skip to Main Content
Kirk J. Ziegler, Ph.D.

Kirk J. Ziegler

Associate Chair for Graduate Studies and Dow Chemical Company Foundation Professor

Areas of Interest

Nanomaterial synthesis, dispersion, and separation
Transport at nanoscale interfaces
Nearly all nanomaterial applications require an interface with other materials, including, for example, polymers in composites, electrodes in devices, pharmaceuticals in drug delivery, body fluids and cells in bioimaging and biosensors, or analytes in chemical sensors. Our group focuses on developing a fundamental understanding of interfaces in nanoscale systems, which can have far-reaching implications to various fields of nanotechnology. The goal is to manipulate interfaces to dictate the nanostructures that are fabricated and to control reactions and transport at the surface of the nanostructures. Once these interfaces can be controlled and manipulated, it will be possible to fabricate nanomaterials with novel functionality, improving their integration and performance in several applications.


Dow Chemical Company Foundation Professorship in Chemical Engineering, 2018
University of Florida Term Professorship, 2017 – 2020
University of Florida Graduate School Doctoral Mentoring Award, 2017
College of Engineering Doctoral Mentoring Award, 2017
Chemical Engineering Faculty Excellence in Service Award, 2016


Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, 2001
B.S., University of Cincinnati, 1996

Courses Taught

ECH 3101 Process Thermodynamics
ECH 4123 Phase & Chemical Equilibria
ECH 4403 Separations/Mass Transfer Operations
ECH 4404L Separations/Mass Transfer Operations Lab
ECH 4824 Materials of Chemical Engineering
ECH 6905 Advanced Chemical & Biological Processing Lab
ECH 6905 Interfacial Phenomena I/II
ECH 6905 Nanotechnology & Environmental Implications I/II

Selected Publications

• “Boiling and quenching heat transfer advancement by nanoscale surface modification,” H. Hu, C. Xu, Y. Zhao, K.J. Ziegler, and J.N. Chung. Sci. Rep., 7, 6117 (2017). [doi: 10.1038/s41598-017-06050-0]

• “Controlling the geometries of Si nanowires through tunable nanosphere lithography,” L. Li, Y. Fang, C. Xu, Y. Zhao, K. Wu, C. Limburg, P. Jiang, and K.J. Ziegler. ACS Appl. Mater. & Interfaces, 9, 7368-7375 (2017). [doi: 10.1021/acsami.6b09959]

• “Selective desorption of high-purity (6,5) SWCNTs from hydrogels through surfactant modulation,” Y. Zhao, J.G. Clar, L. Li, J. Xu, T. Yuan, J.-C.J. Bonzongo, and K.J. Ziegler. Chem. Commun., 52, 2928-2931 (2016). [doi: 10.1039/c5cc08530f]

• “Relationship between single-file diffusion of mixed and pure gases in dipeptide nanochannels by high field diffusion NMR,” A. Dutta, P. Sekar, M. Dvoyashkin, C.R. Bowers, K.J. Ziegler, and S. Vasenkov. Chem. Commun., 51, 13346-13349 (2015). [doi: 10.1039/c5cc04960a]

• “Improving performance via blocking layers in dye-sensitized solar cells based on nanowire photoanodes,” L. Li, C. Xu, Y. Zhao, S. Chen, and K.J. Ziegler. ACS Appl. Mater. & Interfaces, 7, 12824-12831 (2015). [doi: 10.1021/acsami.5b02041]

• “Interactive forces between SDS-suspended single-wall carbon nanotubes and agarose gels,” J.G. Clar, C.A. Silvera Batista, S. Youn, J.-C.J. Bonzongo, and K.J. Ziegler. J. Am. Chem. Soc., 135, 17758-17767 (2013). [doi: 10.1021/ja4052526]

• “Swelling the micelle core surrounding single-walled carbon nanotubes with water-immiscible volatile organic solvents,” R.K. Wang, W.-C. Chen, D.K. Campos, and K.J. Ziegler. J. Am. Chem. Soc., 130, 16330-16337 (2008). [doi: 10.1021/ja806586v]


Back To Top