Maury Balik

Professor and Graduate Distance Education Coordinator

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Maury Balik joined the NCSU faculty in 1982 after a year of post-doctoral research in the Dept. of Macromolecular Science at Case Western Reserve University.

Dr. Balik’s research group is generally concerned with the chemical and physical structure of polymeric materials and its relationship to polymer properties. A major area of emphasis is the sorption and diffusion of small molecules through polymers. They are studying those aspects of polymer structure which influence sorption and diffusion of small molecules, and are using those measurements as an indirect probe of polymer structure. Other areas of research with which they have recently been involved include polymer-cyclodextrin inclusion compounds, use of FTIR-ATR to measure real-time diffusion of liquids and liquid mixtures in polymers, RF plasma modification of polymer surfaces, mechanical alloying of polymers, and characterization of novel ROMP polymers.

Education

Ph.D. 1981

Macromolecular Science

Case Western Reserve University

M.S. 1977

Macromolecular Science

Case Western Reserve University

B.S. 1975

Chemical Engineering and Mathematics

Grove City College

Research Description

Current research involves measuring the solubility and diffusivity of methyl bromide at various temperatures and pressures in polymeric materials of construction. The motivation for this work comes from the use of methyl bromide to decontaminate large enclosed areas that have been infected with harmful toxicological agents such as Bacillus anthracis spores (anthrax). During the decontamination process, methyl bromide can diffuse into various polymeric materials of construction such as rubber, plastics, carpet fibers, etc. After decontamination, the methyl bromide that has diffused into these materials will remain and slowly diffuse out, possibly presenting a health hazard. This research will provide quantitative information regarding methyl bromide diffusion and solubility that will facilitate an objective assessment of the health risk.

Honors and Awards

  • NCSU Outstanding Teacher Award, 1986
  • NCSU Outstanding Advisor Award, 1999

Publications

Properties of polystyrene/poly(dimethyl siloxane) blends partially compatibilized with star polymers containing a gamma-cyclodextrin core and polystyrene arms
Busche, B. J., Tonelli, A. E., & Balik, C. M. (2010), Polymer, 51(25), 6013-6020.
Morphology of polystyrene/poly(dimethyl siloxane) blends compatibilized with star polymers containing a gamma-cyclodextrin core and polystyrene arms
Busche, B. J., Tonelli, A. E., & Balik, C. M. (2010), Polymer, 51(6), 1465-1471.
Compatibilization of polystyrene/poly(dimethyl siloxane) solutions with star polymers containing a gamma-cyclodextrin core and polystyrene arms
Busche, B. J., Tonelli, A. E., & Balik, C. M. (2010), Polymer, 51(2), 454-462.
The effect of water and guest hydrophobicity on the complexation of oligomers with solid alpha-cyclodextrin
Hunt, M. A., Tonelli, A. E., & Balik, C. M. (2008), Polymer, 49(4), 985-991.
The effect of guest hydrophobicity on the water sorption behavior of oligomer-a-cyclodextrin inclusion complexes
Tonelli, A.E., Hunt, M.A., & Balik, C.M. (2007), Journal of Physical Chemistry. B, Condensed Matter, Materials, Surfaces, Interfaces & Biophysical, 111(15), 3853.
The effect of water on the solid-state complexation of oligomers with a?cyclodextrin
Tonelli, A. E., Hunt, M. A., & Balik, C. M. (2007), Macromolecules, 40.
Formation of crystalline inclusion compounds of poly (vinyl chloride) of different stereoregularity with cyclodextrins
Tonelli, A. E., Martinez, G., Gomez, M. A., Villar, S., Garrido, L., & Balik, C. M. (2007), Journal of Polymer Science. Part A, Polymer Chemistry, 45, 2503.
Characterization of titanium alkoxide sol-gel systems designed for anti-icing coatings: II. Mass loss kinetics
Ayres, J., Simendinger, W. H., & Balik, C. M. (2007), Journal of Coatings Technology and Research, 4(4), 473-481.
Characterization of titanium alkoxide sol-gel systems designed for anti-icing coatings: I. Chemistry
Ayres, J., Simendinger, W. H., & Balik, C. M. (2007), Journal of Coatings Technology and Research, 4(4), 463-471.
Formation of crystalline inclusion compounds of poly (vinyl chloride) of different stereoregularity with gamma-cyclodextrin
Martinez, G., Gomez, M. A., Villar-Rodil, S., Garrido, L., Tonelli, A. E., & Balik, C. M. (2007), Journal of Polymer Science. Part A, Polymer Chemistry, 45(12), 2503-2513.

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