Benicewicz, Brian C


Our work encompasses two main thrusts, polymer nanocomposites and fuel cell membranes. The basis for the work in these two areas includes organic chemistry for monomer preparation and polymer synthetic chemistry in both step growth and chain growth polymerization methods.

Biographical Profile

College Arts and Sciences, College of
Department Chemistry & Biochemistry
Phone 803-777-0778
Tenure Status Tenured

Interest Background

Do you include students in your research?
Undergraduates and Graduates
Interest Keywords
polymers, synthesis, fuel cells, nanocomposites, membranes for energy
Institutional Focus Areas
Nanotechnology, Future Fuels, Materials Research, Science and Engineering (Other)
Personal Focus Areas
Polymers, Material Sciences, Energy Research

Professional Preparation(Education & Training)

Dates Institution Location Degree Field of Study
1976 Florida Institute of Technology BS Oceanography
1978 University of Connecticut M.S. Polymer Chemistry
1980 University of Connecticut Ph.D. Polymer Chemistry

Positions & Appointments

Dates Description Institution/Entity
1980 - 1982 Celanese Research Company, Scientist
1982 - 1985 Ethicon, Inc., a Johnson & Johnson Company, Senior Scientist
1985 - 1991 Los Alamos National Laboratory, Staff Member
1991 - 1993 Los Alamos National Laboratory, Section Leader
1993 - 1997 Los Alamos National Laboratory, Deputy Group Leader
1997 - 2008 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Director, NYS, Center for Polymer Synthesis
1997 - 2008 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Professor
2008 University of South Carolina, USC Educational Foundation Distinguished Professor
2008 University of South Carolina, CoEE Endowed Chair in Polymer Nanocomposites

Recognition Awards, Honors, & Fellowships

Dates Type Description Foundation/Entity
1977 Award Phi Lambda Upsilon Chemical Honor Society
1978 Award Graduate Fellowship University of Connecticut
1978 Award W.L. Masterton Teaching Award University of Connecticut
1996 Award Excellence in Industrial Partnerships Award Los Alamos National Laboratory
1997 Award Technical Achievement Award NASA
1997 Award Distinguished Patent Award Los Alamos National Laboratory
1998 Award Technology Program Award NASA
2001 Award Mettler-Toledo Thermal Analysis Education Award (with C Ryu)
2011 Award AAAS American Assn. for the Advancement of Science

Awarded Externally-Sponsored Funding(Past Seven Years)

New Technology Development for Next Generation High Temperature Polybenzimidazole FC Membranes (13020-JA17)
Sponsor:  BASF Fuel Cell, Inc.
Total Requested:  $320,000
12/01/2008 - 11/30/2013
Reformate Impurity Effects on High Temperature PBI FC Membranes (13020-FB63)
Sponsor:  Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute/ONR
Total Requested:  $60,575
Grant # A11949,03/01/2009 - 06/30/2009
Extension of Nanodielectric Technology to Capture a Measure of Self-Healing Capability (13020-KA63)
Sponsor:  Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute/Electric Power Research Institute, Inc.
Total Requested:  $23,908
Grant # A90357,07/01/2009 - 03/31/2011
Advanced Hydrogen Reformate Stream Purifier for Fuel Cell Applications (13020-FB74)
Sponsor:  H2 Pump, LLC/ONR
Total Requested:  $30,136
Grant #  ,07/01/2009 - 12/31/2009
Designed Interfaces in Polymer Nanocomposites via RAFT Polymerization (13020-FB73)
Sponsor:  Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute/NSEC/NSF
Total Requested:  $84,627
Grant # RPI/NSF/NSEC,07/16/2009 - 10/01/2009
Designed Interfaces in Polymer Nanocomposites via RAFT Polymerization (22040-FA29)
Sponsor:  Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute/NSEC/NSF
Total Requested:  $84,627
Grant # A12024,07/16/2009 - 12/31/2011
Polybenzimidazoles for High Temperature, High Conductivity Membranes (13020-FB82)
Sponsor:  Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute/DOE
Total Requested:  $30,000
Grant # A11654,04/01/2009 - 12/31/2010
Fuel Flexible Durable Power For Portable Applications (13020-FB93)
Sponsor:  Engenuity/DARPA
Total Requested:  $3,099,776
Grant # 1000,09/24/2010 - 09/30/2011
Understanding the Structure-Property Relationships in Polybenzimidazole Films for High-Temperature Gas Separations (22040-FA32)
Sponsor:  Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL)/DOE
Total Requested:  $211,050
Grant # 86267-001-10,06/25/2010 - 08/31/2013
BME: Engineering the Surface Chemistry of Nanoparticles: A Two-Staged Attack on Infection Biofilms (22040-FA34)
Sponsor:  National Science Foundation (NSF)
Total Requested:  $865,799
Grant # CBET-1032579,09/01/2010 - 08/31/2013
Self-Healing Polymer Nanocomposites (13020-KA86)
Sponsor:  Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute/Electric Power Research Institute, Inc.
Total Requested:  $29,099
Grant # A90423,10/01/2011 - 03/30/2012
Solution Polymerization Studies of PBI Polymers (13020-JA20)
Sponsor:  PBI Performance Products, Inc.
Total Requested:  $52,840
07/01/2012 - 06/30/2014
Designed Interfaces on Nanoparticles via RAFT Polymerization (13020-FC03)
Sponsor:  Columbia University/NSF
Total Requested:  $60,000
Grant # 1(GG002872),06/01/2011 - 05/31/2014
Stabilized PBI Membranes for Hydrogen Purification (13020-JA21)
Sponsor:  BASF Fuel Cell, Inc.
Total Requested:  $160,000
12/01/2013 - 11/30/2014
Improved Capacitor Films using Polymer Nanocomposites (13020-JA22)
Sponsor:  Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute/ABB AB Corporate Research
Total Requested:  $90,000
Grant # A71642,08/01/2013 - 12/31/2015
Dispersion of Nanoparticles in LLDPE Matrices (13020-JA23)
Sponsor:  Sealed Air Corp.
Total Requested:  $71,370
01/16/2014 - 01/15/2015
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