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Lynden A. Archer

  • Lynden A. Archer
  • Dept: Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
  • Title: James A. Friend Family Distinguished Professor of Engineering
  • Address: 348 Olin Hall
  • Phone: 607 254-8825
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Lynden Archer joined the Cornell faculty in 2000. He was appointed director of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering in 2010. Since 2008 he has served as co-director of the KAUST-Cornell Center for Energy and Sustainability. 

His research focuses on transport properties of polymers and organic-inorganic hybrid materials. Archer is also interested in applications of hybrid materials for energy storage and carbon capture technologies. During the period 1993-94 he was a postdoctoral member of the technical staff at AT&T Bell Laboratories. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society and has been recognized with several awards, including the AICHE MAC Centennial Engineer Award, James & Mary Tien Excellence in Teaching Award, the National Science Foundation Early Career Award, and DuPont & 3M Young Professor Awards. He earned a B.S. in chemical engineering (polymer science) from the University of Southern California in 1989 and a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Stanford University in 1993.

Research Interests

Research in the Archer group focuses on the synthesis, science, and technological applications of polymers, complex fluids, and nanoscale organic-inorganic hybrid materials (NOHMs) for electrochemical energy storage.

Teaching Interests

Transport Phenomena & Fluid Mechanics


Selected Publications

Selected Awards and Honors

  • AIChE Nanoscale Science and Engineering Forum (NSEF) Award (AIChE) 2014
  • Merrill Presidential Scholar, Most Influential Faculty Member (Cornell University) 2014
  • Award for Special Creativity (National Science Foundation, DMR) 2013
  • James & Mary Tien Excellence in Teaching Award (Cornell University, College of Engineering) 2008
  • 10 Ideas that will Change the World - Batteries that Eat Carbon (Scientific American) 2016



  • BS (Chemical Engineering), University of Southern California, 1989
  • Ph D (Chemical Engineering), Stanford University, 1993