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Faculty Profile
Neal Abrams

Neal Abrams

Associate Professor, Associate Chair Chemistry

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422 Jahn Lab


Roles and courses


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

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Courses taught 

Professional Experience

  • Interim Director of the ESF Open Academy, 2022-2024, SUNY ESF
  • Associate Professor of Chemistry, 2012 - present, SUNY ESF
  • Assistant Professor of Chemistry, 2007-2012, SUNY ESF
  • Postdoctoral researcher, 2005 - 2007, Cornell University (Fuel Cell and Solid State Chemistry)
  • Lecturer, 2006 – 2007, Cornell University (Chemistry)

Education and Training

  • B.S., 2000, Ithaca College (Chemistry)
    • Certification in secondary education
  • Ph.D., 2005, The Pennsylvania State University (Chemistry)

Research Interest

My interest lies 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. My work explores low-temperature synthesis routes towards solid-state oxide and oxynitride materials.

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

On the education side, I have a long history of teaching and education, including high school, college, and various forms of community outreach. As an instructor for General Chemistry lecture and labs at ESF, I have developed interactive, guided inquiry exercises for the lecture and laboratory with a focus on energy and the environment. These experiences help develop critical thinking and organizational skills, essential for college students in General Chemistry. I am an active member of the Outreach community at ESF and the local Central New York section of the American Chemical Society.

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