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  • Wayne L. Gladfelter

    College of Science and Engineering Distinguished Professor

    • Inorganic & Organometallic Chemistry, Inorganic Materials Synthesis
    • Nanoscience & Materials Chemistry, Inorganic Materials Synthesis
    • Energy & Catalysis
    • 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

Reducing the cost of solar energy conversion devices stands as a critical goal. Students in the Gladfelter group are working on two major projects aimed at this important application. In one project they seek to understand the mechanism of charge separation in dye-sensitized solar cells by studying the early events following excitation of dye molecules attached to individual ZnO nanocrystals such at those shown in the transmission electron micrograph below.

Wayne Gladfelter: transmission electron micrograph

In another project, group members are developing new molecular precursors and exploring the reaction mechanisms for the atomic layer deposition (ALD) of metal oxide films where ozone is used as the oxide source. They are depositing thin films that will be incorporated into new multi-junction solar cells prepared in collaboration with groups from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science. They are also using ALD to deposit inorganic layers on self-assembled polymer templates.

Honors and Awards

  • George W. Taylor Award for Distinguished Service, 2015
  • Fellow of the American Assocation 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