June 10, 2005

Chemistry / Materials Science Skill Sets

Synthetic Organic / Polymer / Materials Experience

  • Adhesion promoters for adhesion enhancement of polymer coatings
  • Carbohydrate chemistry
  • Carbon-carbon bond formations
  • Carbon nanotube (CNT) synthesis / formation using thermal chemical vapor deposition (T-CVD) and plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PE-CVD)
  • Carbon nanotube (CNT) functionalization
  • Chemical vapor deposition (CVD) polymerization (CVDP) of Parylene [poly(p-xylylenes)] N, C, D, F (VT-4), hydroxylated paracyclophanes, and copolymers
  • Computational chemistry
    • Molecular modeling and HOMO/LUMO energy level calculations
      • Chem3D Ultra
      • Gaussian 03
      • PC Spartan
      • Titan
  • Functional coatings
  • Functional group transformations
  • Initiated chemical vapor deposition (iCVD) of thin films, based of acrylate polymers
  • Lanthanide chemistry
  • Metal-catalyzed coupling reactions
  • Metallurgical analysis
  • Microwave-assisted organic synthesis
  • Organometallic complex synthesis
  • Oxidations and reductions
  • Peptide bond formations
  • Peptide chemistry
  • Peptide nucleic acid (PNA) chemistry
  • Plasma cleaning / treatment of surfaces for adhesion enhancement of polymer coatings
  • Polymerizations:
    • Acyclic diene metathesis (ADMET)
    • Anionic
    • Chemical vapor deposition (CVD)
    • Condensation
    • Free radical
    • Metal-catalyzed coupling
    • Ring-opening metathesis polymerization (ROMP)
  • Polymer processing
    • Precipitation / reprecipitation
    • Drop casting of films
    • Spin casting of films
    • Thermal cross-linking / hardening
    • UV cross-linking / hardening
  • Protective group chemistry
  • Schlenk line & glove box manipulations
    • Moisture-sensitive compounds
    • Oxygen-sensitive compounds
    • Pyrophoric compounds
  • Self-assembled monolayers (SAMs)
  • Solder joint analysis
  • Solid-phase peptide synthesis (SPPS)
    • 9-Fluorenylmethyloxycarbonyl (Fmoc) protected PNA oligomer synthesis
    • Tert-butyloxycarbonyl (Boc / tBoc) protected PNA oligomer synthesis
  • Surface activation
  • Surface passivation

Purification Experience

  • Chromatography / separations science:
    • Thin layer chromatography (TLC) / Preparative TLC – Alumina and Silica
    • Column chromatography – Alumina, Silica, & Florisil (Magnesium-Based Stationary Phase)
    • Ion chromatography – Dionex
    • Medium-pressure chromatography – Biotage
    • High-performance / pressure liquid chromatography – reverse-phase
  • Decantation
  • Distillation under ambient pressure and vacuum
  • Drying
  • Lyophilization (freeze drying)
  • Reprecipitation
  • Recrystallization
  • Sublimation
  • Trituration

Characterization / Instrumental Analysis Experience

  • Cleanliness testing:
    • Ion chromatography (IC)
    • Ionograph / resistivity of solvent extract (ROSE) testing
    • Surface organic contamination testing
  • Imaging
    • Digital photography
    • Transmission X-ray analysis
    • Visual inspection
    • X-ray computed tomography analysis (CT)
  • Integrated circuit (IC) device preparation and analysis:
    • Curve tracer analysis
    • Wire bonding
  • Electrochemical analysis:
    • Cyclic voltammetry (CV)
    • Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS)
    • Galvanometry
  • Microscopy:
    • Confocal
    • Fluorescence
    • Infrared – Attenuated total reflectance-Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (ATR-FTIR)
    • Metallography
    • Optical
  • Surface analysis:
    • Atomic force microscopy (AFM) / Scanning probe microscopy (SPM) / Conductive AFM (C-AFM)
    • Contact angle goniometry
    • Field emission-scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM)
    • Scanning electron microscopy (SEM)
    • Energy dispersive X-Ray spectroscopy (EDS or EDX)
    • Moisture and insulation resistance (MIR)
    • Sequential electrochemical reduction analysis (SERA)
    • Surface insulation resistance (SIR)
    • Wetting balance solderability testing
    • X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy (XRF)
  • Structural and purity elucidation:
    • Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR)
    • Gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS)
    • Gel permeation chromatography (GPC)
    • High-performance / pressure liquid chromatography (HPLC); ultraviolet detector (UV)
    • Ion chromatography (IC); electrochemical detector (ECD)
    • Nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometry (NMR – proton, carbon, and fluorine)
    • Polarimetry
    • X-ray diffraction (XRD)
  • Thermal analysis:
    • Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC)
    • Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA)
  • Photophysical analysis:
    • Spectral reflectance spectrometry for thin-film thickness and transmittance measurements
    • Spectrofluorometry (fluorescence and phosphorescence; UV to NIR)
    • Ultraviolet-visible-near-infrared absorption and reflection spectroscopy (UV-Vis-NIR)

Data Analysis

Literature & information search


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