Javier Vela

University Professor, John D. Corbett Professor
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Dr. Javier Vela, University Professor, and John D. Corbett 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 (NY) 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 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, and to full professor in 2019. He was named University Professor, and John D. Corbett Professor of chemistry, 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
Ph.D., University of Rochester, 2005
M.S., University of Rochester, 2003
B.S. with Honors, National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), 2001
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