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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

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

November 2020 Excited to see that our work at the Macgillivray group on phototriggered release from non-porous molecular crystals has been published in JACS! Paper

August 2020 Officially joined the research group of Prof. Ying Diao at the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign!

June 2020 Our observations on single-crystal flexibility of boron coordination were just published in Organometallics! Special congrats to Jack (now at Johns Hopkins University) for his undergraduate publication! Paper

May 2020 Thrilled to receive an ACS Crystal Growth & Design Best Oral Presentation Award (Early Career Researcher category) for my virtual talk at CEMWOQ 6.5 on molecular machines based on boron!