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Judy S. Riffle
Professor, Department of Chemistry
Director, Macromolecular Science and Engineering
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Blacksburg, VA 24061
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA, Textiles, B.S., 1973
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA, Polymer Chemistry, Ph.D., 1981
Dr. Riffle currently mentors a research group comprised of 9 Ph.D. students, 1 research scientist, and 2 undergraduates. Their focus is on the synthesis of functionalized homopolymers and block copolymers and their activity in metal complexation and nanoparticle formation; and in characterizing properties of nanoparticle dispersions in biological media. Emphasis over the past decade has included investigations of magnetic nanoparticles for biomedical applications.
RECENT SIGNIFICANT PUBLICATIONS
1. O. T. Mefford, R. C. Woodward, J. D. Goff, T. P. Vadala, T. G. St. Pierre, J. P. Dailey and J. S. Riffle, Field Induced Motion of Ferrofluids through Immiscible Viscous Media: Testbed for Restorative Treatment of Retinal Detachment, Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials, in press (2006).
2. M.A. Zalich, V. V. Baranauskas, J. S. Riffle, M. Saunders and T. G. St. Pierre, Structural and Magnetic Properties of Oxidatively Stable cobalt Nanoparticles Encapsulated in Graphite Shells, Chemistry of Materials, 18(11), 2648-2655 (2006).
3. M. L. Vadala, M. A. Zalich, D. B. Fulks, T. G. St. Pierre, J. P. Dailey and J. S. Riffle, Cobalt-silica Magnetic Nanoparticles with Functional Surfaces, Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials, 293(1), 162-170 (2005).
4. L. A. Harris, J. D. Goff, A. Y. Carmichael, J. S. Riffle, J. J. Harburn, T. G. St. Pierre and M. Saunders, Magnetite Nanoparticle Dispersions Stabilized with Triblock Copolymers, Chemistry of Materials, 15(6), 1367-1377 (2003).
5. V. V. Baranauskas III, M. A. Zalich, M. Saunders, T. G. St. Pierre and J. S. Riffle, Poly(styrene-b-4-vinylphenoxyphthalonitrile)-Cobalt Complexes and their Conversion to Oxidatively-Stable Cobalt Nanoparticles, Chemistry of Materials, 17(21), 5246-5254 (2005).
6. L. A. Harris, T. G. St. Pierre and J. S. Riffle, Principles of Design and Synthesis of Magnetic Nanoparticles for Biomedical Applications, Journal of the Australasian Ceramic Society, 41(2), 23-42 (2005).
7. K. W. Wilson, J. D. Goff, J. S. Riffle, L. A. Harris and T. G. St. Pierre, Polydimethylsiloxane-Magnetite Nanoparticle Complexes and Dispersions, Polymers for Advanced Technologies, 16(2-3), 200-211 (2005).
8. J. Connolly, T. G. St. Pierre, M. Rutnakornpituk and J. S. Riffle, Cobalt nanoparticles formed in polysiloxane copolymer micelles: Effect of production methods on magnetic properties, Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics, 37(18), 2475-2482 (2004).
9. R. Asmatulu, M. A. Zalich, R. O. Claus, and J. S. Riffle, Synthesis, characterization and targeting of biodegradable magnetic nanocomposite particles by external magnetic fields, Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials, 292, 108-119 (2005).
10. M. L. Vadala, M. Rutnakornpituk, M. Zalich, T. G. St. Pierre and J. S. Riffle, Block copolysiloxanes and their complexation with cobalt nanoparticles, Polymer, 45(22), 7449-7461 (2004).
1. Contributions to Professional Societies, American Chemical Society, Division of Polymer Chemistry: Chair, Workshop Committee, 1999-present; Member of Applied Polymer Science Awards Committee, ACS, 1998-99; Chair, Nominations Committee, 1999; Chair, Long-Term Planning Committee, 1998; Past Chair, 1998; Co-chair of Symposium on Dispersions: Fundamentals and Processing, 1997; Division Chair, 1997; Co-chair, National Graduate Research Conference, 1996; Chair, Macromolecular Secretariat Symposium on Composites, 1995; Division Chair Elect, 1996; Division Vice Chair, 1995; Executive Board Member, 1991-present; National Technical Programming Chair, 1991-93; Assoc. Editor, Polymer Preprints, 1986-91.
2. Dr. Riffle was prime in the development of an interdepartmental, University-based M.S. and Ph.D. graduate program at Virginia Tech in Macromolecular Science and Engineering (MACR) and she is its first director. The degree programs were approved by the State Council for Higher Education in Virginia in 2001. The program has graduated 13 PhD students, and has 45 current students.
3. National Materials Advisory Board: Committee on Materials for Airframes, Engines, and Spacecraft (for AFOSR), Chair of the Polymer Section, 1998.
4. National Institute of Standards and Technology: Member of Advisory Committee for the Advanced Technology program on Infrastructure, 1998.
5. Dr. Riffle’s contributions to continuing education/outreach have included instruction of 5-day Short Courses in Polymer Science: Polymer Synthesis, once/yr 1999-01; Principles and Practice of Polymers, 3 times/yr 1999-06; Intro. to Adhesives and Composites, once/yr 1995-06; Design and Retrofit with Fiber Composites, 1998; Polymers in Biology and Medicine, once/yr 2003-05.
COLLABORATORS & OTHER AFFILIATIONS
Collaborators: S.W. Charles (Liquids Research), J.P. Dailey (NanoMedics), R.M. Davis (VT), D.A. Dillard (VT), A.R. Esker (VT), H. Ghassemi (Case Western Reserve), M. Hickner (Sandia), M. Kaminski (Argonne), J.J. Lesko (VT), S. Lin-Gibson (NIST), S. McCartney (VT), J.E. McGrath (VT), K.L. Reifsnider (UConn), A.J. Rosengart (U. Chi.), T. G. St. Pierre (Univ. Western Australia), U. Sorathia (Naval Surface Warfare Center), J.P. (Phillips) Stevenson (Luna Innovations), K.E. Verghese (Dow Chemical), T.C. Ward (VT), S. Wells (Liquids Research), U.O. Hafeli (U. Br. Columbia)
Graduate and Postdoctoral Advisor: James E. McGrath (Virginia Tech)
Thesis Advisor and Postgraduate-Scholar Sponsor: J. Bronk (Eastman), Q. Liu (Hewlett-Packard), V.V. Baranauskas (Nanosonic), K. Stickney (Univ. Indiana), J. Facinelli (Honeywell), A. Bowens (Procter & Gamble), A.E. Brink (Hydrosize Technologies), M.B. Bump (VT), E. Burts (3M), A. Carmichael (VT), C. Fung, S. Lin-Gibson (NIST), J. Goff (VT), L.A. Harris (Intel), J.K. Hoyt (Nanosonic), C. Li (Corning), H. Li, M. Paul (VT), A. Rosario (University of South Carolina), R. Ragheb (VT), M. Rutnakornpituk (Naresuan U.), B. Starr (Polymer Solutions), M.J. Sumner (Ashland), M.S. Thompson (VT), C. Tyberg (IBM), M. Vadala (NanoMedics), K. Wilson (Bayer), M. Zalich (Pittsburgh Plate Glass), Qian Zhang (VT), J.S. Boyd (VT), P. Huffstetler (VT), N. Pothayee (VT).