daniel M. knauss
BS - The Pennsylvania State University
PhD - Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Postdoctoral Study - École Polytechnic Fédérale de Lausanne
Polymer and materials chemistry is a vibrant area of research key to continued technological progress particularly in the areas of nanomaterials and nanotechnology. Research in the Knauss Group is dedicated to the study of macromolecular chemistry and characterization of new materials and the development of their application. Current research interests include: the synthesis of new types of polymers, the control of polymer architecture and functionalization, and the study of new reaction mechanisms through monomer and polymer synthesis. The types of applications include polymeric photovoltaics, packaging using polymers from renewable resources, fuel cell membranes, and water purification. Research has been funded in recent years by the NSF, EPA, PRF, Kraton Polymers, DOE, AFOSR, and ARO.
Rebeck, N.T. and Knauss, D.M. Sulfonamide as an Activating Group for the Synthesis of Poly(aryl ether sulfonamide)s by Nucleophilic Aromatic Substitution Macromolecules 2011, 44, 6717 – 6723.
Knauss D.M. Convergent Synthesis of Hyperbranched Polymers and Related Approaches in Hyperbranched Polymers: Synthesis, Properties, and Applications, D. Yan, C. Gao, H. Frey, Editors, Wiley, Chapter 8, 2011.
Robb M.J. and Knauss D.M. Poly(arylene sulfide)s by Nucleophilic Aromatic Substitution Polymerization of 2,7-Difluorothianthrene J. Poly. Sci. Part: A Poly. Chem. 2009, 47, 2453 – 2461.
Bender J.T. and Knauss D.M. Dendritic Polystyrene with Hydroxyl-Functionalized Branch Points by Convergent Living Anionic Polymerization Macromolecules 2009, 42, 2411 - 2418.
Pitet L.M., Hait S.B., Lanyk T.J., Knauss D.M. Linear and Branched Architectures from the Polymerization of Lactide with Glycidol Macromolecules 2007, 40, 2327 – 2334.