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  • Wayne L. Gladfelter

    College of Science and Engineering Distinguished Professor

    • Inorganic & Organometallic Chemistry
    • Nanoscience & Materials Chemistry
    • B.S. Mineral Engineering Chemistry, Colorado School of Mines, 1975
    • Ph.D. Penn State University, 1978 (Gregory L. Geoffroy)
    • Post Doctorate National Science Foundation Fellow CalTech, 1978-1979 (Harry Gray)
    Office: 241b Smith Hall

Principal Research Interests

Researchers in the Gladfelter group are working on projects at the interface of inorganic and materials chemistry. In one project they collaborate with the Professor David Blank and his group to understand the mechanism of charge separation in dye-sensitized solar cells. The project involves preparing dyads comprising metal oxide nanocrystals and organic or inorganic dye molecules. Using ultrafast spectroscopic methods the excited state electron transfer rates are measured allowing insight into the reaction mechanism.

Wayne Gladfelter: transmission electron micrograph

In another project, group members, in collaboration with Professor Jason Goodpaster, are studying the mechanism of chemical vapor deposition and related processes using computational methods.

Honors and Awards

  • George W. Taylor Award for Distinguished Service, 2015
  • Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2007
  • Associate Fellow of the Minnesota Supercomputing Institute, 2005
  • Colorado School of Mines "Wall of Fame" Award, 2003
  • College of Science and Engineering Distinguished Professorship, 1998
  • College of Science and Engineering Student Board Outstanding Instructor Award, 1991
  • Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow, l983-l985
  • Union Carbide Innovation Recognition Program, 1982-1985
  • Nobel Laureate Signature Award for a Graduate Student in Chemistry, American Chemical Society, 1980
  • National Science Foundation National Needs Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Caltech, 1978-1979

Mailing Address

  • Wayne L. Gladfelter, University of Minnesota, Department of Chemistry
  • A-15, 139 Smith Hall, 207 Pleasant St SE
  • Minneapolis, MN 55455-0431