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Department of Physics

Christopher M. Sorensen

Chris SorensenCortelyou-Rust  University Distinguished Professor & University Distinguished Teaching Scholar
325A Cardwell Hall
(785) 532-1626
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Ph.D. University of Colorado, 1977
M.S. University of Colorado, 1973
B.S. University of Nebraska at Lincoln, 1969

Research Area

Soft Matter Physics

Sorensen's research: 1) experimental and theoretical studies of light scattering by particles of arbitrary size and shape; 2) synthesis, solution properties and self-assembly of nanoparticles; synthesis of graphene; 3) aggregation and gelation kinetics in aerosols and colloids, fractal aggregate properties; 4) physics of flow-based refrigeration systems.

Research Support

  • National Science Foundation
  • NBAF Transition Funding

Recent Selected Publications

J. A. Powell, R. M. Schweiters, K. W. Bayliff, E. N. Herman, N. J. Hotvedt, J. R. Changstrom, A. Chakrabarti and C. M. Sorensen (2016). Temperature dependent solubility of gold nanoparticle suspension/solutions. RSC Advances (accepted for publication).

Y. Wang, J. Maughan, W. R. Heinson. A. Chakrabarti and C. M. Sorensen (2016). Light scattering Q-space analysis of irregularly shaped particles. Journal of Geophysical Research – Atmospheres, 121, 1682- 691.

A. Nepal, G. Chiu, J. Xie, G. P. Singh, N. Ploscariu, S. Klankowski, T. Sung, J. Li, B. N. Flanders, K. L. Hohn, and C. M. Sorensen (2015).  Highly oxidized graphene nanosheets via the oxidization of detonation carbonApplied Physics A, 120, 543- 549. 

W. R. Heinson, A. Chakrabarti and C. M. Sorensen (2015). Divine proportion shape invariance of diffusion limited cluster-cluster aggregatesAerosol Science and Technology, 49, 786-792 (2015). .

William R. Heinson, Amitabha Chakrabarti and Christopher M. Sorensen (2015).  A new parameter to describe light scattering by an arbitrary sphere.  Optics Communications, 356, 612-615.