Kevin D. Belfield
Dean, College of Science & Liberal Arts
Distinguished Professor, Chemistry & Environmental Science
Fellow of the American Chemical Society (ACS) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
Dr. Kevin Belfield was appointed dean of the College of Science and Liberal Arts at the New Jersey Institute of Technology and professor of chemistry and environmental science in November 2014. Belfield received a B.S. in Chemistry from Rochester Institute of Technology in 1982 and, after spending one year at Bristol-Myers Pharmaceutical Co. in Syracuse (1982-83), went on to earn a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Syracuse University in 1988 (under the mentorship of John E. Baldwin). He then worked as a senior chemist at Ciba-Geigy Corp. before performing postdoctoral research at SUNY College of Environmental and Forestry (with Israel Cabasso) and at Harvard University (with William von E. Doering). Subsequently, Belfield was a member of the faculty at the University of Detroit Mercy and Graduate Coordinator. While at the University of Detroit Mercy, Belfield was an AFOSR Summer Faculty Fellow in 1997 and 1998.
Prior to joining NJIT he served as Pegasus Professor and chair of the Department of Chemistry at the University of Central Florida (1998-2014). In 2010, Belfield was inducted into the National Commission of Cooperative Education (NCCE) Co-op Hall of Fame. He is an elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2013), the American Chemical Society (2019), and the Royal Society of Chemistry (2022). Belfield has served as PI or co-PI on over 45 grants from federal, foundation, and corporate agencies. Kevin has over 300 publications, holds over a dozen US patents, and serves on several editorial advisory boards of scientific journals. Belfield is a pioneer in two-photon photochemistry and organic photonic materials. His research interests range from developing contrast agents for early cancer detection and new paradigms for photodynamic cancer therapy, to ultrafast photophysics and 3D high density optical data storage.