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.
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.
Gerald A. Takacs, Massoud J. Miri, and Timothy Kovach*, “Vacuum UV Surface Photo-oxidation of Polymeric and Other Materials for Improving Adhesion: A Critical Review”, Progress in Adhesion and Adhesives, 6, 559-585 (2021). DOI:10.1002/9781119846703
Ibrahim Cisse*, Sarah Oakes*, Shreen Sachdev*, Marc Toro*, Shin Lutondo*, Devon Shedden*, Kristen Margaret Atkinson*, Joel Shertok, Michael Mehan,Surendra K. Gupta, and Gerald A. Takacs, “Surface Modification of Polyethersulfone (PES) with UV Photo-Oxidation”, Technologies, 9(2), 36 (2021). DOI:10.3390/technologies9020036
Timothy Kovach*, Samuel Boyd*, Anthony Garcia*, Andrew Fleischer*, Katerine Vega*, Regina Hilfiker*, Joel Shertok, Michael Mehan, Surendra K. Gupta, and Gerald A., “Surface Modification of Polybenzimidazole (PBI) with Microwave Generated Vacuum Ultraviolet (VUV) Photo-oxidation”, Current Microwave Chemistry, (2021). DOI:10.2174/2213335608666210908123730
In the News
January 14, 2020
Student to Student: Sustainable systems
By researching sustainable systems today, RIT student Ibrahim Cisse hopes to make an impact in the world tomorrow.
June 11, 2019
RIT to host youth summer workshops on clean energy and fuel cells July 9-12
RIT is hosting workshops this summer to help high school students from the Rochester area learn about the science behind clean energy and fuel cells. The “Clean Energy: Electricity Generation Using Fuel Cells” workshops feature hands-on experiments and tours of RIT’s facilities.
July 1, 2021
Students publish paper in ‘Technologies’ journal
December 4, 2020
K-12 Clean Energy Education program receives funding
October 27, 2020
Takacs presents at ACS conference
November 2, 2019
Faculty present at teachers conference