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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


  • Undergraduate Student Association award for Teaching Excellence, 2022
  • Recipient of the SUNY Chancellor's award for Faculty Service, 2020
  • TACNY Science and Technology Outreach award, 2010

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Courses taught 

Professional Experience

  • Interim Director of the ESF Open Academy, 2022-2024, SUNY ESF
  • Associate Chair, Department of Chemistry, 2019 - present, 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. Solutions to the problems in these research areas are dominated by engineering solutions and rarely by chemical solutions. My work explores novel and low-temperature synthesis routes of solid-state oxide and oxynitride materials for use as photocatalysts.

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 outreach in high school, college, and throughout the community. While very few of us persue chemistry or even science as a career, chemistry truly central to our understanding and improvement of our shared environment. 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 vibrant 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