Kenneth Balkus

Professor - Chemistry
balkus@utdallas.edu
972-883-2659
BE3514
UTD Webpage
Tags: Materials and Polymers Inorganic Chemistry

Professional Preparation

Ph.D. - Inorganic Chemistry
University of Florida - 1986
Postdoctoral Associate
University of Pennsylvania - 1986
B.S. - Chemistry
Worcester Polytechnic Institute - 1982

Research Areas

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.

Publications

Losilla, J.; Ratanatawanate, C.; Balkus, Jr., K.J. TiO2 Nanotube films via Pulsed laser Deposition J. Exp. Nanosci. In Press. forthcoming - Publication
Perera, S.D.; Njiem, N.; Chabal, Y.; Ferraris, J.P.; Balkus, Jr., K.J., Deoxygenated Graphene oxide for Supercapacitor Applications: An Effective Green Alternative for Chemically reduced Graphene, J. Power Sources, 215, 2012, 1-10. 2012 - Publication
Perera, S.D.; Mareno, R.G.; Vu, K.; Njiem, N,; Chabal, Y.; Balkus, Jr., K.J., Facile route for the synthesis of reduced Graphene oxide-TiO2 nanotube composites as high-performance photocatalysts ACS Catal., 2, 2012, 949-956. 2012 - Publication
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., “Exfoliated graphene nanoplatelets-V2O5 nanotube composite electrodes for supercapacitor application”, J. Power Sources,203, 2012, 227-232 . 2012 - Publication
Anka, F.; Perera, S.D.; Ratanatawanate, C.; Balkus, Jr., K.J., “Polyacrylonitrile Gold Nanoparticle composite Electrospun Fibers Prepared by in situ Photoreduction” Mater. Lett. 75, 2012, 12-15. 2012 - Publication

Appointments

- Materials Science and Engineering [2003–Present]
Various Consulting & Expert Witness Activities - [2003–Present]
Editorial Board Microporous Mesoporous Materials - [2001–Present]
- Institute of Biomedical Sciences and Technology [1997–Present]
Associate Professor of Chemistry (Tenured) - [1993–1997]
Pharmacyclics,Inc. and Eastman Chemical Co. - [1992–2018]
Assistant Professor of Chemistry - [1988–1993]
Postdoctoral Associate (Dr. Brad B. Wayland, Director) - University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA [1986–1988]

Awards

Teacher Recognition Award - US Dept of Education [2012]
Fellow - American Chemical Society [2011]
W. T. Doherty Award - American Chemical Society [2008]
NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award - [1991]
ACS Florida Section Speaker Award - [1986]
ACS Sherwin-Williams Award - Finalist - [1986]

Additional Information

Additional Information
Awards

  •  2011 American Chemical Society - Fellow
  • 1991-1996 NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award
  • 1986 ACS Florida Section Speaker Award
  • 1986 ACS Sherwin-Williams Award - Finalist
Funding -- $7.2 Million since 1990

  •  National Science Foundation SGER, INT, PYI
  •  Robert A. Welch Foundation
  •  Texas Instruments
  •  Texas Advanced Research Program
  •  Texas Advanced Technology Program
  •  DARPA
  •  Air Force
  •  SPRING
  •  ACS-Petroleum Research Fund
  •  Pharmacyclics, Inc.
  •  Chevron Research & Technology
  •  Mobil Technology Co.
  •  Department of Energy PETC, LANL
  •  North Atlantic Treaty Organization
  •  NAS/NRC COBASE
  •  Undergraduate - Inorganic Chemistry
  •  Undergraduate - Solid State Chemistry
  •  Undergraduate - Advanced Synthesis Laboratory
  •  Undergraduate - General Chemistry II Laboratory
  •  Graduate - Materials Science
  •  Graduate - Surface Science/Heterogeneous Catalysis
  •  Graduate - Advanced Inorganic Chemistry, Organometallics
Research - Materials/Inorganic Chemistry & Nanoscience

  

