Department of Chemistry

School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

[email protected]
Endowed Professor
Office - BE 2.318

John P. Ferraris, PhD

Electroactive polymers

Research Group

Ferraris Lab Homepage


B.A., St. Michael’s College (1969): Chemistry
M.A., The Johns Hopkins University (1971): Organic Chemistry
PhD, The Johns Hopkins University (1973): Organic Chemistry
National Research Council Postdoctoral Associate, NBS (1973–75)


NanoTech Institute

Research Description

The research thrusts of Prof. Ferraris' group are on the design and synthesis of novel polymers for application in electrochemical capacitors, membranes for gas separations, polymeric solar cells, fuel cell membranes, light emitting polymers, and electrochromics.

Selected Publications

“Enhanced and Tunable Open-Circuit Voltage using Dialkyl Benzo[1,2-b:4,5-b’]dithiophene in Polymer Solar Cells.” D. Lee, E. Hubijar,G. J. D. Kalaw and J . P. Ferraris,  Chem. Mater. (2012), 24, 2534-2540.

“A novel dialkylthio benzo[1,2-b:4,5-b’]dithiophene derivative for high open-circuit voltage in polymer solar cells.” D. Lee, S. Stone amd J. P. Ferraris, Chem Commun (2011) 47, 10987-10898.

“Molecular sieving realized with ZIF-8/Matrimid (R) mixed-matrix membranes.” M.J. C. Ordonez, K. J.Balkus, Jr., J. P. Ferraris and I. H. Musselman. Journal of Membrane Science  (2010), 361, 28-37.

“Electrospinning of Poly (alkoxyphenylenevinylene) and Methanofullerene Nanofiber Blends.” H. A. Liu, D. Zepeda, J. P. Ferraris and K. J. Balkus, Jr. ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces (2009), 1(9)  1958-1965.

“Electrochemically tuned properties for electrolyte-free nanotube sheets.” Alexander A. Zakhidov, Dong-Seok Suh, Alexander A. Kuznetsov, Joseph N. Barisci, Edgar Munoz, Alan B. Dalton, Steve Collins, Von H. Ebron, Mei Zhang, John P. Ferraris, Anvar A. Zakhidov, Ray H. Baughman. Advanced Functional Materials (2009), 19(14)  2266-2272.

“Electrochemical Properties of Activated Polyacrylonitrile/pitch Carbon Fibers Produced Using Electrospinning.” Bo-Hye Kim, Nhu-Ngoc Bui, Kap-Seung Yang, Marilou E dela Cruz, John P. Ferraris. Bulletin of the Korean Chemical Society (2009), 30(9)  1967-1972.

"Fuel-Powered Artificial Muscles." V. H. Ebron, Z. Yang, D. J. Seyer, M. E. Kozlov, J. Oh, H. Xie, J. Razal, L. J. Hall, J. P. Ferraris, A. G. MacDiarmid, R. H. Baughman. Science (Washington, DC, United States) (2006), 311(5767), 1580-1583.

"Spinning solid and hollow polymer-free carbon nanotube fibers." M. E. Kozlov, R. C. Capps, W. M. Sampson, V. H. Ebron, J. P. Ferraris, R. H. Baughman. Adv. Mater. (2005) 17(5), 614-617.

"Super Tough Carbon Nanotube Composite Fibers for Electronic Textiles." A. B. Dalton, S. Collins, E. Muñoz, J. M. Razal, V. H. Ebron, J. P. Ferraris, J. N. Coleman, B. G. Kim and R. H. Baughman. Nature 423(6941) (2003) 703.

  • Updated: October 6, 2017
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