Professor and Department Head
Director, Marvin B. Dow Advanced Composites Institute
B.S. Chemistry and Mathematics, Missouri State University, 1988
Ph.D. Chemistry, University of Florida, 1992
Hand Lab Room 1115Website CV
Our laboratory is focused on the design, synthesis, mechanism, structure/reactivity/property relationships, applications, and technology transfer/commercialization of monomers, polymeric materials and composites primarily targeted for the information, energy, and sustainability revolutions. Research areas include, but not limited to: (1) fluoropolymers from aromatic trifluorovinyl ethers and other fluoroolefins for optical, energy conversion, communication, and tailored surface applications; (2) polyarylene networks and carbon structures from micro- and nano-processable intermediates; (3) renewable and bioabsorable polymers based on aliphatic polyesters (e.g., PLA, PHA, and derivatives) for packaging, coatings, biomedical applications, and hybrid semi-fluorinated polymers and recycled rubber composites; (4) re-ground rubber recycling via functionalization, grafting, and composite formulation and carbonization; (5) novel acrylonitrile copolymers for carbon fiber precursors and the use of these polymers in wound healing, (6) thermally reversible crosslinkable resins for smart coatings, and (7) direct fluorination of various materials.
“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, 27, 1389–1396.
“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, 227-233.
“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.
“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.
“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).
“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.