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The Chemistry Research Center (CRC) at the Air Force Academy within the Chemistry Department provides an organized framework with significant centralized infrastructure for cadets, faculty, and staff with interests to collaborate in developing high impact research.  Cadet research not only includes faculty interests, but many of the projects are also firmly engaged through collaborative, multi-disciplinary partnering with academia, industry, and government laboratories. Cadet-focused faculty research is high impact, vital to the Air Force war fighter mission, and vibrant as ever.

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For inquiries, opportunities for collaboration, or information on resident programs, please contact the CRC Director at (719) 333-6005 or by e-mail.

The Mission

The opportunity to participate in basic and applied research by faculty, staff, and cadets is important to the overall mission of the Air Force Academy. The Chemistry Research Center provides for professional development of faculty members and resident researchers in addition to enhanced education of cadets through research programs in chemistry and related disciplines. The research is of high quality and relevant to Air Force technology needs by goals set forth by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR).  In order to accomplish a portion of this, the CRC has had proven success by external partnering with academia, industry, and national laboratories in order to leverage an expanded technology base.

The Place

The Chemistry Research Center, formed in 1996, is an integral part of the Air Force Academy Department of Chemistry.  Research facilities occupy 9,600 square feet of modern laboratories. The facilities presently include three laboratories suitable for organic and inorganic synthesis, chemical and physical characterization, and instrumental analysis. The CRC shares with Chemistry Department an impressive array of advanced analytical instrumentation in order to accommodate research in a broad range of disciplines from biochemistry to polymeric materials science.

The People

Every person at the Chemistry Research Center has multiple affiliations. Just as the facilities are integrated with the Department of Chemistry, most of the people working in the CRC are also Chemistry Department faculty, staff, or cadets.  Furthermore, the CRC accommodates appointments for resident research staff, NRC post-doctoral associates, and Summer Faculty Fellows through AFOSR-sponsored programs.
For a recent summary of on-going faculty research, please view our faculty profiles (CLICK HERE).

Selected Recent Publications

Peer Reviewed Journals

“Metastable Nanostructured Metallized Fluoropolymer Composites for EnergeticsMiller, H. A.; Kusel, B. S.; Danielson, S. T.; Neat, J. W.; Avjian, E. K.; Pierson, S. N.; Budy, S. M.; Ball, D. W.; Iacono, S. T.; Kettwich, S. C. J. Mater. Chem. A 2013, 10.1039/C3TA11603D. [SELECTED AS BACK COVER]

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“Reversible Addition-Fragmentation Chain Transfer (RAFT) Copolymerization of Fluoroalkyl Polyhedral Oligomeric Silsesquioxane (F-POSS) Macromers” Ramirez, S. M.; Dia, Y. J.; Sahagun, C. M.; Duff, M. W.; Lawal, O. B.; Iacono, S.T.; Mabry, J. M. Polym. Chem. 2013, 4, 2230.

“Fluorescent Proteins as Biosensors by Quenching Resonance Energy Transfer from Endogenous Tryptophan” Gingras, A.; Sarette, J.; Shawler, E.; Lee, T.; Freund, S.; Holwitt, E.; Hicks, B. Biosens. Bioelect. 2013, 10.1016/j.bios.2013.03.076.

“Structure Elucidation and Identification of a Common Metabolite for Naphthoylindole-Based Synthetic Cannabinoids Using LC-TOF and Comparison to a Synthetic Reference Standard” Lovett, D. P.; Yanes, E. G.; Herbelin, T. W.; Knoerzer, T. A.; Levisky, J. A. Forensic Sci. Int. 2013, 226, 81.

"Preparation of Partially Fluorinated Aryl/Alkyl Vinylene Ether Polymers" Keck, S.; Knoerzer, T. A.; Smith, D. W., Jr.; Iacono, S. T. Polym. Int. 2013, DOI: 10.1002/pi.4447.

