Brad Fahlman is a professor of chemistry in the department of chemistry and biochemistry at Central Michigan University (CMU). He received a B.Sc. with high honors from the University of Regina (in Saskatchewan) in 1996. He was awarded a Ph.D. from Rice University in 2000 (adviser Prof. Andrew R. Barron) for his work on the organometallic synthesis of volatile Group 13 compounds and their application for thin-film growth via chemical vapor deposition.
Dr. Fahlman joined the faculty at CMU in 2002 after a two-year postdoctoral appointment at the University of California, Irvine. His research interests include the synthesis and characterization of organometallic hafnium precursor compounds for thin-film microelectronics applications (high-k dielectrics), quantum dots for advanced display applications, as well as the development of novel C/Si hybrid nanostructures, doped metal oxide nanoparticles, and solid electrolytes for metal-ion battery and supercapacitor applications.
Dr. Fahlman’s research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, Department of Defense (U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research Development & Engineering Center), Research Corporation, and the Dreyfus Foundation. He is co-author of more than 65 peer reviewed publications and has delivered more than 85 presentations. In addition, Dr. Fahlman is the Editor-in-Chief of Chemistry in Context (McGraw Hill/American Chemical Society) and sole author of Materials Chemistry (Springer), currently in its third edition and recognized by a national textbook excellence award from the Text & Academic Authors Association.
Dr. Fahlman enjoys teaching general, inorganic, and materials chemistry at CMU. He is an advocate for contextual chemistry curricula as well as interactive and adaptable learning resources, which have greatly improved student motivation and interest. When not in the laboratory or classroom, Dr. Fahlman is a certified professional photographer and FAA-licensed remote pilot and enjoys traveling with his wife, Diyonn.