Williams Research Group

Imagining new function in the design of accessible materials.

Dr. Scott Williams

male professor standing in chemistry labI am loving my current position as Professor of Inorganic Chemistry in the School of Chemistry and Materials Science at RIT. My science journey began by earning a B.S. in Biochemistry from Purdue University, and a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Montana State University. Upon graduation, I spent several years as a Laser Research Specialist at the Regional Laser and Biotechnology Laboratory housed within the University of Pennsylvania under the direction of Dr. Robin Hochstrasser.

I have traveled quite the winding road. My first academic position was in the RIT School of Photography teaching Photographic Chemistry and Optics, then Director of Research and Development for a small company called Foto-wear, Inc. developing paper-based coatings for thermal transfer media and inventor on over 35 patented technologies. Then, out to the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology to take on Physical Chemistry teaching and research roles. Back to RIT, to the School of Print Media, teaching and research in the materials and processes used in commercial printing. I found new international colleagues and friends of IARIGAI. Then, about a decade ago, I walked across the Infinity Quad, to the School of Chemistry and Materials Science to focus on inorganic synthesis and functional materials. I am certainly home, but treasure the lessons learned on the road traveled.

Research Overview

professor and student working in chemistry labOur group synthesizes and formulates new materials for functional printed electronics and optics applications in collaboration with the RIT AMPrint CenterParticularly, we use novel synthetic approaches to develop printable "inks" that deposit conductive, semiconductive or resistive elements on a variety of form factors using production-scale print processes. Metal-oxide and metal organic decomposition systems (MOD) inks and structures are of particular interest. The Williams Group also uses metal oxide sol-gel techniques to develop printable coatings for optical and electronic elements used in sensor and actuator technologies. 


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Samantha Lauro '18

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Yang Goh '18

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Tullio Geraci '18

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Joseph Race '18

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Megan Detweiler '18

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Alexander Knowles'18

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Daniel Knappenberger '18



Ouyang, J., et al. "Photonic Sintering of Aerosol Jet Printed Lead Zirconate Titanate (PZT) Thick Films." Journal of the American Ceramic Society 99. 8 (2016): 2569-2577. Print.

Mahajan, C.G., et al. "Magnetic Field Patterning of Nickel Nanowire Film Realized by Printed Precursor Inks." Materials 12. 6 (2019): 1-12. Print.

Zope, K., D. Cormier, and S. Williams. "Reactive Silver Oxalate Ink Composition with Enhanced Curing Conditions for Flexible Substrates." ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 10. 4 (2018): 3830-3837. Print.

Tapriya, A., et al. "Shallow Si N+P junction diodes realized via molecular monolayer doping." Microelectronic Engineering 193. (2018): 1-6. Print.

Williams, Scott, et al. "Photonic Sintering of Aerosol Jet Printed Lead Zirconate Titanate (PZT) Thick Films." Journal of the American Ceramics Society 99. 8 (2016): 2569--2577. Print.

Williams, Scott, et al. "Improving the Run-time Stability with Aerosol Jet Printing Using a Solvent Add-back Bubbler." Journal of Print Media Technology Research 5. 3 (2016): 207--214. Print.

Knowles, A., et al. "Incorporating quantum dots in a Magnesium Fluoride matrix to enable deep-UV sensitivity for standard silicon based imaging detectors." Proceedings of the SPIE Defense+Commerical Sensing. Ed. SPIE. Baltimore, MD: International Society for Optics and Photonics, 2019. Web.

Heglund, Daniel, et al. "Chemical Assay to Verify the Quantity and Quality of Sesquiterpene Lactone Derivatives." US Provisional Patent Application 61990186. 8 May 2014.

Williams, Scott. "Synthesis, Formulation and Deposition of Metal Oxide Sol-gel Compositions Using Aerosol Jet Printing." ACS 248th National Meeting. American Chemical Society. San Francisco, CA. 10 Aug. 2014. Conference Presentation.

Hodges, Neal II. "Chemiluminescent Indentification and Quantification of Artemisinin and Relevant Sesquiterpene Lactone Derivatives." Joint International Tropical Medicine Meeting 2011. Mahidol University. Centara Grand & Bangkok Convention Centre at CentralWorld, Pratunam, Bangkok, Thailand. 1 Dec. 2011. Conference Presentation.

Henry, A. and S. Williams. “Fabrication of a Printed Battery Using a New Method for Manganese Cathode Ink Preparation.” IARIGAI, Montreal, Canada. 12 September 2010. Presentation. †

Williams, S., L. Cade, and D. Clark. “Paper-supported Assay for the Quantification of Alkaline Phosphatase Activity.” IARIGAI. Montreal, Canada. 12 September 2010. Presentation. †