Functional Inorganic Materials for Energy and Biomineralization
Neilson Group: new materials and methodologies from kinetic control
Our research revolves around
understanding and controlling the formation of materials, their structure and their properties, i.e., materials design.
We focus on manipulating and understanding local chemical environments and their influences on electronic
properties in new materials, such as magnetism. The overarching theme is correlating structural
details of materials with their functional behavior in the development of new and efficient
materials of relevance to energy conversion and conservation, for example, new hard magnetic
materials and semiconductors for solar energy conversion. The approach is based on asking the
question: How does one selectively position (and then find) atoms within a bulk solid? The same overarching
chemical perspectives apply to the area of biomineralization as well, particularly to that
of bone remodeling. This is an interdisciplinary problem fundamentally rooted in inorganic
chemistry, and with profound implications for human and animal disease. Many of the problems we face are
intrinsically interdisciplinary as our chemistry sits at the interface with both physics and biology.
10/2017 Congratulations to Dr. Andy Martinolich who successfully defended his PhD thesis! Congrats and good luck in CA!
8/2017 Welcome to the group Dr. Iain Oswald!
3/2017 Congratulations to Michael who successfully defended his MS Thesis! Congrats!
3/2017 Arnold's paper and collaboration accepted to Rev. Sci. Inst.! Congrats to Arnold and friends at ORNL!
2/2017 Thank you to the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation for recognition of our work through a Sloan Research Fellowship!
2/2017 Thank you to the Research Corporation for Scientific Advancement for providing us with a Cottrell Scholarship!
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2/2017 Congratulations to Andrew Candia for being awarded a CSU Energy Institute Fellowship
1/2017 Congratulations to Annalise Maughan for winning the Ludo Frevel Crystallography Scholarship award from the International Centre for Diffraction Data!
12/2016 Welcome to the group Victoria and Jewels!
12/2016 Andy's and Jamie's perspective on achieving kinetic control of solid state chemistry accepted to Chem. Mater.! Congrats!!
12/2016 Congratulations to the group, as we are now supported by a NSF CAREER Award!
11/2016 Mary's paper on paracrystallinity in bone accepted to Inorg. Chem.! Congrats to Mary and collaborators at Hope College and USC!
8/2016 Andy's and Josh's paper on circumventing solid-state diffusion accepted to J. Am. Chem. Soc.! Congrats!!
6/2016 Annalise's and Mitchell's paper accepted to J. Am. Chem. Soc.! Congrats to them and to our collaborators at UCL and NREL!!
5/2016 Congratulations to the group, as we are now supported by a DOE Early Career Award!
3/2016 Congratulations to Eve Mozur (grad) for an NSF GRFP Honorable Mention and to Mitchell Bordelon (ugrad) for an NSF GRFP Fellowship! Bravo!
3/2016 Andy's and Robert's paper accepted to Chem. Mater.! Congrats to the Neilson and Shores Groups!!
1/2016 Congratulations to Andy Martinolich for winning the Ludo Frevel Crystallography Scholarship award from the International Centre for Diffraction Data!
1/2016 Congratulations to the Neilson and Prieto Research Groups for winning an award from the W. M. Keck Foundation!
Selected recent publications
Curriculum Vitæ as a PDF
Prof. James R. Neilson
email: james.neilson - at - colostate.edu
phone: 970-491-2958 || lab phone: 970-491-3825
office: Chemistry C111
labs: Chemistry C208 and C214
department page: http://www.chem.colostate.edu/people/jrn/
Colorado State University
Department of Chemistry
1872 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1872
orcid id: 0000-0001-9282-5752