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Jennings, Kane G.
Professor of Chemical Engineering

Research Information

Organic films on metal surfaces are used extensively in materials processing as etch resists, corrosion-resistant coatings, biocompatible surfaces, lubricating films, and templating or directing agents. The role of the organic film in these applications is often to present a chemically tailored surface or to prevent the transport of specific reagents. My research utilizes a molecular-level approach to design and assemble ultrathin organic films on metal surfaces that can impact the processing of advanced materials. Two fundamentally important systems that we study are self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) and polymer films grown from surfaces by surface-initiated and surface-catalyzed approaches. These systems are prepared by straightforward immersion processes, can coat objects of any shape, and represent highly uniform films with controlled thickness and composition.


Selected Publications

Frictional performance of silica microspheres. Vilt, SG; Martin, N; McCabe, C; Jennings, GK, TRIBOLOGY INTERNATIONAL, 44, 180-186 , (2011)

Effect of Superhydrophobicity on the Barrier Properties of Polymethylene Films. Tuberquia, JC; Nizamidin, N; Jennings, GK, LANGMUIR, 26, 14039-14046 , (2010)

Enhanced Photocurrent Production by Photosystem I Multilayer Assemblies. Ciesielski, PN; Faulkner, CJ; Irwin, MT; Gregory, JM; Tolk, NH; Cliffel, DE; Jennings, GK, ADVANCED FUNCTIONAL MATERIALS, 20, 4048-4054 , (2010)

Photosystem I - Based biohybrid photoelectrochemical cells. Ciesielski, PN; Hijazi, FM; Scott, AM; Faulkner, CJ; Beard, L; Emmett, K; Rosenthal, SJ; Cliffel, D; Jennings, GK, BIORESOURCE TECHNOLOGY, 101, 3047-3053 , (2010)

Surface-Initiated Polymerization of 5-(Perfluoro-n-alkyl)norbornenes from Gold Substrates. Faulkner, CJ; Fischer, RE; Jennings, GK, MACROMOLECULES, 43, 1203-1209 , (2010)

Surface-Initiated Polymerization of Superhydrophobic Polymethylene. Tuberquia, JC; Nizamidin, N; Harl, RR; Albert, J; Hunter, J; Rogers, BR; Jennings, GK, JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY, 132, 5725-5734 , (2010)

Surface-initiated ring-opening metathesis polymerization of 5-(perfluorohexyl)norbornene on carbon paper electrodes. Faulkner, CJ; Payne, PA; Jennings, GK, JOURNAL OF COLLOID AND INTERFACE SCIENCE, 351, 248-253 , (2010)

Deposition and Wettability of [bmim][triflate] on Self-Assembled Monolayers. Cione, AM; Mazyar, OA; Booth, BD; McCabe, C; Jennings, GK, JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY C, 113, 2384-2392 , (2009)

Frictional Dynamics of Alkylsilane Monolayers on SiO2: Effect of 1-n-Butyl-3-methylimidazolium Nitrate as a Lubricant. Mazyar, OA; Jennings, GK; McCabe, C, LANGMUIR, 25, 5103-5110 , (2009)

Surface and Frictional Properties of Two-Component Alkylsilane Monolayers and Hydroxyl-Terminated Monolayers on Silicon. Vilt, SG; Leng, ZW; Booth, BD; McCabe, C; Jennings, GK, JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY C, 113, 14972-14977 , (2009)

Surface-Initiated Growth of Ionomer Films from Pt-Modified Gold Electrodes. Berron, BJ; Faulkner, CJ; Fischer, RE; Payne, A; Jennings, GK, LANGMUIR, 25, 12721-12728 , (2009)

Tribology of Monolayer Films: Comparison between n-Alkanethiols on Gold and n-Alkyl Trichlorosilanes on Silicon. Booth, BD; Vilt, SG; McCabe, C; Jennings, GK, LANGMUIR, 25, 9995-10001 , (2009)

Functionalized Nanoporous Gold Leaf Electrode Films for the Immobilization of Photosystem I. Ciesielski, PN; Scott, AM; Faulkner, CJ; Berron, BJ; Cliffel, DE; Jennings, GK, ACS NANO, 2, 2465-2472 , (2008)

Rapid assembly of photosystem I monolayers on gold electrodes. Faulkner, CJ; Lees, S; Ciesielski, PN; Cliffel, DE; Jennings, GK, LANGMUIR, 24, 8409-8412 , (2008)

Sulfonation of Surface-Initiated Polynorbornene Films. Berron, BJ; Payne, PA; Jennings, GK, INDUSTRIAL & ENGINEERING CHEMISTRY RESEARCH, 47, 7707-7714 , (2008)

Characterization of self-assembled monolayers from lithium dialkyldithiocarbamate salts. Weinstein, RD; Richards, J; Thai, SD; Omiatek, DM; Bessel, CA; Faulkner, CJ; Othman, S; Jennings, GK, LANGMUIR, 23, 2887-2891 , (2007)

Electrochemistry and photoelectrochemistry of photosystem I adsorbed on hydroxyl-terminated monolayers. Ciobanu, M; Kincaid, HA; Lo, V; Dukes, AD; Jennings, GK; Cliffel, DE, JOURNAL OF ELECTROANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY, 599, 72-78 , (2007)

