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Dr. Christopher Allen


VASE Board Member

Inducted 2005


O: 802-656-0193

H: 802-879-6743


11 Hanley Lane
Essex Jct., VT 05452

Research Interests

The research program in my group was devoted to the study of inorganic rings and polymers. The inorganic ring chemistry presents interesting questions of electronic structure, reactivity and mechanism. Additionally, these ring systems may be transformed into hybrid inorganic-organic polymers which are new classes of materials with interesting properties having applications such as flame retardency, polymeric electron transfer or as membranes.

Honors and Awards

University Scholar, Physical Sciences 1982-1983
George V. Kidder Outstanding Faculty Award 1986
Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Sigma Phi, Phi Lambda Upsilon
Mass High Tech "All Star" 2000
Dean's Lecture Award, University of Vermont, College of Arts & Sciences, 2004
Luther F. Hackett Award (Vermont Technology Council) 2005


  • Author or co-author of 120 reviewed papers, chapters, reviews and patents in the areas of inorganic ring systems and polymers


B.A. 1964, University of Connecticut (High Honors)
M.S. 1966, University of Illinois
Ph.D. 1967, University of Illinois (Moeller)

Assistant Professor, University of Vermont 1967-1972
Associate Professor, University of Vermont 1972-1976
Senior Visitor, 1973-74, University of Oxford (H.A.O. Hill)
Professor, University of Vermont 1976-present
Senior Visitor, 1983, University of Edinburgh (E.A.V. Ebsworth)
Member, Vermont Regional Cancer Center 1979-1993
Acting Chairman, Department of Chemistry 1984-1985
Member, Material Sciences Program 1980-2005
Director, EPSCoR Advanced Materials Research Cluster 1992-1995
Director, Vermont EPSCoR 1995-2005
Interim Special Assistant to the President 1999
Interim Director of Technology Transfer 1999
Interim CEO Vermont Technology Council 1999
Co-Director, Vermont IDEA Program, 1999-2004
Outreach Core Director, Vermont Genetics Network, 2004-
Research Active Professor Emeritus, University of Vermont, 2005-
Senior Science Advisor, Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies, 2005-
Adjunct Professor, Norwich University, 2005-

Member, Vermont Academy of Science & Engineering, 2005-present
American Chemical Society, Royal Society of Chemistry
Editorial Board, Journal of Inorganic and Organometallic Polymers
International Advisory Board, International Symposium on Inorganic Ring Systems

Professional Affiliations

Professional Experience

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