College of Letters & Sciences
Upham Hall

Steven Girard
Assistant Professor


Steven N. Girard, a native of Fairfax Station, Virginia, earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Chemistry and Bachelor of Music Degree in Cello Performance from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin, and a Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.  His research interests include nanostructured thermoelectric materials, sustainable synthesis of inorganic and nanostructured compounds, and flux chemistry.  He was hired as Assistant Professor of Chemistry at UW-Whitewater in 2014.


B.A. Chemistry, Lawrence University
B.M. Music Performance, Lawrence University
Ph.D. Chemistry, Northwestern University
NSF Science, Engineering, and Education for Sustainability (SEES) Postdoctoral Fellow, UW-Madison

Selected Publications

Chen, X.; Weathers, A.; Carrete, J.; Mukhopadhyay, S.; Delaire, O.; Stewart, D. A.; Mingo, N.; Girard, S. N.; Ma, J.; Abernathy, D. L.; Yan, J.; Sheshka, R.; Sellan, D. P.; Meng, F.; Jin, S.; Zhou, J.; Shi, L., Twisting Phonons in Complex Crystals with Quasi-One-Dimensional Substructures. Nature Communications, 2015, 6, 6723. 

Girard, S. N.; Chen, X.; Meng, F.; Pokhrel, A.; Zhou, J.; Shi, L.; Jin, S., Thermoelectric Properties of Undoped High Purity Higher Manganese Silicides Grown by Chemical Vapor Transport. Chemistry of Materials, 2014, 26 (17), 5097–5104.

Girard, S. N.; Schmidt-Rohr, K.; Chasapis, T. C.; Hatzikraniotis, E.; Njegic, B.; Levin, E. M.; Rawal, A.; Paraskevopolous, K. M.; Kanatzidis, M. G.,  Analysis of Phase Separation in High Performance PbTe – PbS Thermoelectric Materials.  Advanced Functional Materials, 2013 (23), 747–757.

Girard, S. N.; Chasapis, T. C.; He, J.; Zhou, X.; Hatzikraniotis, E.; Uher, C.; Paraskevopoulos, K. M.; Dravid, V. P; Kanatzidis, M. G., PbTe – PbSnS2 Thermoelectric Composites: Low Lattice Thermal Conductivity From Large Microstructures. Energy and Environmental Science, 2012 (5), 8716-8725.

Girard, S. N.; He, J.; Zhou, X.; Shoemaker, D.; Jaworski, C.; Uher, C.; Dravid, V. P.; Heremans, J. P.; Kanatzidis, M. G., High Performance Na-doped PbTe – PbS Thermoelectric Materials: Electronic Density of States Modification and Shape-Controlled Nanostructures.  Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2011 133 (41), 16588-16597.

Girard, S. N.; He, J.; Li, C.; Moses, S.; Wang, G.; Uher, C.; Dravid, V. P.; Kanatzidis, M. G., In Situ Nanostructure Generation and Evolution within a Bulk Thermoelectric Material to Reduce Lattice Thermal Conductivity. Nano Letters, 2010, 10 (8), 2825-2831.