Mellichamp Academic Initiative Faculty Participants

Mahdi Abu-Omar

Mahdi Abu-Omar

Endowed Chair, Mellichamp Academic Initiative in Sustainability
Professor, Chemistry & Biochemistry and Chemical Engineering
Expertise: Design, synthesis, and mechanistic studies of catalysts aimed at green and sustainable processes for making chemicals, materials, and fuels from renewable feedstock; bioinspired catalysis for environmental remediation; fundamentals of electron and atom transfer reactions.
Steven Buratto

Steven Buratto

Professor, Department Chair, Chemistry and Biochemistry
Expertise: Physical Chemistry, Energy, Catalysis, Devices, Assembly, Spectroscopy
Alison Butler

Alison Butler

Professor, Chemistry & Biochemistry
Expertise: Bio-inorganic chemistry and metallobiochemistry; understanding the roles of metal ions in the catalytic activity of metalloenzymes, including vanadium bromoperoxidase, and the mechanisms of acquisition of transition metal ions via marine siderophores
Michael Doherty

Michael Doherty

Professor, Chemical Engineering
Expertise: Process synthesis and conceptual design of chemical process systems; separations; crystal engineering for product and process design; process synthesis for crystalline products.
Campus affiliations:
  • Member of the Chemical Life Cycle Collaborative (CLiCC)
Peter Ford

Peter Ford

Professor, Chemistry & Biochemistry
Expertise: Sustainable chemistry and biomass conversion; photochemistry and photophysics; bioinorganic chemistry of NO/CO.
Roland Geyer

Roland Geyer

Associate Professor, Bren School of Environmental Science & Management
Expertise: Industrial ecology, green supply chain management; life cycle of manufactured goods; environmental and economic potential of reuse and recycling activities; evolution of green business plans.
Michael Gordon

Michael Gordon

Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering
Expertise: Synthesis and characterization of nanoscale materials; development of scanning probe microscopy (SPM) methods for optical, electrical, and mechanical interrogation of nanoscale systems.
Trevor Hayton

Trevor Hayton

Professor, Chemistry & Biochemistry
Expertise: Synthesis and characterization of transition metal, lanthanide, and actinide complexes, including their fundamental properties, reactivity, and potential applications in small molecule activation, catalysis, and nuclear fuel clean-up.
Patricia Holden

Patricia Holden

Professor, Bren School of Environmental Science & Management
Expertise: Environmental microbiology; vadose zone microbial processes; microbial interactions with engineered nanomaterials; coastal microbiological pollution; urban water quality.
Richard Hutton

Richard Hutton

Adjunct Professor, Film & Media Studies
Expertise: Documentary producing/directing/writing; independent feature film producing; science journalism.
Arturo Keller

Arturo Keller

Professor, Bren School of Environmental Science & Management
Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Expertise: Environmental biogeochemistry; sustainable use of chemicals and materials in modern society, particularly emerging materials such as nanoparticles and biochemical, via study of their transport and fate in the environment; development of containment, remediation and monitoring of organic pollutants; design of environmental management strategies.
Bruce Lipshutz

Bruce Lipshutz

Professor, Chemistry & Biochemistry
Expertise: Sustainable organic synthesis; alternative technologies to reduce organic solvent use; designer surfactants.
Awards:
R. Daniel Little

R. Daniel Little

Professor, Chemistry & Biochemistry
Expertise: Organic electrochemistry as a green methodology for organic synthesis to replace toxic or dangerous redox reagents, reduce energy consumption and avoid isolation of unstable or hazardous intermediates; electrocatalytic reactions, electrochemical reactions that use renewable starting materials (biomass); green electrolytes based on emulsions or ionic liquids.
Eric McFarland

Eric McFarland

Professor, Chemical Engineering
Expertise: McFarland’s research activities are focused on coupling fundamental processes at surfaces with novel material systems to enable economically and environmentally sustainable production of chemicals and power in real industrial processes. In particular, his group is working on use of new catalysts and materials for decarbonizing fossil fuels and producing chemicals without carbon dioxide. His group is also investigating novel nuclear reactor designs to reduce cost and increase safety and allow the opportunity for coupling chemical production with power production. McFarland teams with colleagues using state-of-the-art theoretical methods to guide and interpret experimental work using advanced theory and to develop conceptual process models to evaluate the technoeconomic potential of new processes making use of the chemistry.
Gabriel Ménard

