Javier Vela

University Professor, John D. Corbett Professor
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Dr. Javier Vela is an inorganic and materials chemist and a University Professor and the John D. Corbett Professor of Chemistry at Iowa State University. Along with former and current coworkers, Dr. Vela is the author of over ninety peer-reviewed scientific publications and patents on nanostructured materials, inorganic compounds, and their use in addressing challenging problems in energy conversion, chemical catalysis, and fluorescence imaging. He has directed fourteen doctoral and two masters thesis, and mentored numerous undergraduate researchers. A proud US Citizen by naturalization, Dr. Vela grew up in Xalapa, Veracruz (Mexico), earning his B.S. (Lic.) with Honors from UNAM in 2001. After training under Pat Holland at the University of Rochester in upstate New York, Dr. Vela received his PhD in 2005. He was a postdoctoral researcher with Rich Jordan at the University of Chicago, and a Director's postdoctoral fellow with Jennifer Hollingsworth and Victor Klimov at Los Alamos National Lab. Dr. Vela joined Iowa State University in 2009, was promoted to associate professor with tenure in 2015, and to full professor in 2019. He was named both University Professor and the John D. Corbett Professor of Chemistry in 2020. Dr. Vela has been a scientist with the US DOE Ames National Laboratory since 2010. He also served as Equity Advisor for the ISU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences from 2015 to 2021. An active member of the American Chemical Society since 2001, Dr. Vela has served as Councilor for the Ames local section, Treasurer of the Division of Inorganic Chemistry, and an elected member of ConC.

Area of Expertise: 
Inorganic Chemistry
Energy Conversion
Quantum Dots
Ph.D., University of Rochester, 2005
M.S., University of Rochester, 2003
B.S. (Lic.) with Honors, National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), 2001
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