John Ferraris

Endowed Chair - Chemistry
john.ferraris@utdallas.edu
972-883-2905
BE2318
ORCID
Tags: Materials and Polymers Organic Chemistry

Professional Preparation

National Research Council Postdoctoral Associate
NBS - 1975
Ph.D. - Organic Chemistry
Johns Hopkins University - 1974
M.A. - Organic Chemistry
Johns Hopkins University - 1971
B.A. - Chemistry
St. Michael's College - 1969

Research Areas

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

Publications

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) 2013 - Publication
Carbon nanofiber electrodes for supercapacitors derived from new precursor polymer: Poly(acrylonitrile-co-vinylimidazole), Kyung-Hye Jung, Wenjing Deng, Dennis W. Smith, Jr., John P. Ferraris, Electrochem. Comm., 2012, 23, 149-152. 2012 - Publication
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. 2012 - Publication
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. 2012 - Publication
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. 2012 - Publication
Alkaline deoxygenated graphene oxide for supercapacitor applications: An effective green alternative for chemically reduced graphene, Sanjaya D. Perera, Ruperto G. Mariano, Nijem Nour, Yves Chabal, John P. Ferraris, Kenneth J. Balkus, Jr. , J. Power Sources, 2012, 215, 1-10. 2012 - Publication
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 2012 - Publication
Vanadium oxide nanowire-carbon nanotube binder-free flexible electrodes for supercapacitors, Sanjaya D. Perera, Bijal Patel, Nour Nijem, Katy Roodenko, Oliver Seitz, John P, Ferraris, Yves J. Chabal, Kenneth J. Ballkus, Jr., Adv. Energy Mater., 2011, 1(5), 936-945. 2011 - Publication
A novel dialkylthio benzo[1,2-b:4,5-b]dithiophene derivative for high open-circuit voltage in polymer solar cells, Doyun Lee, Shane W. Stone, John P. Ferraris, Chem. Comm., 2011, 47(39), 10987-10989. 2011 - Publication
Synthesis of PbS nanocrystal/functionalized Conducting Polymers for Plastic Solar Cells, Zhou, B. Wang, X.Jiang, A. A. Zakhidov, J. P. Ferraris, D. Azunkis, L. Hanley, Int. J. Nanoscience, 2011, 10, 521-532. 2011 - Publication

Appointments

Cecil H. and Ida Green Chair
University of Texas at Dallas [2006–2009]
Interim Dean
University of Texas at Dallas [2003–2006]
Department Head
University of Texas at Dallas [1995–Present]
Professor
University of Texas at Dallas [1992–Present]
Acting Program Head
University of Texas at Dallas [1983–1984]
Associate Professor
University of Texas at Dallas [1980–1980]
Navy/ASEE Summer Faculty Research Associate
Naval Research Laboratories [1979–1979]
Assistant Professor
University of Texas at Dallas [1977–1977]
Assistant Professor
University of Texas at Dallas [1975–1975]
Chemist
National Bureau of Standards [1973–1975]

Awards

W.T. Doherty Award - American Chemical Society [2001]

Additional Information

Patents/Applications
  • 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.

     
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

News Articles

U. T. Dallas Nanotechnology Scientists Win Research Grants Worth $500,000
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.
Dr. John Ferraris, Head of UTD s Chemistry Department, Wins Prestigious W. T. Doherty Recognition Award
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.
Dr. John Ferraris Appointed Interim Dean of UTD's School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
RICHARDSON, Texas (Aug. 28, 2003) - Dr. John Ferraris, head of the chemistry department and a longtime faculty member at The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD), has been appointed interim dean of UTD's School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (NS&M) while the university conducts a nationwide search for a replacement for Dr. Richard Caldwell, who resigned the deanship at the end of the 2002-2003 academic year after holding the position for the past six years and for four years in the 1980's.

Ferraris emphasized that he would oversee the operation of NS&M only until a replacement for Caldwell was hired and said he would not be a candidate for the permanent position. The 62-year-old Caldwell, who joined UTD in 1971, will remain at the university in a teaching capacity and will perform research and work on special projects.
Dr. John Ferraris Appointed Interim Dean of UTD's School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
RICHARDSON, Texas (Aug. 28, 2003) - Dr. John Ferraris, head of the chemistry department and a longtime faculty member at The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD), has been appointed interim dean of UTD's School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (NS&M) while the university conducts a nationwide search for a replacement for Dr. Richard Caldwell, who resigned the deanship at the end of the 2002-2003 academic year after holding the position for the past six years and for four years in the 1980's.

Ferraris emphasized that he would oversee the operation of NS&M only until a replacement for Caldwell was hired and said he would not be a candidate for the permanent position. The 62-year-old Caldwell, who joined UTD in 1971, will remain at the university in a teaching capacity and will perform research and work on special projects.
Dr. John Ferraris Recognized for 30 Years of Service to UTD
Dr. John P. Ferraris, interim dean for the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, was recognized for his 30th anniversary of service to UTD at the 19th Annual Service Awards Ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 17.

Dr. Ferraris came to UTD in 1975 after a two-year appointment as a National Research Council (NRC) postdoctoral fellow at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Washington, D.C. He has been chemistry department head since 1995, and has served as interim dean of the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics since 2003.

Affiliations

NanoTech Institute