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Adam Friss ()

Postdoctoral Associate

Dr. Adam J. Friss received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering (2012) and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering (2019) from Colorado State University. His dissertation research was on the development of a novel cavity enhanced Thomson scattering (CETS) diagnostic technique that enabled ultra-sensitive, non-perturbing measurements of electron properties in weakly ionized plasma, such as those used in laser preionization, semiconductor processing and fabrication, and electric propulsion devices. As a former NASA Space Technology Research Fellow (NSTRF), Dr. Friss worked closely with researchers in the Electric Propulsion Group at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory to implement laser diagnostic capabilities, including a demonstration of the CETS technique on a high-current lanthanum hexaboride (LaB6) hollow cathode. The CETS research performed by Dr. Friss resulted in the first-ever demonstration of cavity-enhanced point measurements of rotational Raman scattering with a milliwatt laser source and the first-ever demonstration of cavity-enhanced laser Thomson scattering, as well as a fully fiber optic coupled Thomson scattering technique for electric propulsion diagnostics.

Dr. Friss joined the research faculty at the University of Colorado Boulder in 2019 as a NIST-PREP (Professional Research Experience Program) postdoctoral associate.  Working with Dr. Tara Lovestead and other NIST researchers in the Fluid Characterization Group, Dr. Friss has focused on the development of mobile instruments for vapor sampling, a laboratory information management system (LIMS) to enable data harvesting and post-processing, and the sampling and characterization of exhaled breath products associated with recent cannabis usage. In March of 2020, Dr. Friss was awarded a NIST National Research Council (NRC) Postdoctoral Research Associateship. The NRC award will support Dr. Friss in his research and development of an optical diagnostic for the real-time quantification of exhaled breath species in support of ongoing efforts to test and validate existing or experimental breath collection techniques. The diagnostic would also serve as a means to investigate the complex material, thermophysical, and fluid dynamic properties of breath sampling, enabling future design and optimization of a field deployable breathalyzer.

Google Scholar Citation Page


National Academy of Science/National Research Council postdoctoral associateship program, 2020.

NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship, 2014 – 2019.

Plasmadynamics and Lasers Best Student Paper, 2016.

DOE Plasma Science Center Visiting Graduate Student Researcher Fellowship, 2014.

Colorado State University Outstanding Graduate, 2012.

Best Demonstration Project, Colorado Space Grant Consortium Space Research Symposium, 2012.


Created August 2, 2019, Updated June 15, 2021