University of California, Riverside

Bourns College of Engineering

David Kisailus

Faculty Profile

Faculty Profile

David Kisailus

Professor of Chemical and Environmental Engineering and Winston Chung Endowed Professor in Energy Innovation
David Kisailus

Ph.D. Materials Science and Engineering
University of California, Santa Barbara, 2002

Bourns Hall B357
University of California, Riverside
Riverside, CA 92521

Telephone: 951-827-2260
Facsimile: 951-827-5696

Former Institutions: None


David Kisailus is an associate professor in the department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering and Winston Chung Endowed Professor in Energy Innovation at the University of California, Riverside, where he leads the Biomimetics and Nanostructured Materials Lab. His background and formal training includes chemical engineering, materials science and molecular biology. Thus, his research truly encompasses nanomaterials and biomaterials. Based on these interests, he has written or co-authored more than 35 papers and patents in the areas of bio-mimetics, bio-inspired materials synthesis, ceramic processing, thin film growth, nano and energy-based materials (fuel cells, batteries). Prior to joining UCR, his research at HRL Laboratories included conceiving synthetic strategies for the Hydrogen Fuel Cell Program. He has investigated the synthesis and self-assembly of nanoscaled materials from bio-inspired and bio-mimetic platforms. Prior to HRL, Professor Kisailus was a post-doctoral researcher at UC Santa Barbara, where he investigated biological pathways to novel materials and extended this to bio-mimetic and inspired systems. He received his Ph.D. from the Department of Materials at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2002, where he developed novel solution routes to epitaxial thin films and nanocrystals of GaN. Prior to this, he received his M.S. from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Florida in 2000, where he synthesized ceramic colloids and investigated densification behavior of glass-ceramic composites.


  • Ph.D. Materials 2002 UCSB
  • M.S. Materials Science & Engineering 1999 University of Florida
  • B.S. Chemical Engineering 1993 Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA


  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • American Ceramic Society
  • American Chemical Society
  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers
  • Materials Research Society

Research Areas

Bio-mimetics, Bio-inspired Materials Synthesis, Biomineralization, Ceramic Processing, Thin Film Growth, Nanomaterials, Energy Storage and Conversion Materials (Photocatalysts, Batteries). In order to design and synthesize nano-scaled materials with desired properties, an understanding of the interfacial phenomena controlling nucleation and growth is necessary. By developing these tools, proper control may be exerted to derive novel materials with the proper structure-function relationship; to this end, Nature provides innumerable examples of optimizing a limited number of materials to maximize performance. Through extensive experience with the study of biological systems, the Kisailus Biomimetics and Nanostructured Materials Lab provides a deeper understanding of synthetic control variables can lead to novel materials through biological -inspiration, -mimetics, and –mediation. Recent research includes: biological catalytic synthesis of semiconducting materials, structure-functional analyses and biomimetic demonstration of impact and abrasion resistant materials, solution phase precursor synthesis of ceramic and semiconducting materials for photocatalytic membranes, nanoparticle synthesis and self-assembly.

Selected Publications

  • Urease Mediated, Room Temperature Synthesis of Nano-crystalline Titanium Dioxide, J. Johnson, N. Kinsinger, C. Sun, D. Li, D. Kisailus*, J. Am. Chem. Soc., (in press).

  • The Stomatopod Dactyl Club: A Formidable Damage-Tolerant Biological Hammer, J. Weaver, G. Milliron, A. Miserez, K. Evans-Lutterodt, S. Herrera, I. Gallana, W. Mershon, B. Swanson, P. Zavattieri, E. DiMasi, D. Kisailus*, Science, 336 (2012) 1275-1280.

  • Crystal Growth of Li[Ni1/3Co1/3Mn1/3]O2 as a Cathode Material for High-Performance Lithium Ion Batteries, J. Zhu, T. Vo, D. Li, N. Kinsinger, L. Xiong, Y. Yan, D. Kisailus*, Crystal Growth and Design, 12 (3) (2012) 1118-1123.

  • Photocatalytic Titanium Dioxide Composite, N. Kinsinger, A. Tantuccio, Minwei Sun, Yushan Yan, D. Kisailus*, J. Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, 11 (8) (2011) 7015-7021.

  • Hierarchically Ordered Macro-Mesoporous TiO2-Graphene Composite Films: Improved Mass Transfer, Reduced Charge Recombination, and Their Enhanced Photocatalytic Activities, J. Du, X. Lai, N. Yang, J. Zhai, D. Kisailus, F. Su, D. Wang, L. Jiang, ACS Nano, v.5 (1) (2011) 590-596.

  • Nucleation and crystal growth of nanocrystalline anatase and rutile phase TiO2 from a water soluble precursor, N. Kinsinger, A. Wong, D. Li, F. Villalobos, D. Kisailus, Crystal Growth and Design, v.10 (12) (2010) 5254-5261.

  • Analysis of an ultra hard magnetic biomineral in chiton radular teeth, J. Weaver, QQ. Wang, A. Miserez, A. Tantuccio, R. Stromberg, KN. Bozhilov, P. Maxwell, R. Nay, ST. Heier, E. DiMasi, D. Kisailus*, Materials Today, 13 (2010) 42-52.

  • Microstructural and Biochemical Characterization of the Nano-porous Sucker Rings from Dosidicus gigas, A. Miserez, J. Weaver, P.B. Pedersen, T. Schneeberk, R.T. Hanlon, D. Kisailus*, H. Birkedal*, Adv. Mat., 21, (2009) 1-6.

  • Kinetically Controlled Catalytic Formation of Zinc Oxide Thin Films at Low Temperature, D. Kisailus* et al., J. Am. Chem. Soc., 128 (2006) 10276-10280.

  • Enzymatic Synthesis and Nanostructural Control of Gallium Oxide at Low Temperature, D. Kisailus* et al., Adv. Mat., 17 (3), (2005), pp.314-318.

  • Biocatalytically Templated Synthesis of Titanium Dioxide, J. Sumerel, W. Yang, D. Kisailus*, J. Weaver, J. Choi, and D. Morse, Chem. Mater., 15 (25), (2003) 4804-4809.

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