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Gonzalo Campillo-Alvarado is an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Reed College in Portland, Oregon.

Gonzalo integrates knowledge of organic-, supramolecular-, reversible- and mechanochemistry, with emphasis on boron, to engineer crystalline organic materials with functional properties (e.g., conductivity, motion, porosity, photoactivity). His research has direct applications in electronics, petrochemistry, pharmaceutics, separation science, and solid-state reactivity.

Gonzalo holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Iowa (advisor: Prof. Leonard R. MacGillivray), and a M.Sc. in Chemistry from Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Morelos (México), as well as a B.Sc. in Biopharmaceutical Chemistry from Universidad Veracruzana (México).

Before his arrival at Reed College, Gonzalo was an Illinois Distinguished Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Gonzalo Campillo-Alvarado, Ph.D.
Mailing address:
Reed College
Department of Chemistry
3203 SE Woodstock Blvd
Portland, OR 97202
E-mail: gcampillo@reed.edu

Selected Honors and Awards

Recent News

December 2023 Our group decided to go for milkshakes and burgers to celebrate the end of the semester!

November 2023 Josie Bicknell (Class of 2024) gave outstanding oral and poster presentations at the 2023 Murdock College Science Research Conference (invited) about her research on solid formulations of antibiotics! Great job, Josie!

October 2023 Thrilled to announce the Natural Science Foundation will fund the acquisition of a brand new 400 MHz NMR instrument for Reed College with a Major Research Instrumentation grant! Outstanding collaborative work with Co-PIs Dr. Bowring and Dr. Ahuja in the Chemistry Department.

September 2023 Nicholas celebrates with the group the installation of a new photochemical reactor for the synthesis of photodynamic solids.

August 2023 Our group welcomes Dr. Daniel Loya as a Scholar in Residence in the Chemistry Department at Reed. Dr. Loya joins us from Dr. Fors group at Cornell Univ. Welcome, Dr. Loya!

June 2023 Our Summer research group has started working on the development pf dynamic materials! Exciting results to come soon.

May 2023 Our group has received The Murdock College Research Program for Natural Sciences grant to advance our research on flexible crystal sensors for medical applications! We are thankful to the Murdock Trust for their support.

November 2023 Grateful for the generous support from the Murdock Trust Foundation in the form of a start-up grant.

August 2022 Big news! Gonzalo has officially joined the Department of Chemistry at Reed College as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry!

May 2021 Excited to see that Latino children and their families enjoyed our Cena y Ciencias activity on photoluminescent materials in Nature! Read more on how to make the invisible visible. News article

April 2021 My first paper with the Diao group has been published in Crystal Growth & Design! Learn more about the intriguing behavior of dichroic “color-shifting” crystals designed with azo-chromophores. A shout-out to my amazing undergraduate student Rachel for her contributions! Paper

April 2021 Honored to share my research on molecular sponges for chemical separations in the Chemical Engineering Future Faculty Seminar Series. Thanks to the organizers for selecting my work and to the chairs for giving useful advice for building a successful career in academia. 

December 2020 Wrapping up the year leading a Cena y Ciencias (Science and Supper) session focusing on hidden crystals in our kitchens with children and families form the Urbana Public School District in Illinois. Who could have guessed crystals tasted so good? Read more about this activity or watch the YouTube video to learn how to make some ice cream. News article, YouTube video