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Ryan M. Richards, Ph.D. - Professor of Chemistry

Fellow of the American Chemical Society

Department of Chemistry and Geochemistry
Materials Science Program
Joint appointment with National Renewable Energy Laboratory

1500 Illinois St
304 Coolbaugh Hall
Golden, CO 80401
Phone: (303) 273-3612
Fax: (303) 273-3629


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  • Congratulations to Ryan Richards for receiving a joint appointment with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory!
  • Undergraduate Max Schultz made Chemical & Engineering News for being a world champion unicyclist in addition to top-notch chemist. Way to go!
  • Congratulations to Chris Cadigan for successsfully defending his thesis and earning his Ph.D.!
  • Congratulations to Dr. Richards for his promotion to full professorship!
  • Congratulations to Xue Wang for successfully defending her thesis and earning her Ph.D.!
  • Congratulations to Jason Christ for being the Chemistry/Geochemistry Departmental Award Winner for Best Presentation at CEER 2013!
  • Congratulations to April Corpuz for succesfully defending her thesis and earning her Ph.D.!

  • 2012 Chair Colorado Section ACS
  • Nanoscience programming, ACS National Meetings, Division of Inorganic Chemistry
  • Site Director, Colorado Center for Biofuels and Biorefining (C2B2)

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Publications from 2013-2014 - Impact Factor [IF: ]

    Christopher Caskey, Ryan M. Richards, David Ginley, Andriy Zakutayev "Synthesis and properties of copper nitride, a metastable semiconductor" Materials Horizons 2014, accepted.

    Zhi Li,Yazhou Ji, Chris Cadigan and Ryan M. Richards "Thermally Stable Gold/Alumina Aerogel Catalysts Prepared by a Simultaneous Synthesis Process for Solvent-Free Aerobic Benzyl Alcohol Oxidation" RSC Catalysis Science and Technology 2014, accepted. Will appear in special issue “Catalysis in the USA” [3.75]

    Feng Lin, Dennis Nordlund, Tsu-Chien Weng, Ye Zhu, Chunmei Ban, Ryan M. Richards, Huolin L. Xin “Phase Evolution for Conversion Reaction Electrodes in Lithium-ion Batteries” Nature Communications 2014, in press. [10.015]

    Chi-Ping Li, Feng Lin, Ryan M. Richards, Chaiwat Engtrakul, Robert Tenent, Colin A. Wolden, “The influence of sol-gel processing on the electrochromic properties of mesoporous WO3 films produced by ultrasonic spray deposition” Solar Energy Materials And Solar Cells 2014, 121, 163-170.[4.6]

    Feng Lin, Manuel Montano, Chixia Tian, Yazhou Ji, Dennis Nordlund, Tsu-Chien Weng, Rob G Moore, Dane T Gillaspie, Kim M Jones, Anne C Dillon, Ryan M Richards, Chaiwat Engtrakul "Electrochromic performance of nanocomposite nickel oxide counter electrodes containing lithium and zirconium" Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells 2013, (in press) [IF 4.63]

    Calvin Mukarakate, Xiaodong Zhang, Alexander Stanton, David Robichaud, Peter Ciesielski, Kara Malhotra, Bryon Donohoe, Erica Gjersing Robert Evans, David Heroux, Ryan Richards, Kristiina Iisa, Mark Nimlos “Real-time monitoring of the deactivation of HZSM-5 during upgrading of pine pyrolysis vapors” Green Chemistry 2014, in press.[6.828]

    Jeremy Leong, Maxwell Schulze, Matthew Strand, David Maloney, Sarah Frisco, Huyen N. Dinh, Bryan Pivovar, Ryan M. Richards “Shape-directed platinum nanoparticle synthesis: nanoscale design of novel catalysts” Applied Organometallic Chemistry 2014, 1, 1-17.[2.011]

    April Corpuz, Kevin Wood, Svitlana Pylypenko, Arrelaine Dameron, Prabhuram Joghee, Timothy Olson, Guido Bender, Huyen N. Dinh, Thomas Gennett, Ryan Richards, Ryan O'Hayre “Effect Of Nitrogen Post-Doping On A Commercial Platinum-Ruthenium/Carbon Anode Catalyst” J. Power Sources 2014, 248, 296-306.[6.233]

    Feng Lin, Bogdan Cojocaru, Chia-Ling Chou, Christopher Cadigan, Yazhou Ji, Dennis Nordlund, Tsu-Chien Weng, Zhifeng Zheng, Vasile Parvulescu, Ryan M. Richards “Photocatalytic Activity and Selectivity of ZnO Materials in the Decomposition of Organic Compounds” ChemCatChem 2013, 12, 3841-3846.

