Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Christopher L. Kitchens, Ph.D.



Christopher L. Kitchens

Associate Professor
Nanotechnology, Surface Science, and Advanced Materials
Phone: 864-656-2131
Office: 130 Earle Hall

christopher kitchens with studentEducation

Ph.D., Auburn University, 2004
B.S., Appalachian State University, 1999  

Research Interests: Nanotechnology, Surface Science, and Advanced Materials

Professor Kitchens' research involves design of advanced materials for clean and efficient energy application through technological developments in nanotechnology, renewable resources, membranes and smart materials. The research implements designed functionality of nanomaterials and surfaces using tailored chemical functionalities, material processing using tunable fluids, development of smart materials with switchable properties, and state-of-the-art characterization techniques.

Professor Kitchens' research takes a multidisciplinary approach using chemistry for chemical functionality design through structure activity relationships, materials science for characterization, and chemical engineering for product and process design. The goal of developing new materials with a wide range of applications is paramount where the methods of synthesis and chemistry of components will define the resulting material, and thus the application. Attention to the principles of green chemistry in the development of sustainable processes is a key factor of his research with both environmental and economic benefits.

Selected Publications

Von White, G.; Chen, Y.; Roder-Hanna, J.; Bothun, G. D.; Kitchens, C. L.: "Structural and Thermal Analysis of Lipid Vesicles Encapsulating Hydrophobic Gold Nanoparticles," ACS Nano, 6 (6), 4678-4685  (2012).

Von White, G.; Kerscher, P.; Brown, R. M.; Morella, J. D.; McAllister, W.; Dean, D.; Kitchens, C. L.; "Green Synthesis of Robust, Biocompatible Silver Nanoparticles Using Garlic Extract," Journal of Nanomaterials, 2012, Article ID 730746, 1-12, (2012).

Von White, G.; Provost, M. G.; Kitchens, C. L.: "Fractionation of Surface-Modified Gold Nanorods Using Gas-Expanded Liquids," Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., 51 (14), 5181-5189, (2012).

Ureña-Benavides, E. E.; Kitchens, C. L.; "Static Light Scattering of Triaxial Nanoparticle Suspensions in the Rayleigh-Gans-Debye Regime: Application to Cellulose Nanocrystals," RSC Advances, 2, 1096-1105, (2012).

Ureña-Benavides, E. E.; Kitchens Christopher, L., "Cellulose Nanocrystal Reinforced Alginate Fibers – Biomimicry Meets Polymer Processing," Molecular Crystals & Liquid Crystals, 556, 275-287, (2012).

Ureña-Benavides, E. E., Ao, G.; Davis, V.; Kitchens, C. L., "Rheology and Phase Behavior of Lyotropic Cellulose Nanocrystal Suspensions," Macromolecules, 44 (22), 8990–8998 (2011).

Von White II, G., Mohammed, F.S., Kitchens, C. L., "Small-Angle Neutron Scattering Investigation of Gold Nanoparticle Clustering and Ligand Structure Under Anti-Solvent Conditions," J. Phys. Chem. C, 115 (38), 18397–18405, (2011).

Mohammed, F.S., Wuttigul, S., Kitchens, C.L., "Dynamic Surface Properties of Amino-Terminated Self-Assembled Monolayers Incorporating Reversible CO2 Chemistry," Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., 50 (13), 8034–8041, (2011).

Urena-Benavides, E.E., Kitchens, C. L., "Wide-Angle X-ray Diffraction of Cellulose Nanocrystal - Alginate Nanocomposite Fibers," Macromolecules, 44 (9), 3478–3484, (2011).

Urena-Benavides, E. E., Brown, P. B., Kitchens, C. L., "Effect of Jet Stretch and Particle Load on Cellulose Nanocrystal−Alginate Nanocomposite Fibers," Langmuir, 26 (17), 14263–14270, (2010).

White II, G. V., Kitchens, C. L., “Small-Angle Neutron Scattering of Silver Nanoparticles in Gas-Expanded Hexane,” J. Phys. Chem. C., 114 (39), 16285–16291, (2010).

Book Chapters

Kitchens, C. L., Roberts, C. B., Liu, J., Ashurst, W. R., Anand, M., White II, G., Hurst, K. M., Saunders, S. R., "Application of Gas eXpanded Liquids for Nanoparticle Processing: Experiment and Theory," ACS Symposium Series - Gas-Expanded Liquids and Near-Critical Media Ch 16. (2008).