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Lieutenant Colonel Ethan Holt

Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Department of Chemistry

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Contact Information

(719) 333-6041




Lt Col Ethan Holt is Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, USAF Academy, Colorado. He serves as the assistant course director for Chemistry 100 and mentor for future Air Force officers.

Lt Col Holt commissioned in 2002 through AFROTC at Michigan Technological University where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering. He later earned his Master’s and Doctorate degrees in Chemistry from the University of New Mexico and the University of Florida, respectively, with emphasis in spectroscopy and organic chemistry. Throughout his Air Force career, Lt Col Holt has been a bench-level researcher, airborne sensor operator, program manager, exchange officer, educator and supervisor. Prior to his current position, he served in various leadership and staff positions in the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory.


PhD Chemistry, University of Florida (2017)

MS Chemistry, University of New Mexico (2006)

BS Chemical Engineering, Michigan Technological University (2002)

Professional Experience

Chief, Independent Review Programs, AF Science and Technology Strategy Implementation Team, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH (2019-2020)

Chief Budget and Infrastructure Officer, Office of the US Security Coordinator, Jerusalem (2019)

Chief, Soft Matter Materials Branch, Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH (2018-2019)

Protection Technologies Team Lead, Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH (2017-2018)

Instructor of Chemistry, USAF Academy, CO (2012-2014)

Exchange Scientist, Engineer and Scientist Exchange Program, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel (2010-2012)

Section Chief and Deputy Branch Chief, Energetic Materials Branch, Munitions Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Eglin AF, FL (2007-2010)

Airborne Sensor Operator and Liaison Officer, 4th Expeditionary Reconnaissance Flight, 332d Air Expeditionary Wing, Balad AB, Iraq (2004-2005)

Membrane Mirror Project Officer, Beam Projection and Compensation Branch, Directed Energy Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Kirtland AFB, NM (2002-2005)

Honors & Awards

Materials and Manufacturing Directorate FGOY 2019
Munitions Directorate International Team Award (2009)
Directorate and Division FGOQ and CGOQ
German Proficiency Badge, Meritorious Service Medal
Air Medal, Aerial Achievement Medal
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal
Air Force Organizational Excellence Award

Research and Scholarly Interests

spectroscopy, photophysics, flow chemistry


J. J. Mihaly, S. M. Wolf, A. T. Philips, S. Mam, Z. Yung, J. E. Haley, M. Zeller, K. de La Harpe, E. Holt, T. A. Grusenmeyer, S. Collins and T. G. Gray “Synthetically Tunable White-, Green-, and Yellow-Green-Light Emission in Dual-Luminescent Gold(I) Complexes Bearing a Diphenylamino-2,7-Fluorenyl Moiety” Inorganic Chemistry 2022, 61, 1228.

E. D. Holt, J. Wang, R. W. Winkel, M. Younus and K. S. Schanze “Photophysics and Solar Cell Application of a Benzodithiophene Conjugated Polymer Containing Cyclometalated Platinum Units” Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology 2021, 8, 100060.

C. C. Beto, C. J. Zeman, Y. Yang, J. D. Bullock, E. D. Holt, A. Q. Kane, T. A. Makal, X. Yang, I. Ghiviriga, K. S. Schanze and A. S. Veige “An Application Exploiting Aurophilic Bonding and iClick to Produce White Light Emitting Materials” Inorg. Chem. 202059, 3, 1893–1904. 

E. D. Holt “Exploiting Photophysical Properties in Conjugated Chromophores for Organic Solar Cells” Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 2017 

C. C. Beto, E. D. Holt, Y. Yang, I. Ghiviriga, K. S. Schanze and A. S. Veige “A New Synthetic Route to In-Chain Metallopolymers via Copper(I) Catalyzed Azide-Platinum-Acetylide iClick” Chemical Communications 201753, 9934. 

Z. Yuan, C. Zhou, Y. Tian, J. Messier, J. C. Wang, L. J. van de Burgt, K. Kountouriotis, Y. Xin, E. Holt, K. Schanze, R. Clark, T. Siegrist, and B. Ma “One-Dimensional Organic Lead Halide Perovskites with Efficient Bluish White-Light Emission” Nature Communications 20178, 14051. 

E. D. Holt, N. Shaham Waldmann and Y. Paz “Heat-treated polyacrylonitrile nanofibers: A new material for efficient photo-assisted reduction of Cr(VI)” Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology A: Chemistry 2013257, 26. 

E. D. Holt “Vibrational Studies of the Photoisomerization of Azobenzene-Containing Polymers” M.S. Thesis, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 2006