Michael Lufaso, Ph.D.
University of North Florida
1 UNF Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32224
Phone : 904-620-2226
Office : Bldg. 50, Room 2716
E-mail : e-mail
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Brief Background:

I obtained a BS in Chemistry from Youngstown State University in 1998. I completed a Ph.D. from the Ohio State University in 2002. My research advisor was Professor Patrick Woodward and my research at that time focused experimental solid state chemistry and on the development of a software program (SPuDS) to calculate the crystal structures of perovskites. Following graduate school I spent two years as a National Research Council Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg MD, where I worked with Dr. Terrell Vanderah. I then held a postdoctoral position with Professor Hanno zur Loye at the University of South Carolina, before starting at the University of North Florida.


BS Chemistry (1994-1998), Department of Chemistry, Youngstown State University
Ph.D. Inorganic Chemistry (1998-2002), Department of Chemistry, Ohio State University


Associate Professor (2010-present), Department of Chemistry, University of North Florida, Jacksonville, FL
Assistant Professor (2006-2010), Department of Chemistry, University of North Florida, Jacksonville, FL
Postdoctoral Fellow (2005-2006), Dept. of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC
National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow, (2003-2004) National Institute of Standards and Technology,NIST, Gaithersburg, MD

Undergraduate Research:

Solid-State, Inorganic, Materials Chemistry
My research group is interested in the synthesis and characterization of solid-state inorganic materials and in fundamental structure/property relationships of solid state oxides. In our research laboratory we utilize various solid state synthesis methods including conventional high temperature (up to 1600 ℃), flux, solvothermal, sealed tube and gas flow reactions. Approaches for materials design and discovery include a target approach using structure prediction, a directed approach using chemical intuition and substitutions, and exploratory through phase diagram development. Characterization of their resulting phase assemblages and crystal structures is conducted through the use of X-ray diffraction techniques and crystallography. Measurements of their chemical and properties are conducted using electrical and dielectric characterization as a function of temperature and atmosphere, magnetic measurements, and photocatalytic properties. Group members learn about conducting literature searches and manuscript writing. The results of the research are presented at conferences and in publications.

There is a continual need for: 1) a better understanding of composition-structure-property relationships, 2) new compounds/materials with improved properties, and 3) more economical compounds/materials. The types of materials we investigate have potential applications in energy conversion, transparent conducting oxides, gas sensors, catalysts, low temperature co-fired ceramics, dielectric ceramics, solid oxide fuel cells, and electronics (e.g. attenuators, filters, transducers and multiple state memory).

UNF Munoz Presidential Professor - link
Councilor and Past Chair - Jacksonville Section of the American Chemical Society - link

Educational Activities:

Contributions to Brown, LeMay, Bursten, Murphy, Woodward, Stoltzfus, Chemistry the Central Science, 14e
Nelson, Kemp, Stoltzfus, Lufaso, Laboratory Experiments to accompany Brown LeMay et al, Chemistry the Central Science, 13e
Nelson, Kemp, Lufaso, Laboratory Experiments to accompany Brown LeMay et al, Chemistry the Central Science, 14e

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