Professor Minton
Professor - Courtesy Appointment in Chemistry

Curriculum Vitae (CV) 

Office: AERO 371
Lab: AERO N140



PhD, Physical Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley, 1986
BS, Chemistry, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 1980

Areas of Expertise

Fluids, Structures and Materials

Awards (selected)

  • 2017     Visiting Foreign Scholar, Dipartimento di Chimica, Biologia e Biotecnologie, University of Perugia, Italy
  • 2016     Selected by the International Advisory Committee of the 30th International Symposium on Rarefied Gas Dynamics to present the 12th Lloyd Thomas Keynote Lecture
  • 2015     Elected as a Fellow of the American Physical Society
  • 2012     Elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • 2010     Elected as a Fellow of the American Chemical Society
  • 2002     Air Force Research Laboratory, In-House Project of the Quarter: “Space-Survivable Polymers Containing Polyhedral Oligomeric Silsesquioxanes (POSS)”
  • 2002     Charles & Nora Wiley Award for Meritorious Research (Montana St. Univ.)
  • 1996     Montana St. Univ. Alumni/Bozeman Chamber of Commerce Excellence Award
  • 1995     NASA Monetary Award for the creative development of a technological contribution, “Semiconductor Etching by Hyperthermal Neutral Beams.”
  • 1976 – 1980     Aurora (Illinois) Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship 

Gas-phase and gas-surface reaction dynamics.  Shock layer chemistry and physics in hypersonic flows.  Degradation and ablation of materials in low-Earth-orbital and atmospheric-entry environments.  Gas-surface energy transfer relevant to satellite drag.  Hypervelocity gas sampling in rarefied atmospheres.  Reactions in rocket exhaust plumes.  Structure, reactivity, and transport at gas-liquid interfaces.