Stephen E. Rankin, Ph.D.


Research Areas: Biotechnology, Interfacial Science, Multiscale Modeling, Nanotechnology, Reaction Engineering, Renewable Energy, Separations

University of Kentucky, College of Engineering

Professional Preparation

Carnegie Mellon University Chemical Engineering B.S. 1993
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis Chemical Engineering Ph.D. 1998
Dow Corning Corporation / University of Minnesota Polymer Engineering Postdoc 1999
Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, New Mexico Molecular Simulation Postdoc 1999-2000


2006-present Associate Professor University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
2000-2006 Assistant Professor Chemical & Materials Engineering Department

Selected publications

  • K. Ghosh, H.-J. Lehmler, S.E. Rankin and B.L. Knutson*, “Processing of Surfactant Templated NanoStructured Silica Films using Compressed Carbon Dioxide as Interpreted from In-Situ Fluorescence
    Spectroscopy” J. Phys. Chem. C2012 116: 11646-11655.

  • Q. Wu, J.C. Li, R. Deshpande, N. Subramanian, F. Yang*, Y.T. Cheng* and S.E. Rankin*, “Aligned TiO2
    Nanotube Arrays as Durable Lithium-Ion Battery Negative Electrodes,” J. Phys. Chem. C2012 116:

  • X. Li and S.E. Rankin*, “Multiscale Modeling of the Effects of Unlimited 4-membered Ring Formation on
    Sol-Gel Silica Film Molecular Structure,” AIChE J. 2012 in press, DOI: 10.1002/aic.13853.

  • J. Ambati, A.M. Lopez, D. Cochran, P. Wattamwar, K. Bean, T.D. Dziubla and S.E. Rankin*, “Engineered
    Silica Nanocarriers as a High-payload Delivery Vehicle for Antioxidant Enzymes,” Acta Biomateriala
    2012 8: 2096-2103.

  • Q.L. Wu and S.E. Rankin*, “Tuning the Mesopore Size of Titania Thin Films Using a Polymeric Swelling
    Agent,” J. Phys. Chem. C2011 115: 11925-11933.

  • M.S. Rahman and S.E. Rankin*, “Predictive synthesis of ordered mesoporous silica with maltoside and
    cationic surfactants based on aqueous lyotropic phase behavior,” J. Colloid Interface Sci. 2010 342: 33-

  • R. Xing, H.J. Lehmler, B.L. Knutson and S.E. Rankin*, “Synthesis and Tuning of Bimodal Mesoporous
    Silica by Combined Hydrocarbon/Fluorocarbon Surfactant Templating,” Langmuir 2009 25: 6486-

  • V.R. Koganti, D. Dunphy, V. Gowrishankar, M.D. McGehee, X. Li, J. Wang and S.E. Rankin, “Generalized
    Coating Route to Silica and Titania Films with Orthogonally Tilted Cylindrical Nanopore Arrays,”
    Nano Lett. 2006 6: 2567-2570.

  • B. Tan, H.J. Lehmler, S.M. Vyas, B.L. Knutson and S.E. Rankin, “Fluorinated Surfactant-Templated
    Synthesis of Hollow Silica Particles with a Single Layer of Mesopores in their Shells,” Adv.Mater.
    2005 17: 2368-2371

  • B. Tan and S.E. Rankin, “Interfacial Alignment Mechanism of Forming Spherical Silica with Radially
    Oriented Nanopores,” J. Phys. Chem. B 2004 108: 20122-20129.