Christopher L. Kitchens

Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Clemson University, 127 Earle Hall, Clemson, SC 29634; Tel. (864) 656-2131

Auburn University (Chemical Engineering), Ph.D., 2004
Appalachian State University (Chemistry), B.S., 1999


Clemson University

2012-Present, Associate Professor of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

2010-Present, Adjunct Professor in Environmental Toxicology

2006-2012, Assistant Professor of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Georgia Institute of Technology

2004-2006, Post-Doctoral Researcher, Dept. of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Research Interests

Prof. Kitchens’ research involves advanced materials development for technological advancement in the fields of nanotechnology, renewable resources, membranes and smart materials. Our research is focused on the synthesis, processing, and application of surface modified nanomaterials using tailored chemical functionalities. We also employ materials processing with tunable fluids, design of stimuli responsive materials, and neutron scattering characterization techniques. Dr. Kitchens has many educational and outreach activities focused on Nanotechnology, Green Chemistry, and Green Engineering.

Select Products Aligned with the Proposed Work

Ureña-Benavides, E. E.; Kitchens, C. L.; Static Light Scattering of Triaxial Nanoparticle Suspensions in the Rayleigh-Gans-Debye Regime: Application to Cellulose Nanocrystals. RSC Advances, 2012, 2, 1096-1105.

Ureña-Benavides, E. E.; Kitchens Christopher, L., Cellulose Nanocrystal Reinforced Alginate Fibers – Biomimicry Meets Polymer Processing. Molecular Crystals & Liquid Crystals, 2012, 556, 275-287.

Ureña-Benavides, E. E., Ao, G.; Davis, V.; Kitchens, C. L., “Rheology and Phase Behavior of Lyotropic Cellulose Nanocrystal Suspensions.” Macromolecules, 2011, 44 (22), 8990–8998.

Urena-Benavides, E.E., Kitchens, C. L., “Wide-Angle X-ray Diffraction of Cellulose Nanocrystal – Alginate Nanocomposite Fibers,” Macromolecules, 2011, 44 (9), 3478–3484.

Urena-Benavides, E.; Brown, P.; Kitchens, C. L.; “Effect of Jet Stretch and Particles Load on Cellulose Nanocrystal – Alginate Nanocomposite Fibers.” Langmuir 2010; 26 (17); 14263–14270.

Von White, G.; Chen, Y.; Roder-Hanna, J.; Bothun, G. D.; Kitchens, C. L.: Structural and Thermal Analysis of Lipid Vesicles Encapsulating Hydrophobic Gold Nanoparticles. ACS Nano, 2012, 6 (6), 4678–4685.

Von White, G.; Kerscher, P.; Brown, R. M.; Morella, J. D.; McAllister, W.; Dean, D.; Kitchens, C. L.; Green Synthesis of Robust, Biocompatible Silver Nanoparticles Using Garlic Extract. Journal of Nanomaterials, 2012, Article ID 730746, 1-12.

Other Recent Products

  1. Von White, G.; Provost, M. G.; Kitchens, C. L.: Fractionation of Surface-Modified Gold Nanorods Using Gas-Expanded Liquids. Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., 2012, 51 (14), 5181-5189.
  2. White, G.; Kitchens, C. L.; “Investigation of Alkanethiol Capped Metal Nanoparticles in CO2 Expanded Hexane using Small Angle Neutron Scattering.” J. Phys. Chem. C 2010; 114 (39); 16285–16291.
  3. Kitchens, C. L.; Roberts, C. B.; Liu, J.; Ashurst, W. R.; Anand, M.; White II, G. V.; Hurst, K. M.; Saunders, S. R., Application of Gas eXpanded Liquids for Nanoparticle Processing: Experiment and Theory. In Gas-expanded liquids & near-critical media green chemistry & engineering (ACS Symposium series, 1006) Hutchenson, K. W.; Scurto, A. M.; Subramaniam, B., Eds. 2008; p 18.


Member, Materials Research Society (2004- )

Member, American Chemical Society, ACS (2002- )

Member, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, AIChE (2001- )

Member, American Society of Engineering Education, ASEE (2007- )


Ashurst, R., Auburn University

Bossev, D., Indiana University

Bothun, G., Univ. of Rhode Island

Brown, P., Clemson University

Bruce, D., Clemson University

Davis, V., Auburn University

Dean, D., Clemson University

Focke, W., Univ. of Pretoria, South Africa

Greene, A., Clemson University

Harrison, G., Clemson University

Husson, S., Clemson University

Klaine, S. Clemson University

Kline, S., NIST Center for Neutron Research

Kropp, J., University of Florida

McNealy, T., Clemson University

Mefford, O. T., Clemson University

Melnichenko, Y., HFIR ORNL

Powell, B., Clemson University

Tharayil, N., Clemson University

Tyagi, M., NIST Center for Neutron Research

Wells, C., Clemson University

Graduate Advisor:

Christopher B. Roberts, Department of Chemical Engineering, Auburn University

Post-Doctoral Advisors:

Charles A. Eckert, School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, Georgia Tech

Charles L. Liotta, School of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Georgia Tech

Thesis Advisor

Ph. D. Students (5 current)

Fiaz Mohammed

Jose Orellana

Ashley Hart

Mingzhe Jiang

Brandon Redden