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Thomas Smith

Professor
School of Chemistry and Materials Science
College of Science

585-475-7982
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Thomas Smith

Professor
School of Chemistry and Materials Science
College of Science

Education

BS, John Carroll University; Ph.D., University of Michigan

585-475-7982

Currently Teaching

CHMO-232
3 Credits
This course is a continuation of the study of the structure, nomenclature, reactions and synthesis of the following functional groups: aromatic systems, alcohols, ethers, epoxides, and carbonyls. This course will introduce the use of mechanisms in describing and predicting organic reactions.
CHPO-706
3 Credits
Comprehensive Polymer Chemistry is an in depth survey of contemporary chemistry involved in the synthesis of high molecular weight polymers and macromolecules and the relationships between their structure, functionality and applications. The course is focused on organic chemistry of polymers and macromolecules and the fundamental principles that govern chain structure and statistics, solution behavior, characterization of polymers, and swollen gels and soft matter. Specific attention is given to recent advances and current issues in the synthesis of polymer of controlled architecture and self-assembly of polymers and macromolecules.
CHEM-773
1 Credits
Chemists are required to communicate information about their research, laboratory, and themselves orally. Graduate Chemistry Seminar III is the third in a series of four courses designed to develop the ability to assimilate useful information and organize a chemistry seminar while increasing a student's breadth and depth of knowledge of chemical research topics. This seminar requires students to attend weekly chemistry seminars and write seminar summaries throughout the four semesters. Additionally, each student must invite, organize, host, and introduce an external seminar speaker to participate in the Chemistry Seminar Series.
CHEM-774
1 Credits
Professional chemists are required to communicate information about their research, laboratory, and themselves orally. Graduate Chemistry Seminar IV is the fourth in a series of four courses designed to develop the ability to assimilate useful information and organize a chemistry seminar while increasing a student's breadth and depth of knowledge of chemical research topics. This seminar requires the students to attend weekly chemistry seminars and write seminar summaries. Additionally, each student will present a seminar summarizing their thesis research at RIT which serves as the public portion of their thesis defense.
CHEM-772
1 Credits
Chemists are required to communicate information about their research, laboratory, and themselves orally. Graduate Chemistry Seminar II is the second in a series of four courses designed to develop the ability to assimilate useful information and organize a chemistry seminar while increasing a student's breadth and depth of knowledge of chemical research topics. This seminar requires the students to attend weekly chemistry seminars and write seminar summaries.
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.
CHEM-790
1 - 6 Credits
Dissertation research by the candidate for an appropriate topic as arranged between the candidate and the research advisor.
MTSE-793
0 Credits
Continuation of Thesis
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.
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.
CHEM-771
1 Credits
Chemists are required to communicate information about their research, laboratory, and themselves orally. Graduate Chemistry Seminar I is the first in a series of four courses designed to develop the ability to assimilate useful information and organize a chemistry seminar while increasing a student's breadth and depth of knowledge of chemical research topics. This seminar requires the students to attend weekly chemistry seminars and write seminar summaries. Additionally, each student will present a seminar on their proposed research that also summarizes the scientific literature related to the research.
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-493
1 - 3 Credits
This course is a faculty-directed student project or research in chemistry 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.

Select Scholarship

Journal Paper
Smith, Thomas W. "Imidazole Polymers Derived from Ionic Liquid 4-Vinylimidazolium Monomers: Their Synthesis and Thermal and Dielectric Properties." Molecules ASAP. ma300862t (2013) Print.
Smith, Thomas W. "Bis(trifluoromethyl)carbinol polynorbornene as a pseudo-polyelectrolyte inmultilayered films." Thin Solid Films 520. (2012): 6170-6173. Print.
Smith, Thomas W, et al. "Bis(trifluoromethyl)carbinol Polynorbornene as a Pseudo-Polyelectrolyte in Multilayered Films." Thin Solid Films 520. (2012): 6170-6173. Web.
Published Conference Proceedings
Smith, Thomas W. "PVDF-based Polymer Blend Films for Fuel Cell Membranes." Proceedings of the MRS. Boston, Massachusetts: n.p., 2013. Print.
Smith, Thomas, et al. "PVDF-Based Polymer Blend Films for Fuel Cell Membranes." Proceedings of the Materials Research Society Symposium. Ed. Materials Research Society. Warrendale, PA: n.p., 2012. Print.
Published Article
Ince-Gunduz, Seyhan B., J. Pan, R. Nawrocki Jr., C. Sloan, A. Speranza, J. Wilson, T.W. Smith, P. Cebe. “Characterization of polymer blends for proton exchange membranes.” PMSE Preprints, (2010): n.p. Print. † ≠
Yin, Ran, B. Baylav, M. Zhao, P. Xie, B. Smith, T.W. Smith, “Synthesis of non-chemically amplified 193nm photoresists based on copolymers containing formyloxybenzene functionalgroups.” Polymer Preprints, 51.1 (2010): 506. Print. † ≠
Baylav, Burak, M. Zhao, R. Yin, P. Xie, C. Scholz, B. Smith, T. Smith, P. Zimmerman. “Alternativesto Chemical Amplification for 193 nmLithography.” Proceedings of SPIE Advances in Resist Materials andProcessing Technology XXVII, 7639. Pt. 1 (2010): 15. Print. † ≠ «