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Lynden A. Archer

James A. Friend Family Distinguished Professor in Engineering
Smith School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Olin Hall, Room 124
David Croll Director of the Energy Systems Institute
Smith School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering


Lynden Archer joined the Cornell faculty in 2000. He was appointed director of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering in 2010. Since 2008 he has served as co-director of the KAUST-Cornell Center for Energy and Sustainability.

His research focuses on transport properties of polymers and organic-inorganic hybrid materials. Archer is also interested in applications of hybrid materials for energy storage and carbon capture technologies. During the period 1993-94 he was a postdoctoral member of the technical staff at AT&T Bell Laboratories. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society and has been recognized with several awards, including the AICHE MAC Centennial Engineer Award, James & Mary Tien Excellence in Teaching Award, the National Science Foundation Early Career Award, and DuPont & 3M Young Professor Awards. He earned a B.S. in chemical engineering (polymer science) from the University of Southern California in 1989 and a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Stanford University in 1993.

Research Interests

Research in the Archer group focuses on the synthesis, science, and technological applications of polymers, complex fluids, and nanoscale organic-inorganic hybrid materials (NOHMs) for electrochemical energy storage.

Teaching Interests

Transport Phenomena & Fluid Mechanics

Selected Publications

Selected Awards and Honors

  • AIChE Nanoscale Science and Engineering Forum (NSEF) Award(AIChE)2014
  • Merrill Presidential Scholar, Most Influential Faculty Member(Cornell University)2014
  • Award for Special Creativity(National Science Foundation, DMR)2013
  • James & Mary Tien Excellence in Teaching Award(Cornell University, College of Engineering)2008
  • 10 Ideas that will Change the World - Batteries that Eat Carbon(Scientific American)2016


  • BS(Chemical Engineering),University of Southern California,1989
  • Ph D(Chemical Engineering),Stanford University,1993


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