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Materials Chemistry

Libai Huang

The Chemistry Department plays a central role in creating advanced materials and composites that address real-world challenges and opportunities such as energy conversion, flexible electronics, drug delivery, and sustainability.

The synthesis and analysis of novel materials employ many of the same experimental methods used in inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry. Our graduate program provides flexibility and depth to support interdisciplinary research and training, as well as solid foundations in classical areas of chemistry.

We offer exciting research on nanostructures, polymers and soft materials, self-assembly, surface chemistry, and simulation and theory. State-of-the-art instruments for materials characterization are housed in the Jonathan Amy Center for Chemical Instrumentation, as well as other research centers at Purdue such as the Birck Center for Nanotechnology. Students have access to facilities for chemical imaging by electron microscopy, wide-angle x-ray diffraction analysis, surface metrologies such as AFM and XPS, and a variety of tools for testing electronic, mechanical, and optical properties.

Our Faculty

Bryan Boudouris

Bryan Boudouris

  • Polymer Science
  • Soft Matter
  • Organic Electronics
Jean Chmielewski

Jean Chmielewski

  • Peptide Biomaterials
  • Regenerative Medicine
  • Protein-protein Interactions
Shelley Claridge

Shelley Claridge

  • Nanomaterials
  • Biomaterials
  • Material Characterization
Libai Huang

Libai Huang

  • Ultrafast Microscopy
  • Energy Transport
  • Charge Transport
Sabre Kais

Sabre Kais

  • Quantum Materials
  • Quantum Machine Learning and Quantum Computing
  • Quantum Coherence and Quantum Open Dynamics
Christina Li

Christina Li

  • Nanocrystal Catalysts
  • Defect Chemistry
  • C-H activation and CO2 absorption
Hanzhe Liu

Hanzhe Liu

  • Charge and Energy transfer
  • Quantum materials
  • Nanomaterials
Chengde Mao

Chengde Mao

  • DNA Nanotechnology
  • Self-assembly
  • Biosensing/nanomedicine
Jianguo Mei

Jianguo Mei

  • Organic and Polymer Synthesis
  • Flexible Electronics and Bioelectronics
  • Electrochemical Devices
Tong Ren

Tong Ren

  • Conjugated Organometallic Compounds
  • Coordination Compounds
  • Electronic and Optoelectronic Materials
Gudrun Schmidt

Gudrun Schmidt

  • Biopolymer Chemistry
  • Renewable polymers
  • Adhesives
Garth Simpson

Garth Simpson

  • Pharmaceutical Materials
  • Materials Analysis
  • Macromolecule Assemblies
Corey Thompson

Corey Thompson

  • Solid-state Inorganic Chemistry
  • Rare-earth Magnets
  • Thermoelectric materials
David Thompson

David Thompson

  • Drug Delivery Materials
  • Elastin-like Polypeptides
  • Polyrotaxanes
  • Affinity Capture Templates for CryoEM
Christopher Uyeda

Christopher Uyeda

  • Catalytic Polymerizations
  • Conjugated Polymers
  • Photoactive and Electroactive Materials
Alexander Wei

Alexander Wei

  • Photoluminescent compounds
  • Nanocellulose-based plastics
  • Low-cost wireless sensors
Jonathan Wilker

Jonathan Wilker

  • Biomimicry
  • Adhesives
  • Polymers
  • Sustainability