Sr. University Professor
Chemistry & Biomolecular Science
PO Box 5814
Potsdam, NY 13699-5814
Ph.D. University of Rochester - Organic and Polymer Chemistry
Studies are focused on the application of organic chemistry to solving problems in materials processing, pharmaceutical synthesis, and waste recycling. Neuron active heterocycles derived from adamantanes and sterically hindered porphyrins for study as oxygen carriers are of interest. Also, the conversion of waste material into fuel oil and of environmentally hazardous chlorocarbons into nontoxic chemicals is being evaluated.
Research in fine-particle science includes use of aerosol and solution phase methods to prepare powders composed of inorganic or organic materials; development of new coating methods for the preparation of controlled release and ceramic colloids; covalently tethering reactive functionalities to metal oxide particles, including titania; and use of plasma to selectively modify particle surfaces.
Recent projects on coating aluminum nitride, boron nitride, and silicon carbide ceramic powders with metals, metal oxides, or polymers, mixed metal oxides including superconductors with silver, and phosphor particles used for imaging have been successful. Research on chemical strengthening of materials and on coating abrasive powders for chemical mechanical planarization/(CMP) is in progress.