Department of Chemistry Biochemistry

Inorganic and Materials Chemistry

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at ASU has a long established tradition for research and scholarly activity in inorganic, solid state and materials chemistry. Research expertise spans numerous areas including transition metal and main group chemistry, solid state chemistry, synthetic and applied materials chemistry, amorphous materials, bioinorganic chemistry, and computational modeling. An extensive selection of graduate level courses in inorganic and materials synthesis and characterization is available within the department and throughout the college.

The department and college houses an extensive range of facilities for materials structure and properties characterization including single crystal and powder X-ray diffraction, electron and ion beam microprobes, solid state NMR, and optical spectroscopy. The Department is a founding member of the Center for Solid State Science, established in 1977, which is home of one of the world's finest facilities for high resolution electron microscopy and the nano-scale characterization of the structure and chemistry of solids. The Department also houses a world recognized facility for high-pressure and high-temperature synthesis of new materials.

Research in inorganic and materials chemistry at ASU is highly collaborative. Graduate students typically interact with faculty from numerous groups from throughout the university, as well as, with scientists from other institutions. The masters and doctoral degree programs are focused toward research, encouraging students to develop the knowledge, insight, and skills required of innovative and independent scientists in industry, academia, and government.


Austen Angell
Regents' Professor
Liquid structure, transport properties, supercooled liquids, glass transitions, electrolytes and polymers for battery applications

Andrew Chizmeshya
Associate Professor
Computational Solid State Chemistry, Semiconductor Simulation, Vibrational and Optical Properties of Solids, Physisorption, Carbon Sequestration

 

Daniel Buttry
Professor and Chair
Battery and fuel cell materials, Electrochemistry, Corrosion, Interfacial chemistry

Mark Hayes
Associate Professor
Bioanalytical chemistry, microfluidics, ultrasmall volume fluid movements and analysis

Anne Jones
Associate Professor
Bioinorganic chemistry, electrochemistry, hydrogenases, de novo protein design and engineering, redox enzyme mechanisms, alternative energy generation.

John Kouvetakis
Professor
Solid-state inorganic chemistry, thin film heterostructures, nanoscale devices, microelectronics

Michael O'Keeffe (Emeritus)
Regent's Professor
Inorganic solids, crystal chemistry, electron diffraction, porous materials
William Petuskey
Professor
Ceramics, glasses, wide band-gap semiconductors, electronic materials, high temperature chemistry
Dong-Kyun Seo
Associate Professor
Inorganic solids, sustainable materials chemistry, porous materials, hierarchical nanostructures, hybrid materials, exploration of new synthetic methods, energy production, water purification, environmental remediations

Ryan Trovitch
Assistant Professor
Organometallic and Inorganic Chemistry, Homogeneous Catalysis, Small Molecule Activation, Green Chemistry, Reaction Mechanisms, Organic Synthesis



George Wolf
Associate Professor
High pressure chemistry, phase transitions, spectroscopy, materials chemistry
Hao Yan
Professor
Design and assembly of biologically inspired nanomaterials, DNA nanostructures, nanoelectronics, biomolecular imaging


Jeff Yarger
Professor
Solid-state NMR and MRI, soft matter research, disordered materials, biopolymers, battery and fuel cell materials, polyamorphism, nano-materials, high-pressure chemistry, quantum computation, laser scattering spectroscopy, neutron, electron and xray diffraction of amorphous materials