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Materials Chemistry


Stony Brook has an extremely diverse program within this research area. Groups within the Department of Chemistry are actively involved in research programs that include the characterization of polymer structure, design of molecular solids, synthesis of new solid state materials, and the study of catalyst structure and mechanisms, battery materials, gels, polydiacetylenes and polytriacetylenes, supercritical fluids and nanostructures. Critical to the success of these programs is the availability of modern, state-of-the-art instrumentation for structure elucidation of both crystalline and amorphous materials. Stony Brook is extremely well equipped to conduct such research, with 2 single crystal diffractometers and 3 wide bore NMR machines in the Department of Chemistry, and powder diffractometers, microscopes (SEM, TEM, and AFM), high pressure cells for synthesis, etc. available on campus. Scattering experiments, designed to probe polymer properties such as crystallization, gelation and micellization are performed in-house, and at synchrotron sources such as the NSLS or the Advanced Photon Source (at Argonne National Laboratory), where dedicated instruments are available. Although there are no formal requirements for research in this area, many students opt to take relevant courses in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, and the Department of Geosciences.

Surita R. Bhatia

Surita R. Bhatia
Professor. Structure and rheology of soft materials and complex fluids, including colloidal dispersions and polymeric hydrogels.

   
Melanie Chiu

Melanie Chiu
Assistant Professor

 

   
Benjamin Chu

Benjamin Chu
Distinguished Professor. Light-scattering spectroscopy; X-ray scattering; polymer physics; colloid science, DNA electrophoresis; biomedical applications

   
nancy Goroff

Nancy Goroff
Professor. Non-natural organic compounds and their properties; organic materials.

   
Clare Grey

Clare Grey
Affiliated Adjunct Professor. Materials chemistry; solid-state NMR spectroscopy; environmental chemistry, batteries, fuel cells, gas sorption and catalysis

   
Robert Grubbs

Robert Grubbs
Associate Professor. My research group is interested in the common ground shared by polymer, organic, and materials chemistry and we are involved in the design, synthesis, and characterization of polymer-based organic materials.

   
Benjamin Hsiao

Benjamin S. Hsiao
Distinguished Professor. Fundamentals of structure, morphology, property and processing relationships in polymers; nanocomposites and biomaterials. Discovery of sustainable nanomaterials for water purification.

   
Khalifah

Peter Khalifah
Assistant Professor. Materials chemistry; designing functionality into crystalline solids using elemental substitution and structural control to fine-tune the energy levels of bulk materials.

   
Joseph Lauher

Joseph Lauher
Professor . Structural chemistry and X-ray crystallography, supramolecular chemistry and crystal engineering, hydrogen bonding, topochemical polymerizations, conjugated polymers. molecular graphics.

   
Amy Marschilok

Amy Marschilok
Research Professor. Materials science and engineering; inorganic chemistry; interfacial electrochemistry; batteries, flow cells, capacitors, liquid and solid electrolytes

   
John Parise

John Parise
Professor. Crystallography; mineral physics.

   
Jon Rudick

Jon Rudick
Assistant Professor. Organic, polymer, and supramolecular chemistry; design, synthesis, and characterization of dendrimers, polymers, liquid crystals, and hybrid biomaterials.

   
Esther Takeuchi

Esther Takeuchi
Distinguished Professor. Materials chemistry, physics and engineering; systems based electrochemistry; batteries, flow cells, capacitors, liquid and solid electrolytes

   
Kenneth Takeuchi

Kenneth Takeuchi
Distinguished Teaching Professor. Inorganic chemistry; materials science and engineering; electrochemistry; batteries, flow cells, capacitors, liquid and solid electrolytes

   
Stanislaus Wong

Stanislaus S. Wong
Professor. Synthesis and characterization of chemically functionalized nanomaterials (including carbon nanotubes and quantum dots) and one-dimensional nanostructures. Physical, chemical, and biological applications of nanoscience and nanotechnology. Biophysical chemistry. Surface chemistry and reactivity. Optical spectroscopy. Probe and electron microscopies.

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