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Amar H Flood

James F. Jackson Professor of Chemistry
Luther Dana Waterman Professor


Address Department of Chemistry • Indiana University • 800 East Kirkwood Avenue • Bloomington, IN 47405
Telephone +1-812 856 3642 • Fax +1-812 855 8300 • Web
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Academic Career

Professor, Indiana University
– Director of Graduate Studies (2013-2016)
– James F. Jackson Professor (2015-present)
– Luther Dana Waterman Professor (2015-present)


Associate Professor, Indiana University
– James F. Jackson Associate Professor (2014-2015)

Assistant Professor, Indiana University 2005-2011
Postdoctoral Scholar, University of California, Los Angeles, USA Supervisor: Sir Fraser Stoddart 2002-2005
Visiting PhD Student and Claude McCarthy Fellow at York University, Department of Chemistry, UK. Supervisors: R.E. Hester and J.N. Moore Summer 1998
Ph.D. University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. Supervisor: Keith C Gordon 1997-2001
BSc (1st Class honors), Summa Cum Laude, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand 1993-1996


Honors and Awards

Luther Dana Waterman Professor 2015
James F. Jackson Professor of Chemistry 2014
Visiting Professor, Osaka University 2012
Award for Excellence in Physical Organic Chemistry (Wiley) 2011
Cram Lehn Pedersen Award in Supramolecular Chemistry (RSC) 2011
Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar 2010
NSF-CAREER Award 2009
Indiana University Trustees Teaching Award 2008 and 2010
Alliance Group Postgraduate Award 1997-2001
William Georgetti Scholarship 1998
Claude McCarthy Fellowship 1998
Joseph and Emma Mellor Prize 1996
Proudfoot Award 1995
Soper Prize in Chemistry 1994

Funding Sources

NSF: DMREF (DMR) 2015-2018
ACS-PRF 2015-2016
Thermo-Fisher 2014-2016
NSF (CHE 1412401) 2014-2017
Indiana University Collaborative Research Grants (IUCRG) 2012-2013
Indiana University, Faculty Research Support Program (FRSP) 2010-2011
Indiana University, Collaborative Research and Creative Activity Funding Award 2010-2011

DOE (Chemical Sciences, Geosciences and Biosciences Division, Office of Basic Energy Sciences)


NSF-CAREER Award (CHE 0844441) 2009-2014
NSF-NER 2007-2008
Indiana University 2005-2010


Summary of Research Output

112 Publications, 91 Invited Talks, 40 Contributed Talks, 6 Book Chapters, 2 Patent Actions
Cumulative H-index: 40 (June 2016)
see Publications


Advisory Boards and Organizing Committees

• Chair, GRC “Artificial Molecular Switches and Motors” 2017
•  Advisory Board Mmeber for Chem (Cell Press) 2015-2018
• Vice-Chair, GRC on “Artificial Molecular Switches and Motors”, June 7-12, 2015 at Stonehill College, Easton, MA (USA) 2015
• Editorial Board Member for Supramolecular Chemistry (Taylor and Francis) 2014-2016
• Advisory Board Mmeber for Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry (OBC) 2012-2015
• Co-Organizer with Alex Wei (Purdue University) for the special symposium on “Supramolecular Nanomaterials", Fall 2013 ACS National Meeting, Indianapolis 2013
• Session Chair at FNANO (Foundations of Nanoscience) for Chemically Integrated Systems, Snowbird, Utah, April ca. 15–18, annually


• Co-organizer with David Amabilino (Barcelona Materials Science Institute) of the 2017 “Youngish Giants of Chemistry” Meeting 2012-2017
• Co-organizer of the 2013 International Symposium on Supramolecular and Macrocyclic Chemistry (ISMSC-2013) with Lyle Isaacs and Jeffery Davis from the University of Maryland 2013

• Member of the International Advisory Committee for the International Symposium on Supramolecular and Macrocyclic Chemistry (ISMSC)
6-ISMSC (Brighton, UK, Organizer: Phil Gale)
7-ISMSC (Dunedin, NZ, Organizers: Sally Brooker and Keith Gordon)
8-ISMSC (Washington DC, USA, Organizers: Lyle Isaacs, Jeff Davis and Amar Flood)
9-ISMSC (Shanghai, PR China, Organizer: Zhanting Li)

• Co-organizer of a Special Symposium on "Functional nanoscale materials: synthesis, characterization, and applications" at the CERMACS in Indianapolis, June 8–10. With L. M. Bronstein, D. Lee, L.-S. Li, S. E. Skrabalak, S. L. Tait (Indiana University) 2011
• Presided over "Materials, Devices and Switches" Symposium at Fall ACS Meeting 2009
• Co-Organizer for the special symposium on “Molecular Machines, Nanomotors, and Active Nanostructures” MRS Spring 2008 (San Francisco) with Andrew Turberfield (Oxford University), Henry Hess (University of Florida) and Heiner Linke (University of Oregon) 2008
• Co-Organizer for “Youngish Giants of Chemistry” Edinburgh, UK 2007


