Carl Tripp

Carl TrippProfessor of Chemistry

Department: Chemistry

Appointments:  Professor, Laboratory for Surface Science and Technology
Director, Laboratory for Surface Science and Technology

Address:  5708 ESRB-Barrows, Room 241
Telephone: 207.581.2235
Email: ctripp “at”

Education: 1988, Ph.D., Ottawa

Dr. Tripp started his academic career as Associate Professor of Chemistry and member of the Laboratory for Surface Science and Technology (LASST) in the summer of 1998 after spending 12 years in industry at the Xerox Research Centre of Canada and Bomem Inc.  He is also President and Co-founder of Orono Spectral Solutions  Inc. {OSS}

General Area of Expertise:
Surface Chemistry, Material Chemistry, and Infrared/Raman Spectroscopy

Summary of focus area(s) for research and/or activities:

  • Materials and sampling methods for optical based sensors
  • Layer-by-layer deposition
  • Sol-gel synthesis of nanostructured metal oxides
  • Biomembranes
  • Surfactant/polyelectrolyte adsorption on pigments
  • Surface reactions in supercritical fluids
  • Particle-particle interactions
  • Electroluminescent  and solar cell devices

Recent Publications:

S. Owusu-Nkwantabisah, M. Gammana, C. P. Tripp, Dynamics of Layer-by-Layer Growth of a Polyelectrolyte Multi layer Studied in Situ Using Attenuated Total Reflectance Infrared Spectroscopy. Langmuir 30, (39), 11696-11703.

R. E. Kalan, S. Yaparatne, A. Amirbahman, C. P Tripp, Magnetic Particles with Photocatalytic Decomposition Rates Equal to P25 TiO2, Applied Catalysis B: Environmental (submitted)

S. Owusu-Nkwantabisaha, C. P. Tripp, Using an Electric Field to Control the Layer by layer Growth of Polyelectrolyte Multilayers, Langmuir (submitted)

C. Chen and C. P. Tripp, Molecular and Dynamic Study of the Interaction of Anionic Surfactants with Liposomes, Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces 105 173– 179 (2013)

R. Chattopadhay , D.W. Bousfield, and C. P. Tripp, “ATR-IR spectroscopy for dynamically measuring the effect of drying on binder migration”, Proc. 12th TAPPI Advanced Coating Fundamentals Symposium, 239-249 (2012)



Updated: November 2015