Department of Chemistry

School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

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Kenneth J. Balkus, Jr., Ph.D.

Department Head
Inorganic and Materials Chemistry

Research Group

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B.S., Worcester Polytechnic Institute (1982): Chemistry
Ph.D., University of Florida (1986): Inorganic Chemistry
Advisor: Russell S. Drago
Postdoctoral Associate, University of Pennsylvania (1986–88)
Advisor: Brad B. Wayland


NanoTech Institute

Materials Science and Engineering

Research Description

Most of the research in our lab involves nanoporous metal oxides, which includes zeolites and related molecular sieves as well as layered materials. Projects include the preparation, modification and application of molecular sieves in areas ranging from catalysis to chemical sensors. Zeolite supported catalysts and host/guest materials include immobilized enzymes. Pulsed laser deposition and electrostatic deposition are used to prepare molecular sieve films and fibers respectively as part of an effort in membranes for gas separation, photovoltaics, fuel cells, and drug delivery.

Selected Publications

“Synthesis of Gold nanoclusters: A Fluorescent marker for water-soluble TiO2 nanotubes” Ratanatawanate, C.; Yu, J.; Chen, Z.; Zheng, J.; Balkus, Jr., K.J. Nanotech., 2011, 22, 065601

S-nitrosocysteine decorated PbS QDs/TiO2 nanotubes for enhanced production of singlet oxygen” Ratanatawanate, C.; Chyao, A.; Balkus, Jr., K.J., J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2011, 133, 3492-3497

“Low-temperature Synthesis of Copper (II) Sulfide Quantum Dot Decorated TiO2 Nanotubes and Their Photocatalytic Properties” Ratanatawanate, C.; Bui, A.; Vu, K.; Balkus, Jr., K.J., J, Phys. Chem, 2011, 115, 6175-6180.

“Fabrication of Cellulase Protein Fibers through Concentric Electrospinning Tran, D.; Yang, D.J.; Balkus, Jr. K.J., J Mol.Catal. B Enzymatic, 2011, 72, 1-5.

“Vanadium oxide nanowire - carbon nanotube binder free flexible electrodes for supercapacitors” Perera, S.D.; Patel, B.; Nijem, N.; Roodenko, K.; Seitz, O.; Ferraris, J.P.; Chabal, Y.J.; Balkus Jr., K.J,  Adv. Energy Mater. 2011, 1, 936-945

“A Perspective of recent progress in immobilization of enzymes” Tran, D.N.; Balkus, Jr., K.J., , ACS Catal. 2011, 1, 956-968.

“Vanadium oxide nanotube speherical clusters prepared on carbon fabrics for energy storage applications” Perera, S.D.; Patel, B.;  Bonso, J.S.;  Grunewald, M.; Ferraris, J.P.; Balkus, Jr., K.J.,  Applied Mater. Interfac., 3, 2011, 4512-4517.

“Layer-by-layer assembly of titanate nanosheets/poly(ethylenimine) on PEN films” Ratanatawanate, C.; Perez, M.; Gnade, B.E.; Balkus, Jr., K.J. Mater. Lett. 66, 2011, 242-254.

“Exfoliated graphene nanoplatelets-V2O5 nanotube composite electrodes for supercapacitor application” Bonso, J.S.; Rahy, A.; Perera, S.D.; Nour, N.; Seitz, O.; Chabal,Y.C.; Balkus, Jr., K.J.; Ferraris, J.P.; Yang, D.J., J. Power Sources, 203, 2012, 227-232.

  • Updated: September 7, 2017
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