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Major Adam Batchellor

Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Department of Chemistry

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(719) 333-4505



Major Adam Batchellor is an Assistant Professor at the U.S. Air Force Academy. Maj Batchellor has taught both core chemistry courses and was previously the course director for environmental and weapons chemistry. Maj Batchellor currently oversees the chemistry budget and laboratory operations, ensuring that over 130 labs and $7M in equipment are ready for use by 1000 cadets annually.

Maj Batchellor was commissioned as a Bioenvironmental Engineer (BEE) in 2004 and entered active duty through officer training school. Following an initial assignment as a BEE at Hill AFB, Maj Batchellor pursued a MS in Chemical Engineering through the Chemistry Department’s Faculty Pipeline program. After a two-year teaching tour at USAFA, which included a summer spent as a Visiting Scientist at the Defense Forensic Science Center, Maj Batchellor earned his PhD in Materials Chemistry. Following his PhD, Maj Batchellor served as the flight commander of Bioenvironmental Engineering and Public Health at Maxwell AFB where he led the installation’s preventive medicine and health promotion operations.


Doctor of Philosophy, Materials Chemistry, University of Oregon (2016)

Master of Science, Chemical Engineering, University at Buffalo (2011)

Bachelor of Science, Chemical Engineering, Clarkson University (2003)

Honors & Awards

DF Field Grade Biomedical Science Corps Officer of the Year (2020)

Meritorious Service Medal (2019)

42d Medical Group Field Grade Officer of the Year (2019)

42d Medical Group Field Grade Biomedical Science Corp Officer of the Year (2019)

Meritorious Service Medal (2013)

Air Force Accommodation Medal (2009)

75th Medical Group Company Grade Officer of the Year (2007)

75th Aerospace Medicine Squadron Company Grade Officer of the Year (2006)

Distinguished Graduate, Officer Training School (2005)


Batchellor, Adam S., Gihan Kwon, Forrest AL Laskowski, David M. Tiede, and Shannon W. Boettcher. Domain structures of Ni and NiFe (oxy) hydroxide oxygen-evolution catalysts from X-ray pair distribution function analysis. The Journal of Physical Chemistry C 121, no. 45 (2017): 25421-25429.

Batchellor, A. S., Burke, M. S., Enman, L. J., and Boettcher, S. W. (2016, May). Structure-Activity Relationships in Ni-Fe Oxyhydroxide Oxygen Evolution Electrocatalysts. Presented at the 229th Meeting of the Electrochemical Society, San Diego, CA.

Stevens, M. B., Enman, L. J., Batchellor, A. S., Cosby, M. R., Vise, A. E., Trang, C. D., & Boettcher, S. W. (2016). Measurement techniques for the study of thin film heterogeneous water oxidation electrocatalysts. Chemistry of Materials29(1), 120-140.

Enman, L. J., Burke, M. S., Batchellor, A. S., & Boettcher, S. W. (2016). Effects of intentionally incorporated metal cations on the oxygen evolution electrocatalytic activity of nickel (oxy) hydroxide in alkaline media. ACS Catalysis6(4), 2416-2423.

Chan, C.K., Tüysüz, H., Braun A., Ranjan, C., La Mantia F., Miller, B. K., Zhang, L., Crozier, P. A., Haber, J. A., Gregoire, John M., Park H. S., Batchellor A. S., Trotochaud, L., Boettcher, S. W. (2015) Advanced and In Situ Analytical Methods for Solar Fuel Materials. In: Tüysüz H., Chan C. (eds) Solar Energy for Fuels. Topics in Current Chemistry, vol 371. Springer, Cham.

Burke, M. S., Enman, L. J., Batchellor, A. S., Zou, S., & Boettcher, S. W. (2015). Oxygen evolution reaction electrocatalysis on transition metal oxides and (oxy) hydroxides: activity trends and design principles. Chemistry of Materials27(22), 7549-7558

Batchellor, A. S., & Boettcher, S. W. (2015). Pulse-electrodeposited Ni–Fe (oxy) hydroxide oxygen evolution electrocatalysts with high geometric and intrinsic activities at large mass loadings. ACS Catalysis5(11), 6680-6689.

Batchellor, A. S., Knight, P., Aranda, R. (2014, February). Comparison of Extraction Methods: Extracting Explosives From Soil Matrices. Presented at the 66th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, Seattle, WA