    Lifang Chen, Juncheng Hu, Feng Lin, Christopher Cadigan, Wenrong Cao, Zhiwen Qi, Marta Pozuelo, Suneel Kodambaka, Ryan M. Richards “Self Assembled Single-Crystalline ZnO Nanostructures” CrystEngComm 2013 15, 3780-3784. [3.84]

    Feng Lin, Dennis Nordlund, Tsu-Chien Weng, Dimosthenis Sokaras, Kim Jones, Rob Reed, Dane Gillaspie, Douglas Weir, Rob Moore, Anne Dillon, Ryan M. Richards, Chaiwat Engtrakul “Origin of Electrochromism in High-Performing Nanocomposite Nickel Oxide” ACS Applied Materials & Interface 2013 27, 1-5. [5.008]

    Lawrence D’Souza, Michael Noeske, Ryan M. Richards, Ulrich Kortz “Palladium (0) metal clusters: Novel Krebs type polyoxoanions stabilized, extremely active hydrogenation catalyst” Applied Catalysis A:Chemical 2013 453, 262-271.[3.96]

    Lawrence D’Souza, Michael Noeske, Ryan M. Richards, Ulrich Kortz “Polyoxotungstate stabilized palladium, gold and silver nanoclusters: A study of cluster stability, catalysis and effects of the stabilizing anions” Journal of Colloid and Interface Science 2013 394, 157-165. [3.07]

    “Metal Oxide Laser Ionization Mass Spectrometry” Kent Voorhees, Casey McAlpin and Ryan M. Richards, U.S. provisional patent application No. 61/453,617 (filed March 19, 2012)

    Christopher Cadigan, April Corpuz, Feng Lin, Christopher Caskey, Kenneth Finch, Xue Wang and Ryan M. Richards “Nanoscale (111) Faceted Rock-Salt Metal Oxides in Catalysis” Catal. Sci. Technol. 2013, 3, 900. Cover Article

    Feng Lin, Dane Gillaspie, Anne Dillon, Ryan M. Richards, Chaiwat Engtrakul “Nitrogen-doped nickel oxide thin films for enhanced electrochromic applications” Thin Solid Films 2013 527, 26-30[1.89]

    Feng Lin, Dennis Nordlund, Tsu-Chien Weng, Rob Moore, Dane Fillaspie, Anne Dillon, Ryan M. Richards, Chaiwat Engtrakul “Hole Doping in Al-Containing Nickel Oxide Materials to Improve Electrochromic Performance” ACS Applied Materials & Interface 2013 5, 301-309. [5.008]

    Divakara Soorly Gopala, Rama R. Bhattacharjee, Ryan Richards, “Dispersion of TiO2 on high surface area mesoporous silica: Functionalization with tungstophosphoric acid and application in solvent-free, aerobic oxidation of n-hexadecane” Applied Organometallic Chemistry 2013,1, 1-5. [2.2]

Presentations from 2013-2014
    Invited Speaker, Pennsylvania State University, Nov. 20, 2013, “Nanostructured Materials with Controlled Faceting for Catalysis and Green Chemistry” Ryan M. Richards

    Nanotoday 2013, Dec. 8-11, Biopolis, Singapore, "Self-Assembly Preparation of Metal Oxide Nano-Sheets with (111) Surfaces as Catalysts and Catalyst Supports" Ryan M. Richards

    Invited Speaker, Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource, Annual Users Meeting and Workshop, Oct. 1-4. Symposium “X-ray Spectroscopy for Chemical Catalysis” Ryan M. Richards.

    Invited Speaker, University of Miami, Sept. 26, 2013, “Nanostructured Materials, Catalysis and Green Chemistry” Ryan M. Richards

    2013 246th ACS National Meeting and Exposition, (September 8-12, 2013) Indianapolis, IN “Nanoscale Metal Oxides with (111) Surfaces as Catalysts and Catalyst Supports for Energy and Fuels” Ryan M. Richards

    2013 245th ACS National Meeting and Exposition, (April 7-11, 2013), New Orleans, LA
      "Synthesis of shape-anisotropic nanomaterials using spontaneous galvanic displacement reactions" G. Jeremy Leong, Matthew Strand, Maxwell Schulze, David Maloney, Brian Larsen, Shaun Alia, Kelly Perry, K.C. Neyerlin, Bryan Pivovar and Ryan M. Richards
      "Studying the effects of cations and anions towards the growth of Pt nanocrystals using wet chemical reduction methods" David Maloney, G. Jeremy Leong, Brian Gorman, Dave Diercks and Ryan M. Richards,*
      "Controlled growth of PtRe nanocrystals for sorbitol dehydration/hydrogenation catalysts" Maxwell Schulze, G. Jeremy Leong, Ieava Narkeviciute, Chris Cadigan and Ryan M. Richards* "Shapes, sizes and faceting of nanoscale metal particles for applications in catalysis" Matthew Strand, G. Jeremy Leong, Huyen N. Dinh and Ryan M. Richards,*
      "Synthesis of carbon-coated MgO catalysts using green carbon sources" Harrison A Neal, Kenneth Finch, David S Heroux, Ryan M Richards

    "Nanostructured metal oxides for use in the production of biofuels from biomass" David S Heroux, Ryan M Richards

    North American Catalysis Society Meeting 2013 (June 2-6, 2013), Louisville, Kentucky, Ryan Richards, “Nanoscale Metal Oxides with (111) Surfaces as Catalysts and Catalyst Supports”