Shaw Ling Hsu

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A model system for the characterization of molecular recognition events in molecularly imprinted polymers (MIPs) is presented. The use of a biologically inspired, three-point hydrogen-bonding motif and a thin film polymeric matrix allows for pre- and post-polymerization binding properties to be characterized by infrared spectroscopy. A method to determine(More)
As normally studied, in the solid state or in solution, poly(beta-benzyl-L-aspartate) (PBLA) differs from the other helical polyamino acids in that its alpha-helical conformation is most stable in the left-handed rather than in the right-handed form. The slightly lower energy per residue for the left-handed form in PBLA is easily perturbed, however. The(More)
Thermal transitions and morphological changes in Cloisite organoclays were investigated by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, and in situ simultaneous small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) and wide-angle X-ray diffraction (WAXD) over the temperature range of 30-260 degrees(More)
AgOs(2)O(6) prepared from ion-exchanged superconducting β-pyrochlore KOs(2)O(6) has been shown to be non-superconducting. Synchrotron x-ray structure refinement suggests that AgOs(2)O(6) has the Ag ion mostly occupying the low-symmetry 32e site in the [Formula: see text] space group of proper occupancy, which is different from the original major occupancy(More)
The influence of copolymer configuration on the phase behavior of various ternary polymer blends containing a crystallizable polyester, a noncrystallizable polyether, and an acrylic random copolymer of different chain configuration was investigated. In these ternary blends, the acrylic random copolymer is typically added to control rheological properties at(More)
Multilayer thin film coatings were prepared on silicon substrates. Poly(vinyl alcohol) was adsorbed from aqueous solution to propyldimethylsilyl-modified silicon wafers. This thin semicrystalline coating was chemically modified using acid chlorides to form thicker, hydrophobic coatings. The products of the modification reactions allowed adsorption of a(More)
The effect of the surface charge of nucleation agents on the crystallization behavior of poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) has been investigated. Ion-dipole interaction between the positive surface of nucleation agents and the partially negative CF(2) dipoles of PVDF is established as a main factor for further lowering the free energy barrier for nucleation,(More)
Fast dynamics within the microwave frequency range (approximately gigahertz) in polymer systems as a function of temperature (in the range from 20 to 190 degrees C) were studied using high frequency dielectric spectroscopy. The frequency of radiation was varied from 0.5 to 18 GHz. The isochronal dielectric loss data were taken to eliminate the complexity(More)
The infrared and Raman spectrum of 1-bromo-3-fluoropropane is reported in the gas, liquid, amorphous solid and annealed polycrystalline states. Only one of the five possible conformers is stable in the crystal, designated the C conformer. The disordered phases show the presence of several other conformers of higher energy, due entirely to conformers(More)