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Physical & Inorganic 
Chemistry at Penn State

MAY 2017

Heat Management

Exploring the ability to use endothermic chemical transformations as the basis of new heat transfer media

Nanoparticle Surfaces

Investigating molecular control over charge mobility, electronic coupling, and band structure


Using the photothermal effect of nanoparticles to drive high-barrier thermal reactions under ambient conditions

Ben Lear

Associate Professor of Chemistry

Emma Van Burns

Graduate Student

Jonathan Fagan

Graduate Student

Current events

Congratulations, Dr. Brittney Nagle! 

February 27, 2018

Congratulations to Brittney for successfully defending her dissertation: "Solid-state Nuclear Magnetic Resonance reveals dynamic and structural characterization of Zea mays primary cell walls." We wish her the best!

Nate Ginder joins the group

May 25, 2017

The Lear group welcomes Nate Ginder, an REU student from Case Western Reserve University, to work with us over the summer!

Congratulations, Julie!

May 6, 2017

Julie has graduated with a Bachelor of Science in chemistry from Penn State!