electronics, photolithography, 3D structuring, biomaterialsrobert.mcleod@colorado.edu

J. Will Medlin

Assistant Professor and ConocoPhillips Faculty FellowChemical and Biological EngineeringMSE Areas: Catalysts, photocatalysts, surface modification, surface spectroscopy, sensorswill.medlin@colorado.edu

Alan Mickelson

Associate ProfessorElectrical, Computer and Energy EngineeringMSE Areas: Thin films, polymer processing/device fabrication, nanotechnology for optics/elecgronics, plasmonicsalan.mickelson@colorado.edu

Garret Moddel

ProfessorElectrical, Computer and Energy EngineeringMSE Areas: Metal/insulator thin film diodes, photovoltaic devices, graphene, low-energy nuclear reaction materials, thin-film deposition, metal/insulator barrier heights, quantum rectification, rectenna solar cells, liquid crystals, amorphous siliconmoddel@colorado.edu

Margaret Murnane

ProfessorJILA & PhysicsMSE Areas: Nanoscale thermal transport, nanoscale acoustic metrology, ultrafast spin dynamics, ultrafast x-ray photoemission of surfaces and phase change materialsmargaret.murnane@colorado.edu

Todd Murray

Associate ProfessorMechanical EngineeringMSE Areas: Acoustic wave propagation, ultrasonic imaging, materials process monitoring and control, biomedical optics, optical sensors, nanoscale materials characterization, optical techniques for nondestructive evaluation, nanoelectromechanical systems, laser ultrasonics, photorefractive materials and devicestodd.murray@colorado.edu

Charles Musgrave

ProfessorChemical and Biological EngineeringMSE Areas: Computational materials science, quantum simulations, photovoltaics, photopolymerization, thin films, catalysis, energy storage materials, pseudocapacitor materialscharles.musgrave@colorado.edu

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Prashant Nagpal

Assistant ProfessorChemical and Biological EngineeringMSE Areas: Photovoltaic materials, plasmonics and metamaterials, nanophotonics, optical physics, semiconductor nanocrystals, infrared photonics, thermal plasmonics, biological sensing, optical sensorsprashant.nagpal@colorado.edu

Kimberly Newman

Assistant ProfessorElectrical, Computer and Architectural EngineeringMSE Areas: Bioinstrumentation, smart phones, FPGA, renewable energy, chronic illness, rehabilitationkimberly.newman@colorado.edu

Richard Noble

Alfred T. and Betty E. Look ProfessorChemical and Biological EngineeringMSE Areas: Thin films, membranes, ionic liquids, liquid crystals, zeolites, compositesnobler@colorado.edu

Wounjhang Park

Associate ProfessorElectrical, Computer and Energy EngineeringMSE Areas: Luminescent materials, metamaterials, nanostructures, surface plasmons, biophotonic materials, nonlinear optical materials and devices, materials for lighting and photovoltaic deviceswounjhang.park@colorado.edu

John Pellegrino

Professor ResearchMechanical EngineeringMSE Areas: Membrane science, polymer materials, characterizationjohn.pellegrino@colorado.edu

Thomas Perkins

Fellow, JILA
Associate ProfessorJILA and MCDBMSE Areas: Single molecule, AFM, polymer physics, bio-material, protein folding, optical traps, biophysicstperkins@jila.colorado.edu

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H. Jerry Qi

Associate ProfessorMechanical EngineeringMSE Areas: Material physics, mechanics of materials, polymer mechanics, polymer physics, computational mechanicsqih@colorado.edu

Richard Regueiro

Associate ProfessorRASEI & Civil, Environmental and Architectural EngineeringMSE Areas: Geomaterials, soft biological tissues, multiscale multiphysics computational mechanics, thin deformable porous materials, particulate materials qih@colorado.edu

Dmitry Reznik

Associate ProfessorPhysicsMSE Areas: Superconductors, magnetic materials, neutron scattering, lattice dynamics, Raman spectroscopydmitry.reznik@colorado.edu

