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Darlene K Taylor

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Associate Professor
(919) 530-6463
(919) 530-5135
3105 Mary M. Townes Science Building


Website: http://taylorresearch.org

CHEM 4010/Physical Chemistry I (4.0)
An introduction to fundamental principles of physical chemistry. The first course in this topic covers gases, chemical thermodynamics, thermochemistry, physical and chemical equilibria, solutions, and chemical kinetics.

CHEM 4020/ Physical Chemistry II (4.0)
An introduction to fundamental principles of physical chemistry. The second course covers the theory of quantum mechanics and its application to chemistry including a survey of various spectroscopic techniques.

CHEM 4900/ Applied Math (2.0)
The application of calculus and advanced mathematical techniques to physical chemistry. This course provides many of the skills students need to master the second semester of physical chemistry (CHEM 4020). Calculus and advanced mathematical techniques are emphasized to build confidence and familiarity in working with operators, eigenfunctions, matrices, etc.

CHEM 5730/ Chemical Thermodynamics (3.0)
This is a graduate level course taught in two parts: 1) Classical Thermodynamics and 2) Statistical Thermodynamics. All of the students taking this course were deeply interested in pharmaceutical/biological research questions. I attempted to augment their appreciation for thermodynamics by assigning projects that required each student to write and orally present a proposal that was rooted in thermo principles applied to the drug industry. The reports and presentations were externally reviewed by graduate students in the chemistry department. An example report and review comments are provided in the appendix.

In the classroom, I view myself as a facilitator working to create an environment where students become responsible learners, critical and independent thinkers, and effective communicators. My teaching efforts are significantly integrated with my research efforts in order to provide students with real life applications of scientific principles in emerging technologies.


Website: http://taylorresearch.org/

Research in the Taylor laboratory focuses on the structure-property relationships in oligomers and polymers. Dr. Taylor is investigating the efficacy of various materials for potential applications in technologies such as solar cells and drug delivery vehicles. Dr. Taylor's background uniquely qualifies her to train students NCCU in polymer theory, polymer methods and development, materials design, and physical characterization of these materials.

Dr. Taylor simultaneously worked on her Masters degree course work at North Carolina A&T State University while a Scholar in Residence at Rohm and Haas Company in Norristown, PA. She then went to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she worked on Electronic Coupling Mechanisms in Cyclophane Biradicals before conducting her doctoral research in Polymer Physical Chemistry.

Upon completion of her doctoral degree, Dr. Taylor worked as a postdoctoral fellow at UNC Chapel Hill on the design and characterization of polymer materials for novel applications. Dr. Taylor joined the North Carolina Central faculty as an Assistant Professor in Chemistry in 2005.


PhD University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill 1998
MS North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University 1992
BA Goucher College 1989


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Selected Publications

1. Taylor, D. K., & Uddhav, B. (2014). Engineering Molecules to Make Medicine Smarter. American Scientist, 102, 110.
2. Fang, Z. , & Ito, A. , & Stuart, A. C., & Lou, H. (2013). Soluble Reduced Graphene Oxide Sheets Grafted with Polypyridylruthenium-Derivatized Polystyrene Brushes as Light Harvesting Antenna for Photovoltaic Applications. ACS Nano , 7, 7992-8002.
3. Fang, Z. , & Ito, A. , & Keinan, S. , & Chen, Z. (2013). ATRP Preparation and Photophysical Properties of PolypyridylrutheniumDerivatized Polystyrenes. Inorg. Chem., 52, 8511-8520.
4. Le, K. , & Chand, L. B., & Griffin, C. , & Williams, A. L. (2013). Paraphenylene Dimers with Diphenylamine Donor Groups: Synthesis and Photophysics.. Tetrahedron Letters, 54, 3097-3100.
5. Dai, G. , & Wu, M. H., & Taylor, D. K., & Brennaman, M. K. (2012). Hybrid 3D graphene and aligned carbon nanofiber array architectures. RSC Advances, 2, 8965-8968.
6. Taylor, D. K., & Leppert, P. C. (2012). Treatment for uterine fibroids: Searching for effective drug therapies.. Drug Discovery Today: Therapeutic Strategies, 9, 41-49.
7. Taylor, D. K., & Jayes, F. L., & House, A. J., & Ochieng, M. A. (2011). Temperature-Responsive Biocompatible Copolymers Incorporating Hyperbranched Polyglycerols for Adjustable Functionality . Journal of Functional Biomaterials, 2, 173-194.
8. Taylor, D. K., & Koepnick, B. D., & Lipscomb, J. S. (2010). Effect of Substitution on the Optical Properties and HOMO-LUMO Gap of Oligomeric.. Journal of Physical Chemistry A, 114, 13228-13233.
9. Andréa, P. , & Lacroix-Desmazes , P. , & Taylor, D. K., & Boutevin, B. (2006). Solubility of fluorinated homopolymer and block copolymer in compressed CO2. The Journal of Supercritical Fluids, 37, 263-270.
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