Faculty & Research

Hugh Hillhouse

Rehnberg Chair Professor, Chemical Engineering

  • Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, University of Massachusetts, Amherst 2000
  • M.S. Physics, University of Massachusetts, Amherst 1999
  • M.S. Chemical Engineering, University of Washington 1996
  • B.S. Chemical Engineering, Clemson University 1995

Hugh Hillhouse joins Chemical Engineering in the fall of 2010 from the School of Chemical Engineering at Purdue University where he was a University Faculty Scholar and Associate Professor. He also holds an adjunct appointment at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and is on the Editorial Advisory Board for Chemistry of Materials.

Hillhouse's research focuses on molecular and nanoscale science and engineering for energy conversion technologies that will allow transition from fossil fuel resources to renewable clean energy resources. Some topics of his research include the fundamentals of molecular self-assembly of nanostructured films, nanocrystal growth and surface chemistry, high-efficiency quantum dot and quantum wire photovoltaics, and development of low-cost colloidal nanocrystal-ink based solar cells. His awards and honors include and the NSF Career Award, the Sharma Medal from the Indian Chemical Congress, the Shreve Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching from Purdue, Early Career Research Excellence Award from Purdue.