  •  Zeolite Synthesis and Modification
  •  Inclusion Compounds, in particular,
  •  Zeolite Encapsulated Metal Complexes
  •  Laser Ablation, Metal Oxide Thin Films
  •  Hydrations, Dehydrations, Rearrangments
  •  Zeolite Electrochemistry and Electrocatalysis
  •  Molecular Sieve Immobilized Enzymes,
  •  Zeolite Based Chemical Sensors, Drug delivery
  •  Magnetic Resonance Imaging Contrast Agents
  •  Composite Membranes and Gas Separations
  • Electrospinning; Phonon Engineering
  • Fuel Cells; Solar Cells
Professional Activities
American Chemical Society

  

  •  Member DFW long range planning committee
  •  Alternate Councilor DFW Section 92-95
  •  Councilor DFW Section 95-2001
  •  Symposium Organizer 1994 SW Reg.Meeting
  •  Inorganic program chair 2000 SW/SE Reg. Meeting
  •  Committee on Project SEED 1997-present
     North American Catalysis Society
     Southwest Catalysis Society
  •  Director 1997-1999
  •  Chair Elect 1999, Chair 2000-01
     Vice Chair 2002 Gordon Conference on Zeolitic & Layered Materials
     Chair 2005 Gordon Conference on Zeolitic and Layered Materials
     International Advisory Board 13th IZC Meeting
     International Advisory Board 3rd ISMMS Meeting
     International Scientific Committee 14th IZC Meeting
     International Advisory Board 15th IZC Meeting
     Scientific Committee 4th International Zeolite Membrane Meeting
     Planning Committee- Florida Catalysis Conference
     Sigma Xi - Full Member
     Materials Research Society
     The Fiber Society
     International Zeolite Association
  •  Synthesis Commission 1998-present
     International Mesoporous Materials Association
     Reviewer - NSF, NIH including panel reviews, DOE, PRF
     Reviewer - ACS, Elsevier publications, Nature, J.Wiley Texts
Campus Activities

  •  Undergraduate Chemistry Advisor 1988-92
  •  Seminar Chair 1993-95
  •  Chair Graduate Recruiting Committee 1995-2001
  •  Graduate Advisor 1997-2003
  •  Materials Science & Engineering degree working group
  •  Materials Science & Engineering Faculty Search Committee 2006
  •  Faculty Search Committee 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000
  •  Library Director Search Committee 2000
  •  R.A.Welch Chair Search Committee 1997-2001
  •  University Safety Committee
  •  University Cleanroom Committee 2002
  •  Ad Hoc Committee on Reorganizing the University 2001
  •  University Research Council 2001
  •  University Committee on Academic Qualifications 1998-2000
  •  University Committee on Educational Policy 2002-
  •  Personnel Review Committee (elected) 1999-2001
  •  Chair University Library Committee 1997-99
  •  Health Professions Committee Interviews
  •  Several Faculty Tenure and Promotion Committees
  •  Faculty Advisor Tae Kwon Do Club
  •  Project SEED Preceptor, AMP, Clark and Welch Student Sponsor
  •  60 Doctoral Committees
Off-Campus Activities

  •  Tae Kwon Do - 2nd Dan Black Belt
  •  Okinawa Kobudo – Ni Dan Black Belt
  •  Board of Directors and member of Sabum Kai for the Mung Moodo Ryu Assocation
  •  member International Karate Kobudo Federation
  •  member United States Water Ski Assoc. & NOA
  •  NCAA Football Offical – Umpire
  •  Assistant Scout Master Troop 1001
  •  Science Fair Chairman - Camey Elementary 1993-99
     
