Douglas L. Gin

Doug GinProfessor of Chemical and Biological Engineering
Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry
(303) 492-7640 (ChBE) ECCH 138
(303) 735-1107 (CHEM)
Curriculum Vitae
Gin Research Group


B.S. (Honors) in Chemistry, University of British Columbia. May 1988
Ph.D. in Chemistry, California Institute of Technology. June 1993


  • ACS PMSE Fellow (2011)
  • CU-Boulder College of Engineering Faculty Research Award (2008)
  • CU-Boulder Inventor of the Year (2007)
  • Boulder Faculty Assembly Excellence in Research, Scholarly and Creative Work Award (2007)
  • American Chemical Society Colorado Section Award (2006)
  • CU Boulder Residence Life Teaching Excellence Award (2002)
  • ACS PMSE/YCC Young Contributor to Polymer Materials Science (1999)
  • Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Research Fellow (1999-2001)
  • Research Corporation Cottrell Teaching/Scholar Award (1997)
  • National Science Foundation CAREER Award (1996-2001)
  • 3M Nontenured Faculty Award (1996-2000)

Selected Publications

  • Hatakeyama, E. S.; Wiesenauer, B. R.; Gabriel, C. J.; Noble, R. D.; Gin, D. L.* “Nanoporous, Bicontinuous Cubic Lyotropic Liquid Crystal Networks via Polymerizable Gemini Ammonium Surfactants,” Chem. Mater. 2010, 22 (16), 4525–4527.
  • Smith G. D.;* Borodin, O.; Magda, J. J.; Boyd, R. H.; Wang, Y. S.; Bara, J. E.; Miller, S.; Gin, D. L.; Noble, R. D. “A Comparison of Fluoroalkyl-derivatized Imidazolium:TFSI and Alkyl-derivatized Imidazolium:TFSI Ionic Liquids: A Molecular Dynamics Simulation Study,” Chem. Phys. Phys. Chem. 2010, 12 (26), 7064–7076.
  • Carlisle, T. K.; Bara, J. E.; LaFrate, A. L.; Gin, D. L.;* Noble, R. D.* “Main-chain Imidazolium Polymer Membranes for CO2 Separations: An Initial Study of a New Ionic Liquid-inspired Platform,” J. Membr. Sci. 2010, 359 (1–2), 37–43.
  • Hudiono, Y. C.; Carlisle, T. K.; Bara, J. E.; Zhang, Y.; Gin, D. L.;* Noble, R. D.* A Three- Component Mixed-Matrix Membrane with Enhanced CO2 Separation Properties Based on Zeolites and Ionic Liquid Materials,” J. Membr. Sci. 2010, 350 (1–2), 117–123.
  • Liang, X.; Lu, X.; Yu, Miao; Cavanagh, A. S.; Gin, D. L.; Weimer, A. W.* “Modification of Nanoporous Supported Lyotropic Liquid Crystal Polymer Membranes by Atomic Layer Deposition,” J. Membr. Sci. 2010, 349, 1–5.
  • Bara, J. E.;* Camper, D. E.; Gin, D. L.; Noble, R. D.* “Room-temperature Ionic Liquids and Composite Materials: Platform Technologies for CO2 Capture,” Acc. Chem. Res. 2010, 43 (1), 152–159. (invited peer-reviewed review article)
  • Kerr, R. L.; Miller, S. A.; Shoemaker, R. K.; Elliott, B. J.;* Gin, D. L.* “New Type of Li Ion Conductor with 3D Interconnected Nanochannels via Polymerization of a Liquid Organic Electrolyte-Filled Lyotropic Liquid-Crystal Assembly,” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2009, 131 (44), 15972–15973.
  • LaFrate, A. L.; Bara, J. E.; Gin, D. L.;* Noble, R. D.* “Synthesis of Diol-functionalized Imidazolium-based Room-temperature Ionic Liquids with Bis(trifluoromethanesulfonimide) Anions that Exhibit Switchable Water Miscibility,” Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. 2009, 48 (18), 8757–8759.
  • Voss, B. A.; Bara, J. E.; Gin, D. L.;* Noble, R. D.* “Physically Gelled Supported Ionic Liquid Membranes with Enhanced CO2 Gas Transport,” in Chem. Mater. 2009, 21 (14), 3027–3029.
  • Bara, J. E.; Gin, D. L.; Noble, R. D.* “Effect of “Free” Cation Substituent on Gas Separation Performance of Polymer–Room-temperature Ionic Liquid Composite Membranes,” Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. 2009, 48 (9), 4607–4610.
  • Bara, J. E.; Carlisle, T. K.; Gabriel, C. J.; Camper, D.; Finotello, A.; Gin, D. L.;* Noble, R. D.* “A Guide to CO2 Separations in Imidazolium-based Room-temperature Ionic Liquids,” Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. 2009, 48, 2739–2751.
  • Hatakeyama, E. S.; Ju, H.; Gabriel, C. J.; Lohr, J. L.; Bara, J. E.; Noble, R. D.; Freeman, B. D.;* Gin, D. L.* “New Protein-resistant Coatings for Water Filtration Membranes Based on Quaternary Ammonium and Phosphonium Polymers,” J. Membr. Sci. 2009, 330, 104–116.

Research Interests

Functional Nanostructured Polymer Materials Based on Liquid Crystal Building Blocks:
Functional liquid crystal monomer design; nanostructured polymer networks via monomer self-assembly; physical organic chemistry and materials science of nanostructured systems

New Ionic Materials and Polyelectrolyte Architectures Based on Room-Temperature Ionic Liquids (RTILs):
Design of RTILs with new functional properties; new ionic polymers and composites based on RTILs; new RTIL-based lyotropic LCs and LC systems; gas separation and transport studies of new RTIL-based materials