Ryan Mansergh

Innovation Fellow

Center for Sustainable Materials Chemistry

Department of Chemistry, Oregon State University


B.S. in Chemical Engineering / Materials Science & Engineering, University of California, Berkeley (2009)
Python Programming Certificate, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Additional undergraduate degrees in Computer Science, Mathematics, and Economics


  1. Mansergh, R. H.; Fullmer, L. B.; Park, D.-H.; Nyman, M.; Keszler, D. A. Reaction Pathway: Aqueous Hexatantalate Clusters to High-Density Tantalum Oxide Nanofilms. Chem. Mater. 2016, 28, 1553–155
  2. Fullmer, L. B.; Mansergh, R. H.; Zakharov, L. N.; Keszler, D. A.; Nyman, M. Nb2O5 and Ta2O5 Thin Films from Polyoxometalate Precursors: A Single Proton Makes a Difference. Cryst. Growth Des. 2015, 15, 3885–3892.

Conference Presentations

  1. Mansergh, R. H. et al. Driving polyoxometalates to dense thin films: TMA+ vs. H+. Pacifichem Conference 2015, Honolulu, HI, 2015.
  2. Mansergh, R. H. et al. Understanding the effect of TMA+ on the condensation behavior of [H2Ta6O19]6-. American Chemical Society Meeting, Boston, MA, 2015. 
  3. Mansergh, R. H. et al. Baseline Study of TMA Tantalate Salts for Thin Film Applications. 7th International Conference of the Africa Materials Research Society, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 2013.

Awards, Honors, and Scholarships

  • Innovation Fellow (2015)
  • OMSI Science Communication Fellow (2014)
  • Major William C. Carr Engineering Scholarship (2006)
  • Courtenay W. Anderson Chemistry Scholarship (2006)
  • MESA Award for Academic Excellence (2006)


Innovation Fellow, Center for Sustainable Materials Chemistry (2015 –)
Graduate Research Assistant, Oregon State University (2013 –)
Graduate Teaching Assistant, Oregon State University (2012 – 2013)
Chemical Engineering Technician, Thermochem, Inc. (2010 – 2012)
Academic Excellence Workshop Facilitator/Tutor, MESA Center, Santa Rosa Junior College (2009 – 2010)
Undergraduate Researcher, Materials Science & Engineering Dept., University of California, Berkeley (2008)
Research Intern, Materials Research Laboratory, University of California, Santa Barbara (2006)

Leadership Experience

Student Council for Innovation, Center for Sustainable Materials Chemistry (2014 –)
Project lead: Group V Chemistries, Center for Sustainable Materials Chemistry (2014 –)

Research Description

My research is focused on using polyoxometalates and other solution precursors for the deposition of thin films for advanced electronic and energy applications. I am particularly interested in materials that show memristive behavior, such as TiO2 and Ta2O5. I am also interested in materials that exhibit electrochromism or thermochromism, for potential use in energy-saving smart windows. The main solution deposition techniques I use include spin coating for smaller substrates, and aerosol or mist coating for larger substrates. Much of my thin-film characterization work involves X-ray diffraction, X-ray reflectivity, and spectroscopic ellipsometry. I also frequently use AFM, SEM, and TEM for sample imaging.
Department of Chemistry
Oregon State University
153 Gilbert Hall, Corvallis, Oregon 97331-4003
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