Mark E. Davis

Warren and Katharine Schlinger Professor of Chemical Engineering
Contact information for Mark E. Davis
Contact Method Value
Mail Code: MC 210-41
Office: 215 Spalding Laboratory
Phone: 626-395-4251
Email: mdavis@​
B.S., University of Kentucky, 1977; M.S., 1978; Ph.D., 1981. Professor, Caltech, 1991-93; Schlinger Professor, 1993-. Executive Officer for Chemical Engineering, 1999-2004.
Research Areas: Chemical Engineering

Research Interests

Synthesis of zeolites and molecular sieves; Synthesis of catalytic materials; Synthesis of biomaterials; Gene therapy

Assistant: Martha Hepworth

The central theme of the Mark E. Davis research group is the use of chemical engineering concepts (synthetic chemistry and analytical engineering problem solving) to answer important fundamental questions in the physical and life sciences.

Current research entails designs for the synthesis of inorganic and hybrid, organic-inorganic materials for catalysis and biocompatible materials for the delivery of macromolecular therapeutics.

Selected Awards

Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Chaired Professor of Chemical Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (1981-91). Dow Outstanding Young Faculty Award, ASEE (1985); Presidential Young Investigator Award, National Science Foundation (1985); Allan P. Colburn Award, American Institute of Chemical Engineers (1989); Donald Breck Award, International Zeolite Association (1989); Alan T. Waterman Award, National Science Foundation (1990); Ipatieff Prize, American Chemical Society (1992); Miles Distinguished Lectureship, University of Pittsburgh (1993); G. C. A. Schuit Lecture, University of Delaware (1993); Dexter F. Baker Distinguished Lectureship, Lehigh University (1994); Paul H. Emmett Award - North American Catalysis Society (1995); Cross Canada Lecture Tour, Catalysis Division, The Chemical Institute of Canada (1996); National Academy of Engineering (1997); H. Hottel Lectureship, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1997); Hollingsworth Lectureship in Engineering, University of Texas at Austin (1997); Margaret C. Etter Memorial Lectureship, University of Minnesota (1999); Engineering Hall of Distinction, University of Kentucky (1999); Julian C. Smith Lectureship in Chemical Engineering, Cornell University (1999); Langmuir Lecture, American Chemical Society (1999); Professional Progress Award, AIChE (1999); Joe Smith Distinguished Lectureship, University of California, Davis (1999); David Mason Lecture, Stanford University (2000); Patten Distinguished Lecture, University of Colorado, Boulder (2002); Berkeley Lectures, University of California, Berkeley (2002); Reilly Lectureship, University of Notre Dame (2002); Kelly Lectureship, Purdue University (2002); Distinguished Research Lectureship, Carnegie-Mellon University (2002); Yale Enginering Sesquicentennial Distinguished Lecturer and Tetelman Fellow Faculty of Engineering, Yale University (2002); Tis Lahiri Memorial Seminar, Vanderbilt University (2004); Conoco Phillips Lectureship, Oklahoma State University (2004); American Chemical Society: E.V. Murphree Award (2005); Texas Distinguished Faculty Lecture, University of Texas (2005); National Academy of Sciences (2006)