Carl P. Tripp
Professor of Chemistry
Ph.D., 1988, University of Ottawa

Surface Chemistry and Vibrational Spectroscopy

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I started my academic career as Associate Professor of Chemistry and member of the Laboratory for Surface Science and Technology (LASST) in the summer of 1998 after spending 12 years in industry at the Xerox Research Centre of Canada and Bomem Inc. [More History]

My research interests fall under the general umbrella of developing new material properties through the use of surface chemistry. Work is centered on the development and use of infrared and Raman spectroscopic techniques to probe reactions at the solid/liquid and solid/gas interface. The goal is to obtain an understanding of the relationship between the molecular surface chemistry and macroscopic properties of materials.

Although my industrial research has been targeted at imaging technologies (xerography, ink jet), it has spanned several surface chemistries such as, small molecule adsorption on high surface metal oxides, polymer and surfactant/polyelectrolyte adsorption on colloidal particles/pigments, surface reactions in supercritical fluids, and interfacial phenomena in optoelectronic thin organic film devices.

This activity has led to over 80 published articles and 14 US patents. I have been an invited speaker at several international/Gordon conferences and universities.

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Recent Publications

B. J. Ninness, D.W. Bousfield and C. P. Tripp, "Formation of a Thin TiO2 Layer on the Surfaces of Silica and Kaolin Pigments Through Atomic Layer Deposition" Colloids and Surfaces A, 214, 195 (2003)

H. Li and C. P. Tripp "Spectroscopic Identification of the Structure and Dynamics of Adsorbed Surfactants on Charged Metal Oxide Surfaces", Langmuir, 18 , 9441 (2002)

S. M. Kanan, Z. Lu, and C. P. Tripp "A Comparative Study of the Adsorption of Chloro and Non-Chloro Containing Organophosphonates on WO3 ", J. Phys. Chem. B, 106, 9576 (2002)

P. He, S. Bitla, D. W. Bousfield and C. P. Tripp "Raman Spectroscopic Analysis of Paper Coatings", Appl. Spectrosc. 56, 1115 (2002)

S. R. Hettiarachchi, M. A. Rawashdeh-Omary, S. M. Kanan, M. A. Omary, H. H. Patterson and C. P. Tripp, "Spectroscopic Studies on "Exciplex Tuning" for Pure Dicyanoaurate and Dicyanoaurate(I) Ions Doped in Potassium Chloride Crystals", J. Phys. Chem B, 106, 10058 (2002)

S. M. Kanan, W. T.Y. Tze, and C. P. Tripp, "A Method to Double the Surface Concentration and Control the Orientation of Adsorbed (3-aminopropyl)dimethylethoxysilane on Silica Powders and Glass Slides," Langmuir, 18, 6623 (2002)

Z. Lu, S. M. Kanan and C.P. Tripp, "Synthesis of Nano-sized Monoclinic WO3 Particles Using Chelating Ligands and Emulsion Based Methods", Chem. Mater, 12, 983 (2002)

B. J. Ninness, D.W. Bousfield and C. P. Tripp, "The Importance of Adsorbed Cationic Surfactant Structure in Dictating the Subsequent Interaction of Anionic Surfactacts and Polyelectrolytes with Pigment Surfaces", Colloids and Surfaces A, 203, 21 (2002)

W. T. Y. Tze, D. J. Gardner, C. P. Tripp, S. M. Shaler , and S. C. O'Neill, "Interfacial Adhesion Studies of Cellulose-fiber/Polymer Composites Using a Micro-Raman Technique", 6th International Conference on Woodfiber-Plastic Composites, 177 (2002)

S. M. Kanan, Z. Lu, J. K. Cox, G. Bernhardt and C.P. Tripp, "Identification of Surface Sites on Monoclinic WO3 powders by Infrared Spectroscopy", Langmuir, 18, 1707 (2002).

S. M. Kanan and C.P. Tripp, "Prefiltering Strategies for Metal Oxide Based Sensors: Use of Chemical Displacers to Selectively Cleave Adsorbed Organophosphonates from Silica" , Langmuir, 18, 722 (2002).

S. M. Kanan, C.P. Tripp, R.N. Austin, and H. H. Patterson, "Photoluminescence and Raman Spectroscopy as Probes to Investigate Silver and Gold Dicyanide Clusters Doped in A-type Zeolite and their Photoassisted Degradation of Carbaryl", J. Phys. Chem., 105, 9441 (2001)

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