Justin Lytle, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Chemistry

Justin Lytle - Assistant Professor
Rieke Science Center - Room 245
  • Professional
  • Personal


  • U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, 2005-2008
  • Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 2005
  • B.A., Wittenberg University, 2000


Inspire students to excel in chemistry with:

  • clear and interesting lectures
  • fun chemistry demonstrations
  • personalized attention outside of the classroom
  • a learning environment that emphasizes patience and caring for their personal well-being


Foster undergraduate research opportunities that enrich students’ practical understanding of chemistry in order to prepare them for advanced studies in the sciences.

Teach students polymer, sol-gel, and vapor-phase fabrication techniques to prepare nanoarchitectured materials:

  • colloidal crystals
  • inverse opals
  • aerogels
  • nanopipes

Electrochemically test nanomaterials as battery, capacitor, and fuel cell electrodes that rapidly discharge and re-charge

Characterize the physical properties of these nanomaterials with:

  • electron and atomic force microscopies
  • nitrogen porosimetry
  • X-ray diffraction
  • thermal analyses
  • X-ray, UV-Vis, and FTIR spectroscopies