Roster | Ellen R. Fisher

Ellen R. Fisher

Director (2016-2017)
Colorado State University
Department of Chemistry
1872 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1872
Tel. 970-491-5250
ELLEN R. FISHER is a Professor of Analytical, Physical, and Materials Chemistry at Colorado State University (CSU) and was recently named the founding director of the School of Advanced Materials Discovery at CSU.  She received a B.S. in chemistry and mathematics from Texas Lutheran University (formerly College) in 1986 (summa cum laude) and a Ph.D. in physical-analytical chemistry from the University of Utah in 1991, where she performed research under the direction of Prof. Peter Armentrout on gas-phase ion molecule chemistry related to plasmas used in semiconductor manufacturing. After two years as a postdoctoral member of the technical staff at Sandia National Labs in Albuquerque, she joined the faculty at CSU in 1993. Ellen has published over 140 original peer-reviewed articles that span diverse topics in the molecular-level understanding of the chemistry of vapor deposition processes, plasma deposition, and modification of materials, etching, radical-surface interactions, laser spectroscopy, optical diagnostics of plasmas, nanostructured materials, chemistry education and the responsible conduct of research. Additional areas in her group include plasma catalytic removal of atmospheric pollutants, plasma processing of photovoltaic materials, 3D biomaterials, and nanstructured composite materials. An overarching goal of all of her work is developing fundamental understanding of the molecular level chemistry occurring in very complex  systems, with a specific focus on understanding interfacial processes. She has graduated 15 Ph.D. and 4 M.S. students, the majority of whom are currently employed in the microelectronics sector or in materials development. Since 1993, Ellen has mentored 40 undergraduate research students. For her efforts in research and teaching she was named an Office of Naval Research Young Investigator (1995-1998) and a Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar (1998-2003); she has also received numerous awards from CSU, including the Jack E. Cermak Outstanding  Graduate Advisor Award, the Natural Sciences Award for Mentoring Undergraduate Research, and the Hazaleus Award for Empowering Women. For her outstanding efforts and excellence in research, teaching and service, the College of Natural Sciences at CSU has named her Professor Laureate (2009) and she received the University’s highest award for research, the Scholarship Impact Award (2010).  Ellen is a Fellow of AVS (2005), a Fellow of the AAAS (2011), is a Fellow of the American Chemical Society (2015) and a member of the Materials Research Society.  She has served on the editorial boards of several technical journals including the Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology, ACS-Applied Materials and Interfaces (ACS-AMI), and Plasma Processes and Polymers. She is currently an Executive Editor of ACS-Applied Materials & Interfaces. Within AVS, she has served as a Trustee (2013-2015) and within the Plasma Science and Technology Division she was on the executive committee (1998-2003) as both the Student Affairs Coordinator (1998-2001) and Chair (2003), and has been active in promoting diversity within the plasma community.