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John Klier

John Klier

John Klier

Dean of the Gallogly College of Engineering
ATT Chair

Office: Carson Engineering Center, Room 107
Phone: (405) 325-2621

1984 - B.S. in Chemical Engineering
Massachusetts Institute of Technology 
1986 - M.S. in Chemical Engineering
Purdue 1986
1989 - Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering
Purdue 1989


Research Focus

  • Novel Materials for high performance coatings and adhesives
  • Structured polymer colloids and emulsion polymers
  • New approaches to polymer crosslinking
  • Control of functional oligomer / polymer colloid association
  • Applications of Functional Colloids to targeted drug delivery
  • Properties of Novel Functional Monomers
  • Novel Degradable and Recyclable Polymers

Experience and Awards

  • 41 patents
  • 35 published papers
  • Dow Distinguished Fellow (2014)


John Klier joined OU in July of 2020 where he serves as Dean of the Gallogly College of Engineering and professor in the CBME school. He joined OU from UMass Amherst where he served as Professor and Department Head of Chemical Engineering for 5 years. Previously he spent 25 years at The Dow Chemical Company in technology and technical management roles. Managerial responsibilities included leading Core R&D materials-related organizations, Dow Coating Materials research and development organization, and most recently the Performance Materials and Chemicals divisional research, development and technical service organizations. In 2014 he was named Distinguished Fellow, the highest technical position at Dow. Klier is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, National Academy of Inventors and several professional organizations. Students and postdoctoral associates in the Klier group combine surfactant and functional polymer assembly and association phenomena with state of the art processing technologies to produce new structured polymer, hybrid and colloidal materials. They are applying these materials to address key application needs in collaboration with industrial, agency and governmental partners.