Ethan Tsai

Tsai, Ethan


Chemistry, Hospitality, Events and Tourism, Beer/Brewing Operations


Materials chemistry, Liquid crystals chemistry, Condensed matter phases, Nanomaterials

Degree: Ph.D.

Title: Lecturer

Department: School of Hospitality


Office Phone: 303-615-0272

Interviewed by: 850KOA Newsradio, 9NEWS, FOX31

Additional Languages Spoken: Chinese


Ethan Tsai, Ph.D., is a lecturer in the School of Hospitality at Metropolitan State University of Denver. He specializes in brewing sciences and teaches beers of the world and brewing quality analysis.

Tsai spent nearly a decade in the chemical industry, working as the master chemist for two startup companies, including a partnership with Eastman Kodak to develop next generation high efficiency passivating tinting film filters. He also worked at 3M developing next generation adhesive technologies. Tsai worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at CU Boulder in the Department of Physics investigating soft matter. He joined the Department of Chemistry at MSU Denver in 2011 as an affiliate faculty and left to work full time as beer instructor in the Beer Industry Program at MSU Denver and acting director of Quality Control for Tivoli Brewing Company.

He conducts research in the Tsai Research Group where the focus is on the relationship between molecular structure and super molecular structure and explores new liquid-crystalline morphologies that have potential semiconductor properties for industrial applications ranging from photovoltaics to static field mitigation. Tsai is also an avid homebrewer. He has brewed many award-winning recipes that have been poured at the Great American Beer Festival and won medals at the Big Beers, Belgians and Barleywines Festival.

Tsai received his doctorate in materials chemistry from University of Colorado Boulder in 2006 and a bachelor’s in chemistry from Carleton College in 1999. He is a certified Cicerone beer Server.