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Department of Physics

Christopher M. Sorensen

Chris SorensenUniversity Distinguished Professor Emeritus & University Distinguished Teaching Scholar Emeritus
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) graphene synthesis via a proprietary explosion method including variants, applications and scale up to industrial proportions thereof; 2) experimental and theoretical studies of light scattering by particles of arbitrary size and shape; 3) aggregation and gelation kinetics in aerosols and colloids, fractal aggregate properties.

Research Support

  • Private Investment Funding

Graduate Advisees

  • Prakash Gautam
  • Shusil Sigdel
  • Parker Stoops
  • Shamna Trivedi
  • Justin Wright

Recent Selected Publications

“Kinetic Percolation”, W. R. Heinson, A. Chakrabarti and C. M. Sorensen*, Phys. Rev. E 95, 052109 (2017).

“A Review and Reassessment of Diffraction, Scattering and Shadows in Electrodynamics”, M. J. Berg and C. M. Sorensen, Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer, 210, 225-239 (2018).

“Light Scattering and Absorption by Fractal Aggregates Including Soot”, Christopher M. Sorensen*, Jérôme Yon, Fengshan Liu, Justin Maughan, William R. Heinson, Matthew J. Berg, Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer, 217, 459- 473 (2018).

“Spherical Particle Absorption over a Broad Range of Imaginary Refractive Index”, Christopher M. Sorensen*, Justin B. Maughan, and Hans Moosmüller, Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer, 226, 81-86 (2019).

“Light scattering studies of the sol-to-gel transition in particulate systems”, Raiya Ebini and Christopher M. Sorensen*, Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 556, 577- 583 (2019).

“A universal parameter to describe the reduction of refraction effects in the scattering of absorbing spheres”, Justin B. Maughan and Christopher M. Sorensen, Journal of the Optical Society of America A, 37, 1456-1464 (2020) https://doi.org/10.1364/JOSAA.394401

“Graphene Aerosol Gel Ink for Printing Micro-Supercapacitors, Anand P S Gaurl, Wenjun Xiang, Arjun Nepal, Pingping Chen, Brice Lacroix, Christopher M. Sorensen, Suprem R Das, Accepted for ACS Applied Energy Materials. FRONT COVER ARTICLE.