Richard G. Blair

Richard G. Blair , Ph.D.
Visiting Research Professor, NanoScience Technology Center
E-mail: Richard.Blair@ucf.edu
Phone: 407-823-0639
UCF Partnership I Building
12354 Research Pkwy Ste 316
Orlando FL 32826

Link: Blair Research Group Website


  • Ph. D, Inorganic Chemistry: University of California, Los Angeles
  • M.S, Physical Chemistry: University of California, Berkeley
  • B.S. - A.C.S., Chemistry: Hope College
  • B.S., Mathematics : Hope College


Production of fuels and chemicals from sustainable sources, Synthesis of inorganic materials with an eye on applications in aerospace, optics and chemical feedstock. Examination of the kinetics and mechanism of solid-solid mechanochemical reactions. Development of Forensic analytical methods for the presumptive identification of substances of abuse.

Awards, Honors and Societies

  • 2007 - NASA Certificate of Recognition for the creative development of a technical innovation
  • 2003 - Departmental Award for Distinguished Teaching - UCLA, Department of Chemistry
  • 2002 - Student Travel Award - Solid State Chemistry I, Gordon Research Conference
  • 2001 - Advancement to Candidacy Fellowship - UCLA
  • 2000 - Department of Education Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need Fellowship
  • 1993 - Pew Research Fellowship
  • Pi Mu Epsilon, mathematics honor society
  • Sigma Xi, research honor society
  • Alpha Chi Sigma, chemistry fraternity
  • American Chemical Society

Selected Publications

  • Restrepo, David T.; Hick, Sandra M.; Griebel, Carolin; Alarcon, Juan; Giesler, Kyle E.; Chen, Yan; Orlovskaya, Nina; Blair, Richard G., “Size Controlled Mechanochemical Synthesis of ZrSi2,” ChemComm, 2013. 49: p. 707-709, http://xlink.rsc.org/?doi=C2CC36323B
  • Hick, S.M., R.B. Kaner, and R.G. Blair, The Synthesis and Crystal Structure of cubic CaSiN2. Inorganic Chemistry, 2012. 51(23):p. 12626-9, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/ic300627q
  • Restrepo, D.T., K.E. Lynch, K. Giesler, S.M. Kuebler, and R.G. Blair, Low-temperature (210°C) deposition of crystalline germanium via in situ disproportionation of GeI2. Materials Research Bulletin, 2012. 47(11): p. 3484-3488, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.materresbull.2012.06.072
  • Mertens, R.G., R.G. Blair, and K.B. Sundaram, Recession and Characterization of Patterned Nanowires Grown by Electroless Etching of Silicon. ECS Journal of Solid State Science and Technology, 2012. 1(1): p. P40-P45, http://dx.doi.org/10.1149/2.025201jss
  • Liu, Y., L.-M. Yu, S.C.J. Loo, R.G. Blair, and Q. Zhang, Co-assembly of Zn(SPh)2 and Organic Linkers into Helical and Zigzag Polymer Chains. Journal of Solid State Chemistry, 2012. 191(0): p. 283-286, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jssc.2012.03.044
  • Orlovskaya, N., Z. Xie, M. Klimov, H. Heinrich, D. Restrepo, R. Blair, and C. Suryanarayana, Mechanochemical Synthesis of ReB2 Powder. Journal of Materials Research, 2011. 26: p. 2772-2779, http://dx.doi.org/10.1557/jmr.2011.249
  • Restrepo, David T; Griebel, Carolin; Giesler , Kyle; Buker, Eric J; Blair, Richard G, Mechanochemically Enhanced Synthesis of Isomorphously Substituted Kaolinites. Appl. Clay Sci., 2011. 52(4): p. 386-391, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.clay.2011.04.002
  • Bux, S.K., M. Rodriguez, M.T. Yeung, C. Yang, A. Makhluf, R.G. Blair, J.-P. Fleurial, and R.B. Kaner, Rapid solid-state synthesis of nanostructured silicon. Chem. Mat., 2010. 22(8): p. 2534-2540. http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/cm903410s
  • Hick, S.M., C. Griebel, D.T. Restrepo, J.H. Truitt, E.J. Buker, C. Bylda, and R.G. Blair, “Mechanocatalysis for biomass-derived chemicals and fuels,” Green Chem., 2010. 12: p. 468-474. http://xlink.rsc.org/?doi=B923079C
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