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Major Casey Hawkins


Department of Chemistry

Maj Hawkins
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(719) 333-6049



Major Hawkins is a Assistant Professor of Chemistry at the U.S. Air Force Academy, where he teaches general chemistry courses to over 100 cadets per year.

Major Hawkins was commissioned in 2011 as a graduate from the U.S. Air Force Academy.  Following graduation, Major Hawkins was selected to attend the University of Utah where he completed his Master’s degree research in novel magnetic materials. Upon successful completion of his studies, Major Hawkins was assigned to the National Air and Space Intelligence Center (NASIC) at Wright-Patterson AFB, OH.  While at NASIC, Major Hawkins served as the Officer-in-Charge of the Advanced Technical Exploitation Cell.  Major Hawkins was then assigned to a deputy flight commander position where he oversaw advanced geospatial intelligence exploitation development.  Major Hawkins was then selected to pursue a PhD in chemistry where he developed advanced materials for sodium and magnesium-based ion batteries.  During his studies, Major Hawkins also completed a nuclear engineering master’s degree focused on developing nuclear forensic techniques.  Major Hawkins’ previous assignment was to head the Air Force Petroleum Agency’s European fuels lab located at Royal Air Force (RAF) Mildenhall, UK.


Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama (2019)

Doctor of Philosophy, Chemistry, University of Utah, Utah (2018)

Master of Science, Nuclear Engineering, University of Utah, Utah (2017)

Master of Science, Chemistry, University of Utah, Utah (2013)

Bachelor of Science, Chemistry, USAF Academy, Colorado (2011)


· A.G. Graham, S.H. Lapidus, C.G. Hawkins, P.W. Stephens and J.S. Miller. Ferrimagnetic Ordering and the Anomalous Stoichiometry Observed for the Cubic Extended 3-D Prussian Blue Analogs A2MnII5(CN)12 (A = NEt3Me, NEt2Me2). A Cation Adaptive Structure. Chem. Eur. J., 2020, 26, 15655-15672.

· C.G. Hawkins, A. Verma, W. Horbinski, R. Weeks, P.P. Mukherjee and L. Whittaker-Brooks. Decreasing the Ion Diffusion Pathways for the Intercalation of Multivalent Cations into One-Dimensional TiS2 Nanobelt Arrays. ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2020, 12, 21788-21798.

· S.H. Lapidus, A.G. Graham, C.M. Kareis, C.G. Hawkins, P.W. Stephens, and J.S. Miller. Anomalous Stoichiometry, 3-D Bridged Triangular/pentagonal Layered Structured Artificial Antiferromagnet for the Prussian Blue Analog A3MnII5(CN)13 (A = NMe4, NEtMe3). A Cation Adaptive Structure. J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2019, 2, 911-921.

· I.J. Schwerdt, C.G. Hawkins, B. Taylor, A. Brenkmann, S. Martinson, and L. McDonald. Uranium Oxide Synthetic Pathway Discernment through Thermal Decomposition and Morphological Analysis. Radiochim. Acta., 2019, 3, 193-205.

· C.G. Hawkins and L. Whittaker-Brooks. Vertically Oriented TiS2-x Nanobelt Arrays as Binder- and Carbon-free Intercalation Electrodes for Li- and Na-based Energy Storage Devices. J. Mater. Chem. A., 2018, 6, 21949-21960.

· C.G. Hawkins and L. Whittaker-Brooks. Controlling Sulfur Vacancies in TiS2-x Cathode Insertion Hosts via the Conversion of TiS3 Nanobelts for Energy-storage Applications. ACS Appl. Nano Mater., 2018, 1, 851-859.

· C.G. Hawkins. Impact of Defects on the Properties of Transition Metal Chalcogenides. Ph.D. Thesis, 2018.

· C.G. Hawkins. Effects of Nonspherical Tetraalkylammonium Cations on the Structure and Magnetic Properties of Non-Prussian Blue structured Manganese(II) Russian Blue. M. S. Thesis, 2013.