Ronald E. Noftle

Ronald E. Noftle

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Professor Emeritus/Research Professor

B.S., 1961, University of New Hampshire
Ph.D., 1966, University of Washington (G. H. Cady)
Postdoctoral Fellow, 1966-1967, University of Idaho (J. M. Shreeve)
Visiting Scientist, 1975-76; U. S. Naval Research Laboratory (W. B. Fox)
Reynolds Research Leave, 1986, 1995, University of Southampton, England (D. Pletcher), 2003,
Los Alamos National Laboratory (T. J. Meyer, J. Schoonover, D. Dattelbaum).
Associate of the WFU Center for Nanotechnology and Molecular Materials.
Recently awarded “Senior Scientist Mentor” by the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation

Prof. Noftle is not taking new graduate students or postdoctoral fellows; he is continuing to work with undergraduate students on research.

Office: Salem Hall, 210(1)
Phone: (336) 758-5520

Research Description

Description of Research
Prof. Noftle is interested in the synthesis and characterization of new materials which have applications in electronics, optics and medicine. These substances have the potential to be utilized as charge storage media, light-emitting diodes, metal uptake and release agents, trace metal ion sensors, and drug delivery agents. One project is concerned with the preparation and properties of new thiophene compounds which form electrically conducting polymers while another (in collaboration with Prof. Lachgar) involves the synthesis of new metal-organic  framework materials which may act as high-capacity hydrogen storage agents. A multitude of  techniques are used in our research including infrared, NMR, fluorescence and UV-vis spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, x-ray crystallography, thermal gravimetric analysis, and electrochemistry. Students may become involved in all or any parts of this research.



Coffin, R. C.; MacNeill, C. M.; Peterson, E. D.; Ward, J.  W.; Owen, J. W.; McLellan, A.; Smith, G. M.; Noftle, R. E.;  Jurchescu, O. D.; Carroll, D. L. Variation of the side chain branch position  leads to vastly improved molecular weight and OPV performance in  4,8-dialkoxybenzo[1,2-b:4,5-b’]dithiophene/ 2,1,3-benzothiadiazole  copolymers.  J. Nanotech. 2011, doi:  10. 1155/2011/572329.

Nie, W.; MacNeill,  C. M.; Li, Y.; Noftle, R. E.; Carroll, D. L.; Coffin, R. C. A Soluble  High Molecular Weight Copolymer of Benzo[1,2-b:4,5-b’]dithiophene and Benzoxadiazole  for Efficient Organic Photovoltaics. Macromolecular. Rapid Comm. 2011, 32, 1163-1168.

MacNeill, C. M.; Peterson, E. D.; Noftle, R. E.; Carroll,  D. L.; Coffin, R. C. A Cyclopentadithiophene/Thienopyrroledione-based  Donor-Acceptor Copolymer for Organic Solar Cells. Synth. Met. 2011, 161, 1137-1140.

MacNeill, C. M.; Day, C. S.; Marts, A.; Lachgar, A.;  Noftle, R. E. Synthesis, Crystal Structure and Properties of Novel  Isostructural Two-Dimensional Lanthanide-Based Coordination Polymers with  2,3,5,6-Tetrafluoro-1,4-benzenedicarboxylic acid. Inorg. Chim. Acta. 2011, 365, 196.

MacNeill,  CM; Day, CS; Gamboa, SA; Lachgar, A.; Noftle, RE.  Solvothermal and reflux          syntheses,  crystal structure and photoluminescence. Properties of lanthanide-thiophene-dicarboxylate-based  metal-organic frameworks,  J.Chem. Crystallogr. 2010, 40, 222-230.

Synthesis, structure, and electrochemistry of  N-(3-thenoyl)fluoro-sulfonimide and bis(2-thenoic)imide. Preparation of polymers containing the fluorosulfonimide group, MacNeill, CM; Dai, J; Day, CS; Lazar, SP; Howell, SJ; Noftle, RE. Synth. Metals. 159 (2009)1628-1635.

Bis(μ-dithieno[3, 2-b:2’, 3’-d]thiophene-2, 6-dicarboxylato-κ2O2:O6)bis[bis(1, 10-phenanthroline-κ2N, N’)cobalt(II)]dimethylformamide disolvate, MacNeill, CM; Day, CS; Noftle, RE. Acta Cryst. E65 (2009) m486.

Solvothermal and reflux syntheses, crystal structure and photoluminescence. Properties of lanthanide-thiophenedicarboxylate-based metal-organic frameworks, MacNeill, CM; Day, CS; Gamboa, SA; Donaldson,M.; Lachgar, A.; Noftle, RE. J.Chem. Crystallogr. DOI 10.1007/s10870-009-9638-5.

Metal  complexes of 3-thiophene carboxamides containing a pyridine ring,            Howell, S. Jarrett; Day, Cynthia S.; Noftle, Ronald E. Inorg. Chim. Acta,  2007, 360, 2669.

Synthesis and Characterization of 3-Thiophene Carboxamides Containing a Pyridine Ring: Structure, Electrochemistry, and Complexation, Howell, S. J.; Day, C. S.; Noftle, R. E. Inorganica Chimica Acta, 2005, 358, 3711-3723.

Synthesis and structural characterization of 3-thienyl alkyl imides, Dai, J.; Day, C. S.; Noftle, R. E. Tetrahedron, 2003, 59, 9389-9397.

An Efficient Method for the Synthesis of 3-Alkylthiophenes Bearing Functional Groups: Imides and Amides, Dai, J.; Sellers, J.L.; Noftle, R. E. Synthetic Metals, 139, 2003, 81-88.

Stoichiometric Preference in Copper-promoted Oxidative DNA Damage by Ochratoxin A. Manderville, R. A.; Calcutt, M. W.; Dai, J.; Park, G.; Gilman, I. G.; Noftle, R. E.; Mohammed, A. K.; Dizdaroglu, M.; Roderiguez, H.; Akman, S. A. J. Inorganic Biochemistry, 2003, 95, 87-96.

Influence of the A-Ring on the Redox and Nuclease Properties of the Prodigiosins: Importance of the Bipyrrole Moiety in Oxidative DNA Cleavage, Melvin, M. S.; Calcutt, M. W.; Noftle, R. E.; Manderville*, R. A. J. Chem Res. Toxicol. 2002, 15, 742-748.

Electrochemical Oxidation of Ochratoxin A: Correlation with 4-Chlorophenol, Calcutt, M. W.; Gilman, I. G.; Noftle*, R. E.; Manderville*, R. A. J. Chem. Res. Toxicol., 2001, 14, 1266-1272.

Characterization and Crystal Structures of Some Fluorinated Imides, Narula, P. M.; Day, C. S.; Odian, M. A.; Pennington, W. T.; Lachgar, A.; Noftle, R. E. Polyhedron, 1999, 18, 1751-1759.