Smaldone, Ronald A.

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Ronald Smaldone is an Assistant Professor of Chemistry who is working to combine "novel organic and inorganic materials by using the principles of supramolecular chemistry, organic synthesis and biomimetic self-assembly." Specifically, his research focuses on three areas:

  • Developing new methods for the synthesis and processing of porous materials and polymers for the storage of hydrogen, natural gas and electrical power.
  • The design and synthesis of novel polycyclic aromatic building blocks for the development of electrically-active and highly-ordered solid state materials.
  • Using synthetically functionalized biomolecules (i.e., DNA and peptides) to direct the formation of nanostructured devices and soft-materials.
In 2019 he received the Provost’s Award for Faculty Excellence in Undergraduate Research Mentoring.

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    Synthesis and Sorption Properties of Hexa-(Peri)-Hexabenzocoronene-Based Porous Organic Polymers
    (Royal Society of Chemistry, 2014-04-24) Thompson, Christina M.; Li, Fei; Smaldone, Ronald A.; 0000 0001 2594 8218 (Smaldone, RA); Smaldone, Ronald A.
    In this communication, we report the synthesis of several novel hexa-(peri)-hexabenzocoronene (HBC) containing microporous polymers. These polymers exhibit good adsorption properties for H2, N2 and CO2 gases. Based on fluorescence quenching studies, we have shown that the highly conjugated p-surfaces may be accessible by guests in solution.

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