Member of Production & Storage Solutions Group
Galen Stucky’s research focuses on organic and inorganic interface chemistry including conversion of methane to chemicals and fuels, photovoltaic and photocatalytic composite systems and organic/ inorganic bioassembly. His research has been at the forefront of demonstrating how porous materials can be selectively processed into desired morphologies for catalytic, separation, and optical applications. He has also carried out in vivo studies of biomineralization and is currently applying that knowledge to in vitro materials synthesis. Together with colleagues at the Center for Energy Efficient Materials, Stucky is working on metal/semiconductor nanocomposities for new higher efficiency thermoelectric materials, as well as on bio-inspired solar products by improving our understanding and control of heterogeneous materials that are engineered or templated at the nanoscale.
Galen Stucky received his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry in 1962 from Iowa State University. After postdoctoral study at MIT, he held positions at the University of Illinois, Sandia National Laboratory and DuPont Central Research and Development Department before joining the UC Santa Barbara faculty in 1985. He currently holds a dual appointment as Professor in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry and the Materials Department and is a member of the Interdepartmental Program in Biomolecular Science and Engineering. Stucky was appointed the E. Khashoggi Industries, LLC Professor in Letters and Science in 2006. He has been active in the American Chemical Society, serving as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Inorganic Chemistry and as Chairman of the Inorganic Division. He has published more than 600 papers, reviews, and communications; has been granted a dozen patents; and has been a plenary, keynote, or named lecturer at more than 20 international symposia and institutions in the past six years. Stucky was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1994. Recent honors include the ACS Award in Chemistry of Materials (2002), the International Mesostructured Materials Association Award (2004), and election to fellowship in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2005).