His research interests range from the growth of single crystals to the synthesis of new transparent conductors. The research emphasizes the connections between the synthesis and structure of new materials, the physical properties of new materials and the technological advances that result from these discoveries.
Poeppelmeier is associate director for science in the Chemical Sciences and Engineering Division of the Argonne National Laboratory. An associate editor of the journal Inorganic Chemistry, he has authored more than 300 articles in peer-refereed publications. He holds 16 patents for the development of new materials and the National Science Foundation, the Office of Naval Research, the Department of Energy Office of Basic Energy Sciences and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory support his research.