Christopher Lyons
Christopher T. Lyons, Ph.D.
Scientist
Polymer Science & Materials Chemistry
  • Menlo Park

Dr. Lyons is a synthetic chemist with expertise in the areas of surface chemistry, gas adsorption, and synthetic inorganic chemistry and spectroscopy. His Ph.D. research included the synthesis and characterization of functionalized mesoporous materials for carbon dioxide capture, as well as the study of bio-inspired coordination complexes with redox active ligands. Dr. Lyons is well versed in a variety of techniques for the design, surface functionalization, and characterization of materials, including X-ray methods (XPS and XRF), elemental analysis, thermal analysis (TGA and DSC), and sol-gel synthesis.

Additionally, he has extensive experience synthesizing and characterizing coordination complexes using a variety of spectroscopic (UV-Vis, FTIR, near-IR, XAS), electrochemical (cyclic voltammetry), and theoretical (density functional theory) methods. Through his prior role as a lab safety coordinator and his training as a synthetic chemist, Dr. Lyons is experienced in the safe manipulation and disposal of reactive and air-sensitive materials, and chemical waste.

Before joining Exponent, Dr. Lyons was a fellow at the Center for Molecular Analysis and Design in the Department of Chemistry at Stanford University. He also participated in a multi-department collaboration on carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) research as part of Stanford’s Global Climate and Energy Project.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • B.S., Professional Chemistry, California State University, Chico, 2009,
  • Ph.D., Chemistry, Stanford University, 2016
  • Stanford University Center for Molecular Analysis and Design Fellow, 2013–2015

    Outstanding Graduating Senior, Department of Chemistry California State University, Chico, May 2009

    Outstanding Achievement in Inorganic Chemistry, California State University, Chico, May 2008

    Outstanding Achievement in Physical Chemistry, California State University, Chico, May 2008

    Outstanding Achievement in Organic Chemistry, California State University, Chico, May 2007

Publications

Lyons CT, Stack TDP. Recent advances in phenoxyl radical complexes of salen-type ligands as mixed-valent galactose oxidase models. Coordination Chemistry Reviews 2013; 257:528.

Pratt RC, Lyons CT, Wasinger EC, Stack TDP. Electrochemical and spectroscopic effects of mixed substituents in bis(phenolate)-copper (ii) galactose oxidase model complexes. Journal of the American Chemical Society 2012; 134:7367.

Citek C, Lyons CT, Wasinger EC, Stack TDP. Self-assembly of the oxy-tyrosinase core and the fundamental components of phenolic hydroxylation. Nature Chemistry 2012; 4:317.

Herres-Pawlis S, Verma P, Haase R, Lyons CT, Wasinger EC, Flörke U, Henkel G, Stack TDP. Phenolate hydroxylation in a bis(μ-oxo)dicopper(iii) complex: Lessons from the guanidine/amine series. Journal of the American Chemical Society 2009; 131:1154.

Presentations

Lyons CT. Thermodynamics and kinetics of CO2 capture on amine-functionalized mesoporous solids. Gordon Research Conference Poster, Carbon Capture and Sequestration, May 2015.

Lyons CT. Thermodynamics of CO2 capture on amine functionalized mesoporous solids. Invited Lecture, California State University, Chico Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, April 2015.

Professional Affiliations

American Chemical Society (member)

Materials Research Society (member)

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • B.S., Professional Chemistry, California State University, Chico, 2009,
  • Ph.D., Chemistry, Stanford University, 2016
  • Stanford University Center for Molecular Analysis and Design Fellow, 2013–2015

    Outstanding Graduating Senior, Department of Chemistry California State University, Chico, May 2009

    Outstanding Achievement in Inorganic Chemistry, California State University, Chico, May 2008

    Outstanding Achievement in Physical Chemistry, California State University, Chico, May 2008

    Outstanding Achievement in Organic Chemistry, California State University, Chico, May 2007