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Gerald Takacs

Professor
School of Chemistry and Materials Science
College of Science

585-475-2047
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Gerald Takacs

Professor
School of Chemistry and Materials Science
College of Science

Education

B.S. (Honors), University of Alberta (Edmonton); Ph.D., University of Wisconsin (Madison); Post Doc, Rice University; Teaching Intern/Research Associate, University of Alabama (Huntsville); National Research Council Senior Research Associate, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Bio

My research is currently investigating the surface modification of materials as a function of treatment time using techniques including: (1) UV photons; (2) vacuum UV (VUV) photons produced downstream from low pressure microwave plasmas of rare gases; (3) VUV radiation from inert gas excimers formed in high pressure DC arc experiments; and (4) reactive neutral gaseous particles, such as, O atoms and ozone. Surface modification is a key technology for the processing and manufacture of many materials by altering the chemical and physical properties of the surface (as often detected by X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS), water contact angle measurements, and Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM)) without changing the bulk properties. Recent projects have involved the surface modification of polymers and carbon nanotubes important in fuel cell, water purification, aerospace, microelectronics, and nanotechnology industries.

585-475-2047

Areas of Expertise

Currently Teaching

CHEM-780
1 - 4 Credits
Chemistry project accomplished by the MS student for an appropriate topic as arranged between the candidate and the project advisor.
CHEM-495
1 - 3 Credits
This course is a faculty-directed student project or research involving laboratory work, computer modeling, or theoretical calculations that could be considered of an original nature. The level of study is appropriate for students in their final two years of study.
CHEM-493
1 - 3 Credits
This course is a faculty-directed student project or research in chemistry that could be considered of an original nature.
CHMP-441
3 Credits
This course provides fundamental concepts, and organizing principles, applied in all aspects of chemistry and related fields. A rigorous and detailed explanation of central, unifying concepts in thermodynamics and chemical kinetics will be developed. Mathematical models that provide quantitative predictions will be described for thermodynamics and chemical kinetics. These contain the mathematical underpinnings to concepts applied in analytical, inorganic, organic, and biochemistry courses, as well as more advanced topics in chemistry. The course will cover: gases, temperature, energy and the First Law of Thermodynamics, entropy and the Second and Third laws, Helmholtz and Gibbs free energies, criteria for equilibrium and spontaneity, chemical equilibrium, electrochemistry, kinetic molecular theory and chemical kinetics.
CHEM-799
1 - 3 Credits
This course is a faculty-directed tutorial of appropriate topics that are not part of the formal curriculum. The level of study is appropriate for a masters-level student.
CHMB-493
1 - 3 Credits
This course is a faculty-directed student project or research in biochemistry that could be considered of an original nature.
MTSE-777
1 - 4 Credits
This course is a capstone project using research facilities available inside or outside of RIT.
MTSE-799
1 - 4 Credits
This course is a faculty-directed tutorial of appropriate topics that are not part of the formal curriculum. The level of study is appropriate for a masters-level student.
CHEM-781
0 Credits
This course is a graduate course for students enrolled in the Project track of the MS Chemistry Program. (Enrollment in this course requires permission from the School of Chemistry and Materials Science offering the course.)
CHMB-495
1 - 3 Credits
This course is a faculty-directed student project or research involving laboratory work, computer modeling, or theoretical calculations that could be considered of an original nature. The level of study is appropriate for students in their final two years of study.
CHMG-131
3 Credits
This rigorous course is primarily for, but not limited to, engineering students. Topics include an introduction to some basic concepts in chemistry, stoichiometry, First Law of Thermodynamics, thermochemistry, electronic theory of composition and structure, and chemical bonding. The lecture is supported by workshop-style problem sessions. Offered in traditional and online format.

