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Matthew Z. Yates

  • Professor of Chemical Engineering
  • Scientist, Laboratory for Laser Energetics

PhD, The University of Texas, 1999

Office Location
4309 Wegmans Hall
(585) 273-2335
(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 454: Interfacial Engineering

Recent Publications

Luta, E.P.; Watterson, B.; Yates, M.Z.; Miller, B., "New polymer sorbents for waveguide-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (WERS) and refractive index-based photonic sensing," SPIE Digital Library, 2022, 121160E. DOI: 10.1117/12.2619383.

Emmons, E.D.; Wilcox, P.G.; Roese, E.S.; Tripathi, A.; Guicheteau, J.A.; Hung, K.C.; Miller, B.L.; Luta, E.P.; Yates, M.Z.; Tyndall, N.F.; Stievater, T.H., "Waveguide-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy for Field Detection of Threat Materials," SPIE Digital Library2022, DOI: 10.1117/12.2610654

Ghosh, R.; Liu, X.Y.; Yates, M.Z., "Flexible Copper Metal Circuits via Desktop Laser Printed Masks," Advanced Materials Technologies, 2022, 2200400.  DOI: 10.1..2/admt.202200400.

Beard, J.W.; Murty, S.; Caulkins, C.; Strenk, A.R.; Luta, E.P.; Hunt, S.L.; Yates, M.Z.; Miller, B.L., "Leveraging Arylboronic Acid-Cellulose Binding as a Versatile and Scalable Approach to Hydrophobic Patterning," Advanced Materials Technologies, 2021, 2101280, DOI: 10.1002/admt.202101280 

Irving, P.; Cecil, R.; Yates, M.Z., "MYSTAT: A compact potentiostat/galvanostat for general electrochemistry measurements," HardwareX, 2021, 9, e00163. Publication

Tyndall, N.F.; Stievater, T.H.Kozak, D.A.Pruessner, M.W.Roxworthy, B.J.Rabinovich, W.S.Roberts, C.A.McGill, R.A.Miller, B.L.Luta, E.; Yates, M.Z., "Figure-of-Merit Characterization of Hydrogen-Bond Acidic Sorbents for Waveguide-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy," ACS Sensors, 2020, 5, 3, 831-836. Publication

Chen, Q.; Wu, L.; Zeng, Y.; Jia, C.; Lin, J.; Yates, M.Z.; Guan, B., "Formation of Spherical Calcium Sulfate Mesocrystals: Orientation Controlled by Subunit Growth," Cryst. Eng. Comm., 2019, 39. Publication

Ghosh, R.; Swart, O.; Westgate, S.; Miller. B.L.; Yates, M.Z., "Antibacterial Copper-Hydroxyapatite Composite Coatings via Electrochemical Synthesis," Langmuir, 2019, 35, 17, 5957-5966. Publication

Zhang,X.F.; Yates, M.Z, "Controllable Synthesis of Hydroxyapatite-supported Palladium Nanoparticles with Enhanced Catalytic Activity," Surface & Coating Technology, 2018, 351, 60-67. Publication

Zhang, X.F.; Zhange, Y.; Yates, M.Z., "Hydroxyapatite Nanocrystal Deposited Titanium Dioxide Nanotubes Loaded with Antibiotics for Combining Biocompatibility and Antibacterial Properties," MRS Advances, 2018, 3, 30, 1703-1709. Publication

Zhang, X.F.; Yates, M.Z., "Enhanced Photocatalytic Activity of TiO2 Nanoparticles Supported on Electrically Polarized Hydroxyapatite," ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 2018, 10, 20, 17323-17239. DOI: 10.1021/acsami.8b03838

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. Publication

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, 2017, 325, 39–45. Publication

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. Publication

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.

Research Interests

  • Colloids & Interfaces
  • Fuel Cell Membranes
  • Crystallization
  • Microencapsulation
  • Particle Synthesis
  • Colloidal Stabilization