Faculty and Staff
Nathan P. Mellott
Associate Prof Mat.Sci. & Engr
Alfred University Contact Info
Office Location: Binns Merrill 117
Department: Matls Science & Engineering  
Phone: 607.871.2446  
Nathan P. Mellott
Postdoctoral Fellowship
National Science Foundation IRFP: University of Padova, 2005

Ph.D.: Materials
The Pennsylvania State University, 2003

M.S.: Geosciences
The Pennsylvania State University, 2000

B.S.: Geological Sciences
Michigan State University, 1998

Areas of Concentration

Our research interests are based primarily in the areas of (1) Aqueous corrosion of Glasses and (2) Multifunctional, Sol-Gel based Thin Films, and (3) Advanced Surface and Materials Characterization.

Particular interests include; (1) the evolution of glass surface morphology, composition, and chemistry with aqueous corrosion, (2) the processing, design, and applications of thin films and nanostructured materials, with focus on how nanoscale material structure and properties can be tailored to produce multi-functional, "smart" materials, and (3) the use of advanced surface science techniques in understanding material surfaces, their interfaces with coatings, and their behavior with corrosion in a variety of environments.

Awards, Grants, and Fellowships

Department of Energy-NEUP: Surface Layer-Bulk Glass Interface Evolution with Aqueous Corrosion (PI) 2012-2015

3M Non-Tenured Faculty Grant (PI) 2010-2013

NYSERDA Nanocomposite Oxide Thin Films (Co-PI) 2011-2012

Department of Energy: Novel Oxide Ceramics for Solar Energy Harvesting (Co-PI) 2010-2011

The Joseph Kruson Alfred University Excellence in Teaching Award 2011

Classes Taught

ENGR 115 Explorations in Materials Science

CEMS 215 Microscopy and Microstructural Analysis

CEMS 328 Industrial Glass and Glass Coatings

CEMS 347 Spectroscopy

CEMS 500 Scanning Probe Microscopy

CEMS 538 Material Surfaces and Thin Films

Selected Publications

Tousley M.A., Wren A.W., Towler M.R., Mellott N.P. (Accepted/In Press) Processing, Characterization, and Bactericidal Activity of Undoped and Silver-doped Vanadium Oxides, Materials Chemistry and Physics.

Akgun B.A., Mellott N.P, Durucan C. (2012) Silver containing sol-gel derived silica thin films: Effect of aluminum incorporation on optical, microstructural and bactericidal properties, Journal of Sol-Gel Science and Technology; 62, 240-251.

Wren A.W., Akgun B.A., Adams B.M., Caughlin A., Mellott N.P., Towler M.R. (2011) Characterization and Antibacterial Efficacy of Silver Coated Ca-Na-Zn-Si/Ti Glass, Journal of Biomaterials Applications; 13, 3, 309-312.

Akgun B.A., Wren A.W., Durucan C., Towler M.R., Mellott N.P. (2011) Sol-gel derived silver-incorporated titania thin films on glass: bactericidal and photocatalytic activity, Journal of Sol-Gel Science and Technology; 59; 228-238.

Akgun B.A., Durucan C., Mellott N.P (2011) Effect of Silver Incorporation on Crystallization and Microstructural Properties of Sol-Gel Derived Titania Thin Films on Glass; Journal of Sol-Gel Science and Technology; 58, 277-289.

Wren A.W., Laffir F.R., Mellott N.P., Towler M.R. (2010) X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy: Studies from Industrial & Bioactive Glass to Biomaterials; In: Chemical Engineering Methods and Technology Series: X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy; Editors Johanna M. Wagner; Nova Publishers

Mellott N.P., Durucan C., Pantano C.G., Guglielmi M. (2006) Commercial and Laboratory Prepared Titanium Dioxide Thin Films for Self-Cleaning Glasses: Photocatalytic Performance and Chemical Durability, Thin Solid Films v502, p112-120.

Mellott N.P., Brantley S.L., and Pantano C.G. (2002) Topography of polished plates of albite crystal and glass during dissolution, In: Water-rock Interaction, Ore Deposits, and Environmental Geochemisty: A tribute to David A. Crerar, edited by R. Hellmann and S.A. Wood, n7, p83-95.

Mellott N.P., Brantley S.L., Hamilton J.P., and Pantano C.G. (2001) Evaluation of Various Surface Preparation Methods for Glass, Surface and Interface Analysis,v31, n5, p362-368.

Brantley S.L. and Mellott N.P. (2000) Surface area and porosity of ground powders of primary silicate minerals, American Mineralogist, v84, n11/12, p1767-1783.

Professional Affiliations

The American Chemical Society

The American Ceramics Society

The Materials Research Society

International Sol-Gel Society

American Association for the Advancement of Science