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Faculty Profile
Neal Abrams

Neal Abrams

Assoc Prof, Assoc Chair Chem, Interim Director, ESF Open Academy

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422 Jahn Lab


Interim Director of the Open Academy, 2022 - 

  • Recipient of the SUNY Chancellor's award for Faculty Service, 2020
  • Undergraduate Student Association award for Teaching Excellence, 2022


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Current courses taught 

  • General Chemistry Lecture I, FCH150 
  • General Chemistry Laboratory I, FCH151 
  • General Chemistry Laboratory II, FCH153
  • Inorganic Chemistry, FCH410
  • Intoduction to Professional Chemistry, FCH 495
  • Sustainable Energy: Technology, Systems, and Policy, SUS420
  • Introduction to Renewable Energy (ESF in the High School)
  • Solar Power as Renewable Energy (ESF SPARE)

Education and Training

  • B.S., 2000, Ithaca College (Chemistry)
  • Ph.D., 2005, The Pennsylvania State University (Chemistry)
  • Postdoctoral researcher, 2005 - 2007, Cornell University (Fuel Cell and Solid State Chemistry)
  • Lecturer, 2006 – 2007, Cornell University (Chemistry)

Research Interest

Neal Abrams’ interests lie in the areas of materials and inorganic chemistry, encompassing areas of alternative energies such as energy storage, photovoltaics, and fuel cells. Many issues in these research areas have been dominated by engineering solutions and rarely by chemistry applications. Dr. Abrams explores low-temperature synthesis routes towards solid-state oxide and oxynitride materials. This works has been supported by the ACS-PRF and SUNY ESF Seed program. He also collaborates with colleagues in the areas of energy storage and delivery for fuel cell applications.

Inverse biometric templating of wood cells with inorganic oxides.infiltrated cotton

On the education side, Dr. Abrams has a long history of teaching and education, including high school, college, and various forms of community outreach. As the instructor for General Chemistry labs at ESF, he develops interactive, guided inquiry experiments to the laboratory with a focus on energy and the environment. These laboratory experiences help develop critical thinking and organizational skills, essential for students in General Chemistry. Dr. Abrams is also an active member of the Outreach community at ESF, highlighted by the Workshop in Alternative Energy, the Cooperative Energy Education Program, and the Questar III Building Bridges project for students and teachers sponsored by NYSERDA.

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Current Graduate Advisees

Matthew QuattrochiMatthew Quattrochi

  • Degree Sought: MS
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Abrams
  • Area of Study: FCH Organic Chemistry of Natural Products

Selected Publications

Grants and Awards

  • 2012 NSF TUES award
  • 2010 TACNY Technology Outreach award
  • 2009 ESF Seed grant
  • 2009 NYSERDA grant
  • 2008 ACS PRF grant

If you want more information about the graduate program, please follow this link to a brief form