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Rupprecht, Alexander
Alexander Rupprecht
Title: Assistant Professor of Chemistry
College: College of Science, Mathematics, and Health
Department: Department of Physical and Environmental Sciences
Phone: 304-384-6339
Discipline: Chemistry
Box: F-19

Alexander Rupprecht


Biography

Alexander Rupprecht is an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at the Department of Physical and Environmental Sciences. He comes to Concord University form Duquesne University Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, where he competed is doctoral work chemistry in focusing on (bio)materials, catalysis, and polymer chemistry. He brings with him a passion for studying novel surface supported architectures and novel iron-based water oxidation catalysts. 

Education

Ph.D., Chemistry, Duquesne University, 2020
B.S, Chemisty, Saint Vincent College, 2015
 

Research

Research

When it comes to controlling the interfacial properties of a material, think of biocompatibility, corrosion resistance, or antifouling surfaces for example, being able to manipulate the surface architecture of a material is extremely advantageous. The formation of self-assembled monolayers (SAMs), as well as the post synthetic modification of SAMs, is a primary method of surface modification. The research of internist in this area is aimed primarily at the development of novel SAM molecules, novel, post synthetic modifications of SAMs, and fundamental studies about SAMs properties. 

In order of the dream of artificial photosynthesis (think about photosynthesis occurring in a beaker opposed to a leaf) to become a reality, catalysts for the oxidation of water (water becoming oxygen gas and hydrogen ions) need to be developed on readily available first row transition metal catalysts.

Recent Publications 

Alexander J. Rupprecht, Emily Allego, Ellen Gawalt. 2021 “Functionalization of Stainless Steel 316L with Corrosion Resistant Polymer Films" Thin Solid Films. Volume 721. doi: 10.1016/j.tsf.2021.138543