Prof. Bradley F. Chmelka
University of California Santa Barbara
Department of Chemical Engineering
Bradley F. Chmelka is professor at the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of California at Santa Barbara. His research is motivated by the need to understand at a molecular level the fabrication and functions of new catalysts, adsorbents, porous ceramics, and heterogeneous polymers. These categories of technologically important materials are linked by their crucial dependencies on local order/disorder, which often governs macroscopic process or device performance. Prof. Chmelka’s group is broadly interested in heterogeneous solids, whose sizable variations in local ordering and dynamics have pronounced influences on the adsorption, reaction, optical, or mechanical properties of these materials. Through development and application of state-of-the-art techniques of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy, they observe many common molecular features among these diverse systems, which provide new insights and design intuition for their materials chemistry and engineering objectives. They benefit from close collaborative research relationships with a number of industrial partners and foreign laboratories.