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Michael C Biewer
Associate Professor-Chemistry
Office MailstopMail Box: BE26, Room No.: BE3326 
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Heard, Linda L
 Professional Preparation
 Postdoctoral AssociateOrganic ChemistryUniversity of Colorado at Boulder1997
 Ph.D.Organic ChemistryYale University1995
 B.S.Organic ChemistryOhio State University1990
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Research Description
My research is focused on the understanding of intermolecular effects in ordered media. In particular we are investigating the effect different media impart upon chemical reactivity with the goal of designing organic systems with specific functional control. The first research area is designing monolayers with specific intermolecular interactions within the monolayer structure. We are studying monolayers grown on transparent glass surfaces because we are initially probing the intermolecular interactions on the surface through optical studies of a photochromic spiropyran that is attached. A second research area is the design of molecular level sensors and switches. We couple the switching behavior of organic photochromic materials with a catalytic system in order to turn the catalytic property on and off with light. For the third research area, in collaboration with the NanoTech Institute at UTD, we are attempting to prepare single walled carbon nanotubes through an organic synthesis approach.
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Mahesh P. Bhatt, Harsha D. Magurudeniya, Elizabeth A. Rainbolt, Peishen Huang, Dusanthi S. Dissanayake, Michael C. Biewer, Mihaela C. Stefan, Poly(3-hexylthiophene) Nanostructured Materials for Organic Electronics Applications, J. Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, 2014, 14, 1-18.
Ruvini S. Kularatne, Harsha D. Magurudeniya, Prakash Sista, Michael C. Biewer, Mihaela C. Stefan, Donor-Acceptor Semiconducting Polymers for Organic Solar Cells, J. Polym. Sci., Part A: Polym. Chem., 2013, 51(4), 743-768.
Sussana A. Elkassih, Prakash Sista, Harsha D. Magurudeniya, Alexios Papadimitratos, Anvar A. Zakhidov, Michael C. Biewer, Mihaela C. Stefan, Phenothiazine Semiconducting Polymer for Light Emitting Diodes, Macromolecular Chemistry & Physics, 2013, 214(5), 572-577.
Prakash Sista, Mitchell Wilson, Natalie Holmes, Ruvini S. Kularatne, Elizabeth A. Rainbolt, Michael C. Biewer, Paul C. Dastoor, Warwick Belcher, Mihaela C. Stefan, Non-Dependence of Polymer to PCBM Weight Ratio on the Performance of Bulk Heterojunction Solar Cells with Benzodithiophene Donor Polymer, Science of Advanced Materials, 2013, 5, 512-518.
Jing Hao, Elizabeth A. Rainbolt, Katherine Washington, Michael C. Biewer, Mihaela C. Stefan, Synthesis of Functionalized Poly(caprolatone)s and Their Application as Micellar Drug Delivery Systems, Current Organic Chemistry, 2013, 17, 930-942.
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Sep-06 Sep-06 Chiral SmA* Materials for Display Applications?
David M. Walba, Eva Korblova, Lior Eshdat, Michael C. Biewer, Hong Yang, Christopher Jones, Michi Nakata, Mara Talarico, Renfan Shao, and Noel A. Clark, Chiral SmA* Materials for Display Applications?, oral presentation (DMW), SID Conference, Kent State University, September 2006.
Oct-04 Oct-04 Cyclic Polyacetylenes: A New Route for the Synthesis of Carbon Nanotubes of One Type
Lana Z. Alagha, Michael C. Biewer, Ray H. Baughman, Jaideep Lamba, William Sampson, Alan Dalton, Vasiliki Zorbas, Inga H. Musselman, Cyclic Polyacetylenes: A New Route for the Synthesis of Carbon Nanotubes of One Type, poster presentation (LZA), 60th Southwest Regional Meeting, Fort Worth, TX, October 2004.
Oct-04 Oct-04 STM Imaging of Photochromic Spiropyrans with halogen Groups
Zhongsheng Deng, Leilang Zheng, Michael C. Biewer, Inga H. Musselman, STM Imaging of Photochromic Spiropyrans with halogen Groups, oral presentation (ZD), 60th Southwest Regional Meeting, Fort Worth, TX, October 2004.
Oct-02 Oct-02 Cooperative Effects and Intermolecular Interactions in Ordered Organic Systems
Michael C. Biewer, Cooperative Effects and Intermolecular Interactions in Ordered Organic Systems, oral presentation (MCB), University of Texas at Dallas, October 2002.
Mar-05 Mar-05 Development of Photoswitchable Catalysts
Seema Saiyed and Michael C. Biewer, Development of Photoswitchable Catalysts, oral presentation (MCB), American Chemical Society National Meeting, San Diego, CA, March 2005.
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DurationRankDepartment / SchoolCollege / OfficeUniversity / Company
2003-PresentAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Chemistry University of Texas at Dallas
1997-2003Assistant ProfessorDepartment of Chemistry University of Texas at Dallas
2006-2010"Hierarchical Nanomanufacturing of Carbon Nanotube Sheets and Yarns and their Applications of Active Nano-Materials Systems"National Science Foundation NIRT$500,000Current
2004-2007"Functional Photochromic Materials"The Robert A. Welch Foundation$150,000Previous
2001-2004"Preparation of SAMs with Organic Photochromic Component"The Robert A. Welch Foundation$150,000Previous
1998-2001"Using an Organic Host/Guest System for Logic Applications"The Robert A. Welch Foundation$132,000.Previous
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 Additional Information
  • Outstanding Teacher Award
    School of Natural Science & Mathematics, University of Texas at Dallas, 2006
  • Chancellor's Council Outstanding Teaching Award
    University of Texas at Dallas, 1998-1999 academic term
  • Richard Wolfgang Memorial Prize
    Yale University, 1995-1996
    Yale University, 1 992-1 995
  • Kent Fellowship
    Yale University 1990-1992
  • graduated stunma cum laude with honors
    Ohio State University, 1990
  • MacNevin Scholarship in Chemistry
    Ohio State University, 1988-1990