     Presentations - Over 150 Invited Lectures and Papers Presented including:
    National, Regional, Local ACS Meetings
    Florida Catalysis Conferences
    Southwest Catalysis Society Symposia
    Materials Research Society Meetings
    Electrochemical Society Meetings
    AIChE Meetings; American Vacuum Society Meetings
    International Zeolite Conferences
    Society of Magnetic Resonance Imaging Meetings
    Gordon Research Conferences
    North American Membrane Society Meetings
    Molecular Recognition and Inclusion Conferences
    University of North Texas
    University of Arkansas
    Southern Methodist University
    University of Houston
    University of Texas at Arlington
    Texas Christian University
    Washington State University
    Worcester Polytechnic Institute
    Texas A & M University
    Baylor University
    Texas Tech University
    University of Massachusetts
    University of Oklahoma
    University of Texas at Dallas
    Johns Hopkins University
    University of Maryland
    Oklahoma State University
    Southwest Texas State University
    A. Mickiewicz University, Poland
    Invited Lectures (Continued)
    University of South Florida
    University of South Carolina
    Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute
    University of Cincinnati
    Trinity University
    Brown University
    University of Toledo
    Iowa State University
    University of Connecticut
    University of Alabama
    Auburn University
    Northeastern University
    Southwest Catalysis Society
    New England Catalysis Society
    Michigan Catalysis Society
    Tri-State Catalysis Society
    Dow Chemical, Freeport, TX
    Dow Chemical, Midland, MI
    Ecole Nationale Superieur de Chimie de Paris
    Institut de Recherches sur la Catalyse, Lyon
    Pharmacyclics, Inc, Sunnyvale, CA
    Hoechst Celanese, Corpus Christi, TX
    Rhom & Haas, Philadelphia, PA
    Chevron, Richmond, CA
    Eastman Chemical Co., Kingsport, TN
    Mobil Technology Co., Paulsboro, NJ
    Exxon, Baytown, TX
    Texas Instruments, Inc., TX
    1992 Florida Catalysis Conference, Palm Coast, FL
    1993 Gordon Conference on Zeolites and Layered Materials
    1995 NSF Organometallic Workshop
    1996 Florida Catalysis Conference
    1996 Gordon Conference on Chemical Sensors and Interfacial Design
    1997 Gordon Conference on Catalysis
    1997 Gordon Conference on Zeolites and Layered Materials
    1998 UOP Distinguished Lecturer
    2000 Plenary Lecture 2nd Int. Symp. Mesoporous Molecular Sieves
    2003 6th International Photoreaction Control and Photofuntional Materials
    2004 International Zeolite Membrane Meeting
    2005 Pacifichem Meeting

