Faculty Directory
Kenneth R. Poeppelmeier

Charles E. & Emma H. Morrison Professor of Chemistry

(By courtesy) Professor of Materials Science and Engineering


2145 Sheridan Road
Tech GG35
Evanston, IL 60208-3109

847-491-3505Email Kenneth Poeppelmeier


Poeppelmeier Research Group


Director of Center for Catalysis and Surface Science


BS, University of Missouri

PhD, Iowa State University

Research Interests

Inorganic solid-state chemistry has always had widespread use in energy-related applications across diverse fields such as heterogeneous catalysis and solar energy research. Our research, which ranges from the growth of single crystals to the synthesis of new transparent conductors, emphasizes the connections between the synthesis and structure of new materials, the physical properties of new materials, and the technological advances that result from these discoveries.

Significant Recognition

  • National Science Council of Taiwan Lecturer (1991)
  • Dow Professor of Chemistry (1992-1994)
  • AAAS Fellow, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (1993)
  • JSPS Fellow, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (1997)
  • Natural Science Foundation of China Lecturer (1999)
  • National Science Foundation Creativity Extension Award (2000-2002)
  • Institut Universitaire de France Professor (2003)
  • Chemistry Week in China Lecturer (2004)
  • Lecturer in Solid State Chemistry, China (2005)
  • Visitantes Distinguidos, Universid Complutenses Madrid (2009)
  • Charles E. and Emma H. Morrison Professor of Chemistry (2010)

Selected Publications

"Prediction and accelerated laboratory discovery of previously unknown 18-electron ABX compounds", Gautier, R.; Zhang, X.; Hu, L.; Yu, L.; Lin, Y.; Sunde, T. O. L.; Chon, D.; Poeppelmeier, K. R.; Zunger, A.; Nat. Chem., 7 (4), 308-16 (2015).

"Evaluation of defects in cuprous oxide through exciton luminescence imaging”, L. Frazer, E.J. Lenferink, K.B. Chang, K.R. Poeppelmeier, N.P. Stern, J.B. Ketterson, Journal of Luminescence, 159, 294-302 (2015).

"The Role of Oleic Acid: From Synthesis to Assembly of Perovskite Nanocuboid Two-Dimensional Arrays", Hu, L.; Wang, C.; Kennedy, R. M.; Marks, L. D.; Poeppelmeier, K. R.;  Inorg. Chem. 54(3), 740-745 (2015).

"Optical Conductivity of Mayenite: From Insulator to Metal,” Lobo, R.P.S.M.; Bontemps, N.; Bertoni, M.I.; Mason, T.O.; Poeppelmeier, K.R.; Freeman, A.J.; Park, M.S.; Medvedeva, J.E.; J. Phys. Chem. C., 119(16), 8849-8856 (2015).

"Decreasing the Polarization Resistance of (La, Sr)CrO3-δ Solid Oxide fuel Cell Anodes by Combined Fe and Ru Substitution”,  K. R. Poeppelmeier; D. Fowler; Messner, A.; Miller, E.; Slone, B.; Barnett, S.; Chem. Mater., 27 (10), 3683–3693 (2015)

"Applications of Electron Microscopy in heterogeneous Catalysis.” Lin, Y.; McCarthy, J. A.; Poeppelmeier, K. R.; Marks, L. D.  In Catalysis by Materials with Well-Defined Structures; Wu, Z., Overbury, S. H., Eds.; Elsevier: Waltham, MA; 193-238 (2015)

"Selective Crystal Growth and Structural, Optical, and Electronic Studies of Mn3Ta2O8", K. Rickert, E. A. Pozzi, R. Khanal, M. Onoue, G. Trimarchi, J. E. Medvedeva, M. C. Hersam, R. P. Van Duyne, and K. R. PoeppelmeierInorg. Chem., 54, 6513-6519 (2015)

"Pb2Ba3 (BO3)3Cl: A material with large SHG enhancement activated by Pb-chelated BO3 groups,"  Dong, X; Jing, Q; Shi, Y; Yang, Z; Pan, S; Poeppelmeier, K; Young, J; Rondinelli, J.; J. Am. Chem. Soc., 137 (29), 9417–9422 (2015)

"Adhesion and Atomic Structures of Gold-Ceria Catalysts: The Role of Surface Structure and Oxidation State of Ceria Supports,” Y. Lin, Z. Wu, J. Wen, K. Ding, X. Yang, K. R. Poeppelmeier, and L. Marks; Nano Lett., 15 (8), 5375–5381(2015).

"Prediction and Synthesis of Strain-Tolerant RbCuTe Crystals Based on Rotation of 1D Nano-ribbons within a 3D Inoganic Network," Vermeer, M. J. D.,  Zhang, X., Trimarchi, G., Chupas, P. J.,  Poeppelmeier, K. R. and Zunger; A., J. Am. Chem.Soc., 137(35):11383-90 (2015)