University of California, Riverside

Bourns College of Engineering

Phillip Christopher

Faculty Profile

Faculty Profile

Phillip Christopher

Assistant Professor of Chemical and Environmental Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering

Ph.D. Chemical Engineering
University of Michigan, 2011

Bourns Hall B363
University of California, Riverside
Riverside, CA 92521

Telephone: 951-827-7959
Fax: 951-827-5696
Lab Group


Phillip Christopher is an assistant professor in the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering and the Materials Science and Engineering Program. Prior to arriving at UCR he received his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Michigan, where his research focused on the design and synthesis of nanostructured silver catalysts for heterogeneous catalytic and photocatalytic oxidation reactions.


  • Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, University of Michigan, 2011
  • M.S., Chemical Engineering, University of Michigan, 2008
  • B.S., Chemical Engineering, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2006


  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers
  • American Chemical Society
  • American Society for Engineering Education

Research Topics

Heterogeneous catalysis, photocatalysis, electrocatalysis, nanomaterials synthesis, solar energy conversion, molecular modeling. The development of catalytic chemical conversion processes that are environmentally friendly and approach 100 percent efficiency in the conversion of natural resources to desired products is necessary to mitigate diminishing fossil resources and growing concerns of global warming. In addition, the development of alternative feedstocks (e.g., solar fuels and biomass instead of oil) requires the design of new catalysts that can perform complex chemistries with high efficiency. Our research effort utilizes a cross-disciplinary approach combining fundamentals across disciplines of chemical reaction engineering, solid-state physics, advanced materials synthesis and physical chemistry to synthesize targeted materials that facilitate efficient chemical transformations and energy production.

Selected Publications

  • “Visible light enhanced catalytic oxidation reactions on plasmonic silver nanostructures,” P. Christopher, H. Xin, S. Linic, Nat. Chem., 3, 467, 2011.
  • “Overcoming limitation in the design of selective heterogeneous catalysts by manipulating shape and size of catalytic particles: Epoxidation reactions on silver,” S. Linic, P. Christopher, ChemCatChem, 2, 1061, 2010.
  • “Enhancing photo-chemical activity of semiconductor nanoparticles with optically active Ag nano-structures: Photo-chemistry mediated by Ag surface plasmons,” P. Christopher, D. B. Ingram, S. Linic, J. Phys. Chem. C, 114, 9173, 2010.
  • “Shape- and size-specific chemistry of Ag nanostructures in catalytic ethylene epoxidation,” P. Christopher, S. Linic, ChemCatChem, 2, 78, 2010.
  • “Engineering selectivity in heterogeneous catalysis: Ag nanowires as selective ethylene epoxidation catalysts,” P. Christopher, S. Linic, JACS, 130, 11264, 2008.

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General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

College Information

Bourns College of Engineering
446 Winston Chung Hall

Tel: (951) 827-5190
Fax: (951) 827-3188