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Expert in Chemistry of Materials

Expert ID: 107709 New York, USA

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APPLIED INORGANIC CHEMISTRY. Expert has extensive experience in applied inorganic chemistry. Using new sol-gel methods that employ hydrogen peroxide, Expert has made a variety of ceramics and minerals, for example, forsterite, enstatite, and members of the olivine family. Sols (colloidal suspensions) of the magnesium silicates form useful thin films and powders. When doped with a small amount of chromium, forsterite is one of the few materials that acts as a tunable laser in the near IR region; the powdered precursor is fully crystalline at 850C.

CRYSTALLIZATION; METAL ADHESION PROCESS. Mixed metal oxides have potential uses in other advanced materials such as fiber-reinforced glass-ceramic composites. Expert has directed the sol-gel synthesis and characterization of a layered silicate, namely the mica, potassium fluorophlogopite that acts as a weak, oxidatively stable, interface between fiber and ceramic matrix. A hybrid process, a combination of solution chemistry with electrostatic phenomena, has been used for synthesis of ultrafine (nanosize) metal oxide particles that are useful for electrostatic coating applications.

ADHESION THEORY. Expert has explored the chemical basis for adhesion of metals to ceramics. Transition metal oxides in alumina improved adhesion to a chromium metal overlayer by 30-50%. To learn how this works, Expert prepared several mixed metal oxides and correlated the results of adhesion strength measurements with interface energies calculated by means of extended Huckel, quantum mechanical calculations in collaboration with Prof. R. Hoffmann.

METAL-CERAMIC COMPOSITE. Expert synthesized dense Ni-Al2O3 and NiAl-Al2O3 composites using displacement reactions between NiO and aluminum. The resulting microstructures were interpenetrating and did not crack under indentation.

ORGANOMETALLIC CHEMISTRY. For several years, Expert's research was concerned with metal-to-metal bonding and novel bonding modes for the main group elements and the synthesis, characterization and chemistry of mixed metal clusters.

AIR-SENSITIVE MATERIAL HANDLING. Under Expert's direction, an extensive line of specialty glassware for the manipulation of air- and moisture-sensitive compounds, adapted from the traditional Schlenk tube techniques, was developed at Cornell University and is commercially available.

Expert teaches and routinely uses advanced laboratory techniques ranging from HIGH VACUUM methods to PEPTIDE SYNTHESIS. He is familiar with most SPECTROSCOPY techniques and the use of the computer in data analysis.

Expert has designed, built, taught, and consulted on the apparatus for the handling of air- and moisture-sensitive compounds, based on the well-known Schlenk methodology. Some of this creations are shown in the 1999 catalog of Ace Glass Co., Vineland, NJ, in the section entitled "No-Air Apparatus", which includes the Ace- Expert Inert Atmosphere System for gas-vacuum operations.

As a teacher of general, inorganic, advanced inorganic, analytical (quantitative analysis) instrumental analysis, and advanced synthesis methods, Expert has a very broad range of knowledge in the inorganic-organometallic, and analytical areas. He was co-director for the creation of over 30 videotaped programs on laboratory technique entitled the "Master-Apprentice Series", which have been translated into several languages and used worldwide to illustrate techniques in the undergraduate laboratory.

Expert's PhD training and over 30 years’ experience in teaching and research has been in this area. He has over 90 publications in the highest quality journals, such as the Journal of the American Chemical Society, Inorganic Chemistry, Chemistry of Materials, and Organometallics.

Most of Expert's research involves synthesis and characterization of new compounds and materials. Recent accomplishments include a hydrogen peroxide assisted, sol-gel synthesis of a variety magnesium silicates, including forsterite, Cr-doped forsterite, flurortalc, and flurorphlogopite. Current research is directed toward the characterization of a proposed magnesium hydroperoxide intermediate. Recent work also includes the synthesis of Nd-doped barium fluoride nanoparticles (see publications).

In the course of over 10 years of research in the area of metal silicate synthesis, Expert has over 20 publications in leading journals in this area. Most contributions are based on sol-gel synthesis, and some involve thin-film formation as well. A patent (US 5019293) describes some of this work.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Rochester, New York - Syracuse, New York - Utica, New York - Scranton, Pennsylvania

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Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1964 Degree: PhD Subject: Organometallic Chemistry Institution: MIT
Year: 1960 Degree: BS Subject: Chemistry Institution: Wheeling College, West Virginia

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 1965 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: PROFESSOR Department: Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology Responsibilities:

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
He is a member of ACS, Sigma Xi, and Alpha Sigma Nu.
Awards / Recognition
Expert has received an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship as well as fellowships from NSF, NIH, and duPont.
Publications and Patents Summary
He has over 90 publications and two patents.

Fields of Expertise

adhesion theory, air-sensitive material handling, applied inorganic chemistry, crystallization, metal adhesion, metal to ceramic adhesion, organometallic chemistry, thin film, sol-gel, air-sensitive compound, chemistry, inorganic chemistry, inorganic synthesis, silicate chemistry, metal-oxide powder, ultrafine, ceramic adhesive, metal-ceramic composite, titanium adhesion, stainless steel adhesion, water-sensitive compound, near-infrared laser, colloidal suspension, fiberglass-reinforced composite, adhesion testing, cosmic radiation, cadmium compound, transition element compound, ceramic adhesion, peroxide, organomercury chemistry, magnesium silicate, ceramic-to-metal seal, medium high-pressure seal, fiber-reinforced composite, chemical reaction, silicate mineral, inorganic peroxide, X-ray diffraction, X-ray spectroscopy, X-radiation, glassware, magnesium compound, olivine, mica, tunable laser, transition element, surface analysis, solution chemistry, sol, solid-state chemistry, sol-gel processing, sol-gel coating material, silica chemistry, scientific glassware, pyrolysis, potassium, polymer chemistry, oxidation-resistant material, optical material, optical coating material, nitrogen chemistry, mineralogy, metal particle composite, metal hydride, mercury, magnesium, iron, inorganic acid, hydrolysis, hydrogen peroxide, hydrogen chemistry, homogeneous catalysis, gel permeation chromatography, gel coat, gas storage, gas seal, gamma ray, electrostatic coating, electrolytic solution, cobalt, ceramic processing, ceramic powder processing, ceramic coating material, batch reactor, atomizing, aluminum, alkaline-earth metal, adhesion theory

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