Christopher Balzer

  • Program Year: 3
  • Academic Institution: California Institute of Technology
  • Field of Study: Chemical Engineering
  • Academic Advisor: Zhen-Gang Wang
  • Practicum(s):
    Sandia National Laboratories, New Mexico (2021)
  • Degree(s):
    M.Phil. Advanced Chemical Engineering, University of Cambridge, 2018; B.S. Chemical Engineering, Arizona State University, 2017


D. Bruch, C. Balzer, Z.-G. Wang, Thermodynamics of electrolyte solutions near charged surfaces: Constant surface charge vs constant surface potential, J. Chem. Phys., 156, 174704 (2022)

A. S. Ylitalo, C. Balzer, P. Zhang, Z.-G. Wang, Electrostatic Correlations and Temperature-Dependent Dielectric Constant Can Model LCST in Polyelectrolyte Complex Coacervation, Macromolecules, 54 (24), 11326–11337 (2021)

C. Balzer, L. Qing, Z.-G. Wang, Preferential Ion Adsorption in Blue Energy Applications, ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, 9 (28), 9230-9239 (2021)

C. Balzer, J. Jiang, R. Marson, V. V. Ginzburg, Z.-G. Wang, Nonelectrostatic Adsorption of Polyelectrolytes and Mediated Interactions between Solid Surfaces, Langmuir, 37 (18), 5483-5493 (2021)

C. Balzer, R. Oktavian, M. Zandi, D. Fairen-Jimenez, P.Z. Moghadam, Wiz: A Web-Based Tool for Interactive Visualization of Big Data, Patterns, 1 (8), 100107 (2020)

C.J. Balzer, M.R. Armstrong, B. Shan, Y. Huang, J. Liu, and B. Mu, Modeling Nanoparticle Dispersion in Electrospun Nanofibers, Langmuir, 34 (4), 1340-1346 (2018)

M.R. Armstrong. C.J. Balzer, B. Shan and B. Mu, Influence of particle size and loading on particle accessibility in electrospun poly(ethylene oxide) and ZIF-8 composite fibers: experiments and theory, Langmuir, 33 (36), 9066-9072 (2017)

C.J. Balzer, M.R. Armstrong, B. Shan and B. Mu. Composite MOF Mixture as Volatile Organic Compound Sensor - A New Approach to LMOF Sensors. Mater Lett., 190, 33-36 (2017)

M.R. Armstrong, S. Senthilnathan, C.J. Balzer, B. Shan and B. Mu, Particle size studies to reveal crystallization mechanisms of the metal organic framework HKUST-1 during sonochemical synthesis. Ultrason Sonochem., 34, 365-370 (2017)

M.R. Armstrong, K. Y. Arredondo, C.-Y. Liu, J. E. Stevens, A. Mayhob, B. Shan, S. Senthilnathan, C.J. Balzer, and B. Mu, UiO-66 MOF and Poly(Vinyl Cinnamate) Nanofiber Composite Membranes Synthesized By A Facile 3 Stage Process. Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., 54 (49), 12386-12392 (2015)


Jacobs Translational Medicine Fellowship, 2018

Churchill Scholarship, 2017

NSF GFRP Honorable Mention, 2017

Goldwater Scholarship, 2016

Society of Chemical Industry (SCI) Scholar, 2016