Michael Biewer

Associate Professor - Chemistry
biewerm@utdallas.edu
972-883-2811
BE3326
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Professional Preparation

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

Research Areas

Research Description
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.

Publications

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) by1H-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

Appointments

Associate Professor - University of Texas at Dallas [2003–Present]
Assistant Professor - University of Texas at Dallas [1997–2003]

Awards

Dean's Teaching Award - NSM [2008]
Dean's Teaching Award - NSM [2006]

Projects

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.

Additional Information

Graduate degrees under supervision (Current Students)
  • Daniel Dei, current third year graduate student
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 Liquid Crystal".
  • 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 Polarization".
  • Aminta Castillo Muzquiz, 2001, "Synthesis and Stabilization of Spiropyrans by Intermolecular Interactions on Self-Assembled Monolayers".
  • 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 Photochromism"
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"

Funding

"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]