materialsWith an ever higher demand for cleaner energy, novel electronic devices, and better, safer treatments for human health, materials lie at the heart of meeting tomorrow’s technological demands. At the University of Maryland’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, our faculty, students, and research staff prepare and study advanced materials that will meet society’s energy needs and better foster human welfare. Our faculty’s research in the area between materials science and chemistry known as Materials Chemistry approaches the subject through both theoretical and experimental studies.

While the development and deployment of advanced materials could have a profound impact on society, at the University of Maryland we focus onfundamental research that is at the forefront of chemistry.The diverse array of materials that our department prepares and studies include inorganic solids such as superconductors (Rodriguez), polymers (Sita), functional nanoparticles for drug delivery (DeShong, Wang, Nie), and oxides for energy storage and conversion (Zachariah, Eichhorn).We also study the mechanisms by which nanostructures form (Fourkas), crystals grow (Weeks), and surfaces and interfaces control materials properties (Reutt-Robey). Our faculty have won distinguished awards in the area of Materials Chemistry and have led nationally recognized research centers where materials are investigated for their useful optical, electrical, magnetic, catalytic and mechanical properties. For example, the Energy Research Frontier Center at UMD focuses on nanostructures for electrical energy storage, and four of our faculty (Lee, Eichhorn, Reutt-Robey, and Wang) are members of this center.


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Philip DeShong

Bioconjugate Chemistry; Colloid Chemistry; Nanotechnology. Synthesis of complex bioconjugates; Functionalized nanomaterials for use as biosensors, drug delivery, and vaccine development.Read More

Bioconjugate Chemistry; Colloid Chemistry; Nanotechnology. Synthesis of complex bioconjugates; Functionalized nanomaterials for use as biosensors, drug delivery, and vaccine development.

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Bryan Eichhorn

Synthesis and characterization of transition metal derivatives of Zintl ions; nanomaterials, soft chemical synthesis; heterogeneous catalysis and solid oxide fuel cell research

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Synthesis and characterization of transition metal derivatives of Zintl ions; nanomaterials, soft chemical synthesis; heterogeneous catalysis and solid oxide fuel cell research

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John T. Fourkas

Nanotechnology and ultrafast nonlinear optics; multiphoton absorption polymerization; polymer post-functionalization chemistry; soft nanolithography; optical data storage; nanophotonics; microsensors; ultrafast dynamics of liquids in the bulk and in nanoconfinement

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Nanotechnology and ultrafast nonlinear optics; multiphoton absorption polymerization; polymer post-functionalization chemistry; soft nanolithography; optical data storage; nanophotonics; microsensors; ultrafast dynamics of liquids in the bulk and in nanoconfinement

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Sang Bok Lee

Nanomaterials science; synthesis and characterization of bio-nanotubes for nanotoxicology and biomedical applications; electrical energy storage; electrochemistryRead More

Nanomaterials science; synthesis and characterization of bio-nanotubes for nanotoxicology and biomedical applications; electrical energy storage; electrochemistry

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Zhihong Nie

Nanoparticle chemistry and self-assembly; soft materials, microfluidic mimicking of biological tubules for studying pharmacokinetics and diseases; biomimetic programmable soft materials for tunable optics and tissue engineering

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Nanoparticle chemistry and self-assembly; soft materials, microfluidic mimicking of biological tubules for studying pharmacokinetics and diseases; biomimetic programmable soft materials for tunable optics and tissue engineering

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Janice Reutt-Robey

Surface chemistry and interface science: nanostructured materials for energy science and chemical sensing; charge and mass transfer dynamics; scan probe microscopy and spectroscopy; aerosol molecular beam deposition; film growth

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Surface chemistry and interface science: nanostructured materials for energy science and chemical sensing; charge and mass transfer dynamics; scan probe microscopy and spectroscopy; aerosol molecular beam deposition; film growth

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Efrain Rodriguez

Inorganic materials and solid state chemistry; synthesis of transition metal (TM) oxides chalcogenides and pnictides;  metastable materials; functional magnetic, electronic, and mixed-conductivity materials;  X-ray and neutron diffraction ; magnetoelectrical transport

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Inorganic materials and solid state chemistry; synthesis of transition metal (TM) oxides chalcogenides and pnictides;  metastable materials; functional magnetic, electronic, and mixed-conductivity materials;  X-ray and neutron diffraction ; magnetoelectrical transport

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Lawrence R. Sita

Synthetic, structural and mechanistic inorganic and organometallic chemistry; molecular and mesoscopic self-assembly processes; chemically modified surface and interfaces, polymer synthesis, development and utilization of low cost catalysts for commodity chemical production

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Synthetic, structural and mechanistic inorganic and organometallic chemistry; molecular and mesoscopic self-assembly processes; chemically modified surface and interfaces, polymer synthesis, development and utilization of low cost catalysts for commodity chemical production

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Yu-Huang Wang

Carbon nanotechnology; scanning probe lithography; directed assembly of nanoscale building blocks; new chemistries and physics based on nanostructured materials with implications to energy, electronics and biomedicine

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Carbon nanotechnology; scanning probe lithography; directed assembly of nanoscale building blocks; new chemistries and physics based on nanostructured materials with implications to energy, electronics and biomedicine

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John Weeks

Statistical mechanics of interfaces; theory of crystal growth; theory of nonuniform liquids; dynamics of steps on crystal surfaces

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Statistical mechanics of interfaces; theory of crystal growth; theory of nonuniform liquids; dynamics of steps on crystal surfaces

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Michael Zachariah

Aerosol nanoparticle physics and chemistry; nanostructured materials; development of chemical and physical characterization for nanoparticles; nanomaterials in energy applications

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Aerosol nanoparticle physics and chemistry; nanostructured materials; development of chemical and physical characterization for nanoparticles; nanomaterials in energy applications

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