Michael Gordon

Warren G. and Katharine S. Schlinger Professor 
Department Chair


(805) 893-7346
3351 Engineering II
University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-5080

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2023  AVS Fellow
2018  Outstanding Chemical Engineering Faculty
2018  Robert G. Rinker Founder’s Chair in Chemical Engineering
2017  Outstanding Chemical Engineering Faculty
2016  Outstanding Chemical Engineering Faculty
2015  Outstanding Chemical Engineering Faculty
2013  Robert W. Vaughan Lectureship, California Institute of Technology
2012  Frontiers of Engineering Education Conference
2012  Outstanding Chemical Engineering Faculty
2011  Outstanding Chemical Engineering Faculty
2010  David and Lucile Packard Fellowship
2010  NSF CAREER Award
2010  Outstanding Chemical Engineering Faculty
2009  Northrop Grumman Excellence in Teaching Award
2000-2003  Intel Fellow
1997  Constantin G. Economou Prize



Research Description: 

Our research focuses on the synthesis, characterization, engineering, and simulation of nanostructured materials and systems for photonics, energy, and chemical conversion applications. We seek to understand how size, morphology, organization, and surface structure affect the physicochemical properties and behavior of materials over different length, time, and energy scales. Interest areas include:

•    III-nitride nanostructures, micro/nano-LEDs
•    Near-field optical microscopy & plasmonics
•    Bio-inspired photonics
•    Micro- and atmospheric pressure plasmas (mat'l synthesis and spectroscopy)
•    Light-matter interactions & spectroscopy
•    Energy storage, magnetic, and catalytic materials


BS: Chemical Engineering, Colorado School of Mines (1994)
MS: Chemical Engineering, Colorado School of Mines (1995)
MS: Applied Physics, California Institute of Technology (1998)
PhD: Chemical Engineering, California Institute of Technology (2003)

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