Colloid Chemist and Polymer Consultant Specializing on Surface and Interface Chemistry

Technical Consultant #335


Expertise

  • Polymer, colloid and physical chemistry.
  • Dynamics of polymers and surface active species at interfaces.
  • Polymer composites and nanocomposites.
  • Polymer-solvent interactions and dynamics.
  • Polymer characterization.
  • Structure and dynamics in surfactant systems.
  • Friction materials.
  • NMR spectroscopy.

Educator

  • Taught a variety of courses mainly in physical and polymer chemistry specializing in thermodynamics, kinetics and surfaces, polymer physical chemistry, polymer chemistry and spectroscopy.
  • Course design: In response to departmental and campus-wide needs, developed a new course, Introduction to Chemistry Research. This course not only introduced incoming graduate students to faculty research topics, but also introduced the students to important topics like: plagiarism, ethics, choosing and advisor, presentations, writing research papers and proposals. This course has been implemented at OSU.
  • Conducted workshops for: Organic and inorganic Hybrid Polymers and Organic and inorganic Hybrid Polymers Materials.

Experience

Undisclosed University, Professor of Chemistry (Regents), 2011 - Present

Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) and Co-Chair, Professional Development Task Force, 2012

  • Reviewed the roles of GTAs across OSU with special emphasis on non-native English speaking GTAs.
  • Developed a comprehensive plan for entry level training/evaluation and continued mentoring of GTAs.

Professor and Chair of Chemistry, 2009 - 2011

  • As Chief Officer of the Department of Chemistry responsible for approximately, 40 undergraduate students, 65 graduate students, 5 postdoctoral fellows, 7 staff members, 5 chemical professionals and 21 faculty members.
  • Provide strategic planning, interaction with external constituencies, and budgeting. In the first three years and successfully hired six tenure-track faculty members.

Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rolla MO, 1986 - 2010

President, President-Elect, Secretary, Parliamentarian, and Chair, 2004 - 2009

  • Served as founding President of the Faculty Senate (MS&T) and last President of the Academic Council (UMR). These positions were part of the yearly Presidential succession of this representative faculty body.
  • As an officer, dealt with a variety of academic and personnel issues.
  • Conducted meetings with Chancellor and Provost to forge faculty and administration partnerships on a monthly basis.
  • Played a major role in changing the faculty bylaws and the UM system collected rules and regulations to accommodate the campus structure without schools, colleges and deans.
  • Assisted in reinventing processes dealing with tenure and curricula.
  • Attended Board of Curators' meetings and represented the faculty at these meetings.

Other Positions

  • Professor (Materials and Science Engineering)
  • Curators' Professor of Chemistry
  • Professor of Chemistry
  • Senior Research Investigator for the Materials Research Center
  • Associate Professor of Chemistry

Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA, 1981 - 1986

  • Assistant Professor of Chemistry.

Research Experience

Lectures and Symposiums

  • Invited guest at academic institutions and companies in the United States, Sweden, England, Ireland, Germany, France, and the Netherlands addressing the subject areas:
  • Polyaniline and related nanocomposites
  • Unusual properties of polymer surfaces
  • The goop at the bottom of the flask, polymer chemistry
  • Multinuclear NMR studies in polymer systems
  • Structure and dynamics in micelles liquid crystals and microemulsions
  • Transport in polymer and surfactant systems
  • Dynamics of surface-bound species
  • Molecular motion of adhesion promoters on oxide surfaces
  • Molecular motion and the physical properties of composites
  • One - and two - dimensional deuterium NMR studies of polymers
  • Magnetic Resonance
  • Polymeric Microemulsions: Formation and Reactions of Polymerizable Microemulsions
  • Magnetic Resonance in Polymers
  • NMR of Surfactants
  • Polymer Science and Polymer Technology
  • Colloids and Interfacial Phenomena
  • NMR of Polymers
  • Polymer Interfaces
  • Dispersed Systems and Effect of Added Polymer
  • Advances in Filler Technology
  • Polymer Surfaces and Interfaces

Research Funding

  • Accumulated over $4 million in grants working with:
  • National Science Foundation
  • Office of Naval Research
  • Petroleum Research Fund
  • Research Corporation
  • Alcoa Foundation
  • Du Pont
  • IBM
  • Cardolite Corporation
  • Exxon Education Foundation Award

Research Publications

  • Authored and co-author over 215 technical papers, in chemical-related fields with focus on surface-adsorbed species and surface-active agents of relevance to materials science and friction materials.

Honors & Publications

Academic and Professional Affiliations

  • Secretary, Division of Polymer Chemistry, Inc., ACS
  • Councilor, South Central Missouri Section, ACS
  • Member: American Chemical Society (ACS Divs. of: Colloid and Surface
  • Chemistry, Polymer Chemistry, and Polymeric Materials); American Physical Society (APS, Div. of Polymer Physics); Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)
  • Director: Institute for Applied Chemistry (UMR)
  • Director: Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Lab. (UMR)
  • Co-Director: Friction Materials Laboratory
  • Director, Molecular Modeling Computer Learning Center
  • Member, Paint and Coatings Short Course Program (UMR)
  • Editorial Board, "Drexel Polymer Notes"
  • Assistant Editor, "Polymers Preprints", Division of Polymer Chemistry, Inc., ACS

Awards

  • Faculty Excellence Award, University of Missouri-Rolla.
  • Outstanding Achievement and Contribution to Polymer Science and the Profession.
  • Curators' Professorship: Highest rank in the University Missouri System., providing leadership to the faculty, administration on the importance of scholarly activity and fairness in interactions.
  • Special Service Award, Division of Polymer Chemistry, Inc. Recognized for service to the Division especially as founding Webmaster.
  • Outstanding Graduate Alumni Award (Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL).
  • Research Scholar Award, Drexel University.
  • Regents' Professorship for the unique contributions in several areas including research, artistic performance, creativity, teaching, and extension.

Education

  • Ph.D. Physical Chemistry, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
  • M.S. Physical Chemistry, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL
  • B.S. Chemistry, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL
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