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Christopher J. Kiely

Department: Materials Science and Engineering

Position: Harold B. Chambers Senior Professor

Address: Whitaker Lab 452
5 E. Packer Ave.
Bethlehem, PA 18015
(610) 758-4291

E-mail: chk5@lehigh.edu

Research: Google Scholar

Areas of Research

  • Catalysts
  • Catalysis and Nanoparticles
  • Structural and Chemical Characterization
  • Electron Microscopy
  • Aberration-Corrected Instruments
  • Materials Chemistry
  • Nanocharacterization


Dr. Kiely is interested in the application of advanced transmission electron microscopy techniques for the study of nanoscale features in materials. Specific areas of interest include catalyst materials, nanoparticle self-assembly, carbonaceous materials, and heteroepitaxial interfaces. Current microscopy technique development interests include Aberration-Corrected Analytical Electron Microscopy (AEM) and X-Ray Ultra-Microscopy (XuM). Dr. Kiely is a recognized leader in the area of catalyst material characterization. He is developing new aberration-corrected STEM imaging and spectroscopy techniques for the analysis of supported bimetallic and supported oxide catalysts. He has published more than 350 research papers and given numerous invited presentations throughout Europe and the United States.

Dr. Kiely is the director of Lehigh's Nanocharacterization Laboratory and of the summer Lehigh Microscopy Schools. He has developed national and international collaborative relationships with researchers at Lehigh University, Cardiff University, Liverpool University, University of Cadiz, Fritz-Haber Institute (Berlin), CNRS-Lyon, and Rice University.


  • Ph.D., Microstructural Physics, Bristol University
  • B.Sc., Chemical Physics, Bristol University