  • 1997-2001 Chemistry Department Graduate Recruiting Cormnittee
  • 1998-2001 Library Committee, Chemistry Department Appointee
  • 1998-1999 Chemistry Department Faculty Search
  • 1999-2000 Chemistry Department Faculty Search
  • 1999-2005 University Safety Committee
    Chair 2004-2005
  • 1999-2004 Dallas/Fort Worth American Chemical Society Local Section Award Committee
    Chair 2002-2004
  • 2000-2002 University Chance1lor's Cormcil Award Cormnittee
    Chair 2001-2002
  • 2000-2001 Chemistry Department Faculty Search
  • 2003-2004 Chemistry Department Faculty Search
  • 2005-2007 Committee on Faculty Standing & Conduct
  • 2006-2007 Chemistry Department Faculty Search
  • 2007-2008 Chemistry Department Faculty Search
  • 1999-present Chemistry Department Undergraduate Advisor
  • 2003-present Biochemistry Curriculum Advisory Committee
  • 2007-present Committee on Effective Teaching
    School of Natural Sciences & Mathematics

Graduate degrees under supervision (Masters Degrees)
  • Elizabeth Champ, 1999, "Host/Guest Photochromic Crystals for Optical Binary Logic Devices".
  • Matthew Rollins, 1999, "Polarization Sign Change in a Ferroelectric Liquid Crystal".
  • Frederick Tejada, 1999, "The Effect of Various Intermolecular lnteractions on the Crystal Packing of Diphenylacetylene Derivatives".
  • Luis Manuel DeLeon, 1999, "Stabilization of Photochromic Materials by Formation of Self-Assembled Monolayers".
  • Somdatta Chowdhury, 2000, "To Study the Crystal Structure of Novel Tolanes by Crystal Engineering".
  • Kevin Greene, 2000, "Study of the Effects of Amide Molecules to Spiropyrans in Self-Assembled Monolayers".
  • Anthony Avila, 2000, "Structural Control of Ferroelectric Liquid Crystal Polarization".
  • Aminta Castillo Muzquiz, 2001, "Synthesis and Stabilization of Spiropyrans by Intermolecular Interactions on Self-Assembled Monolayers".
  • Ming-Hui Yang, 2002, "Study of the Effects of Surface Reactions with Spiropyrans in Self-Assembled Mono1ayers".
  • Gregory McGovern, 2003, "How Much is Enough? The Analysis of pi Stacking in Fluorinated Derivatives of 1,4-Bis(Phenylethynyl)Benzene".
  • Seema Saiyed, 2004, "Changing Activity of Zn(II)-Cyclen Complex by Photochromism"

Graduate degrees under supervision (Doctoral Degrees)
  • Abdu Shumburo, 2000, "Synthesis and Measurements of Thermal Decay Rates of 1'-Substituted 6-Nitro 3',3'-Dimethyl Spiro (2H-1-Benzopyran-2,2'-indoline) in Organogels".
  • Suman Iyengar, 2001, "Synthesis and Photochromism of Benzoindolinespiropyrans Included in Gamma-Cyclodextrin".
  • Lana Alagha, 2007, "A Novel Synthetic Approach to Armchair Carbon Nanotubes Using Polydiacetylene Blocks"

Graduate degrees under supervision (Current Students)
  • Daniel Dei, current third year graduate student

Undergraduate Reseach Supervision
  • Every year since 1998 there has been approximately two undergraduate students doing research

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