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John P Ferraris
Endowed Chair-Chemistry
Office MailstopMail Box: BE26, Room No.: BE2318 
Email Address    Primary Phone Number 972-883-2905    URL John P. Ferraris's Profile   URL Ferraris Lab Homepage    Media Contact
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Heard, Linda L
 Professional Preparation
 National Research Council Postdoctoral Associate NBS1975
 Ph.D.Organic ChemistryJohns Hopkins University1974
 M.A.Organic ChemistryJohns Hopkins University1971
 B.A.ChemistrySt. Michael's College1969
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Research Description
The main research thrusts of Prof. Ferraris' group are on electroactive polymers. In the past few years, Ferraris' group has contributed significantly to the scientific literature on various issues regarding electrochromics, electrochemical capacitors, light emitting polymers, membranes for gas separations, polymeric solar cells, and fuel cell membranes
Fields of Research Specialization
Organic Solid State Chemistry: Design, synthesis and characterization of electroactive organic molecules and polymers
  • Electrochemical Capacitors
  • Electrochromic Devices
  • Low Bandgap Polymers
  • Light-emitting polymers
  • Fuel Cells
  • Membrane-based separations
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Surface Cross-Linking of ZIF-8/Polyimide Mixed Matrix Membranes (MMMs) for Gas Separation, Sumudu N. Wijenayake, Nimanka P. Panapitiya, Saskia H. Versteeg, Cindy N. Nguyen, Srishti Goel, Kenneth J. Balkus, Jr., Inga H. Musselman, John P. Ferraris, Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., 2013 (In press)
Nafion-sulfonated dendrimer composite membranes for fuel cell applications, Anjalee Liyanage, John P. Ferraris, Inga H. Musselman, Duck-joo Yang, Theodore E Anderson, David Y. Son, Kenneth J. Balkus, Jr., J. Membrane Sci., 2012 392-393 175-180.
Preparation and electrochemical properties of carbon nanofibers derived from polybenzimidazole/polyimide precursor blends, Kyung-Hye Jung, John P. Feraris, Carbon, 2012, 50(14), 5309-5315
Enhanced and tunable open-circuit voltage using dialkylthio benzo[1,2-b:4,5-b’]dithiophene in polymer solar cells, Doyun Lee, Emir Hubijar, Grace Jones D. Kalaw, John P. Ferraris, Chem. Mater., 2012, 24(13), 2534-2540.
Exfoliated graphite nanoplatelets-V2O5 nanotube composite electrodes for supercapacitors, Jeliza Bonso, Abdelaziz Rahy, Sanjaya D. Perera, Nijem Nour, Oliver Seitz, Yves Chabal, Jr., Kenneth J. Balkus, Jr., John P. Ferraris, Duck J. Yang, J. Power Sources, 2012, 203, 227-232.
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NanoTech Institute
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DurationRankDepartment / SchoolCollege / OfficeUniversity / Company
2006-2009Cecil H. and Ida Green Chair  University of Texas at Dallas
2003-2006Interim DeanSchool of Natural Sciences and Mathematics University of Texas at Dallas
1995-PresentDepartment HeadChemistry University of Texas at Dallas
1992-PresentProfessorChemistry and Physics University of Texas at Dallas
1983-1984Acting Program HeadChemistry University of Texas at Dallas
1980-1980Associate ProfessorChemistry and Physics University of Texas at Dallas
1979-1979Navy/ASEE Summer Faculty Research Associate  Naval Research Laboratories
1977-1977Assistant ProfessorPhysics University of Texas at Dallas
1975-1975Assistant ProfessorChemistry University of Texas at Dallas
1973-1975ChemistPolymers Division National Bureau of Standards
 News Articles
Dr. John Ferraris, Head of UTD’ s Chemistry Department, Wins Prestigious W. T. Doherty Recognition Award
UT Dallas News Center
Dr. John P. Ferraris, head of the Chemistry Department at The University of Texas at Dallas, has 
been named this year’s winner of the W. T. Doherty Award by the Dallas-Fort Worth Section of the American Chemical Society (ACS).  The award 
will be formally presented at a dinner meeting of the section in September at which Ferraris will deliver a technical lecture.
The award, which includes an honorarium of $1,000, recognizes significant achievement in research, teaching and service – in Ferraris’  
case, his work in the field of conducting polymers for energy storage, light emission, electrochromism and membrane separations.  The award was established by the local section of the ACS to honor the memory of Wilfred Thomas “Doc” Doherty, one of the founding trustees and later 
president of the Robert A. Welch Foundation, a Texas-based philanthropic organization that supports chemical research.  The first award was 
given in 1972, the year after Doherty’s death.

