Department Faculty

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Scott R. J. Oliver
  • Title
    • Professor
    • X-ray Facility Director
    • Faculty Undergraduate Adviser
  • Division Physical & Biological Sciences Division
  • Department
    • Chemistry & Biochemistry Department
  • Phone
    831-459-5448 (Office), 831-459-4225 (Lab)
  • Email
  • Fax
  • Website
  • Office Location
    • Physical Sciences Building, 258
    • Physical Sciences Bldg 258 (Office)
    • Physical Sciences Bldg 253 (Lab)
  • Office Hours 2015-16: 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

Selected Publications

  • Most recent; for a complete list, see:

    86.          Ian R. Colinas, Kenneth K. Inglis, Frédéric Blanc and Scott R. J. Oliver, “Anion exchange dynamics in the capture of perchlorate by a cationic Ag-based MOF”, Dalton Transactions, 2017, 46, 5320-5325.

    85.          Guiyang Zhang, Guangfeng Wei, Zhipan Liu, Scott R. J. Oliver* and Honghan Fei*, “A Robust Sulfonate-Based Metal−Organic Framework with Permanent Porosity for Efficient CO2 Capture and Conversion”, Chemistry of Materials, 2016, 28, 6276-6281.

    84.          Ian R. Colinas, Rachel C. Silva and Scott R. J. Oliver, “Reversible, Selective Trapping of Perchlorate from Water in Record Capacity by a Cationic Metal–Organic Framework”, Environmental Science & Technology, 2016, 50, 1949-1954.

    83.          Jesse L. Hauser, Dat T. Tran, Edward T. Conley, John M. Saunders, Karen C. Bustillo and Scott R. J. Oliver, “Plasma Treatment of Silver Impregnated Mesoporous Aluminosilicate Nanoparticles for Adsorptive Desulfurization”, Chemistry of Materials, 2016, 28, 474-479.

    82.          Indranil Chakraborty, Samantha J. Carrington, Jesse Hauser, Scott R. J. Oliver, and Pradip K. Mascharak, “Rapid Eradication of Human Breast Cancer Cells through Trackable Light-Triggered CO Delivery by Mesoporous Silica Nanoparticles Packed with a Designed photoCORM”, Chemistry of Materials, 2015, 27, 8387-8397.  Cover article.

    81.          K. M. Sergo, C. S. Han, M. R. Bresler, S. C. Citrak, Y. Abdollahian, H. Fei, S. R. J. Oliver, “Erbium Hydroxide Ethanedisulfonate: A Cationic Layered Material with Organic Anion Exchange Capability”, Inorganic Chemistry, 2015, 54, 3883-3888.

    80.          B. E. Conn, A. Desireddy, A. Atnagulov, S. Wickramasinghe, B. Bhattarai, B. Yoon, R. N. Barnett, Y. Abdollahian, Y. Wah Kim, W. P. Griffith, S. R. J. Oliver, U. Landman, T. P. Bigioni, “M4Ag44(p-MBA)30 Molecular Nanoparticles”, J. Phys. Chem. C, 2015, 119, 11238-11249.

Teaching Interests

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