Andrew Shreve


Phone: 505-277-4939

Physical Address

Room 2053
Centennial Engineering Center

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Regents' Professor

Chemical and Biological Engineering

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Ph.D., 1991, Cornell University, Physical Chemistry (Theoretical Chemistry minor).

M.S., 1986, Cornell University; Physical Chemistry, Theoretical Chemistry minor.

B.S., 1983, West Virginia Wesleyan College; Chemistry major, Mathematics minor.


Andrew P. Shreve, Ph.D. is Director of the Center for Biomedical Engineering and a Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of New Mexico. He received a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry (1991) from Cornell University, where his research included the study of ultrafast energy transfer processes in photosynthetic proteins and nonlinear optical molecular spectroscopy. His professional experience includes a National Institutes of Health Postdoctoral Fellowship (1991-1994) in the Department of Chemistry at the University of California at Berkeley, where he examined the spectroscopy of light-activated proteins, including photosynthetic reaction centers, rhodopsin and bacteriorhodopsin. He then received a J. Robert Oppenheimer Fellowship (1994-1997) in the Chemical Science and Technology Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), where he developed time-resolved and nonlinear spectroscopic methods for the study of charge transfer systems, proteins, and self-assembled thin-film materials. He remained at LANL for eighteen years, serving in various scientific and leadership positions, most recently as leader for the Biomolecular Materials, Spectroscopy and Imaging team and leader of the Soft, Biological and Composite Nanomaterials scientific theme area within the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT), a Department of Energy (DOE) Nanoscience Research Center jointly operated by Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories. In the past, he also served extended periods as interim co-Director and as interim Chief Scientist of CINT. Shreve moved from Los Alamos to the University of New Mexico in January 2012. His current research interests include studies of self-assembly, biological assembly and photophysical behavior of electronic and optical materials, development of patterned functional thin-film materials through self-assembly processes, self-trapping and energy localization in transition-metal based charge transfer materials, study of energy and electron transfer processes, development of biological sensing and imaging technologies, and development of spectroscopic and optical instrumentation. Recent professional activities include service on National Institutes of Health study sections; service on DOE Office of Science proposal review panels; chair of LANL’s Directed Research and Development (LDRD) Scientific Advisory Panel in Materials Science and member of the LDRD Directed Research Strategy Team; service on the Executive Advisory Committee for the Center for Nonlinear Studies at Los Alamos; service on the External Advisory Committee of the Nanobio Interfaces Center at the University of Pennsylvania; co- organizer of technical symposia on nanoscale characterization methods and on bio-inspired materials for the Materials Research Society; and member of the Impact of Materials on Society Subcommittee of the Materials Research Society. Shreve was the recipient of the Los Alamos National Laboratory Fellow’s prize for scientific leadership in 2008, and received the Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Distinguished Patent Award in 2011.

Research Interests

  • Development and applications of thin-film nanostructured self-assembled materials and biomimetic membrane architectures; Self-assembled materials; Bio-inspired materials; Materials for alternative energy applications; Biosensor technology; Spectroscopic studies of protein structure and dynamics; Applications of spectroscopic techniques to the study of electron and energy transfer processes in biology, chemistry, and materials science; Theory of electron and energy transfer; Experimental and theoretical development of time-resolved and nonlinear spectroscopies, optical imaging methods, surface-specific spectroscopies, and Raman spectroscopies.

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