U. T. Dallas Nanotechnology Scientists Win Research Grants Worth $500,000
UT Dallas News Center
Nanotechnology scientists at The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) have won two federal research grants totaling more than $500,000, the university announced today.
The largest of the awards is a three-year, $460,000 grant from the United States Air Force Office of Scientific Research to three members of the UTD faculty to produce prototypes of photocells from polymer nanofibers and carbon nanotubes. The co-principal investigators on the grant are Dr. Anvar A. Zakhidov, professor of physics and associate director of the UTD NanoTech Institute, Dr. John P. Ferraris, professor of chemistry and head of the Department of Chemistry, and Dr. Kenneth J. Balkus, Jr., professor of chemistry.
The goal of the research is the creation of low-cost, ultra-lightweight, deployable solar cell arrays that could be used to generate electric power for spacecraft, among other applications.

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Awards and Fellowships
  • Wilfred T. Doherty Award (DFW-ACS, 2001)
  • Navy/ASEE Summer Faculty Research Fellowship (NRL) (1979)
  • National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship (1973-75)
  • National Defense Education Act Fellowship (1971 -73)
  • Johns Hopkins University Chemistry Department Fellowship (1971 -73)
  • U. S. Air Force Scholarship (1967-69)
  • St. Michael's College Scholarship (1965-67)
  • Sealtest Foods Scholarship (1965-67)

Memberships in Scientific Societies
  • American Chemical Society
  • Electrochemical Society
  • Materials Research Society
  • North American Membranes Society

  • Low Bandgap Polymers from Fused Heteroaromatic Monomers, Ferraris, J. P., Lambert, T. L. and Rodriguez, S., U.S. Patent No. 5,274,058, Dec. 28, 1993.
  • Fused Heteroaromatic Monomers for Preparing Low Bandgap Polymers, Ferraris, J. P., Lambert, T. L. and Rodriguez U.S. Patent No. 5,315,014, May 24, 1994.
  • Low bandgap polymers from fused dithiophene diester Ferraris, J. P., Lambert, T. L. and Rodriguez, S., U.S. Patent No. 5,510,438, Apr. 23, 1996
  • Electrochemical Supercapacitors, A. J. Rudge, J. P. Ferraris and S. Gottesfeld, U.S. Patent No. 5,527,640, June l8, 1996
    Production of substituted polyphenylenevinylenes by polymerization of ot,ot'-dihalo-p-xylenes in the presence of anionic catalysts. , J. P. Ferraris and C. J. Neef, U.S. Patent No. 6,426,399 July 30, 2002
  • Method of Creating Color-Changing Displays, J. P. Ferraris, T. Dam and D. Meeker, U.S. Patent No. 6,501,587 December 31, 2002
  • Method of Creating Color-Changing Displays, J. P. Ferraris, T. Dam and D. Meeker, U.S. Patent No. 6,598,966 July 29, 2003
  • Light-emitting block copolymers composition, process and use. Ferraris, John P.; Gutierrez, Jose J. U.S. Patent No. 7,135,241 Nov 1,2006 22 pp.
  • Polymer-free carbon nanotube assemblies (fibers, ropes, ribbons, films), R. H. Baughman, M. Kozlov, V. H. Ebron, R. Capps and J. P. Ferraris, PCT Int. Appl. WO 2006137893 A2, 80 pp(2006)
  • Electrospinning of polymer and mesoporous composite fibers Balkus, Kenneth J.; Ferraris, John P.; Madhugiri, Sudha. U.S. Pat. Appl. Publ. 2003 17 pp.
  • Tunable blue lasers from alloys based on organic distyryl benzene single crystals. Wu, Chenchun; Delong, Matthew C.; Vardeny, Valy Z.; Ferraris, John. PCT Int. Appl. 2003 25 pp.
  • Electrospun mesoporous molecular sieve fibers, fiber and fiber network, and electrospinning apparatus, Balkus, Kenneth J., Jr.; Ferraris, John P.; Madhugiri, Sudha; Scott, Ashley S. U.S. Pat. Appl. Publ. 2004 2l pp. ALLOWED
  • Polymer electrolyte and fuel cell using the same, H-K. Kim, K. J. Balkus, H. Chang, J. P. Feiraris, D. J. Yang,Z. Yang, U.S. Pat. Appl. Publ. 2006, ll pp.


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