"Single-Pot Extraction-Analysis of Dyed Wool Fibers with Ionic Liquids" Lovejoy, K. S.; Lou, A. J.; Davis, L. E.; Sanchez, T. C.; Iyer, S.; Corley, C. A.; Wilkes, J. S.; Feller, R. K.; Fox, D. T.; Koppisch, A. T.; Del Sesto, R. E. Anal. Chem. 2012, 84, 9169.

"Utilization of Metal-halide Species Ambiguity to Develop Amorphous, Stabilized Pharmaceutical Agents as Ionic Liquids" Lovejoy, K; Corley, C.; Cope, E.; Valentine, M.; Leid, J.; Purdy, G; Wilkes, J.; Koppisch, A. T.; Del Sesto, R. E. Crys. Growth Des., 2012, 12, 5357.

"Synthesis of 1,3-Diphenyl-6-alkyl/aryl-Substituted Fulvene Chromophores: Observation of p–p Interactions in a 6-Pyrene-Substituted 1,3-Diphenylfulvene" Peloquin, A. J.; Stone, R. L.; Avila, S. E.; Rudico, E. R.; Horn, C. B.; Gardner, K. A.; Ball, D. A.; Johnson, J. E. B.; Iacono, S. T.; Balaich, G. J. J. Org. Chem. 2012 77, 6371.

“Anomalous Macromolecular Assembly of Partially Fluorinated Polyhedral Oligomeric Silsesquioxanes” Kettwich, S. C.; Pierson, S. N.; Peloquin, A. J.; Mabry, J. M.; Iacono, S. T. New J. Chem. 2012, 36, 941.

“Kinetic Study of Semifluorinated Arylene Vinylene Ether Polymers” Buquoi, J. Q.; Smith, D. W., Jr.; Iacono, S. T. J. Polym. Sci., Part A: Polym. Chem. 2011, 40, 4441.

 “Mechanically-induced Scission and Subsequent Thermal Re-mending of Perfluorocyclobutane Polymers” Klukovich, H. M.; Kean, Z. S.; Iacono, S. T.; Craig, S. L. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2011, 133, 17882.

 “Synthesis of Internal Fluorinated Alkenes via Facile Aryloxylation of Substituted Phenols with Aryl Trifluorovinyl Ethers” Moody, J. M.; VanDerveer, D.; Smith, D. W., Jr.; Iacono, S. T. Org. Biomol. Chem. 2011, 9, 4842.

Conference Proceedings
“Synthesis of Superhydrophobic and Superoleophobic F-POSS Containing Polymers” Lawal, O.; Ramirez, S.; Duff, M.; Iacono, S. T. Abstracts of Papers, American Chemical Society Rocky Mountain Regional Meeting, Westminster, CO, Oct 17-20, 2012.

“Preparation of Fluorinated Bisphenol-Based Epoxy Resins” Neat II, J. W.; Miller, H.; Iacono, S. T.; Kettwich, S. C. Abstracts of Papers, American Chemical Society Rocky Mountain Regional Meeting, Westminster, CO, Oct 17-20, 2012.

“Optimization of Aluminized Energetic Formulations” Avjian, E.; Lindsay, M. C.; Little, B. K.  Abstracts of Papers, American Chemical Society Rocky Mountain Regional Meeting, Westminster, CO, Oct 17-20, 2012.

“Synthesis of Liquid Repellant Fluorinated Silsesquioxane Containing Polymers” Duff, M.; Ramirez, S.; Lawal, O. Iacono, S. T. Abstracts of Papers, American Chemical Society Rocky Mountain Regional Meeting, Westminster, CO, Oct 17-20, 2012.

“Freeze Casting of Alumina Composites” Bowen, H. M.; Cervantes, O.; Gash, A. E. Abstracts of Papers, American Chemical Society Rocky Mountain Regional Meeting, Westminster, CO, Oct 17-20, 2012.

