Christopher Lyons
Christopher T. Lyons, Ph.D.
Senior Scientist
Polymer Science & Materials Chemistry
Natick

Dr. Lyons specializes in chemical analysis and characterization of molecular systems and polymeric materials, including adhesives, elastomers, and rigid plastics, with emphasis on how materials incompatibility can influence device failure. He has experience in polymer fractography and how chemical mechanisms lead to polymer fracture, and has assisted clients on both proactive and litigation projects in a variety of industries, including consumer electronics, medical device, automotive, and construction.

Dr. Lyons is well versed in a variety of characterization techniques including Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, micro-FTIR spectroscopy and mapping, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM), as well as numerous thermal and spectroscopic characterization methods. In addition, he also has experience with polymer mechanical testing and failure recreation.

Before joining exponent, Dr. Lyons received his Ph.D. in chemistry from Stanford University where he was a fellow in the Center for Molecular Analysis and Design and participated in a multi-department collaboration on carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) research as part of Stanford’s Global Climate and Energy Project. His research at Stanford included the design and synthesis of porous materials for carbon dioxide capture, as well as the synthesis and characterization of bio-inspired coordination complexes with redox active ligands.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • B.S., Professional Chemistry, California State University, Chico, 2009,
  • Ph.D., Chemistry, Stanford University, 2016
  • Myer Ezrin Best Paper Award for the Failure Analysis & Prevention Special Interest Group, ANTEC, 2017.

    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, Ansari F, Siskey R, Donthu S, MacLean S. Mechanical Characterization and Fractography of PC, ABS & PMMA: A Comparison of Tensile, Impact & ESC Fracture Surfaces, ANTEC, Anaheim CA, 2017.

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, Ansari F, Siskey R, Donthu S, MacLean S. Environmental Stress Cracking (ESC) Failure of Amorphous Polymer Materials, Materials Science and Engineering Conference, Pittsburg PA, 2017.

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)

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CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • B.S., Professional Chemistry, California State University, Chico, 2009,
  • Ph.D., Chemistry, Stanford University, 2016
  • Myer Ezrin Best Paper Award for the Failure Analysis & Prevention Special Interest Group, ANTEC, 2017.

    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