    Patents
  •  Balkus,Jr.,K.J.; Sherry,A.D.; Young,S. "Zeolite Enclosed Transition and Rare Earth Metal Ions as Contrast Agents for the Gastrointestinal Tract", U. S. Patent No. 5,122,363, 1992. LICENSED
  •  Balkus,Jr.,K.J.; Kowalak,S. "Methods for the Preparation of Molecular Sieves. Including Zeolites Using Metal Chelate Complexes", U. S. Patent No. 5,167,942, 1992.
  •  Balkus,Jr.,K.J.; Sherry,A.D.; Young,S. " Molecular Sieve Enclosed Transition and Rare Earth Metal Ions as Contrast Agents for the Gastrointestinal Tract", PCT Int'l Appl. No. WO 91/09222 Several individual countrys have issued patents including European Patent No. 0560910, 1996. LICENSED
  •  Balkus,Jr.,K.J."Clay Enclosed Transition and Rare Earth Metal Complexes as Contrast Agents for the Gastrointestinal Tract", U. S. Patent No. 5,277,896 1994. LICENSED Balkus,Jr.,K.J.; Sherry,A.D.; Young,S. " Molecular Sieve Enclosed Transition and Rare Earth Metal Ions as Contrast Agents for the Gastrointestinal Tract", U.S. Patent No. 5,429,814, 1995. LICENSED
  •  Balkus,Jr.,K.J.; Kowalak,S. "Synthesis of Molecular Sieves, including Zeolites, Using Metal Chelate Complexes", PCT Int'l Appl. No. WO 92/09527. European Patent No. 0,558,644, 1995.
  •  Balkus, Jr., K.J.; Gabrielov,A.A. "The Synthesis of Novel Molecular Sieves using Metal Complexes as Templates", U.S. Patent No. 5,489,424 1996.
  •  Balkus, Jr., K.J.; Gabrielov,A.A. "The Synthesis of Novel Molecular Sieves using a Metal Complex as a Template", U.S. Patent No. 5,603,914 1997.
  •  Balkus, Jr., K.J.; Gabrielov,A.A. "The Synthesis of Novel Molecular Sieves using a Metal Complex as a Template", U.S. Patent No. 5,648,058 1997.
  •  Balkus, Jr., K.J.; Gabrielov,A.A. "Novel Metal Silicate Compositions and Catalysts ", U.S. Patent No. 5,830,429 1998.
  •  Gnade, B.E.; Balkus,Jr., K.J. "Method for forming a Capacitance type Gaseous Sensing device and Aparatus Thereof Chemical", U.S. Patent No 5,828,542 1998 (w/ Texas Instruments)
  •  Abdel-Fattah, T.M.; Balkus,Jr., K.J.; Davies, G. "Metal containing Catalysts and Methods For making Same", U.S. Patent No. 5,849,652 1998 (w/ Northeastern University)
  •  Balkus,Jr., K.J.; Gnade, B.E.; Riley, S. "Method for forming a Capacitance type Gaseous Sensing device and Aparatus Thereof Chemical", U.S. Patent No. 5,857,250 1999 (w/ Texas Instruments)
  •  Balkus, Jr., K. J.; Kinsel, M. E. "Mesoporous Molecular Sieve Thin Films and Methods of Making and Uses Thereof", U.S. Patent No. 6,120,891, 2000.*
  •  Balkus,Jr.,K.J.; Sherry,A.D.; Young,S. " Molecular Sieve Enclosed Transition and Rare Earth Metal Ions as Contrast Agents for the Gastrointestinal Tract", Jpn Patent No. 2716094, 1997 LICENSED
  •  Balkus, Jr., K.J.; Kinsel, M.E,; Scott A., "Method of Coating Three Dimensional Objects With Molecular Sieves", US Patent No. 6,274,207, 2001.*
  •  Balkus, Jr., K.J.; Kinsel, M.E.; Washmon, L., "Preparation of laser Deposited Oriented Films and Membranes", U.S. Patent No. 6,287,645 2001.*
  •  Balkus, Jr., K.J.; Kinsel, M.E.; Washmon, L., "Preparation of laser Deposited Oriented Films and Membranes", U.S. Patent No. 6,472,030 2002.*
  •  Balkus, Jr., K.J.; Kinsel, M.E,; Scott A., "Method of Coating Three Dimensional Objects With Molecular Sieves", US Patent No.6,423,411, 2002.*
  •  Balkus, Jr., K. J.; Kinsel, M. E. "Mesoporous Transition Metal Oxide Thin Films and Methods of Making and Uses Thereof", U.S. Patent No. 6,395,350 2002.*
  •  Balkus, Jr., K.J. Coutinho, D., "Mesoporous Compositions and Method of Preparation" U.S. Patent No. 6,630,170, 2003.
  •  Balkus, Jr., K.J.; Pantano, P.; Meek, C.; Coutinho, D., "Encoded Molecular Sieve Particle-based Sensors", U.S. Patent No. 6,790,672, 2004
  •  Balkus, Jr., K.J.; Ma, Y.,"Mesoporous Alumina Drug Delivery System" U.S. Patent Pending.
  •  Balkus, Jr., K.J.; Ferraris, J.P.; Madhugiri, S.; Scott, A.S., "Electrospun Metal Oxide Fibers", U.S. Patent Pending.
  •  Balkus, Jr, K.J.; Ferraris, J.P,; Madhugiri, S. "Electrospun Composite Fibers", US Patent Pending
  •  Balkus, Jr., K.J.; Deng, S., "Procedure for the Preparation of Multilayer Zeolite Membranes" Provisional Filed.
  •  Yang, J.V.; Coutinho, D.; Ferraris, J.P.; Balkus, Jr., K.J.;Yang, D.J., "Novel polyelectrolyte membranes for Fuel Cells" Filing being conducted by Samsung
  •  Balkus, Jr., K.J.; Liu, H.; Gnade, B.E.; Bhansali, U. "Self Healing Barrier Coatings for Flexible Substrates" Patent Dislcosure
  •  Balkus, Jr., K.J.; Pisklak, T.J., "Catalytic burner for combustion of liquid fuels" Patent Pending
  •  Balkus, Jr., K.J.; Pisklak, T.J., "Low vapor pressure fuels for use in aromatherapy and Fragrance lamps" Provisional Filed
  •  * Patents Costs Covered in a settlement with Arnold, White & Durkee
  

