Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Bioengineering
College of Earth and Mineral Sciences
Phone number(s): 
(814) 863-6047
Office Address: 
205 Steidle Building

Dr. Adair received his B.S. in Chemistry and M.S. and Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering, all from the University of Florida. From 1981-1982, he was a Fulbright Post-doctoral Fellow at the University of Western Australia in the Department of Soil Science and Plant Nutrition and the Royal Perth Hospital where he studied the biophysical chemistry origin of pathological biomineralization including human kidney stone disease. Dr. Adair was a faculty member from 1990 to 1997 at the University of Florida. He has also held research positions at Battelle Memorial Institute, Columbus, Ohio and the Materials Research Laboratory at Penn State.

Dr. Adair is a Fellow in both the American Ceramic Society and the World Academy of Ceramics, American Chemical Society, Materials Research Society, Sigma Xi, and the New York Academy of Sciences. He was elected as an Academician in the Science Division of the World Academy of Ceramics in 2005. He is past Chair of the Basic Science Division of the American Ceramic Society and has served in various capacities in the American Ceramic Society at both the local and national level. He was named one of the International Men of Achievement in 1996. Dr. Adair has also received recognition for his inventions by Battelle Memorial Institute, Cabot Corporation, the University of Florida, and The Pennsylvania State University.

PSIEE Research Theme: 
Smart Energy Systems
Research Summary: 

Nanoscale materials and phenomena; electronic, optical and structural property determinations for designer particles and materials; colloid and interfacial chemistry; material synthesis and chemistry; and powder characterization and powder processing. Also focuses on manipulating and processing nanoscale particulates for drug and bioimaging applications as well as producing bulk nanograin materials and devices aimed at reducing the scale of surgical instruments.