Dr. Dennis W. Smith, Jr. Named New Department Head

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We are pleased to announce Dr. Dennis W. Smith, Jr. will be joining the Department of Chemistry on July 1st as our new Department Head.  Currently, Dr. Smith resides in Braselton, Georgia where he has focused on entrepreneurial ventures the past few years after a distinguished career in academia.  His polymer research is internationally renowned for fluoropolymer science and technology.  Among his other accomplishments, Dr. Smith has published 137 refereed journal articles (H>40), over 300 conference papers, and has been invited to lecture over 200 times in 23 countries.  He currently holds 28 issued or pending US patents.  Other editorial achievements include editor of Polymer Bulletin, editor of the Journal of Nanoscience & Technology, 5 book editorships, and he serves on several other journal Editorial Boards.  A few of his other recognitions include:




• Fellow of the American Chemical Society (2010)
• IUPAC Fellow (2016)
• Cottrell Scholar of Research Corporation (2001)
• ACS Charles Stone Award recipient (2008)
• Chair, ACS Division of Polymer Chemistry (2009)

He has graduated 21 Ph.D. students, 6 M.S. students, and mentored 20 plus post-doctoral researchers, as well as over 80 undergraduate, foreign exchange, and high school students and science teachers.  Dr. Smith is a board director and an active consultant for organic and materials chemistry, entrepreneurship, and expert opinion.


Ph.D. Chemistry, University of Florida, December 1992, (Prof. K.B. Wagener, Advisor)
B.S. Chemistry and Mathematics, Missouri State University, December 1988  


• The University of Texas at Dallas, 2010-2014, Robert A. Welch Distinguished Professor of Chemistry
• Falcon Formulation and Fabrication (3F), LLC, 2014 - , Co-Founder and Director
• The University of Texas at Dallas, 2011-2014, Professor of Material Science and Engineering (Joint Appt.)
• Clemson University, 2010 -, Adjunct Professor of Chemistry
• Clemson University, 2008-2010, Professor of Material Science and Engineering (Joint Appt.)
• Clemson University, 2006-2010, Professor of Chemistry
• ACS Division of Polymer Chemistry, 2009, Elected Chair
• Center for Energy Harvesting Materials & Systems, 2011 - 2015, Director (NSF-/UCRC)
• International Union for Pure and Applied Chemistry; 2009 Member; 2011 Titular Member, 2016 Fellow
• Center for Ceramic, Composite, & Optical Materials Center, 2009-2010, Director (NSF-I/URC)
• Tetramer Technologies, L.L.C., 2001 - , Co-Founder and Director
• Clemson University, 2001, Associate Professor of Chemistry
• Center for Optical Material Science & Eng. Technologies, 2000, Co-founder and Assoc. Director
• Universität Heidelberg, Germany, 2001, Visiting Professor of Chemistry
• Clemson University, 1998, Assistant Professor of Chemistry
• Dow Chemical Central Research, 1996, Project Leader
• Dow Chemical Central Research, 1994, Sr. Research Chemist
• Dow Chemical Rheinmünster, Germany, 1993, Postdoctoral Fellow
• Rhone-Poulenc, Lyon, France, 1992, Graduate Research Fellow
• MSU Center for Scientific Research, 1987-1988, Research Chemist



His broad professional interests include science & technology leadership, technology transfer, entrepreneurship, and chemistry/materials research.  Research interests include synthesis, properties, and integration of market-driven material solutions historically used for energy, optical, communications, surface tailored, renewable, biomedical, and composite applications; including fluoropolymers, bio-based polymers, networks, composites, membranes, waste rubber, and carbon fiber. 



