Josh Stapleton

Josh Stapleton

Director, MCL

MCL Director


Josh Stapleton joined the Materials Research Institute at the Pennsylvania State University in January 2006.  In 2005 he earned a Ph.D. in chemistry from Penn State under the tutelage of Dr. David Allara.The focus of research in the Allara group was on the development and application of advanced analytical techniques for surface and interface analysis.  His initial work involved understanding the structure and composition of ultra-thin organic layers on metallic and oxide substrates.  Since joining the Materials Characterization Laboratory his interests have broadened to include the development of methodologies to study the chemistry of glass surfaces all the way to investigating correlations between surface structure and cellular response in biomedical implant devices.


PhD, The Pennsylvania State University
BS, Radford University

Fun Facts

When not in the lab I enjoy biking/hiking/camping/traveling with my family, suffering on single track in Rothrock, cycling the beautiful backroads of central Pennsylvania, woodworking, savoring good coffee, or investing in 4th and 5th graders at church. After high school I enlisted as an Infantryman in the Army National Guard and began undergrad in pursuit of a criminal justice degree - an inspiring chemistry professor altered those plans.

Contact Info

Office: N-050C MSC
Phone: 1-814-863-2224