  

Personnel


 | Students  | Curent Employer  | Students  | Curent Employer
|  Alice Welch  |  Sandoz  |  Lauara Sottile  |  Corning
|  Houston Smith  |  Merck  |  Thomas Jacob  |  Ashland Chemical
|  Steve Bell  |  Unknown  |  Mona Eissa  |  Texas Instr.
|  Sung Kim  |  Unknown  |  Heather Soliday  |  DEA
|  Miriam Silva  |  Unknown  |  Decio Coutinho  |  Postdoc
|  Fangxia Feng  |  Postdoc  |  Suhda Madhugiri  |  Postdoc
|  Raluca Mitea  |  Univ. of Leuven  |  Minedys M-Guzman  |  Student
|  Chunrong Xiong  |  Student  |  J. Felipe Diaz  |  Merck
|  Mark Newton  |  Motorola  |  Jose Leiton  |  Student in Costa Rica
|  Don Smithisler  |  Unknown  |  Scott Riley  |  Alliant Tech Sytems
|  Trini Munoz  |  Haliburton  |  Ashley Scott  |  Nanostatics
|  Lisa Washmon  |  Merck  |  Godfroy Gibery  |  Aloe Vera
|  Trinidad Armenta  |  Unknown  |  Sharon Hogue  |  HS Teacher
|  Amei Wu  |  Postdoc  |  T.J. Pisklak  |  Stonewick, Inc.
|  Yangfeng Zhang  |  Student  |  Nadia Khanan  |  Student
|  Jose Losilla  |  Student  |  Harvey Lui  |  Student
|  Fern Edwards  |  Student  |    |   
 Students who have spent semesters in my lab as part of their thesis work

  

  •  Tarek Abdul-Fattah (Northeastern) currently at Allied Signal
  •  Emmnanual Briot (Ecole Nationale Superior de Chimie de Paris) Research de Charge
  •  Bobby Jones (Physics -UTD) student
  •  Rena Anuwattana (King Mogkut University, Thailand)
Doctoral Committees                                                                                                                              


 |  Mark Hanlon  |  Susan Eshelman  |  Lisa Washmon  |  Darrell Lupo
 |  Alfonso Morua  |  Won Dae Kim  |  Derek Smith  |  Ziad Shaker
 |  Tan Xuan  |  Deepta Varadarajan  |  Lin Li  |  Sudha Madhugiri
 |  Bobby Jones  |  Harold Stokes  |  Xiaodong Li  |  Jeff Boehme
 |  Jose Guttierez  |  Greg Eberhardt  |  Todd Aycock  |  Ivan Michelini
 |  Beth Champ  |  Brian Reid  |  Von Ebron  |  Anthony Avila
 |  Kristine Danowski  |  Florina Vilachez-Aguado  |  Kim Kangasiemi  |  Guowen Jiang
 |  Kyle Cattenach  |  Jing Wang  |  Hadi Yehia  |  Claudia Meek
 |  Anne Chacko  |  Zhiwei Yang  |  Carlos Barcena  |  Heather Zeiger
 Undergraduates

                                                                                                  


 |  James Marvin  |  Ralph Weiss  |  Kieu Ly  |  C. Doug Hargis
 |  Kathy Dixon  |  Ahn Nguyen  |  Voncea Earl  |  Victoria Jimenez
 |  Mark Biscotto  |  Kathy Groothuis  |  Arwa Shafiq  |  James Hoffelmeyer
 |  Adrian Ayala  |  Sharon Houge  |  Jamie McGlothlin  |  James Maxwell
 |  Jessica Lucas  |  Sabrina Rahman  |  Leena Mahmoud  |  Jonathan Rocky
 |  Flora Varghese  |  Christine Proctor  |  Tracy Schrader  |  Judy Cook
 |  Anne Chacko  |  Nadia Khanam  |  Austin Allen  |                                                                                                                                                                                                                     


