Michael B. Ross

Assistant Professor

Kennedy College of Sciences
Chemistry, Climate Change Initiative
Olney Hall - 402A


Materials Chemistry, Nanotechnology, Analytical Chemistry, Energy Materials, Photonics

Research Interests

Materials Chemistry; Nanotechnology; Analytical Chemistry; Energy Materials; Photonics

Material properties are determined by structure and composition at length scales spanning from the atomic to the macroscopic. We take a multidisciplinary approach to manipulating chemistry across length scales and at structured interfaces. Our work incorporates insights from inorganic, analytical, and computational chemistry, physics, and materials science, focusing on optical and catalytic phenomena at metal-metal and metal-molecule interfaces. We will impact the renewably-powered recycling of carbon dioxide, the design of exquisite optical materials, and the detection of molecules relevant to human health and water security.


  • Postdoc, (2019), University of California, Berkeley - Berkeley, CA
  • Ph D: Chemistry, (2016), Northwestern University - Evanston, IL
    Dissertation/Thesis Title: Designing optical properties in DNA-programmed nanoparticle superlattices
  • BS: Biochemistry, (2011), Providence College - Providence, RI


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.