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Professor: Analytical, Physical, & Materials Chemistry


Department of Chemistry
Western Washington University
Bellingham, WA 98225-9150

Office: CB441
Lab: CB420B

Tel: (360) 650-3128
Fax: (360) 650-2826


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Education & Experience
B.S. Chemistry, University of California at Davis 1990.
Ph.D. University of Utah 1995.
NSF Postdoctoral Fellow, Cambridge University 1995-6.
Assistant Professor 1996 - 2001.
Associate Professor 2001 - 2005.
Professor 2005 - present.
Director, Advanced Mater. Sci. & Engin. Center 2007 - 2010.
Visiting Fellow, Oxford University 2002-3.
Visiting Fellow, Cambridge University 2010-11.

Selected Awards and Honors
WWU Simpson Bridging Award (2010)
WWU Olscamp Research Award (2005)
Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award (2001)
U.S. Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) (2000)
National Science Foundation CAREER Award (2000)
Dreyfus Foundation New Faculty Start-up Grant (1996)
University of Utah Cheves T. Walling Graduate Research Award (1995)
American Vacuum Society Graduate Student Award (1994)
Union Carbide Corp. Kenan Analytical Chemistry Award (1993)

Research & Educational Interests
Patrick has been at Western Washington University since 1996 where he is a professor of chemistry and member of WWU's Advanced Materials Science and Engineering Center and Institute for Energy Studies. He earned a doctorate in physical chemistry studying under Prof. Tom Beebe at the University of Utah, followed by an NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship in theoretical chemistry under Prof. R. M. Lynden Bell at the University of Cambridge. He recieved his Batchelors in Chemistry from UC Davis where he worked in the laboratory of Prof. R. Fawcett. In 2002 and 2010 he was a Visiting Fellow at Oxford and Cambridge Universities. His research program focuses on surface and materials chemistry, ordered molecular systems, and organic thin films.  His recent work, supported by nearly $3M in external grants over the past 10 years, includes investigations of luminescent solar concentrators and organic thin films for solar energy harvesting.  Patrick’s educational activities include involvement of undergraduates in research and teaching analytical, physical and materials chemistry. 

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Department of Chemistry MS-9150
Western Washington University
516 High Street
Bellingham, WA 98225-9150
  Tel: (360)-650-3070