Geoffrey Bothun|University of Rhode Island

RI NSF EPSCoR Principal Investigator
Professor, Chemical Engineering
Phone: 401.874.9518


Geoffrey Bothun’s research lies at the interface between biology, chemistry, and chemical engineering, utilizing engineering principles and bioinspired strategies to understand nanomaterial-cell interactions, to create novel multifunctional self-assembled therapeutics, and to engineer nanostructured and antifouling surfaces. His research approach is experimental in nature, and utilizes advanced techniques in spectroscopy, microscopy, and calorimetry and his lab collaborates extensively with faculty and students from the College of Pharmacy.

Bothun’s group also examines thermodynamic and transport phenomena in non-aqueous, liquid-phase membrane separations using native and surface engineered nanoporous inorganic materials. These are critical components to future separation designs using inorganic membranes, which are chemically inert.  He envisions that this work could lead to new separation strategies in pharmaceutical formulation, flavors and fragrances, semiconductor cleaning, and food processing.

To facilitate this research, Professor Bothun oversees the Department of Chemical Engineering Bionanotechnology Laboratories.

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  • Ph.D. University of Kentucky, 2004
  • M.S. University of Kentucky, 2001
  • B.S. Chemical Engineering, University of Nevada, Reno, 1998
  • B.S. Chemistry, University of Nevada, Reno, 1998