Douglas Chrisey



Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute


Ph.D., University of Virginia
B.S., State University of New York at Binghamton


Professor Chrisey started his research and teaching career as a teaching assistant in the Department of Physics at the University of Virginia. He finished his Ph.D. entitled "Sputtering of Molecular Gas Solids" in 1987 and joined the US Naval Research Laboratory as an Office of Naval Technology postdoctoral research associate studying radiation damage in high temperature superconductors. One year later, in 1988, he joined NRL as a research physicst and quickly became a supervisory research physicist of the Plasma Processing Section. His group there studied laser-based processing of materials ranging from oxide ceramics for electronics, protective coatings, and biomaterials, to organics, polymers, and even living mammalian cells for tissue engineering. At NRL, he was an advising professor to students at George Washington University (Materials Science, and Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department), Georgia Tech. (Material Science Dept.) and North Carolina State University (Dept. of Biomedical Engineering). In 2005, Professor Chrisey joined the North Dakota State University's Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering as Deputy Director. There he managed scientists and engineers doing research and develop in wireless communications, novel sensors and their integration, organic spintronics, and combinatorial processing. In 2006, he joined the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute as a Professor in the Dept. of Material Science and Engineering.

Research Interests

  • Plasma Science
  • Ceramic Materials
  • Electronic Materials
  • High Voltage Engineering and Dielectric Phenomena
  • Materials Processing


  • Allan Berman Research Publication Award, 2004, 2005
  • NRL Edison Patent Award


Douglas Chrisey

Materials Research Center, Room 112
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
110 8th Street
Troy, New York 12180

Office: (518) 276-3303
Fax: (518) 276-8554