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Elected Fellow
of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences


Life Time Achievement Award in Sol-Gel Science
& Technology


Elected to the US National Academy of Inventors


UNM Presidential Medal of


R&D 100 Awards


Elected Fellow
of the Materials Research Society

See Full Listing of Awards and Honors

C. J. Brinker, Distinguished and Regent’s Professor, Emeritus

Over his thirty five year career at Sandia and UNM, Dr. Brinker has made numerous pioneering contributions to processing, characterization, and understanding of porous and composite nanostructured materials. Moreover, using this body of materials synthesis approaches, Jeff developed new classes of nanoparticle-based therapeutics for treatment of cancer and rare and infectious diseases. Furthermore he was one of the first to recognize and champion the need for multidisciplinary materials research, actively engaging chemists in materials science.

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Research Spotlight

Nature Materials

Ashley, C.E., Carnes, E.C., Phillips, G.K., Padilla, D., Durfee, P.N., Brown, P.A., Hanna, T.N., Liu, J., Phillips, B., Carter, M.B. and Carroll, N.J., 2011. The targeted delivery of multicomponent cargos to cancer cells by nanoporous particle-supported lipid bilayers Nature materials 10, no. 5 (2011): 389.

Advanced Materials

Wei Zhu, Jimin Guo, Yi Ju, Rita E Serda, Jonas G Croissant, Jin Shang, Eric Coker, Jacob Ongudi Agola, Qi‐Zhi Zhong, Yuan Ping, Frank Caruso, C Jeffrey Brinker. "Modular Metal–Organic Polyhedra Superassembly: From Molecular‐Level Design to Targeted Drug Delivery. Advanced Materials",. Advanced Materials 2019,, p.1806774.

UNM News

Bryan Kaehra,b,1, Jason L. Townsonb, Robin M. Kalinicha, Yasmine H. Awadb, B. S. Swartzentruberc, Darren R. Dunphyb, and C. Jeffrey Brinkera,b. Cellular complexity captured in durable silica biocomposites Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2012

Press Releases

Living cells don nanoparticle armor
May 15, 2019
Tough coatings protect cells and augment them with magnetism and fluorescence for possible biotech applications by Mark Peplow, special to C&EN May 15, 2019 | APPEARED IN VOLUME 97, ISSUE 20

Congratulations to Brinker Group Member NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Recipients
April 28, 2019
Three of Brinkers Research Group members recieve 2019 NSF Graduate Fellowship Award

Prof. Jeff Brinker to join as an Associate Editor for ACS Nano
April 22, 2019
At the beginning of March, we will again expand our editorial team. Prof. Jeff Brinker, distinguished and Regent’s professor emeritus in the Departments of Chemical & Biological Engineering and Molecular Genetics & Microbiology and member of the Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of New Mexico, will join us as an associate editor.

Contact the Research Group

The Brinker Group
Centennial Engineering Center, Suite 3071
210 University blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001
P: (505) 277--5521

Contact Departmental & School

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
University of New Mexico
MSC01 1120
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001
P: (505) 277-5431