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Dr. Jennifer Irvin - Associate Professor


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Contact Information

Office:  CENT 340E

Phone:  (512) 245-7875

Fax:  (512) 245-2374

email:  ji12@txstate.edu

Educational Background

  • B.S. in Chemistry 1991 Texas State University; Advisor: Dr. Patrick E. Cassidy
  • M.S. in Chemistry 1993 Texas State University; Advisor: Dr. Patrick E. Cassidy
  • Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry 1998 University of Florida; Advisor: Dr. John R. Reynolds
  • Post-Doctoral Fellow; 1998-2000, Sandia National Laboratories, Livermore, CA

Honors and Awards

  • 2012 Chemistry & Biochemistry Department Teaching Award
  • 2010  Cottrell College Science Award, Research Corporation for Scientific Advancement
  • 2008 NAWCWD Chemistry Safety Award
  • 2006 NAVAIR Team Award
  • 2003 US/UK Exchange of Early Career Scientists
  • 2000 Sandia National Laboratories’ SPOT Recognition Award

Areas of Interest

  • Use of electroactive polymers in applications including energy storage, sensors, and static dissipationSynthesis of novel extended conjugation monomers and polymers
  • Templating for improved performance of electroactive polymers
  • Dominant ion transport processes in electroactive polymers
  • Nanoparticle preparation, functionalization, coating, and characterization for applications including enhanced efficiency fuels

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Irvin Research Group Webpage

 


Research in the Irvin Group

Our research is focused in two distinct areas: electroactive polymers and nanoparticle modifications. 
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Our electroactive polymer research focuses on designing novel monomers and polymers for use in a variety of applications including energy storage, biomedical sensors, and static dissipation.  Novel monomers and polymers are synthesized and characterized with the goal of enhancing solubility and/or enhancing stability in the n-doped state. Promising polymers are incorporated into devices and tested. The use of hard and soft templates to control polymer morphology is being investigated as a way to optimize electoactivity and device performance.
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Our nanoparticle research is focused on how nanoparticles can be prepared or modified for use as enhanced efficiency fuels. Novel methods of preparation of metal and metal oxide nanoparticles have been developed. Functionalization and/or coating of nanoparticles provide a way to modify nanoparticle surfaces to control reactivity and properties.

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Recent Publications

Winkel, K. L.; Carberry, J. R.; Irvin, J. A.; “Synthesis and Electropolymerization of3,5-Bis-(3,4-ethylenedioxythien-2-yl)-4,4-dimethyl isopyrazole: A New Donor-Acceptor-Donor Monomer,” J. Electrochem. Soc., 2013 160(8), G111-G116.  Link to article
 
Carberry, J. R.; Irvin, J. A.; Glatzhofer, D. T.; Nicholas, K. M.; Neef, C. J.;“High Molecular Weight Copolymers of Vinylferrocene and 3-Phenyl[5]Ferrocenophane-1,5-Dimethylene with Various N-Substituted Maleimides,” React. Funct. Polym. 2013., 73, 730-736.  Link to article

Irvin, J. A.; Carberry, J. R.Dominant Ion Transport Processes of Ionic Liquid Electrolyte in Poly(3,4-Ethylenedioxythiophene),” J. Polym. Sci. B: Polym. Phys. 2013, 51(5), 337-342.  Link to article
 
Stenger-Smith, J. D.; Irvin, J. A.; Irvin, D. J.; Lai, W. Electroactive polymer based supercapacitors including a cathode having BBL or Pry-BBL  U. S. Patent 8,427,812 B1, April 23, 2013. Link to patent
 
Irvin, D. J.; Stenger-Smith, J. D.; Yandek, G. R.; Carberry, J. R.; Currie, D. A.;  Theodoropoulou, N.; Irvin, J. A. “Enhanced Electrochemical Response of Solution-Deposited n-Doping Polymer via Co-casting with Ionic Liquid,” J. Polym. Sci. B: Polym. Phys. 2012, 50, 1145-1150.  Link to article
 
Stenger-Smith, J. D.; Lai, W. W.; Irvin, D. J.; Yandek, G. R.; Irvin, J. A. “Electroactive Polymer-Based Electrochemical Capacitors Using Poly(benzimidazobenzophenanthroline) and its Pyridine Derivative Poly(4-aza-benzimidazobenzophenanthroline) as  Cathode Materials with Ionic Liquid Electrolyte,” J. Power Sources 2012, 220, 236-242.  Link to article
 
Irvin, D. J.; Witker, D. L.; Stenger-Smith, J. D.; Irvin, J. A. Bis(thienyl)isopyrazoles and Process for Preparing and Method for Using Bis(thienyl)isopyrazoles. U. S. Patent 8,183,390 B1, May 22, 2012. Link to patent
 
Irvin, J. A.; Winkel, K.Thin Film Applications of Electroactive Polymers,” in Functional Polymer Films; Knoll W.; Advincula, R., Eds., Wiley-VCH, New York,2011; Vol. 2; p 983.
 
Fallis, S.; Irvin, J. A. Electrostatic charge dissipation compositions including energetic particles. U. S. Patent 7,951,248, May 31, 2011. Link to patent
 
Fallis, S.; Irvin, J. A. Electrostatic charge dissipation compositions including energetic particles. U. S. Patent 7,931,762, April 26, 2011. Link to patent
 
Fallis, S.; Irvin, J. A. Electrostatic charge dissipation compositions including energetic particles. U. S. Patent 7,927,438, April 19, 2011. Link to patent
 
Stenger-Smith, J. D.; Guenthner, A. J.; Cash, J.; Irvin, J. A.; Irvin, D. J. “Poly(propylenedioxy)-Thiophene Based Supercapacitors Operating at Low Temperatures,” J. Electrochem. Soc. 2010, 157(3), A298-A304Link to article
 
Fallis, S.; Irvin, J. A. Electrostatic charge dissipation system statement regarding federally sponsored research or development. U. S. Patent 7,815,759, October 19, 2010. Link to patent
 
Stenger-Smith, J. D.; Irvin, J. A. “Ionic Liquids for Energy Storage Applications,” Material Matters 2009, 4(3), 103-105.  Link to article
 
Irvin, D. J.; Witker, D. L.; Stenger-Smith, J. D.; Irvin, J. A. Bis(thienyl)isopyrazoles and Process for Preparing and Method for Using Bis(thienyl)isopyrazoles. U. S. Patent 7,608,179 B1, October 27, 2009. Link to patent
 
Irvin, D. J.; Witker, D. L.; Stenger-Smith, J. D.; Irvin, J. A. Bis(thienyl)isopyrazoles and Process for Preparing and Method for Using Bis(thienyl)isopyrazoles. U. S. Patent 7,456,295, November 25, 2008. Link to patent
 
Irvin, D. J.; Stenger-Smith, J. D.; Witker, D. L.; Irvin, J. A. Process for Preparing n-Doping Conjugated Electroactive Polymer Using Poly(3,4-difluorothiophene).  U. S. Patent 7,399,433, July 15, 2008. Link to patent