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Mark Swihart

Mark T. Swihart is SUNY Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, and an Empire Innovation Professor in the RENEW Institute at The University at Buffalo (SUNY). His research interests and activities center on the synthesis and applications of inorganic nanomaterials, in fields ranging from sustainability to medicine. His research group develops and advances both gas-phase (aerosol) and solution-phase (colloidal) synthesis methods for producing novel nanomaterials and also conducts modeling and simulation work in support of material and process development. These materials have broad applications in bioimaging, catalysis, photocatalysis, electrocatalysis, sensing, and photovoltaics. Swihart earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Rice University in 1992, and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering in 1997 from the University of Minnesota under the advisement of Robert W. Carr, then spent one year as a postdoctoral researcher in the Particle Technology Laboratory in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Minnesota. He joined the department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University at Buffalo (SUNY) in 1998, where he has remained for his entire faculty career. He was named department chair and Empire Innovation Professor in 2018 and SUNY Distinguished Professor in 2021. Swihart has co-authored the two most recent editions of Introduction to Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics (Smith, van Ness, Abbott, and Swihart), as well as over 300 peer-reviewed journal manuscripts. He has served as research advisor to more than 95 current and former graduate students and 110 undergraduate researchers at UB. He is a co-founder of NanoHydroChem, LLC and ProOsseus, LLC.