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External Scholarly Fellowships/National Review Committee
11/19/2019 -11/1/2020
     Constellation, an Excelon Company\'s, E2 Energy to Educate Program
     Amount: $25,000
11/1/2018 -11/1/2019
     Constellation's E2 Energy to Educate Program
     Amount: $25,000
11/1/2017 -11/1/2018
     Constellation\'s E2 Energy to Educate Program
     Amount: $25,000
11/1/2016 -11/1/2017
     Constellation\'s E2 Energy to Educate Program
     Amount: $20,000
Journal Paper
Shin, Lutondo, and Gerald A. Takacs, et al. "Surface Modification of Polyethersulfone (PES) with Ozone." OZONE: SCIENCE & ENGINEERING 41. 5 (2019): 448-453. Print.
Omar, Omran and Gerald A. Takacs, et al. "Reaction of Ozone with Polybenzimidazole (PBI)." Ozone: Science & Engineering 40. 5 (2018): 392-398. Print.
Li, Xinyun and Gerald A. Takacs, et al. "Surface Modification of Polystyrene with O Atoms Produced Downstream from an Ar/O2 Microwave Plasma." Technologies 6. (2018): 21-29. Print.
Andrew,, Morgan, and Gerald A. Takacs, et al. "Vacuum UV Photo-oxidation of Poly(ethylene terephthalate." J. Adhesion Sci.Technol. 31. 23 (2017): 2542-2554. Print.
Takacs, Gerald A. and et al. "Surface Modification of PEN Treated with Ozone and UV Photo-Oxidation." Surface Innovations 4. 1 (2016): 39--47. Print.
Takacs, Gerald A., et al. "Vacuum UV Photo-Oxidation of Polystyrene." Journal of Adhesion Science and Technology 30. 20 (2016): 2212--2223. Print.
Takacs, Gerald A. and Alla Bailey. "Surface characterization of polystyrene treated with ozone and grafted with poly(acrylic acid)." Journal of Adhesion Science and Technology 29. 1 (2015): 1-11. Print.
Takacs, Gerald A., Alla Bailey, and Thomas Allston. "Hydrogen Storage Experiments for an Undergraduate Laboratory Course-Clean Energy: Hydrogen/Fuel Cells." Journal of Chemical Education 92. 4 (2015): 688-692. Print.
Takacs, G. A., et al. "UV Photo-chlorination and - Bromination of Single-walled Carbon Nanotubes." Journal of Materials Research 29. 2 (2014): 239-246. Print.
Takacs, Gerald A., et al. "Fluoride Ions at the Cu-fluoropolymer Interface." Surface and Interface Analysis 46. 6 (2013): 1056-1062. Print.
Takacs, Gerald A., et al. "Vacuum UV Photo-oxidation and Reaction of Oxygen Atoms with Poly(ethylene 2,6-napthalate)." Proceedings of 9th European Technical Symposium on Polyimides & High Performance Functional Polymers. (2013): 183-192. Print.
Takacs, Gerald A., et al. "Surface Characterization of UV Photo-oxidized Colorless Polyimides." Journal of Adhesion Science and Technology. (2012): DOI: 10.1163/156856111X62309625. Web.
Takacs, Gerald A., L. Oliveira, and T. Debies. "Surface Modification of Multi-walled Carbon Nanotubes with Gaseous Oxygen and Chlorine Atoms." Journal of Adhesion Science and Technology 26. (2012): 221-230. Print.
Takacs, Gerald A., et al. "Surface Activation of Perfluorosulfonic Acid Membrane Used in Fuel Cells with Vacuum UV Photo-oxidation." Journal of Adhesion Science and Technology. (2012): DOI: 10.1080/01694243.2012.705525. Web.
Takacs, Gerald A., et al. "XPS Studies of Poly(acrylic acid) Grafted onto UV Photo-Oxidized Polystyrene Surfaces." Journal of Adhesion Science and Technology. (2012): DOI: 10.1080/01694243.2012.691037. Web.
Takacs, Gerald A., et al. "Surface Oxidation of Single-Walled Carbon Nanotube Paper with Oxygen Atoms." Journal of Adhesion Science and Technology. (2012): DOI: 10.1080/01694243.2012.705093. Web.
Invited Keynote/Presentation
Bailey, Alla and Takacs, Gerald A. "Clean Energy Generation Using Fuel Cells (Educational Experience)." 14th World Bioenergy Congress and Expo. Editors of J. Fundamental of Renewable Energy and Applications. London, England. 6-7 Jun. 2019. Conference Presentation.
Takacs, Gerald A. "Surface Modification of Polyethersulfone (PES) with Ozone and UV Photo-oxidation." Tenth International Symposium on Polymer Surface Modification: Relevance to Adhesion. RIT. Rochester, NY. 19-21 Jun. 2019. Conference Presentation.
Takacs, Gerald A. and Katerine Vega. "Enhancing the Wettability of Polybenzimidazole (PBI) to Improve Fuel Cell Performance." Eleventh International Symposium on Contact Angle, Wettability and Adhesion. Stevens Institute of Technology. Hoboken, NJ. 13-15 Jun. 2018. Conference Presentation.