Fellow of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (2016)
Robert A. Welch Distinguished Professor of Chemistry (2010-2014, Welch Foundation)
Fellow of the American Chemical Society (Elected 2010)
ACS Division of Polymer Chemistry Distinguished Leadership Award (2010)
Governor’s Award for Excellence in Scientific Research (2009)
• IUPAC Polymer Division, Elected Titular Member (2011), Associate Member (Elected 2009)
ACS Charles H. Stone Award “Most Outstanding Southeastern Chemist” (2008)
Missouri State University Outstanding Alumni Award (2007)
INTEL Polymer Workshop, Keynote Speaker, Intel Corp. (2007)
Polymer Bulletin (Springer Journal), Editor (2007- )
Journal of Nanomaterials & Molecular Nanotechnology (SciTechnol), Editor-in-Chief (2013 –)
• ACS Division of Polymer Chemistry Chair ascension (Elected 2007)
Polymers for Advanced Technologies (Wiley Journal), Editorial Board (2006- )
Sigma Xi, National Research Society (Elected 2006)
Outstanding Faculty Member Award, Chemistry Graduate Student Assoc. (2004)
Clemson University Board of Trustees Award for Faculty Excellence (2001-2008)
• ACS Councilor for the Division of Polymer Chemistry (Elected 2002-2005)
Cottrell Scholar of Research Corporation (2001)
Clemson University Award for Faculty Achievement in the Sciences (2000)
• National Science Foundation Faculty Early CAREER Development Award (1999)
High Performance Polymers, Editorial Board (1998- )
• Dow Chemical Polymer Research Award (1999)
• 3M Pre-Tenured Faculty Award (1999)
• Invited Speaker – Gordon Conference, ACS, SPIE, OSA, SAMPE
• Dow Chemical Central Research Inventor of the Year Award (1997)
• Dow Chemical Special Recognition Award (1994, 1996, 1997)
• ACS Phoenix Award, on behalf of Brazosport Local Section (1996)
• SMSU Undergraduate Research Award (1986)



1.   “Semi Fluorinated Polymer Surfaces as a Surface Energy Control Layer” Cheng, G.; Spraul, B.; Smith, Jr., D.W.; Perahia, D. Royal Soc. Chem. Advances 2016, DOI: 10.1039/C6RA10730C.

2.   “Synthesis and characterization of a biphenyl perfluorocyclobutyl (BP-PFCB) polyethylene glycol (PEG) blend compatibilizer” Brown, D. K.; Cracowski, J-M.; Iacono, S. T.; Christensen, K.; Smith Jr., D. W., Polym. Adv. Tech. 2016, DOI: 10.1002/pat.3808.

3.   “Facile and Universal Method towards Functionalization of Partially Fluorinated Polyarylethers via Sequential Post-polymerization Modification Reactive and Functional Polymers” Wu, J.; Liou, J.-H.; Charles, S. Y.; Patel, Y.; Menon, R.; Santucci, C.; Iacono, S. T.; Smith, Jr., D. W.; Novak, B. M. J. React. Funct. Polym. 2015, 38, 93.

4.   “Suzuki polycondensation and post-polymerization modification toward electro-optic perfluorocyclobutyl (PFCB) aryl ether polymers: Synthesis and characterization” Wu, J.; Lund, B.R.; Batchelor, B.; Deia, D.K.; Liff, S.M.; Smith, Jr., D.W. J. Flourine Chemistry 2015, 180, 227233.

5.   “Utilization of a Meldrum’s acid towards functionalized fluoropolymers possessing dual reactivity for thermal crosslinking and post-polymerization modification”, Wu, J.; Iacono, S. T.; McCandless, G. T.; Smith Jr., D. W.; Novak, B. M., Chem. Commun. 2015, 51, 9220-9222.

6.   “Preparation of segmented semifluorinated poly(aryl ether)s from aromatic trifluorovinyl ethers and oligo(ethylene glycol)s”, Brown, D. K.; Cracowski, J-M.; Iacono, S. T.; Christensen, K.; Smith Jr., D. W., Journal of Applied Polymer Science 2015, 132, 41798.  (featured on cover). 

7.   “Preparation of biphenyl perfluorocyclobutyl (BP-PFCB) polyethylene glycol (PEG) copolymers by the formation of fluorinated arylene vinylene ether (FAVE)”, Brown, D. K.; Cracowski, J-M.; Iacono, S. T.; Christensen, K.; Smith Jr., D. W., Polym. Bull. 2015, 72, 1393-1405.

8.   “Triarylamine-enchained semiflluorinated perfluorocycloalkenyl (PFCA) aryl ether polymers” Babloo Sharma, B.; Faisal, M.; Liff, S.; Smith Jr., D. W. Applied Petrochemical Research 2015, 5, 35-45.

9.   “Coated melt-spun acrylonitrile-based suture for delayed release of nitric oxide” Lowe, A.; Deng, W.; Smith Jr., D.W.; Balkus, K.J. Materials Letters 2014, 225, 221-223.

10.   “AB-type monomers for the preparation of perfluorocycloalkene (PFCA) aryl ether polymers”, Campos, R.; Mansur, A. A.; , Cook, C. H.; , Batchelor, B.; Iacono, S. T.; Smith Jr., D. W. Journal of Fluorine Chemistry 2014, 166, 60–68.



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