Daniel R. Talham, Ph.D., is a Professor in and Chair of the University of Florida’s Chemistry Department and works as a consultant for GreenTechnologies. He studies magnetic nanostructures and thin films, biomolecules at inorganic interfaces, and biomineralization. Professor Talham’s research interests continue in materials chemistry and materials surface chemistry. Current projects include the study of inorganic surfaces as biomaterials as well as inorganic networks for magnetism and light-switchable magnetism.
In 2013, he was awarded a University of Florida Research Foundation Professorship. In 1985, Dr. Talham earned his doctorate from John Hopkins University. After graduate school, he accepted a postdoctoral fellowship at Oxford University to study superconductivity and magnetism in the laboratory of Prof. Peter Day. His postdoctoral studies in Europe also included six months at the Université Paris-Sud, Laboratoire de Physiques des Solides. In 1987, Dr. Talham moved to a postdoctoral position at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology studying molecule and polymer modified microelectrodes.
Professor Talham began his appointment at the University of Florida in 1989, and he was promoted to Full Professor in 2000. In 2002, he was named Gibson Professor, and in 2006 he was appointed Chair of the Department of Chemistry by the Dean of the College, a position he held for two terms until 2012. He has published 175 articles in peer-reviewed literature, and has mentored 25 Ph.D. theses. Additionally, he heads a research group that uses its understanding of surfaces and interfaces to advance three different materials chemistry and biomaterials chemistry projects.