Teaching and Mentoring Experience

Dr Elisa Fatila (2014-2016)
Dr Y Li (2006-2008, now at ICCAS, Beijing, China)
Research Assistant

Daniel Meyers (Summer 2012)
Eric Twum (2014-)


K A McNitt (Masters, 2008), A I Share (PhD 2011), K Parimal (PhD, 2011), E H Witlicki (PhD 2011), Y Hua (PhD 2012), K E McDonald (PhD 2013), S. Lee (PhD, 2014), C. Benson, C. Marlatt (MS, 2013), B. E. Hirsch (co-advised with S. Tait), Y Liu, Bo Qiao, James Dobscha, Fred Parks, Katherine VanDenburgh

A C Fahrenbach (BS, 2008, now at Northwestern University), J Meisel (BS, 2009, grad student at U. St. Louis), E O Uduehi (BS, 2011, Rhodes Scholar), V Bottomley, K Mandla (BS, 2010), J Thomas (BS 2011), B. Fisher (BS, 2011, UW Madison), Patrick Gamache (class of 2013, IU), Matthew Marzo (class of 2013, IU), Joseph Anderson (class of 2016, IU), David Burke, Priscilla Choo

Dr S. Nygaard (2005-2006, Supervisor: J. O. Jeppesen, University of Southern Denmark) now at Teknologisk Institut, Århus, Denmark)
S. Okada (2009-2010, Supervisor: Y. Tobe, Osaka University)
C. Johnsen (2010, Supervisor: J. O. Jeppesen, University of Southern Denmark)
S. Hansen (2010, Supervisor: J. O. Jeppesen, University of Southern Denmark)
L. Manck (2010, Supervisor: D. A. Vander Griend)
Sichao Li (2011, Tsinghua University, Xi Zhang)
Lucy Ping (2011, Monash University, Bim Graham)
Moira Ciardi (2011, ICIQ, Spain, Pablo Ballester)
Sundus Erbas Cakmak (2011-2012, Bilkent University, Engin Akkaya)
Yusuf Cakmak (2011-2012, Bilkent University, Engin Akkaya)
Yan Zhao (Summer 2012), Tsinghua University, China
Peidi Xu (Summer 2013), Tsinghua University, China



Outreach and Synergistic Activities

• NIH Study Section, Ad Hoc 2011
Newton Project – Aiding in the analysis of iron-gall inks for the cluster dating of Sir Isaac Newton's writings. In collaboration with William R. Newman (Department of the History and Philosophy of Science, Indiana University) and Wallace Hooper (Indiana University). Involves synthesis and characterization by Jason Tharp (presently a Junior at Bloomington South High School, Indiana, USA) 2010- present
• Lectures and yearly (“Halloween Slime”) hands-on polymer experiments at Bloomington South High School, Indiana, USA (Featured in local newspaper, Herald Times, Dec 12, 2008) 2006-2009
• Invited to comment by Chemistry World on topics related to molecular machines Dec 2007, p24; Dec 2008, online
• Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) meeting, Indianapolis, USA
• CNSI Outreach Group, Solar Cell Project, Teaching High School Science Teachers. Introductory lecture, two full workshops, 30 solar kits distributed.
• William Colenso College, Napier, New Zealand, "Success with Molecular Machines by Having Fun, and being Creative and Productive" 24 May 2004 (Also featured in The Napier Mail (June 2, 2004) and Hawke's Bay Today (May 25, 2004)
• Inaugural Co-Editor to Spheres - A Student Magazine on Nanoscale Research
• Outreach to Elementary School Children, Ages 8-10, Dunedin, New Zealand
• Worked with an Education Graduate student explaining the collaborative process that takes place between scientists and engineers 2002

Current Collaborations

Jan O. Jeppesen, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark
Douglas A. Vander Griend, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI, USA
Eric W. Wong, Etamota Corp., CA, USA
Lasse Jensen, Penn State, PA, USA
Krishnan Raghavachari, Indiana University, IN, USA
Steven L. Tait, Indiana University, IN, USA
Christopher M. Hadad, OSU, USA
Bim Graham, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia


Past Collaborations

Ksenija D. Glusac, BGSU, USA
Leonidas G. Bachas, University of Kentucky, KY, USA
Yong-jun Li, ICCAS, Beijing, China
Yi Liu, Staff Scientist, Molecular Foundry, Berkeley, CA
Jovica D. Badjic, OSU, USA