 | Summer Students  | Program  | Current Status
|  Mike Eubanks  |  Clark Foundation  |  Stanford
|  Natanya Sandler  |  Clark Foundation  |  Yale
|  Paul Andres  |  Clark Foundation  |  Texas A & M
|  Alecia Schade(w/JPF)  |  Clark Foundation  |  Texas
|  James Maxwell  |  Clark Foundation  |  UTD
|  Megan Trevithick  |  Clark Foundation  |  UTD
|  Abbye Mcewn  |  Clark Foundation  |  UTD
|  Austin Allen  |  Clark Foundation  |  UTD
|  Marcello Levado  |  Project Seed  |  USC
|  Rosario Levado  |  Project Seed I & II  |  Northwestern
|  Pete Henderson  |  Project Seed  |  Unknown
|  Justo Blanco  |  Project Seed I & II  |  Texas
|  Voncea Earl  |  AMP  |  UTD
|  Tila Tuimalealiifano  |  AMP  |  Texas A&M
|  Ryan Woo  |  Welch Foundation  |  Student
|  Felix Haung  |  Welch Foundation  |  Student
|  Yen Yoo  |  Welch Foundation  |  Student
|  Danial U  |  RISD  |  UTexas
 Postdoctoral Researchers                                                                                                                                  


 |  Stanislaw Kowalak  |  Professor (Poland)
 |  Iwona Bresinska  |  Teacher (Poland)
 |  Krytsyna Nowinska  |  Professor (Poland)
 |  Sergei Shepelev  |  Translator (TX)
 |  Alexei Gabrielov  |  Shell (TX)
 |  Irina Gabrielova  |  Shell (TX)
 |  Jimin Shi  |  Motorola
 |  Alla Khanmamedova  |  Sabic Industries (TX)
 |  Arlene Ramsaran  |  Working on CS degree
 |  Mary Kinsel  |  Professor U Texas Southwestern
 |  Michael Greaves  |  ChemCodes, Inc
 |  Claire Bambrough  |  Optical Switch
 |  Ying Ma  |  AMI
 |  Isabel Kinski  |  Germany
 |  Shongdeng Deng  |  UTD
 |  Decio Coutinho  |  UTD
 |  Sudha Madhugiri  |  UTD
 Postdoctoral Researchers

  

  •  Prof. B. Gnade, Prof. John Ferraris; Prof. Inga Musselman; Prof. A. Dean Sherry; Prof. Paul Pantano; Anvar Zhakidov, Ray Baughman, DJ Yang, John Sibert-University of Texas at Dallas
  •  Prof. Peter Smirniotis - U Cinncinnati
  •  Prof. Nandika D'Souza University of North Texas
Teaching History                                                                                                                                                                                                                 


