Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
College of Earth and Mineral Sciences
Phone number(s): 
(814) 863-1394
Office Address: 
302 Steidle Building
PSIEE Research Theme: 
Future Energy Supply
Research Summary: 

Functionalization of polyolefins via the combination of metallocene catalysts and reactive chain transfer agents; functionalization of fluoropolymers using borane-mediated radical polymerization; living radical polymerization based on new borane/oxygen initiators; energy storage via polymer thin film capacitors with high energy density, high power density, and low loss; polyolefin-based ion conductors for fuel cells, batteries and electrodialysis; oil super-absorbent polymers for oil spill recovery and natural gas storage; and B/C/M graphitic materials for hydrogen storage.