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Dr. Chris Cornelius

Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
820 N 16th St.
Lincoln, NE 68588-0643
Phone: 402-472-4344


  • Dr. Christopher Cornelius is a Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He received his master’s degree and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Virginia Tech. His work investigates fundamental material interrelationships between structure, physical properties, and transport using synthetic polymers, ionomers, hybrid organic-inorganic materials, and sol-gel glasses. These efforts are relatedto selective transport (controlled molecule delivery), gel thermodynamics (strength and function), sol-gel chemistry (high temperature glass fibers), energy (batteries, fuel cells, water electrolysis), and water desalination (reverse osmosis and electrodialysis). His teaching experiences encompasstransport phenomena (mass and energy), fluid transport, thermodynamics emphasizing fluid-phase equilibria, polymer chemistry and physics, and aspects of chemical engineering unit operations. Before academia, he was a staff scientist at Sandia National Laboratories developing hydrocarbon ionomers, fuel cells, and gas separations. This work resulted in numerous collaborations with industry and university faculty throughout the world.

    Dr. Cornelius currently serves as the Editor for the Journal of Materials Science and as a Referee for 13 journals. He is a member of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society, the Society of American Chicanos and Native Americans, and a Minority Affairs Member for the American Chemical Society. Dr. Cornelius has received numerous awards for his contributions to research and education.