Dr. Christopher Suiter joined the Applied Chemicals and Materials Division at NIST, Boulder in March 2016 as a National Research Council postdoctoral associate with Dr. Tom Bruno. Dr. Suiter obtained his PhD from the University of Delaware under the guidance of Dr. Tatyana Polenova. His PhD research focused on applying solid-state magic angle spinning NMR spectroscopy to obtain structural and dynamics insights of HIV-1 protein assemblies as well as developing non-uniform sampling methods for use in solid-state NMR spectroscopy. His primary research interest at NIST is the study of intermolecular interactions and other fluid properties that impact the effective development and utilization of fuels, both gaseous and liquid. In the area of liquid fuels, he is measuring the interactions of lubricating molecules with other fuel components, to quantify the importance of energetic parameters in determining lubricity. This has impact in applications requiring liquid fuels to serve as both propellant and lubricant. In the area of gaseous fuels, Dr. Suiter is observing interactions between odorants and their biological targets with the goal of understanding odor loss in fuel gas samples. In his spare time Chris enjoys playing guitar, being outdoors, and sports.
Travel Award for 54th Experimental Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Conference, 2013
Suraj Manrao Science Foundation Poster Presentation Award, 2013
Research Coordination Network Travel Award, 2012
University of Delaware Professional Development Award, 2012
Elizabeth Dyer Excellence in Teaching Award, 2012
Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Assistant Award, 2009
Hypercube Scholar Award, 2009