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Douglas A. Keszler

University Distinguished Professor
Department of Chemistry

Douglas A. Keszler

University Distinguished Professor
Department of Chemistry


Our research is directed to the synthesis and study of inorganic molecules and materials that will enable next-generation electronic and energy devices. We have discovered and developed unique water-based chemistries for the deposition of very high-quality films. In the Center for Inverse Design, we use theory-guided experiments to advance the capabilities of Inverse Design and to identify new solar absorber materials for photovoltaics (PV). We emphasize the discovery and study of new materials exhibiting exceptionally high solar absorption that will enable scaling of PV to levels that allow us to effectively address the issues of climate change.


Postdoctoral Fellow, Cornell University (1984 - 85)

Ph.D., Northwestern University (1984)

B.S., Southwestern Oklahoma State University (1979)


  • Son, J.-H.; Park, D.-H.; Keszler, D. A.; Casey, W. H., Acid-Stable Peroxoniobophosphate Clusters To Make Patterned Films. Chem. Eur. J. 2015, 10.1002/chem.201500684
  • J. Heo, R. Ravichandran, C. Reidy, J. Tate, J. F. Wager, D. A. Keszler, Design Meets Nature: New Tetrahedrite Solar Absorbers, Adv. Energy Mater. 2014, 10.1002/aenm.201401506
  • J. Heo, G. Laurita, S. Muir, M. A. Subramanian, D. A. Keszler, Enhanced Thermoelectric Performance of Synthetic Tetrahedrites, Chem. Mater. 2014, 26, 2047. 10.1021/cm404026k
  • Amador, J. M.; Decker, S. R.; Lucchini, S. E.; Ruther, R. E.; Keszler, D. A. In Patterning chemistry of HafSOx resist, Advances in Patterning Materials and Processes XXXI, San Jose, CA, March 27, 2014; Wallow, T. I.; Hohle, C. K., Eds. San Jose, CA, 2014; pp 90511A-90511A-90516. 10.1117/12.2046605
  • Knutson, C. C.; Jackson, M. N.; Beekman, M.; Carnes, M. E.; Johnson, D. W.; Johnson, D. C.; Keszler, D. A., Mentoring Graduate Students in Research and Teaching by Utilizing Research as a Template. Journal of Chemical Education 2014, 91, 200-205. 10.1021/ed400143a
  • Muir, S. W.; Cowell, E. W.; Wang, W.; Wager, J. F.; Keszler, D. A., Effects of Oxygen Incorporation on the Physical Properties of Amorphous Metal Thin Films. The Journal of Physical Chemistry C 2014, 118, 9647-9651. 10.1021/jp412823r
  • Oleksak, R. P.; Ruther, R. E.; Luo, F.; Fairley, K. C.; Decker, S. R.; Stickle, W. F.; Johnson, D. W.; Garfunkel, E. L.; Herman, G. S.; Keszler, D. A., Chemical and Structural Investigation of High-Resolution Patterning with HafSOx. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 2014, 6, 2917-2921. 10.1021/am405463u
  • Smith, S. W.; Wang, W.; Keszler, D. A.; Conley, J. F., Solution based prompt inorganic condensation and atomic layer deposition of Al2O3 films: A side-by-side comparison.Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology A: Vacuum, Surfaces, and Films 2014, 32, 041501. 10.1116/1.4874806
  • Wager, J. F.; Yeh, B.; Hoffman, R. L.; Keszler, D. A., An amorphous oxide semiconductor thin-film transistor route to oxide electronics. Current Opinion in Solid State and Materials Science 2014, 18, 53-61. 10.1016/j.cossms.2013.07.002
  • Anderson, M. D.; Heideman, C. L.; Lin, Q.; Smeller, M.; Kokenyesi, R.; Herzing, A. A.; Anderson, I. M.; Keszler, D. A.; Zschack, P.; Johnson, D. C., Size-Dependent Structural Distortions in One-Dimensional Nanostructures. Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2013, 52, 1982-1985. 10.1002/anie.201207825


  • SWOSU Alumni Fellow (2005)
  • OSU Researcher of the Year Award (2003)
  • F.A. Gilfillan Award (2001)
  • T.T. Sugihara Young Faculty Research Award (1994)
  • Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow (1990)
  • Exxon Solid-State Chemistry Award (1988)