“Use of Multiple Labeled Drug Analogs in the Analysis of Methamphetamine by TOF/MS” Miller, H. A.; Wilkes, J. S.; Corley, C.; Reiman, R.; Proctor, K.; Levisky, J.; Jenkins, W.; Bux, R. Abstracts of Papers, American Chemical Society Rocky Mountain Regional Meeting, Westminster, CO, Oct 17-20, 2012.

“Highly Efficient Photo-assisted Reduction of Cr(VI) by Heat-treated Polyacrylonitirle Nanofibers” Holt, E. D.; Waldmann, N. S.; Paz, Y. Abstracts of Papers, American Chemical Society Rocky Mountain Regional Meeting, Westminster, CO, Oct 17-20, 2012.

“What We’re Doing Isn’t Working: An Alternative to the Traditional General Chemistry Course” Knoerzer, T. A.; Hicks, B. W.; Reimann, M. D. Abstracts of Papers, 38th American Chemical Society Northeast Regional Meeting, Rochester, NY, Sept 29-Oct 3, 2012.

“Preparation of Functionalized Chain-Growth Polymerization Methodology and Characterization” Knoerzer, T. A.; Peak, J. D.; Iacono, S. T. Abstracts of Papers, 38th American Chemical Society Northeast Regional Meeting, Rochester, NY, Sept 29-Oct 3, 2012.

“New Strategies for the Preparation of Tailorable Fluorinated Polymers” Lawal, O.; Miller, H. A.; Corley, C.; Kettwich, S. C.; Iacono, S. T. 21st Winter Fluorine Conference (Am. Chem. Soc., Div. Fluorine Chem.), St. Petersburg, FL, Jan 13−18, 2013. (INVITED SPEAKER)

“Metastable Metalized Perfluoropolyether Functionalized Composites” Danielson, S. T.; Kusel, B. S.; Neat II, J. W.; Miller, H. A.; Ball, D. W.; Kettwich, S. C.; Iacono, S. T. Fluoropolymer 2012 (Am. Chem. Soc., Div. Polym. Chem.), Las Vegas, NV, Oct 14−17, 2012.

Book Chapters
“Semi-Fluorinated Polymer/POSS Thin Films Nanocomposites: Response to Water” Perahia, D.; Ratnaweera, D. R.; Shrestha, U. M.; Iacono, S. T.; Smith, D. W., Jr. Mabry, J. M.; Majewski, J.  In Advances in Fluorine Containing Polymers, Smith, D. W., Jr.; Iacono, S. T.; Boday, D.; Kettwich, S. C., Eds., ACS Symp. Ser. 2012, 1106, 81.

“Recent Advances in Partially Fluorinated Arylene Vinylene Ether (FAVE) Polymers” Kettwich, S. C.; Lund, B.; Smith, D. W., Jr.; Iacono, S. T. In Advances in Fluorine Containing Polymers, Smith, D. W., Jr.; Iacono, S. T.; Boday, D.; Kettwich, S. C., Eds., ACS Symp. Ser. 2012, 1106, 9.

 “Fluorinated Polyhedral Oligosilsesquioxane Surfaces and Superhydrophobicity” Iacono, S. T.; Peloquin, A. J.; Smith, D. W., Jr.; Mabry, J. M. In Applications in Polyhedral Oligomeric Silsesquioxanes, Hartmann-Thompson, C., Ed., Adv. Silicon Sci., 2011, 3, 229.

Patents
“Fluorinated Aryl Ether Polymers Exhibiting Dual Fluoroolefin Functionality and Methods of Forming Same” Smith, D. W., Jr.; Iacono, S. T. U.S. Patent, 7,754,837, July 13, 2010.

"Controlling the Flow of Hydrogen and Ammonia from a Hydrogen Generator during a Breakthrough with Hydrated Copper (II) Chloride Expansion" Schmidt, J. A.; Lynch, F. E.; Wilkes, J. S. U.S. Patent 7,682,832, March 23, 2010.

Books
Advances in Fluorine-Containing Polymers, Smith, D. W, Jr.; Iacono, S. T.; Kettwich, S. C.; Boday, D., Eds. ACS Symp. Ser., 2012, 1106.

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