Dr. James D. Batteas, professor of chemistry at Texas A&M University, has been named associate dean for research in the Texas A&M College of Science, effective January 17, 2017, announced Dean Meigan Aronson.

A member of the Texas A&M Department of Chemistry faculty since 2005, Batteas is also the director of the Materials Characterization Facility, an affiliated faculty member in the Texas A&M Department of Materials Science and Engineering and has been chair of the Council of Principal Investigators. He steps into the position for Dr. Michael B. Hall, who has served in college administration since 1997, first as associate dean for information technology (1997-2002), then as executive associate dean (2002-2017) and now as interim director of the Academy for Advanced Telecommunications and Learning Technologies.

As associate dean for research, Batteas will work closely with researchers as well as each of the college's five departments to enhance research throughout Texas A&M Science and across the university.

An expert in surface chemistry and nanoscience, Batteas' research focuses on the exploration and control of the surfaces and interfaces of materials, including the use of scanning probe microscopies to examine material properties on the atomic scale. His research group specializes in using nanomaterials and devices to develop custom-engineered surfaces and interfaces. By controlling their assembly on nanoscale levels, they hope to create new technologies for applications in energy generation, electronics and improving energy efficiencies in machines through atomic scale control of friction and wear.

Batteas earned his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley in 1995 and was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University (1995-1996) before starting his independent academic career as a chemistry faculty member at The City University of New York (1996-2002). He then spent three years as a research chemist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (2002-2005) prior to coming to Texas A&M.

A fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) since 2012 and a member of the American Chemical Society (ACS), Batteas' past honors include the Society for Plastics Engineers Polymer Analysis Division's Netzsch Instruments Frank Giblin Memorial Award in Polymer Analysis (2001), the CUNY Academy of Arts and Sciences Feliks Gross Endowment Award (2001) and the Research Corporation Research Innovation Award (1998). Equally accomplished in teaching and service, he received a 2013 Texas A&M Association of Former Students Distinguished Achievement Award in Teaching at the college level. A past chair of the local Texas A&M/ACS section, Batteas sits on the advisory and editorial boards of two research journals: ACS Central Science, the premier open-access journal of the ACS, and RSC Advances.

Since 2012, Batteas also has served as a faculty advisor for Texas A&M's National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE) chapter, earning a 2015 NOBCChE President's Award for his service to the STEM community. This past summer in collaboration with Texas A&M mechanical engineer Dr. Jaime Grunlan, he created and taught a session on nanotechnology as part of Texas A&M's 2016 Youth Adventure Program, a series of one-week courses designed to encourage career exploration in fields of interest for gifted and talented high school students.

To learn more about Batteas and his teaching, research and service, visit http://www.chem.tamu.edu/faculty/james-batteas/.

For more information about research in the Texas A&M College of Science, go to http://www.science.tamu.edu/research/.

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Contact: Shana K. Hutchins, (979) 862-1237 or shutchins@science.tamu.edu or Dr. James D. Batteas, (979) 845-7361 or batteas@chem.tamu.edu

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