Postdoctoral Associate - Organic Chemistry
University of Colorado at Boulder - 1997
Ph.D. - Organic Chemistry
Yale University - 1995
B.S. - Organic Chemistry
Ohio State University - 1990
My research is focused on the understanding of intermolecular effects in
ordered media. In particular we are investigating the effect different
media impart upon chemical reactivity with the goal of designing organic
systems with specific functional control. The first research area is
designing monolayers with specific intermolecular interactions within
the monolayer structure. We are studying monolayers grown on transparent
glass surfaces because we are initially probing the intermolecular
interactions on the surface through optical studies of a photochromic
spiropyran that is attached. A second research area is the design of
molecular level sensors and switches. We couple the switching behavior
of organic photochromic materials with a catalytic system in order to
turn the catalytic property on and off with light. For the third
research area, in collaboration with the NanoTech Institute at UTD, we
are attempting to prepare single walled carbon nanotubes through an
organic synthesis approach.
Benzo[1,2-: B:4,5- b ′]difuran and furan substituted diketopyrrolopyrrole alternating copolymer for organic photovoltaics with high fill factor 2017 - Journal Article
Determination of absolute molecular weight of regioregular poly(3-hexylthiophene) by1
H-NMR analysis 2017 - Journal Article
Evaluation of (: E)-1,2-di(furan-2-yl)ethene as building unit in diketopyrrolopyrrole alternating copolymers for transistors 2017 - Journal Article
HDAC inhibitor conjugated polymeric prodrug micelles for doxorubicin delivery 2017 - Journal Article
Influence of functionalized side chains of polythiophene diblock copolymers on the performance of CdSe quantum dot hybrid solar cells 2017 - Journal Article
Associate Professor - University of Texas at Dallas [2003–Present]
Assistant Professor - University of Texas at Dallas [1997–2003]
Dean's Teaching Award - NSM 
Dean's Teaching Award - NSM 
Improvement in Optical Switches due to Lifetime Enhancement of Photochromic Materials in Organogels
2018–2018 Abdu Shumburo and Michael C. Biewer, Improvement in Optical Switches due to Lifetime Enhancement of Photochromic Materials in Organogels, oral presentation (MCB), American Chemical Society National Meeting, San Diego, CA, April 2001.
Development of Photoswitchable Catalysts
2018–2018 Seema Saiyed and Michael C. Biewer, Development of Photoswitchable Catalysts, oral presentation (MCB), American Chemical Society National Meeting, San Diego, CA, March 2005.
An Analysis of Molecular Movement and Reactivity in an Organic Single Crystal Reaction
1998–1998 Michael C. Biewer, An Analysis of Molecular Movement and Reactivity in an Organic Single Crystal Reaction, invited lecture, Baylor University, April 17, 1998.
To Study the Crystal Structure of Novel Tolanes via X-Ray Diffraction
2000–2000 Somdatta Chowdhury, Frederick R. Tejada and Michael C. Biewer, To Study the Crystal Structure of Novel Tolanes via X-Ray Diffraction, oral presentation (SC), American Chemical Society Meeting in Miniature, University of North Texas, April 15, 2000.
Polythiophene-quantum Dot Hybrid Nanomaterials for Bulk Heterojunction Solar Cells
2018–2018 Mihaela C Stefan, Kumaranand Palaniappan, John Murphy, Julius Horvath, Michael C Biewer, Manuel Quevedo, Husam Alshareef and Bruce Gnade, Polythiophene-quantum Dot Hybrid Nanomaterials for Bulk Heterojunction Solar Cells, oral presentation, Materials Research Society, December 2008.
Graduate degrees under supervision (Current Students)
- Daniel Dei, current third year graduate
Graduate degrees under supervision (Masters Degrees)
- Elizabeth Champ, 1999, "Host/Guest
Photochromic Crystals for Optical Binary Logic Devices".
Matthew Rollins, 1999, "Polarization Sign Change in a Ferroelectric
Frederick Tejada, 1999, "The Effect of Various Intermolecular
lnteractions on the Crystal Packing of Diphenylacetylene Derivatives".
Luis Manuel DeLeon, 1999, "Stabilization of Photochromic Materials by
Formation of Self-Assembled Monolayers".
Somdatta Chowdhury, 2000, "To Study the Crystal Structure of Novel
Tolanes by Crystal Engineering".
Kevin Greene, 2000, "Study of the Effects of Amide Molecules to
Spiropyrans in Self-Assembled Monolayers".
Anthony Avila, 2000, "Structural Control of Ferroelectric Liquid Crystal
Aminta Castillo Muzquiz, 2001, "Synthesis and Stabilization of
Spiropyrans by Intermolecular Interactions on Self-Assembled
Ming-Hui Yang, 2002, "Study of the Effects of Surface Reactions with
Spiropyrans in Self-Assembled Mono1ayers".
Gregory McGovern, 2003, "How Much is Enough? The Analysis of pi Stacking
in Fluorinated Derivatives of 1,4-Bis(Phenylethynyl)Benzene".
Seema Saiyed, 2004, "Changing Activity of Zn(II)-Cyclen Complex by
Graduate degrees under supervision (Doctoral Degrees)
- Abdu Shumburo, 2000, "Synthesis and
Measurements of Thermal Decay Rates of 1'-Substituted 6-Nitro
3',3'-Dimethyl Spiro (2H-1-Benzopyran-2,2'-indoline) in Organogels".
Suman Iyengar, 2001, "Synthesis and Photochromism of
Benzoindolinespiropyrans Included in Gamma-Cyclodextrin".
Lana Alagha, 2007, "A Novel Synthetic Approach to Armchair Carbon
Nanotubes Using Polydiacetylene Blocks"
"Hierarchical Nanomanufacturing of Carbon Nanotube Sheets and Yarns and their Applications of Active Nano-Materials Systems"
$500,000 - National Science Foundation NIRT [2006–2010]
"Functional Photochromic Materials"
$150,000 - The Robert A. Welch Foundation [2004–2007]
"Preparation of SAMs with Organic Photochromic Component"
$150,000 - The Robert A. Welch Foundation [2001–2004]
"Using an Organic Host/Guest System for Logic Applications"
$132,000. - The Robert A. Welch Foundation [1998–2001]