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J. Adin Mann, Jr.


Chemical Engineering

Macromolecular Science and Engineering

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Ph.D. Physical Chemistry Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa

B. S. in Chemical Technology Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa

National Academy of Science - National Research council Post Doctoral Fellow to Van't Hoff Laboratory, University of Utrecht, NL.




Surface and Colloid Physical Chemistry: Interfacial Transport

Mass, momentum, and energy transport are fundamental to understanding the dynamics of diverse interfacial systems and are studied in the context of spread monolayers including bioactive materials. Topics includes wetting phenomena. Theory and simulation of surface and colloid phenomena including curvature effects.

Surface Physical Chemistry: Surface Light Scattering Spectroscopy

Every surface is subject to nm-amplitude spectrum of thermal fluctuations, which are measured quantitatively by Laser methods and interpreted by interfacial transport theory via a response function formalism.

Surface Physical and Colloid Chemistry of Fuel Cell Systems

The focus is on the colloid chemistry of catalyst nanoparticles, their adsorption (adhesion) on carbon nanoparticles, reaction dynamics and the structure, dynamics and function of the assembly including the ionomer component. Wetting phenomena.


The function of every interfacial system, including biological, resolves into questions of Structure, Dynamics and Function of nano-scale regions. Here the questions are integrated and applied to both fundamentals involving theory and to applied practical problems such as catalyst durability in fuel cell systems, and the screening of bioactive molecules that may be effective drugs.


Vladimir Gurau, Michael J. Bluemle, Emory S. De Castro, Yu-Min Tsou , J. Adin Mann, Jr., Thomas A. Zawodzinski, Jr., Characterization of Transport Properties in Gas Diffusion Layers for Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells: 1. Wettability (Internal Contact Angle to Water and Surface Energy of GDL Fibers), Journal of Power Sources, In Press. Available online 6 May (2006).

"Li XY, Mann J. A., Tabib-Azar M, Near-Field Microwave Microscope and Electron-Spin-Resonance Detection: Ruby Crystal Surface APPLIED OPTICS 45(10): 2191-2198 (2006). "

J. Adin Mann, Jr., Paul D. Crouser, and William V. Meyer, Surface Fluctuation Spectroscopy by Surface –Light-Scattering Spectroscopy, Applied Optics, 40(24) 4092 (2001).

Mann, J.A., Dynamics, Structure and Function of Interfacial Regions, Langmuir, 1, 10 (1985). (ACS Langmuir Distinguished Lecture 1984)

Fundamental Nanoscience
Nanotechnology Education
Computation and Simulation
Photonics Electronics & Communication