Dr. Michael Hambourger


  • B.S. Biology, Appalachian State University (Boone, NC), 2001
  • Ph.D. Chemistry, Arizona State University (Tempe, AZ), 2008
    • Mentor: Dr. Thomas A. Moore
    • Dissertation: Reformation of Biomass to Hydrogen Gas in a Photoelectrochemical Biofuel Cell

Professional Experience:

  • Associate Professor Appalachian State University; 2015 - present   
  • Assistant Professor Appalachian State University; 2009 - 2015
  • Post-doc Arizona State University; 2008 - 2009


  • Light and/or electrical activation of processes and materials alternative energy 
  • Remediation of waste 
  • Electroactive materials 
  • Biohybrid catalysis

With a background in photoelectrochemistry and enzyme/inorganic hybrid devices, Dr. Hambourger and the 'Hambourger helpers' have pursued projects related to electrochemical or photochemical energy conversion; wastewater treatment; and electroactive materials. Approaches range from chemical catalysis, to biohybrid devices, to harnessing the catalytic machinery of living systems.

Selected Publications:

Williams, Z.; Burwell, E. D.; Chiomento, A. E.; Demsko, K. J.; Pawlik, J. T.; Harris, S. O.; Yarolimek, M. R.; Whitney, M. B.; Hambourger, M.; Schwab, A. D. Rubber-elasticity and electrochemical activity of iron(II) tris(bipyridine) crosslinked poly(dimethylsiloxane) networks. Soft Matter. 2017, 13, 6542-6554.

Ramirez-Sanchez, I. M.; Tuberty, S.; Hambourger, M.; Bandala, E. R. Resource efficiency analysis for photocatalytic degradation and mineralization of estriol using TiO2 nanoparticles. Chemosphere. 2017, 184, 1270-1285.

Houser, James B.; Swinson, Bobbie Jo; Hambourger, Michael. The absurdity of pooping in potable water. Solutions. 2017, 8(2). https://www.thesolutionsjournal.com/article/absurdity-poopingpotable-water/.

Houser, J.; Venable, M.; Sakamachi, Y.; Hambourger, M.; Herrin, J.; and Tuberty, S., Wastewater remediation using algae grown on a substrate for biomass and biofuel production. J. Environ. Protect. 2014, 5, 895-904.

Kufryk, G.; Ghirardi, M. L.; Hambourger, M.; Moore, T. A. and Fromme, P., Biohybrid system for
hydrogen production. U.S. Pat. Appl. Publ. 2010, US20100200049 A1 20100812.

Moore, G. F.; Hambourger, M.; Kodis, G.; Michl, W.; Gust, D.; Moore, T. A. and Moore, A. L., Effects of protonation state on a tyrosine-histidine bioinspired redox mediator. J. Phys. Chem. B. 2010, 114, 14450-14457.

Hambourger, M.; Moore, G. F.; Kramer, D. M.; Gust, D.; Moore, A. L. and Moore, T. A., Biology and technology for photochemical fuel production. Chem. Soc. Rev. 2009, 38, 25-35.

Hambourger, M.; Gervaldo, M.; Svedruzic, D.; King, P. W.; Gust, D.; Ghirardi, M.; Moore, A. L. and Moore, T. A., [FeFe]-hydrogenase catalyzed H2 production in a photoelectrochemical biofuel cell. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2008, 130, 2015-2022.

Title: Associate Professor, Research Mentor
Department: Chemistry

Email address: Email me

Phone: (828) 262-2759

Office address
GWH 415