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Matthew Z. Yates

  • Professor; Scientist, Laboratory for Laser Energetics

PhD, The University of Texas, 1999

4309 Wegmans Hall
(585) 273-2335
Fax: (585) 273-1348

Curriculum Vitae

Selected Honors & Awards

Director's Fellowship at Los Alamos National Laboratory (1999)
NSF International Research Fellowship for study at the Max Planck Institute (2001)


ChE 113: Chemical Proc Analysis
CHE 454 Interfacial Engineering

Recent Publications

Chen, Q.S.; Jia, C.Y; Li, Y.; Xu, J.; Guan, B.H.; Yates, M.Z., "alpha-Calcium Sulfate Hemihydrate Nanorods Synthesis: A Method for Nanoparticle Preparation by Mesocrystallization," Langmuir, 2017, 33, 9-2362-2369.

Zhang, X.; Chaimayo,W.; Yang, C., Yao, J.; Miller, B. L.; Yates, M. Z., “Silver-hydroxyapatite composite coatings with enhanced antimicrobial activities through heat treatment,” Surface & Coatings Technology, 325, 39–45, 2017,

Fu, C.; Zhang, .F.; Savino, K.; Gabrys, P,; Gao, Y.; Chaimayo, W.; Miller, B.L.; Yates, M.Z., "Antimicrobial Silver-Hydroxyapatite Composite Coatings Through Two-Stage Electrochemical Synthesis," Surface & Coatings Technology,2016, 301, 13-19.

Fu, C.; Savino, K.; Gabrys, P.; Zeng, A.; Guan, B.; Olvera, D.; Wang, C.; Song, B.; Awad, H.; Gao, Y.; Yates, M. Z.; "Hydroxyapatite Thin Films with Giant Electrical Polarization," Chemistry of Materials2015, 27(4), 1164-1171.

Fu, C.; Song, B.; Wan, C.; Savino, K.; Wang, Y.; Zhang, X.; Yates, M. Z.; "Electrochemical Growth of Composite Hydroxyapatite Coatings for Controlled Release," Surface & Coatings Technology, 2015, 276, 618-625.

Savion, K.; Yates, M. Z.; "Thermal stability of electrochemical-hydrothermal hydroxyap-atite coatings," Ceramics International, 2015, 41(7), 8568-8577.

Research Overview

Our research group creates advanced materials through the control of surface and interfacial properties. We are particularly interested in the production of fine particles, thin films, and membranes. The research work is multidisciplinary and targets wide ranging applications. In collaboration with the Laboratory for Laser Energetics, we have created hollow particles for laser fusion targets. Bioconjugation to particle surfaces and microencapsulation of pharmaceuticals has been explored in our collaborations with the School of Medicine to create particles for controlled and targeted release. We use particle assembly into thin films to create optically reflective coatings and free standing membranes with enhanced transport properties. Crystal growth onto surfaces has been used to form proton conducting ceramic membranes with enhanced transport properties that can be used in fuel cells and other electrochemical devices. In addition to Chemical Engineering, our group is actively involved in the Materials Science and Alternative Energy programs.