Prof Seth C. Rasmussen

North Dakota State University

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

NDSU Dept. 2735
United States
PH: +1 (701) 2318747
Fax: +1 (701) 2318831
Email: [email protected]


Seth Rasmussen is an Associate Professor of Chemistry at North Dakota State University (NDSU) with a focus in the areas of materials chemistry and chemical history. Prof. Rasmussen is a native of the Seattle area, earning a B.S. in Chemistry from Washington State University and a Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from Clemson University. His work in the area of organic materials began during a postdoctoral position at the University of Oregon. Following his postdoc, he accepted a teaching position at the University of Oregon in 1997 and then joined the faculty at NDSU in 1999.

The primary area of research expertise of Prof. Rasmussen is the synthesis and design of new conjugated organic materials, particularly in the area of low band gap polymers. In addition to the development of new organic semiconducting materials, Prof. Rasmussen studies applications of these materials to both organic photovoltaics (solar cells) and organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs) via academic collaborations with Prof. Paul Dastoor and Dr. Warwick Belcher at the University of Newcastle (NSW, Australia) and Dr. Konstantin Pokhodnya at NDSU’s Center of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE), as well as industrial collaborations with Plextronics, Inc. in Pittsburgh, PA.

In addition to his very active work in the organic semiconducting materials, Prof. Rasmussen maintains an active interest in the teaching and research of the history of chemistry and currently serves as the Program Chair of the History of Chemistry Division of the American Chemical Society. Not surprisingly, his historical efforts have included work in the history of materials and he has recently co-edited (with E. Thomas Strom, UT-Arlington) a book on the history of plastics to be published shortly by the American Chemical Society.

Prof. Rasmussen is a member of the American Chemical Society, the Materials Research Society, Alpha Chi Sigma, the Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry, and the International History, Philosophy and Science Teaching Group. His materials research has been previously recognized through a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation in 2002 and a Young Scientist Award from the International Conference on Synthetic Metals in 2004.

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