Ph.D. University of Southern California. Chemistry. 1973.
B.S. California State University. Chemistry. 1969.
Major research areas for the Laine group include the synthesis and processing of inorganic and organometallic hybrid polymers and nanooxide powders. Research in the hybrid area emphasizes the synthesis and characterization of nanobuilding blocks based on polyfunctional octahedral (octafunctional) and dodecahederal (dodecafunctional) silses-quioxanes (POSS) and nanocomposites therefrom wherein the periodicity and ordering of the inorganic and organic components are completely defined on a nanometer length scale. To date, POSS nanocomposites made include both aliphatic and aromatic epoxy resins, imides, amides, esters and simple hydrocarbon systems. Related work involves the synthesis of polyfunctional POSS with novel photonic or electronic properties.
Research in the nanooxide powder area emphasizes the direct synthesis of single and mixed-metal oxide nanopowders by flame spray pyrolysis of mixed-metal metalloorgan-ics. The resulting powders are characterized for their structural, catalytic (energy conver-sion in particular) and photonic applications. The effects of processing conditions on the catalytic, photonic and structural properties are of primary interest.
Jae Hwan Jung, Richard M. Laine, "Beads on a Chain (BOC) Polymers Formed from the Reaction of [NH2PhSiO1.5]x [PhSiO1.5]10-x and [NH2PhSiO1.5]x [PhSiO1.5]12-x Mixtures (x = 2-4) with the Diglycidyl Ether of Bisphenol A ," Macromolecules, Vol. 44, Issue 18, pp. 7263-7272 (2011).
M. Kim, S. Lai, R.M. Laine, "Combinatorial Nanopowder Synthesis Along the ZnO-Al2O3 Tie Line Using Liquid-Feed Flame Spray Pyrolysis," Journal of the American Ceramic Society, Vol. 94, Issue 10, pp. 3308-3318 (2011).
Asuncion, M. Z.; Laine, R. M., "Fluoride Rearrangement Reactions of Polyphenyl- and Polyvinylsilsesquioxanes as a Facile Route to Mixed Functional Phenyl, Vinyl T-10 and T-12 Silsesquioxanes," Journal Of The American Chemical Society, Vol. 132, Issue 11, pp. 3723-3736 (2010).
Laine, R. M.; Sulaiman, S.; Brick, C.;Roll, M.;Tamaki, R.;Asuncion, M. Z.;Neurock, M.;Filhol, J. -S.;Lee, C. -Y.;Zhang, J.;Goodson, T., III;Ronchi, M.;Pizzotti, M.;Rand, S. C.;Li, Y., "Synthesis and Photophysical Properties of Stilbeneoctasilsesquioxanes. Emission Behavior Coupled with Theoretical Modeling Studies Suggest a 3-D Excited State Involving the Silica Core," Journal Of The American Chemical Society, Vol. 132 , Issue 11, pp. 3708-3722 (2010).
M. Kim, R.M. Laine, "Pressureless Sintering t-zirconia@δ-Al2O3 (54 mol%) Core–Shell Nanopowders at 1120°C Provides Dense t-Zirconia-Toughened α-Al2O3 Nanocomposites," Journal of the American Ceramic Society, Vol. 93, Issue 3, pp. 709–715 (2010).
Roll, M F; Kampf, J W; Kim, Y; Yi, E; Laine, R M, "Nano building blocks via iodination of [PhSiO1.5]n, forming [p-I-C6H4SiO1.5]n (n = 8, 10, 12), and a new route to high-surface-area, thermally stable, microporous materials via thermal elimination of I2," J Am Chem Soc , Vol. 132 , Issue 29, pp. 10171-83 (2010).