Javier Vela

John D. Corbett & University Professor
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Dr. Javier Vela, John D. Corbett Professor and University Professor, received his B.S. with Honors from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in 2001. He then obtained M.S. and Ph.D. degrees working with Prof. Patrick L. Holland at the University of Rochester in 2003 and 2005, respectively. Before coming to Iowa State University, he was a postdoctoral research associate with Prof. Richard F. Jordan at the University of Chicago from 2005 to 2006, and a Director's Postdoctoral Fellow in the team of Jennifer A. Hollingsworth and Victor I. Klimov at Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies from 2007 to 2009. Trained as a synthetic inorganic and materials chemist, Dr. Vela’s current research focuses on the development of new nanostructured materials for energy, catalysis, and optical applications. Dr. Vela joined Iowa State University in 2009, was promoted to associate professor with tenure in 2015, to full professor of chemistry in 2019, and named University Professor, and John D. Corbett Professor, both in 2020. He has also served as Equity Advisor for the ISU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS).

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