Dr. Michael S. Elioff

Dr. Michael S. Elioff

Dr. Michael S. Elioff

Physical Chemistry, Assistant Professor

Office: Caputo 320
Phone: (717) 871-7417

Additional Information


  • B.S. Mathematics – University of Texas, 1991
  • M.S. Chemistry – University of Texas, 1995
  • Ph.D. Chemistry – Boston University, 2001
  • Postdoctoral Fellow – Sandia National Labs (Livermore CA), 2001 – 2004

Courses Taught

  • General Chemistry I and II (Chem 111 and 112)
  • Physical Chemistry I and II (Chem 341 and 342)
  • Senior Chemistry Seminar (Chem 487 and 488)

Course Information

Research Interests

Dr. Elioff's research interests are in the areas of atmospheric photophysics, cold molecule formation, fluorescence, propellants, and combustion. He is currently interested the problems associated with calculating solid-phase heats of formation for various propellants and explosives, as well as in studying the dynamics and kinetics of fluorescence and fluorescence quenching of biologically important fluorophores. He is also interested in exploring solid state theory by synthesizing and characterizing thin layer semiconductors using group III-V elements.

About Dr. Michael S. Elioff

Dr. Elioff joined the department in August 2012. He received his BS (1991) in mathematics and his MS (1995) in chemistry from the University of Texas. After teaching high school chemistry and calculus, he entered the PhD program at Boston University to work with Amy Mullin on quantum state-resolved energy transfer mechanisms in vibrationally excited molecules. He received his PhD (2001) in chemistry from BU and went on to do a post-doctoral fellowship (2001-2004) at Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore, CA, during which time he did a visiting fellowship at Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam (Fall 2003) with Steven Stolte. He has held two tenure-track assistant professorships prior to arriving at Millersville.