Affiliated Faculty

Affiliated faculty for the MSEI are affiliated with the Departments of Physics, Chemistry, and Earth & Planetary Sciences in the Division of Physical and Biological Sciences and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the Baskin School of Engineering.
Scott R Oliver
  • Title
    • Professor
  • Division Physical & Biological Sciences Division
  • Department
    • Chemistry & Biochemistry Department
  • Phone
    831-459-5448 (Office), 831-459-4225 (Lab), 831-459-2892 (X-ray Lab)
  • Email
  • Fax
  • Website
  • Office Location
    • Physical Sciences Building, 162
    • Physical Sciences Bldg 162 (Office)
    • Physical Sciences Bldg 147 (Lab)
    • Physical Sciences Bldg 165 (X-ray Lab)
  • Office Hours 2023-24: by appointment
  • Mail Stop Chemistry
  • Mailing Address
    • 1156 High Street
    • Santa Cruz CA 95064
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Chemistry, Material Science, Environmental Studies, Water, X-ray Crystallography, Solid State Physics, Biotechnology
  • Courses Chem 122: Analytical Chemistry, Chem 146B: Advanced Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory, Chem 151A: Inorganic Chemistry, Chem 151B: Advanced Inorganic Chemistry, Chem 151L: Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory, Chem 156C/256C: Materials Chemistry

Summary of Expertise

Cationic inorganic materials for environmental cleanup; biomaterials; powder and single crystal X-ray diffraction

Research Interests

Materials Chemistry for Environmental and Biological Applications

The Oliver group has a broad range research interests in materials science, nanotechnology and inorganic chemistry. We have developed a series of materials that bear a cationic charge. The open space inside these hosts contain anions that can be exchanged for environmentally hazardous anions, both heavy metal inorganic and organic. We are studying a variety of anionic pollutants including perchlorate, pertechnetate and chromate.

We are also working on mesoporous hosts for a variety of uses including the removal of sulfur from fuel and for biomaterials applications. Our studies are very interdisciplinary, as it combines inorganic, materials and analytical chemistry. We also use a variety of characterization techniques, both within our group and in the department. Please visit our research webpage ( for more information.

Biography, Education and Training

B.Sc. Chemistry, University of Toronto, graduated with distintion
Ph.D. Inorganic Chemistry, University of Toronto, Department of Chemistry
Postdoctoral NSERC Fellow, Harvard University, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology

Teaching Interests

I teach a variety of courses in inorganic, materials and analytical chemistry.