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Education: Undergraduate Degree

B.S., 1977, The University of Akron

Education: Doctoral Degree

Ph.D., 1982, Case Western Reserve University

Education: Other

Staff Chemist, 1982-1990, Hoechst Celanese Research Division

Research Interests

Materials for information technology, polymer coatings for magnetic tape, porphyrin synthesis and porphyrin-based dendrimers as optical devices

Dr. Nikles’ research interests lie in the area of materials for information technology. Materials are designed at the molecular level so that the desired materials properties are achieved by tailoring the structure. In turn, the materials properties determine the ability of the material to carry out the desired function. The theme of this research is a fundamental understanding of the relationship between structure, properties and function. The scope of this research encompasses the synthesis of organic, polymeric, organometallic, and inorganic coordination compounds; characterization of materials properties, determination of how the materials would be used in information storage devices.

Specific areas of interest include new concepts for optical data storage, photochemical hole-burning for optical data storage, holography, electrophotography, near-infrared chromophores, porphyrin photochemistry, new magnetic nanoparticles for magnetic tape, new binders for magnetic tape, new processes for magnetic tape manufacture, pollution prevention in the magnetic tape industry and the reliability of archival data storage media.

Representative Publications

McNeil, S. K.; Kelley, S. P.; Beg, C.; Cook, H.; Rogers, R. D.; Nikles, D. E. “Co-Crystals of 10-methylphenthiazine and 1,3-dinitrobenzene: Implications for optical sensing of TNT-based explosives” ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 2013, 5, 7647-7653.

Glover, Amanda L.; Bennett, James B.; Pritchett, Jeremy S.; Nikles, Sarah M.; Nikles, David E.; Nikles, Jacqueline A.; Brazel, Christopher S. “Magnetic Heating of Iron Oxide Nanoparticles and Magnetic Micelles for Cancer Therapy” IEEE Transactions on Magnetics 2013, 49(1), 231-235.

Glover, Amanda L.; Nikles, Sarah M.; Nikles, Jacqueline A.; Brazel, Christopher S.; Nikles, David E. “Polymer Micelles with Crystalline Cores for Thermally Triggered Release” Langmuir 2012, 28(29), 10653-10660.

Dong-Hyun Kim, David E. Nikles, and Christopher S. Brazel “Synthesis and Characterization of Multifunctional Chitosan-MnFe2O4 Nanoparticles for Magnetic Hyperthermia Including Heating, Drug Delivery and Imaging” Materials 2010, 3(7), 4051-4065.

C. K. Acharya, W. Li, Z. Liu, G. Kwon, C. H. Turner, A. M. Lane, D. E. Nikles, T. Klein and M. Weaver “Effect of boron doping in the carbon support on platinum nanoparticles and carbon corrosion” J. Power Sources, 2009, 192(2), 324-329.

D. H. Kim, Y. T. Thai, D. E. Nikles, and C. S. Brazel “Heating of aqueous dispersions containing MnFe2O4 nanoparticles by radio-frequency magnetic field induction” IEEE Trans. Magnetics 2009, 45(1), 64-70.

Chandan Srivastava, David E. Nikles and Gregory B. Thompson “Tailoring Nucleation and Growth Conditions for Narrow Compositional Distributions in Colloidal Synthesized Bimetallic FePt Nanoparticles” J. Appl. Phys. 2008, 104(10), 104314.

Chandan Srivastava, David E. Nikles and Gregory B. Thompson “Compositional evolution during the synthesis of FePt nanoparticles” J. Appl. Phys. 2008, 104, 064315.

S. Kang, S. Shi, D. E. Nikles and J. W. Harrell “Easy control of composition of FePt nanoparticles with improved synthesis” J. Appl. Phys. 2008, 103(1), 07D503.

Zhufang Liu, Dwayne F. Reed, Gihan, Kwon, Mohammad Shamsuzzoha, and David E. Nikles “Pt3Sn Nanoparticles with Controlled Size: High-temperature Synthesis and Room-temperature Catalytic Activation for Electrochemical Methanol Oxidation” J. Phys. Chem. C 2007, 111, 14223-14229.

M. Everts, V. Saini, J. R. Leddon, R. J. Kok, M. Stoff-Khalili, M. A. Preuss, C. L. Millican, G. Perkins, J. M. Brown, H. Bagaria, D. E. Nikles, D. T. Johnson, V. P. Zhariv and D. T. Curiel “Covalently linked Au nanoparticles to a virial vector: potential for combined photothermal and gene cancer therapy” Nano Letters 2006, 6(4); 587-591.