Distinguished Professor
Gilbert 301

Director, Center for Sustainable Materials Chemistry

Education:Doug Keszler
BS, Southwestern Oklahoma State University (1979)
PhD, Northwestern University (1984)
Postdoctoral Fellow, Cornell University (1984 - 85)

Exxon Solid-State Chemistry Award (1988)
Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow (1990)
T.T. Sugihara Young Faculty Research Award (1994)
F.A. Gilfillan Award (2001)
OSU Researcher of the Year Award (2003)
SWOSU Alumni Fellow (2005)

Research group web site:

Affiliations: Adjunct Professor, OSU Department of Physics, UO Department of Chemistry

Research Interests


Our research is directed to the synthesis and study of inorganic molecules and materials that will enable next-generation electronic and energy devices.  We have discovered and developed unique water-based chemistries for the deposition of very high-quality films.  In the Center for Sustainable Materials Chemistry, we have used these approaches to demonstrate leading results in ultra small-scale dense nanopatterning and tunneling electronic devices.  We are examining the fundamental connections between the water-based chemistries and function of thin films and unique nanostructures in a variety of formats.  In the Center for Inverse Design, we use theory-guided experiments to advance the capabilities of Inverse Design and to identify new solar absorber materials for photovoltaics (PV).  We emphasize the discovery and study of new materials exhibiting exceptionally high solar absorption that will enable scaling of PV to levels that allow us to effectively address the issues of climate change.  


Representative Publications

Son, J.-H.; Park, D.-H.; Keszler, D. A.; Casey, W. H., Acid-Stable Peroxoniobophosphate Clusters To Make Patterned Films. Chem. Eur. J. 2015http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/chem.201500684

J. Heo, R. Ravichandran, C. Reidy, J. Tate, J. F. Wager, D. A. Keszler, Design Meets Nature: New Tetrahedrite Solar Absorbers, Adv. Energy Mater. 2014,http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/aenm.201401506

J. Heo, G. Laurita, S. Muir, M. A. Subramanian, D. A. Keszler, Enhanced Thermoelectric Performance of Synthetic Tetrahedrites, Chem. Mater. 201426, 2047.http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/cm404026k

Amador, J. M.; Decker, S. R.; Lucchini, S. E.; Ruther, R. E.; Keszler, D. A. In Patterning chemistry of HafSOx resist, Advances in Patterning Materials and Processes XXXI, San Jose, CA, March 27, 2014; Wallow, T. I.; Hohle, C. K., Eds. San Jose, CA, 2014; pp 90511A-90511A-90516. http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.2046605

Knutson, C. C.; Jackson, M. N.; Beekman, M.; Carnes, M. E.; Johnson, D. W.; Johnson, D. C.; Keszler, D. A., Mentoring Graduate Students in Research and Teaching by Utilizing Research as a Template. Journal of Chemical Education 2014, 91, 200-205. http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/ed400143a

Muir, S. W.; Cowell, E. W.; Wang, W.; Wager, J. F.; Keszler, D. A., Effects of Oxygen Incorporation on the Physical Properties of Amorphous Metal Thin Films. The Journal of Physical Chemistry C 2014, 118, 9647-9651. http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/jp412823r

Oleksak, R. P.; Ruther, R. E.; Luo, F.; Fairley, K. C.; Decker, S. R.; Stickle, W. F.; Johnson, D. W.; Garfunkel, E. L.; Herman, G. S.; Keszler, D. A., Chemical and Structural Investigation of High-Resolution Patterning with HafSOx. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 2014, 6, 2917-2921. http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/am405463u

Smith, S. W.; Wang, W.; Keszler, D. A.; Conley, J. F., Solution based prompt inorganic condensation and atomic layer deposition of Al2O3 films: A side-by-side comparison.Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology A: Vacuum, Surfaces, and Films 2014, 32, 041501. http://dx.doi.org/10.1116/1.4874806

Wager, J. F.; Yeh, B.; Hoffman, R. L.; Keszler, D. A., An amorphous oxide semiconductor thin-film transistor route to oxide electronics. Current Opinion in Solid State and Materials Science 2014, 18, 53-61. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cossms.2013.07.002

Anderson, M. D.; Heideman, C. L.; Lin, Q.; Smeller, M.; Kokenyesi, R.; Herzing, A. A.; Anderson, I. M.; Keszler, D. A.; Zschack, P.; Johnson, D. C., Size-Dependent Structural Distortions in One-Dimensional Nanostructures. Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2013, 52, 1982-1985. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/anie.201207825