Growth and structure of surface-initiated poly(n-alkylnorbornene) films. Berron, BJ; Graybill, EP; Jennings, GK, LANGMUIR, 23, 11651-11655 , (2007)

Kinetics of pH response for copolymer films with dilute carboxylate functionality. Bai, D; Hardwick, CL; Berron, BJ; Jennings, GK, JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY B, 111, 11400-11406 , (2007)

pH-responsive random copolymer films with amine side chains. Bai, DS; Ibrahim, Z; Jennings, GK, JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY C, 111, 461-466 , (2007)

Entrapment of photosystem I within self-assembled films. Kincaid, HA; Niedringhaus, T; Ciobanu, M; Cliffel, DE; Jennings, GK, LANGMUIR, 22, 8114-8120 , (2006)

PH-responsive membrane skins by surface-catalyzed polymerization. Bai, DS; Elliott, SM; Jennings, GK, CHEMISTRY OF MATERIALS, 18, 5167-5169 , (2006)

Blocklike fluorocarbon and hydrocarbon copolymer films via surface-initiated ATRP and postpolymerization reactions. Brantley, EL; Holmes, TC; Jennings, GK, MACROMOLECULES, 38, 9730-9734 , (2005)

pH-Responsive copolymer films by surface-catalyzed growth. Bai, DS; Habersberger, BM; Jennings, GK, JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY, 127, 16486-16493 , (2005)

Photosystem I patterning imaged by scanning electrochemical microscopy. Ciobanu, M; Kincaid, HA; Jennings, GK; Cliffel, DE, LANGMUIR, 21, 692-698 , (2005)

Surface-catalyzed growth of polymethylene-rich copolymer films on gold. Bai, D; Jennings, GK, JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY, 127, 3048-3056 , (2005)

Effect of fractional fluorination on the properties of ATRP surface-initiated poly(hydroxyethyl methacrylate) films. Bantz, MR; Brantley, EL; Weinstein, RD; Moriarty, J; Jennings, GK, JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY B, 108, 9787-9794 , (2004)

Effect of surface composition on the adsorption of photosystem I onto alkanethiolate self-assembled monolayers on gold. Ko, BS; Babcock, B; Jennings, GK; Tilden, SG; Peterson, RR; Cliffel, D; Greenbaum, E, LANGMUIR, 20, 4033-4038 , (2004)

Fluorinated polymer films from acylation of ATRP surface-initiated poly(hydroxyethyl methacrylate). Brantley, EL; Jennings, GK, MACROMOLECULES, 37, 1476-1483 , (2004)

Modification of ATRP surface-initiated poly(hydroxyethyl methacrylate) films with hydrocarbon side chains. Brantley, EL; Holmes, TC; Jennings, GK, JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY B, 108, 16077-16084 , (2004)

Directed growth of polymethylene films on atomically modified gold surfaces. Guo, WF; Jennings, GK, ADVANCED MATERIALS, 15, 588-591 , (2003)

Formation and stability of hexadecanethiolate SAMs prepared in aqueous micellar solutions of C12E6. Yan, D; Saunders, JA; Jennings, GK, LANGMUIR, 19, 9290-9296 , (2003)

Formation of n-alkanethiolate self-assembled monolayers onto gold in aqueous micellar solutions of n-alkyltrimethylammonium bromides. Yan, D; Jordan, JL; Burapatana, V; Jennings, GK, LANGMUIR, 19, 3357-3364 , (2003)

Structure, wettability, and electrochemical barrier properties of self-assembled monolayers prepared from partially fluorinated hexadecanethiols. Weinstein, RD; Moriarty, J; Cushnie, E; Colorado, R; Lee, TR; Patel, M; Alesi, WR; Jennings, GK, JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY B, 107, 11626-11632 , (2003)

Controlling the properties of n-alkanethiolate self-assembled monolayers on gold by using supercritical carbon dioxide-ethanol mixtures as solvents. Yan, D; Jennings, GK; Weinstein, RD, INDUSTRIAL & ENGINEERING CHEMISTRY RESEARCH, 41, 4528-4533 , (2002)

Kinetics of formation for n-alkanethiolate self-assembled monolayers onto gold in aqueous micellar solutions of C12E6 and C12E7. Yan, D; Saunders, JA; Jennings, GK, LANGMUIR, 18, 10202-10212 , (2002)

Use of underpotentially deposited metals on gold to affect the surface-catalyzed formation of polymethylene films. Guo, WF; Jennings, GK, LANGMUIR, 18, 3123-3126 , (2002)

Characterization of self-assembled monolayers formed from sodium S-alkyl thiosulfates on copper. Lusk, AT; Jennings, GK, LANGMUIR, 17, 7830-7836 , (2001)

Self-assembled monolayer films from liquid and supercritical carbon dioxide. Weinstein, RD; Yan, D; Jennings, GK, INDUSTRIAL & ENGINEERING CHEMISTRY RESEARCH, 40, 2046-2053 , (2001)


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Email: kane.g.jennings@vanderbilt.edu
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