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Nanotechnology Innovation Center of Kansas State

Chris Sorensen

Chris SorensenCortelyou-Rust University Distinguished Professor
University Distinguished Teaching Scholar


B.S. Physics, University of Nebraska, 1969
M.S., 1973
Ph.D., 1977 Physics, University of Colorado.




Experimental studies of aggregation and gelation kinetics in aerosols and colloids, typically using static and dynamic light scattering. Studies of the resulting fractal morphologies and the effects of these morphologies on the light scattering and transport properties. Synthesis of nanoparticles.

Major equipment

Static and dynamic light scattering apparatus.


"Light Scattering from Fractal Aggregates. A Review," C.M. Sorensen, Aerosol Sci. Tech. 35, 648-687 (2001).

"Patterns in Mie Scattering: Evolution when Normalized by the Rayleigh Cross Section," M.J. Berg, C.M. Sorensen, and A. Chakrabarti, Applied Optics 44, 7487-7493 (2005).

"Gold Nanoparticle Superlattices," B. L. V. Prasad, C. M. Sorensen and K. J. Klabunde, Chem. Soc. Rev. 37, 1871-1883 (2008).

"The Sol to Gel Transition in Irreversible Particulate Systems," C. M. Sorensen and A. Chakrabarti, Soft Matter, 7, 2284–2296 (2011).

"The Mobility of Fractal Aggregates: A Review" C. M. Sorensen, Aerosol Sci. & Tech., 45:755–769 (2011).

“Highly Oxidized Graphene Nanosheets from the Oxidization of Detonation Carbon”,  A. Nepal, G. Chiu, J. Xie, G. P. Singh, N. Ploscariu, S. Klankowski, T. Sung, J. Li, B. N. Flanders, K. L. Hohn, and C. M. Sorensen*, Applied Physics A 120, 543- 549 (2015).

“Divine Proportion Shape Invariance of Diffusion Limited Cluster-Cluster Aggregates", W. R. Heinson, A. Chakrabarti and C. M. Sorensen*, Aerosol Science and Technology 46, 786-792 (2015).

“A New Parameter to Describe the Transition of Light Scattering from the Rayleigh-Debye-Gans Limit”, William R. Heinson, Amitabha Chakrabarti and Christopher M. Sorensen*, Opt. Commun., 356, 612-615 (2015).

“A Light-Scattering Study of the Scattering Matrix Elements of Arizona Road Dust”,Yuli Wang, Amitabha Chakrabarti, Christopher M. Sorensen*, Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer 163, 72-79 (2015).

“The Effect of the Imaginary Part of the Refractive Index on Light Scattering by Spheres”, G. Wang, A. Chakrabarti and C. M. Sorensen*, J. Opt. Soc. Am.  A32, 1231- 1235 (2015).

“The Effects of Monomer Size Distribution on the Radiative Properties of Black Carbon Aggregates”, Chao Liu*, Yan Yin, Fangchao Hu, Hongchun Jin & Christopher M. Sorensen, Aerosol Science and Technology, 49, 928-940, (2015); DOI: 10.1080/02786826.2015.1085953.

Not refereed: “Highlights of the Faraday Discussion on Nanoparticle Synthesis and Assembly, Argonne, USA, April 2015”, Xiao-Min Lin, Yugang Sun, Elena V. Shevchenko, Subramanian K. R. S. Sankaranarayanan, Daniela John, Igor Fedin, Fernando Bresme, Helmuth Mohwald, Philip Moriarty, Christopher M. Sorensen and Bruce M. Law, Chem. Commun., 2015, 00, 1-6; DOI: 10.1039/c5cc90369f.

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