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

Research Support

  • National Science Foundation
  • US Army Research Laboratory
  • Department of Energy

Recent Selected Publications

"One-step synthesis of graphene via catalyst-free gas-phase hydrocarbon detonation", Arjun Nepal, Gajendra P. Singh, Bret N. Flanders and C. M. Sorensen, Nanotechnology 24, 2245602 (2013).

"Loss of Hydrogen Upon Exposure of Thiol to Gold Clusters at Low Temperature", J. E. Matthiesen, D. Jose, K. J. Klabunde and C. M. Sorensen, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 134, 9376- 9379 (2012).

"Size Focusing of Nanoparticles by Thermodynamic Control through Ligand Interactions. Molecular Clusters Compared with Nanoparticles of Metals", D. Jose, J. E. Matthiesen, C. Parsons, C. M. Sorensen, and K. J. Klabunde, Journal of Physical Chemistry letters (Invited Perspective), 3, 885- 890 (2012).

"Synthesis of Silica Aerosol Gels via Controlled Detonation", R. Dhaubhadel, T. P. Rieker, A. Chakrabarti and C. M. Sorensen, Aerosol Sci. & Tech.,46, 596- 600 (2012).

"Solubility of Gold Nanoparticles as a Function of Ligand Shell and Alkane Solvent", B. C. Lohman, J. A. Powell, S. Cingarapu, C. B. Aakeroy, A. Chakrabarti, K. J. Klabunde, B. M. Law, and C. M. Sorensen, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 14, 6502- 6506 (2012).

"The Mobility of Fractal Aggregates: A Review," C. M. Sorensen, Aerosol Sci. & Tech., 45:755–769 (2011).