Bailey, Alla, Gerald A. Takacs, and Brendra Mastrangelo. "Educational experience: Training high school teachers in the field of “Clean energy: Hydrogen/fuel cells"." 40th Northeast Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society. American Chemical Society. Ithaca, NY. 10 Jun. 2015. Conference Presentation.
Toro, Marc, Alla Bailey, and Gerald A. Takacs. "Surface Modification of Poly(ethylene 2,6-napthalate) Treated with Ozone and UV Photo-oxidation." 42th Annual Rochester Academy of Science Paper Session. Rochester Academy of Science. Canandaigua, NY. 7 Nov. 2015. Conference Presentation.
Li, Xinyun, Alla Bailey, and Gerald A. Takacs. "Surface Modification of the Landfill Waste Polystyrene with Vacuum UV Photo-Oxidation and Grafted with Poly(Acrylic Acid)." 42th Annual Rochester Academy of Science Paper Session. Rochester Academy of Science. Canandaigua, NY. 7 Nov. 2015. Conference Presentation.
Abdulal, Entesar Al, et al. "Surface Modification of Polystyrene with Ozone." 40th Annual Meeting of the Rochester Academy of Science. Nazareth College. Rochester, NY. 9 Nov. 2013. Conference Presentation.
Takacs, Gerald A., et al. "Vacuum UV Photo-oxidation and Reaction of Oxygen Atoms with Poly(ethylene napthalate)." 9th European Technical Symposium on Polyimides & High Performance Functional Polymers (STEPI 9). University of Montpellier. Montpellier, France. 3 Jun. 2013. Conference Presentation.
Takacs, Gerald A., et al. "UV Photo-chlorination and Bromination of Single-walled Carbon Nanotubes." Ninth International Symposium on Polymer Surface Modification: Relevance to Adhesion. Leigh University. Bethlehem, PA. 17 Jun. 2013. Conference Presentation.
Abdulal, Entesar Al, et al. "Reaction of Ozone with the Landfill Waste Polystyrene." Finger Lakes Research Conference. Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Geneva, NY. 15 Nov. 2013. Conference Presentation.
Takacs, Gerald A. "Photo- and Plasma-chemistry Relevant to Hydrogen Fuel Cells." Rochester Engineering Symposium. Rochester Technical Engineering Societies. Radisson Riverside Hotel, Rochester, NY. 26 Apr. 2011. Conference Presentation.
Takacs, Gerald A. "New Online Course Entitled Clean Energy: Hydrogen/Fuel Cells." 15th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference/Transformative Education Session. 5th International Conference on Green & Sustainable Chemistry. Washington, DC, Washington, DC. 22 Jun. 2011. Conference Presentation.
Book Chapter
Vega, Katerine and Gerald A. Takacs, et al. "Enhancing the Wettability of Polybenzimidazole (PBI) to Improve Fuel Cell Performance/Chapter 9." Advances in Contact Angle, Wettability and Adhesion: Volume 4. Ed. Kash L. Mittal. Beverly, MA: Scrivener Publishing, 2019. 179-192. Print.
Takacs, G. A., L. Oliveira, and T. Debies. "Reaction of Multi-walled Carbon Nanotubes with Gaseous Oxygen and Chlorine Atoms." Recent Advances in Adhesion Science and Technology. Ed. Wojciech (Voytek) Gutowski and Hanna Dodiuk. Boca Raton, Florida: CRC Press, 2014. 319-329. Print.
Full Length Book
Santhanam, K.S.V. and Gerald A. Takacs, et al. Introduction to Hydrogen Technology. Second ed. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, 2018. Print.
Santhanam, K.S.V. and Gerald A. Takacs, et al. Clean Energy: Hydrogen/Fuel Cells Laboratory Manual. Hackensack, NJ: World Scientific Publishing Company, 2016. Print.
Allston, Thomas D., et al. Clean Energy: Hydrogen/Fuel Cells Laboratory Manual. New York, NY: LuLu Publishing, 2015. Print.
Published Article
Razdan, M., A.Entenberg, T. Debies, B. Parekh, P. Rai, and G.A. Takacs. “Surface Modification ofPoly(biphenyl dianhydride-para-phenylenediamine) (BPDA-PDA) and Poly (pyromelliticdianhydride-oxydianiline) (PMDA-ODA) Polyimides with UV Photo-oxidation.” Journal of Adhesion Science and Technology, 24 (2010): 1153-1166. Print. "  É  «
Formal Presentation
Oliveira, L., T. Debies, and G.A. Takacs. “Surface Modification of Multi-walled Carbon Nanotubes with Oxygen and Chlorine Atoms.” Special Symposium on Recent Advances in Adhesion Science and Technology in Honor of Dr. Kash Mittal, 240th American Chemical SocietyNational Meeting. Boston, MA. 20-22Aug. 2010. Presentation. "