The University of Texas at San Antonio

AFRL ML-RCP Partner Institution Strengths & Capabilities



Contact Information

Name: Doug E. Frantz

Title: Professor and Assistant Chair, Department of Chemistry




1. Please list the research areas in which your institution currently engages.


2. Please note any research areas of strength not listed above. This may include fundamental sciences (e.g. math, physics, biology, etc.).


3. Please list any emerging areas of research your department/institution is actively seeking to develop.


4. Does your department have any internal research centers or participate in any research consortia?


5. Please provide a list of relevant facilities and equipment.


6. Does your institution have a relationship with any other academic institution or research organization(s) that enables your access to their facilities and equipment?


ML-RCP Program Expectations

7. The objective of the AFRL ML-RCP is to enable and enhance the research capabilities of the HBCU’s/MSIs through collaborative research efforts with AFRL. What would be necessary for you to receive to meet this objective? 


As a recently designated R1 research institution, the Department of Chemistry at UTSA is looking to rapidly expand its research infrastructure and educational programs by building strong collaborations with external partners such as the AFRL. In particular, we are looking for avenues to grow our PhD program in chemistry by providing graduate students opportunities to participate in internship programs that will enhance their graduate experience at UTSA.


We would also like to highlight Dr. Kirk Schanze, who is a world-renowned expert in photoresponsive materials, conjugated polymers and electro-optical sensors. He also has current funding from AFOSR and is eager to establish a collaborative research program with AFRL ML-RCP given the fact that his research program is highly synergistic with the mission of the AFRL.