- June 2nd, 2010
Dr. David E. Nikles is a Professor of Chemistry and Materials Science and has been at The University of Alabama since 1990. He received his B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Akron in 1977 and his Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from Case Western Reserve University in 1982. From 1972 to 1977 he was a quality control technician at the Firestone Synthetic Rubber & Latex Company. From 1982 to 1990, he was a chemist with the Hoechst Celanese Research Division in Summit, NJ. While at Hoechst Celanese, he was a coinventor of naphthalocyanine recording layer materials for a write-once optical data storage media and a member of the commercial development team. His research interests include materials science for information storage. The scope of his research encompasses the synthesis, characterization, and applications of organic, inorganic, organometallic, and polymeric materials for optics, electronics, optical data storage, electrophotography, holography and magnetic recording. Dr. Nikles is a member of the American Chemical Society, the Materials Research Society, the IEEE Magnetics Society, and the American Society for Engineering Education.. He has authored more than 60 papers and is a coinventor on 12 patents.