Gabriel Ménard

Assistant Professor, Chemistry & Biochemistry
Expertise: Our research focuses on catalyst design for sustainable chemistry and clean energy applications. We are specifically interested in investigating lignin depolymerization chemistry for the sustainable production of new aromatic feedstocks. We are also investigating the production, storage, and delivery of hydrogen as an alternative clean fuel to fossil fuels, with particular emphasis on ammonia splitting chemistry for hydrogen release. Finally, new avenues in abundant metal-main group cooperative chemistry are being investigated for potential applications in small molecule catalysis and/or as redox partners in redox-flow batteries for energy storage.
Michelle O'Malley

Michelle O’Malley

Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering
Expertise: interrogation and engineering of molecular mechanisms that underlie protein production in eukaryotic cells; elucidatation of protein-protein contacts, and control of these interactions both in vivo and in vitro for applications in bioenergy and sustainability.
Baron Peters

Baron Peters

Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering
Expertise: Computational prediction of rare events, including nucleation from solution and polymorph selection; catalysis on amorphous supports; identifying reaction coordinates and likelihood maximization.
Javier Read de Alaniz

Javier Read de Alaniz

Assistant Professor, Chemistry & Biochemistry
Expertise: new reaction developments and their application to the synthesis of architecturally challenging and biologically important molecules; identifying efficient new methods for the construction of carbon-nitrogen bonds in valuable pharmaceutical targets and fundamental building blocks in natural product synthesis.
Ronald Rice

Ronald Rice

Professor and Department Chair, Communication
Arthur N. Rupe Chair in the Social Effects of Mass Communication
Expertise: Communication science, public communication campaigns, computer-mediated communication systems, methodology, organizational and management theory, information systems, information science and bibliometrics, social uses and effects of the Internet, and social networks
Prof. Susannah Scott

Susannah Scott

Professor, Chemical Engineering
Professor, Chemistry & Biochemistry
Mellichamp Academic Initiative Professor in Sustainable Catalytic Processing
Expertise: Surface chemistry and catalysis; interactions and transformations of molecules at the gas-solid interface; investigation, design, and re-engineering of heterogeneous catalysts.
Rachel Segalman

Rachel Segalman

Department Chair, Chemical Engineering
Edward Noble Kramer Professor, Departments of Chemical Engineering and Materials
Expertise: Structure control over soft matter on a molecular through nanoscopic lengthscale is a vital tool to optimizing properties for applications ranging from energy (solar and thermal) to biomaterials. For example, while molecular structure affects the electronic properties of semiconducting polymers, the crystal and grain structure greatly affect bulk conductivity, and nanometer lengthscale pattern of internal interfaces is vital to charge separation and recombination in photovoltaic and light emission effects. Similarly, biological materials gain functionality from structures ranging from monomeric sequence through chain shape through self-assembly. We work to both understand the effects of structure on properties and gain pattern control in these inherently multidimensional problems. We are particularly interested in materials for energy applications such as photovoltaics, fuel cells, and thermoelectrics.
David Seibold

David Seibold

Professor and Vice-Chair, Technology Management Program
Affiliate Faculty, Communication
Expertise: Team processes, innovation and organizational change, organizational communication, and collaborative technologies
Campus affiliations:
  • Director of the Graduate Program in Management Practice
Ram Seshadri

Ram Seshadri

Professor, Materials
Professor, Chemistry & Biochemistry
Expertise: Crystal chemistry and structure-property relations in functional inorganic materials, both bulk and nano, focusing on magnetism, polar materials, porosity, heterogeneous catalysis and solid state lighting.
Sangwon Suh

Sangwon Suh

Associate Professor, Bren School of Environmental Science & Management
Expertise: Corporate environmental management; industrial ecology; life cycle assessment; sustainability of the human-nature complexity through understanding materials and energy exchanges between them.
Campus affiliations:
Off-campus affiliations:
Armen Zakarian

Armen Zakarian

Professor, Chemistry & Biochemistry
Expertise: Synthetic organic chemistry; total synthesis of natural products, development of new methods and strategies for organic synthesis; application of synthetic chemistry to bioorganic and medicinal chemistry research.
Liming Zhang

Liming Zhang

Professor, Chemistry & Biochemistry
Expertise: Development of novel chemical transformations, especially those involving transition-metal catalysis and tandem reactions; total synthesis of natural products with significant biological activities.