Charles Rogers

ProfessorPhysicsMSE Areas: Thin film materials, reduced dimensional and very small systems, fluctuations, and nano-scale device physicscharles.rogers@colorado.edu

Garry Rumbles

Adjoint ProfessorChemistryMSE Areas: Organic photovoltaics, conjugated polymers, photoinduced electron transfer, transient microwave conductivityGarry.Rumbles@nrel.gov

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Daniel Schwartz

ProfessorChemical and Biological EngineeringMSE Areas: Interfaces, thin films, molecular self-assembly, biomaterials, liquid crystals, surfactantsdaniel.schwartz@colorado.edu

Ivan Smalyukh

Assistant ProfessorPhysicsMSE Areas: Liquid crystals, organic photovoltaics, nanostructured materilas, soft materials, colloids, polymers, grapheme, biomolecular materials, bacterial biofilms, plasmonic nanoparticles, self-assembly, electro-optic materials, nanophotonics ivan.smalyukh@colorado.edu

Jeffrey Stansbury

Associate Dean for ResearchSchool of Dental MedicineMSE Areas: Polymer chemistry, biomaterialsjeffrey.stansbury@ucdenver.edu

Conrad Stoldt

Assistant ProfessorMechanical EngineeringMSE Areas: Energy storage materials, photovoltaic materials, corrosion, semiconductor materials, nanocrystal synthesis, surface chemistry, chalcogenide materials, finite element modeling, Raman spectroscopyconrad.stoldt@colorado.edu

Mark Stoykovich

Assistant ProfessorChemical and Biological EngineeringMSE Areas: Polymer thin films, self-assembly, lithography and nanofabrication, nanoparticle synthesis and characterization, metal oxidationmark.stoykovich@colorado.edu

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Wei Tan

Assistant ProfessorMechanical EngineeringMSE Areas: Vascular biomaterials, nanomaterials, biological materials, hierarchical structure, controlled biomolecule releasew.tan@colorado.edu

Jao van de Lagemaat

Assistant ProfessorNREL & Department of PhysicsMSE Areas: Plasmonics, photonic materials, nanomaterials, photovoltaic materials, excitonic solar cells, nanoscale imaging, third-generation photoconversion, polymer physics, carrier transport in disordered materials, quantum-confined semiconductors, solar photochemistry, solar fuels, catalysis jao.vandelagemaat@nrel.gov

Franck Vernerey

Assistant ProfessorCivil, Environmental and Architectural EngineeringMSE Areas: Biological materials, soft tissue, mechanical behavior, plasticity, damage, fracture, hydrogels, soft matter, multiscale methods in materials science, fibrous materials. Numerical methodsfranck.vernerey@nrel.gov

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David Walba

ProfessorChemistry and BiochemistryMSE Areas: Liquid crystalswalba@colorado.edu

Alan Weimer

H.T. Sears Memorial ProfessorChemistry and BiochemistryMSE Areas: Atomic layer deposition, molecular layer deposition, particle ALD, particle MLD, non-oxide ceramics, thin films alan.weimer@colorado.edu

Yunping Xi

ProfessorCivil, Environmental and Architectural EngineeringMSE Areas: Cementitious materials, fiber-reinforced polymers, corrosion of metals, radiation shielding, solid waste recycling, multi-ionic diffusion, phase change materials, carbon-nanotubesyunping.xi@colorado.edu

Jianliang Xiao

Assistant ProfessorMechanical EngineeringMSE Areas: Thin films, soft matter, stretchable/flexible electronics, nanomaterials jianliang.xiao@colorado.edu

Ronggui Yang

Assistant ProfessorMechanical EngineeringMSE Areas: Thermoelectric materials, semiconductors and nanostructures, interface and thin films,nanocomposites, Li-ion batteies, electrical and thermoelectric properties, thermal conductivity, thermal management materialsronggui.yang@colorado.edu

Liping Yu

Research Assistant ProfessorOffice of the Vice Chancellor for ResearchMSE Areas: photo-electrochemical water-splitting materialsliping.yu@colorado.edu