Assistant Professor in Chemistry
University of Massachusetts Lowell
Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California Berkeley
Ph.D., Chemistry, Northwestern University
B.S., Biochemistry, Providence College
Michael Ross joined the Chemistry Department at University of Massachusetts Lowell in 2019. His research interests focus on understanding the unique optical, chemical, and catalytic properties of metallic nanomaterials, and leveraging those properties to address challenges in energy, environmental detection, and photonics. Before that, he was awarded a CIFAR Bio-Inspired Solar Energy Postdoctoral Fellowship to study with Peidong Yang at University of California, Berkeley. There he investigated the properties of electrocatalysts that recycle carbon dioxide into fuels and chemicals. Michael earned his Ph.D. at Northwestern University as a National Defense Science and Engineering Fellow. At Northwestern, under the guidance of Chad Mirkin and George Schatz, he focused on the design of optical properties in nanoparticle systems whose structure was programmed by DNA. He earned his B.S. in biochemistry at Providence College.
Michael grew up, and spent most of his life, in Massachusetts. Outside of the lab, he loves outdoor sports and activities, he enjoys the nuances of coffee and tea, and he remains a devoted Boston sports fan.
Selected Honors and Awards
2023 RHED Faculty Fellow, Sustainability
2022 Scialog Fellow, Negative Emissions Science
2022 Department's Teaching Excellence Award
2022 Emerging Investigator, Nanoscale
2021 Winner, NASA Centennial CO2 Conversion Challenge, NASA
2021 Honorable Mention, Student-Preceptor Award Undergraduate Research, ACS
2021 125 Years of the Journal of Physical Chemistry, Invited
2016–2019 CIFAR Bio-Inspired Solar Energy Postdoctoral Fellow, CIFAR
2015 Outstanding Researcher Award, International Institute for Nanotechnology
2015 Graduate Research Award, Milliken & Co.
2012–2015 National Defense Science and Engineering Fellowship, Dept. of Defense
2012 Fr. Hickey Award for Individual and Academic Excellence, Providence College