Kevin D. Belfield

University of Central Florida, USA


Kevin D. Belfield received his B.S. degree in chemistry in 1982 from Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY, USA, and his Ph.D. degree in chemistry from Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, USA, in 1988, where he studied the kinetics and mechanism of thermal rearrangements of organic molecules. After conducting research in polymer stabilization and degradation at Ciba-Geigy, he worked in the area of synthesis and characterization of functionalized polymers at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, New York, NY, USA. He then pursued postdoctoral research in mechanistic organic chemistry at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA, utilizing photochemical reactions and determining radical stabilization energies of polyenyl radicals through spectroscopically aided kinetic studies. He joined the Faculty of the Chemistry Department at the University of Detroit Mercy in 1992, where he received funding from Ford Motor Company for new materials for stereolithography and from NSF. He moved to the Department of Chemistry, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL, USA, in 1998, to establish a program in functional polymer chemistry and organic photonic materials. He was appointed as the Chair of the Department of Chemistry in November 2004. He holds joint appointments at the College of Optics and Photonics, the Biomolecular Science Center, and the Department of Mechanical, Materials, and Aerospace Engineering. His research interests are in the area of multiphoton absorbing materials, two-photon photochemistry, in vivo and ex vivo two-photon fluorescence bioimaging, magnetic polymeric and sol-gel nanocomposites, site-specific fluorophore labeling, fluorescent-based sensors and bioimaging probes, photodynamic therapy agents, nanostructured functional organic and polymeric materials, and two-photon-based 3D high density optical data storage.

Biography Updated on 7 January 2014

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