Michael Lufaso, Ph.D.
Department of Chemistry
University of North Florida
1 UNF Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32224
Phone : 904-620-2226
Office : Bldg. 50, Room 2716
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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
Our research group is interested in the synthesis and characterization of new solid-state inorganic materials and in fundamental structure/property relationships of solid state oxides.

Multiferroics and magnetic dielectrics Multifunctional systems are one current focus area in chemical materials research due to the fundamental and technological opportunities that arise from mutual control of the electronic and magnetic properties. A multiferroic or magnetic dielectric material offers the opportunity to study the chemistry and physics behind the interactions between electronic and magnetic polarizations. A suitable multiferroic material could meet demands in device application areas such as attenuators, filters, transducers and multiple state memory devices that could be read and/or written by either a magnetic and/or electric field. Our focus is on the synthesis of new materials and characterization of the phase relationships in potential composite magnetic-dielectric systems.

Solid State Gas Sensors Chemical sensing in the form of gas sensing devices are of central importance in practical applications including toxic gas detection and environmental monitoring. One gas sensing approach is to utilize small dimensional solid state gas sensors, which function by displaying a change in electrical resistance in response to a shift in the local concentration of the specific gas of interest. Key parameters identifying a functional sensor are sensitivity, selectivity, response and recovery time, and long-term stability. Our focus is on the synthesis and characterization of novel materials to improve the selectivity of gas sensing systems.

Solid Oxide Fuel Cell materials and nanoscale ordering Solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC) convert chemical energy into electricity at high efficiency with very low pollutant emissions. The use of hydrogen as an energy storage medium, combined with renewable forms of energy used in H2 production (e.g. photocatalytic water splitting), is one attractive approach to meet energy demands. Major goals of the research are to 1) improve the understanding of the substitution limits in mixed metal oxide solid solutions and 2) investigate the presence of order or disorder of the cation and anion sublattices on the nanoscale level in the mullite structure type, which is of interest for use as an electrolyte material in the construction of a SOFC.

Dielectric and Microwave Dielectric Materials Dielectric materials are of considerable interest owing to their technically important properties and the interesting interactions between the crystal structures and functional physical properties. Dielectric ceramics are found as discrete components (e.g., dielectric resonators and filters) in electronic devices. Our focus is on the crystal structure-dielectric property relationships of these materials.

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

Ready-To-Go Teaching Modules to accompany Brown, LeMay, Bursten, Murphy, Woodward, Stoltzfus, Chemistry the Central Science, 14e.
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