Suter Seminar: A Circuitous Path Called Undergraduate Research in Materials Science

Where Science Center, 104

Duration 1 hour

A Circuitous Path Called Undergraduate Reseach in Materials Science (a.k.a.: Thin Film Gold Adhesion to Polymeric Surfaces)

Brian Augustine, PhD
Professor and Department Chair of Chemistry and Biochemistry
High Point University
High Point, N.C.

Metallization of polymeric surfaces is an important process in a wide variety of industries ranging from microelectronics, biomedical, automotive, aerospace and food packaging technologies. Many electronics devices are being fabricated on polymeric substrates and require deposited metal in the form of device interconnects and sensors. Au and Pt metals are particularly important due to the fact that they are chemically inert, but this same property renders them difficult to deposit onto polymer surfaces due to poor film adhesion. We will report on strategies to significantly improve the adhesion of Au and Pt films onto acrylic polymers by a chemical treatment of the surface using halogenated solvents, and the characterization and modeling of those surfaces to understand the mechanism for the improved adhesion.

Dr. Augustine received his BA in Chemistry from SUNY Geneseo (Geneseo, N.Y.) in 1990 and his PhD in Materials Chemistry from UNC-Chapel Hill (Chapel Hill, N.C.) under the direction of Professor Eugene Irene in 1995. He worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the Microelectronics Center of North Carolina in Research Triangle Park before joining the faculty in the Department of Chemistry and the Center for Materials Science at JMU in 1997 where he remained until 2013. He is currently Professor and Department Chair of Chemistry and Biochemistry at High Point University in High Point, N.C. He served as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa in 2009 and was the founding board chair at Redeemer Classical School in Keezletown, Va. He is the proud father of three wonderful daughters, Rachel, Rebekah and Ruth, and has been blessed to be married for 21 years to his best friend, Kristin.

Co-sponsored by STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) grant

Intended Audience General Public

Tags SCIENCE, Intellectual Life

Contact Information

Name Lynn Quay

Phone # 432.4400