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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

BS, University of Alberta (Canada); Ph.D., University of Wisconsin

585-475-2047

Currently Teaching

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.
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.
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.
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-790
1 - 6 Credits
Dissertation research by the candidate for an appropriate topic as arranged between the candidate and the research advisor.
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.

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Journal Paper
Omar, Omran, et al. "Reaction of Ozone with Polybenzimidazole (PBI)." Ozone: Science & Engineering 40. 5 (2018): 392-398. Print.
Omar, Omran, et al. "Reaction of Ozone with Polybenzimidazole (PBI)." Ozone: Science & Engineering 40. 5 (2018): 392-398. Print.
Omar, Omran, et al. "Reaction of Ozone with Polybenzimidazole (PBI)." Ozone: Science & Engineering 40. 5 (2018): 392-398. Print.
Omar, Omran, et al. "Reaction of Ozone with Polybenzimidazole (PBI)." Ozone: Science & Engineering 40. 5 (2018): 392-398. Print.
Omar, Omran, et al. "Reaction of Ozone with Polybenzimidazole (PBI)." Ozone: Science & Engineering 40. 5 (2018): 392-398. Print.
Omar, Omran, et al. "Reaction of Ozone with Polybenzimidazole (PBI)." Ozone: Science & Engineering 40. 5 (2018): 392-398. Print.
Li, Xinyun, et al. "Surface Modification of Polystyrene with O Atoms Produced Downstream from an Ar/O2 Microwave Plasma." Technologies 6. (2018): 21-29. Print.
Li, Xinyun, et al. "Surface Modification of Polystyrene with O Atoms Produced Downstream from an Ar/O2 Microwave Plasma." Technologies 6. (2018): 21-29. Print.
Li, Xinyun, et al. "Surface Modification of Polystyrene with O Atoms Produced Downstream from an Ar/O2 Microwave Plasma." Technologies 6. (2018): 21-29. Print.
Li, Xinyun, et al. "Surface Modification of Polystyrene with O Atoms Produced Downstream from an Ar/O2 Microwave Plasma." Technologies 6. (2018): 21-29. Print.
Takacs, Gerald A., 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.
Full Length Book
Takacs, Gerald A., Gerald A. Takacs, and 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.
Invited Keynote/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
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.
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. † ≠ «
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. †