- Bourns College of Engineering
- Chemical/Environmental Engineering
Dr. David Kisailus is an assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Riverside. Prior to arriving at UCR, Professor Kisailus was a staff scientist at HRL Laboratories in Malibu, California, where he worked on a Fuel Cell Program as well as bio-inspired materials projects. He has investigated the synthesis and self-assembly of nanoscaled materials from bio-inspired and bio-mimetic platforms. He was a post-doctoral researcher at UC Santa Barbara in the California NanoSystems Institute and the Institute for Collaborative Biotechnologies, where he investigated biological pathways to novel materials and extended this to bio-mimetic and inspired systems. He received his Ph.D. from the Department of Materials at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2002, where he developed novel solution routes to epitaxial thin films and nanocrystals of GaN. Prior to this, he received his M.S. from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Florida in 2000, where he synthesized ceramic colloids and investigated densification behavior of glass-ceramic composites.
- Ph.D. Materials 2002
- M.S. Materials Science & Engineering 1999
- University of Florida
- B.S. Chemical Engineering 1993
- Drexel University
Bio-mimetics, Bio-inspired Materials Synthesis, Biomineralization, Ceramic Processing, Thin Film Growth, Nanomaterials, Energy Storage and Conversion Materials (Fuel Cell, Batteries)
In order to design and synthesize nano-scaled materials with desired properties, an understanding of the interfacial phenomena controlling nucleation and growth is necessary. By developing these tools, proper control may be exerted to derive novel materials with the proper structure-function relationship; to this end, Nature provides innumerable examples of optimizing a limited number of materials to maximize performance. Through careful study of biological systems ( e.g., catalytic, sensing, structural) a deeper understanding of synthetic control variables can lead to novel materials through biological -inspiration, -mimetics, and –mediation. Recent research includes: biological catalytic synthesis of semiconducting materials, biomimetic demonstration of a biomineral-forming enzyme, solution phase precursor synthesis of ceramic and semiconducting materials, nanoparticle synthesis and self-assembly.
“Hierarchical Assembly of the Siliceous Skeletal Lattice of the Hexactinellid Sponge Euplectella aspergillum,” J. Weaver, J. Aizenberg, G. Fantner, D. Kisailus, A. Woesz, P. Allen, K. Fields, M. Porter, F. Zok, P. Hansma, P. Fratzl, D.E. Morse, J. Structural Biology,158 (2007) 93-106.
“Kinetically Controlled Catalytic Formation of Zinc Oxide Thin Films at Low Temperature,” D. Kisailus, B. Schwenzer, J. Gomm, J.C. Weaver, D.E. Morse, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 128 (2006) 10276-10280.
“Self-assembled Bifunctional Surface Mimics an Enzymatic and Templating Protein for the Synthesis of a Metal Oxide Semiconductor,” D. Kisailus, Q. Truong, Y. Amemiya, J.C. Weaver, D.E. Morse, PNAS, 103 (2006) 5652-5657.
“Biocatalytic Synthesis of Poly(L-Lactide) by Native and Recombinant Forms of the Silicatein Enzymes,” P. Curnow, D. Kisailus, D.E. Morse, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 45, (2006) 613-616.
“Enzymatic Synthesis of Layered Titanium Phosphates at Low Temperature and Neutral pH by Cell-Surface Display of Silicatein-a,” P. Curnow, P. Bassette, D. Kisailus, M.M. Murr, P.S. Daugherty, D.E. Morse, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 127 (45), (2005) 15749-15755.
“Functionalized Gold Nanoparticles Mimic Catalytic Activity of a Polysiloxane-Synthesizing Enzyme,” D. Kisailus, M. Najarian, J.C. Weaver, D.E. Morse, Adv. Mat., 17 (10), (2005) 1234-1239.
“Enzymatic Synthesis and Nanostructural Control of Gallium Oxide at Low Temperature,” D. Kisailus, J.H. Choi, J.C. Weaver, W. Yang, and D.E. Morse, Adv. Mat., 17 (3), (2005), pp.314-318.
“III-V Compound Films Using Chemical Deposition,” David Kisailus and F.F. Lange, United States Patent #6,770,131 (August 3, 2004).
“Improving Bone Implant Stability: In Vitro Studies of Self-Assembled Monolayer Templated Growth of Calcium Hydroxyapatite Coatings on Ti6Al4V Substrates,” Research Grant: Cottage Hospital, Santa Barbara, CA January 2004 – December 2004.
“Biocatalytically Templated Synthesis of Titanium Dioxide,” J.L. Sumerel, W. Yang, D. Kisailus, J.C. Weaver, J.H. Choi, and D.E. Morse, Chem. Mater., 15 (25), (2003) 4804-4809.
“GaN Nanocrystals from Oxygen and Nitrogen-Based Precursors,” D.J. Kisailus, J.H. Choi, and F.F. Lange, J. Crystal Growth, 249 (1-2), February (2003) 106-120.
“Chemical solution deposited GaN films from oxygen- and nitrogen-based precursors,” D.J. Kisailus, J.H. Choi, and F.F. Lange, J. Mater. Res., 17 (10), October (2002) 2540-2548.
“Microstructural Evolution of Precursor Derived GaN Thin Films,” M. Puchinger, D.J. Kisailus, F.F. Lange, and T. Wagner, Journal of Crystal Growth, 245, November (2002), 219-227.
“Grain Growth of Precursor Derived Nanocrystalline GaN Powder,” M. Puchinger, D.J. Kisailus, T. Wagner, F.F. Lange, J. Mater. Res., 17(2), February (2002), 353-357.
“Chemical Solution Deposition Derived Buffer Layers for MOCVD-Grown GaN Films,” M. Puchinger, T. Wagner, P. Fini, D.J. Kisailus, U. Beck, J. Bill, F. Aldinger, Arzt, E. and F.F. Lange, J. Crystal Growth, 233, November (2001) 57-67.
"Growth of Epitaxial GaN on LiGaO2 Substrates via a Reaction with Ammonia," David Kisailus and F.F. Lange, J. Mater. Res., 16 (7), July (2001), 2077-2081.
"Rheology and Consolidation of Colloidal Alumina Coated Silicon Nitride Suspensions," W.H., Shih, D. Kisailus, W.Y. Shih, Y.H. Hu, J. Hughes, J. Am. Ceram. Soc. (1996), 79, No.5, 1155-1162.
"Silica Coating on Barium Titanate Particles," W.H. Shih, D. Kisailus, and Y. Wei, Materials Letters (1995), 24, No.1-3, 13-15.
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