 |    |  Undergraduate  |  Graduate
 |  1988  |    |  Advanced Inorganic Chemistry I
 |  1989  |  Advanced Synthesis Lab  |  Advanced Inorganic Chemistry I
       Industrial Chemistry (w/ L. Melton)
       Surface Science (w/ L. Melton)
       Analytical Chemistry
 |  1990  |  Advanced Synthesis Lab  |  Advanced Inorganic Chemistry I
       Industrial Chemistry (w/ L. Melton)
 |  1991  |  Advanced Synthesis Lab
       Inorganic Chemistry
       Solid State Chemistry (New Course)  |  Advanced Inorganic Chemistry I
       Advanced Inorganic Chemistry II
 |  1992  |  Advanced Synthesis Lab
       Inorganic Chemistry  |  Advanced Inorganic Chemistry I
       Advanced Inorganic Chemistry II(new)
 |  1993  |  Advanced Synthesis Lab
       Inorganic Chemistry  |  Advanced Inorganic Chemistry I
       Advanced Inorganic Chemistry II
 |  1994  |  Advanced Synthesis Lab
       (w/ J. Ferraris)  |  Advanced Inorganic Chemistry I
       Materials Science (w/ J. Ferraris)
 |  1995  |  Inorganic Chemistry  |  Advanced Inorganic Chemistry II
       Materials Science (w/ J. Ferraris)
 |  1996  |  Advanced Synthesis Lab
       (w/ J. Ferraris)  |  Advanced Inorganic Chemistry I
       Materials Science (w/ J. Ferraris)
 |  1997  |  Advanced Synthesis Lab
       (w/ J. Ferraris)
       Inorganic Chemistry  |  Advanced Inorganic Chemistry II
       Materials Science (w/ J. Ferraris)
 |  1998  |  Advanced Synthesis Lab
       Inorganic Chemistry  |  Materials Science (w/ J. Ferraris)
 |  1999  |  Advanced Synthesis Lab  |  Materials Science (w/ J. Ferraris)
 |  2000  |  Advanced Synthesis Lab
       Inorganic Chemistry  |  Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
       Materials Science (w/ J. Ferraris)
 |  2001  |  Advanced Synthesis Lab
       Inorganic Chemistry  |  Materials Science (w/ J. Ferraris)
 |  2002  |  Advanced Synthesis Lab  |  General Chemistry II Lab
 |  2003  |  Advanced Synthesis Lab
       Inorganic Chemistry  |  Materials Science (w/ J. Ferraris)
 |  2004  |  Advanced Synthesis Lab
       Inorganic Chemistry  |  Materials Science (w/ B. Gnade)
 |  2005  |  Advanced Synthesis Lab  |  Materials Science (w/ B. Gnade)

News Articles

U.S. Education Department Honors Inspirational Prof
Dr. Ken Balkus, professor of chemistry at UT Dallas, has received a 2012 Teacher Recognition Award from the U.S. Department of Education. Plano East High School student Amy Chyao, who was one of 141 high-school seniors nationwide chosen as 2012 Presidential Scholars, selected Balkus for the honor. Each scholar selects his or her “most inspiring and unforgettable teacher” to receive the Teacher Recognition Award. Chyao joined UT Dallas’s NanoExplorers research program for high-school students in the summer of 2009. Working under Balkus’ mentorship, Chyao created semiconducting nanoparticles that, when exposed to certain wavelengths of light, generate a highly reactive form of oxygen that is deadly to cancer cells. Balkus and Chyao travelled to Washington, D.C., in June to attend recognition events for the Presidential Scholars and their teachers. Balkus also received a commemorative plaque.
Prof Chosen as Fellow of American Chemical Society
Dr. Ken Balkus, professor of chemistry at UT Dallas, was recently named an American Chemical Society Fellow and will be honored at the society’s fall national meeting. The Fellows Program recognizes achievements of its members for contributions to science, the profession and to the ACS. Members of the ACS nominate individuals for the honor. “It’s gratifying to be recognized in this way from a scientific society and your peers,” Balkus said. “I’ve stayed active with the ACS for several years now and I’m very pleased to receive this honor.”
Professor Earns Prestigious Chemistry Award
Dr. Kenneth J. Balkus, professor of chemistry at UT 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 fall D-FW ACS meeting, at which Balkus will present an award address. Dr. John Ferraris, a prior recipient of the Doherty Award and head of the Department of Chemistry, said, “I’m pleased, but hardly surprised, that Ken Balkus has received this award recognizing his outstanding contributions to the field, the section and the ACS. He is an imaginative researcher, a highly dedicated educator, and a superb colleague.” The award, which includes an honorarium of $1,500, recognizes significant achievement, teaching and service.
Invention Circulates Interest Among Diabetics, Organ Transplant Patients
Scientists at The University of Texas at Dallas have filed a patent disclosure on a medical device that looks like a blue elastic bandage and acts like a wonder-cloth that helps preserve transplant organs, improve circulation and heal wounds. Chemistry Professor Kenneth Balkus and Ph.D. student Harvey Liu say Liu’s early work on self-healing smart films led to the new, blue bandage that releases a controlled, steady dose of nitric oxide. Nitric oxide (NO) is known to open blood vessels and keep them relaxed and flexible—key factors in keeping transplant organs viable and offering hope to diabetic patients who suffer from low blood flow in their extremities, especially the feet.
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.

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NanoTech Institute
Materials Science and Engineering