David Nikles

Nikles, David
Position Department / Business Unit
Professor Dept. of Chemistry
Institution Disciplines
The University of Alabama Chemistry
City State / Provence
Tuscaloosa Alabama
Country Website
U.S.A. link

INORGANIC/MATERIALS CHEMISTRY materials for information technology, polymer coatings for magnetic tape, porphyrin synthesis and porphyrin-based dendrimers as optical devices

Dr. Nikles' research interests lie in the area of materials for information technology. Materials are designed at the molecular level so that the desired materials properties are achieved by tailoring the structure. In turn, the materials properties determine the ability of the material to carry out the desired function. The theme of this research is a fundamental understanding of the relationship between structure, properties and function. The scope of this research encompasses the synthesis of organic, polymeric, organometallic, and inorganic coordination compounds; characterization of materials properties, determination of how the materials would be used in information storage devices.

Specific areas of interest include new concepts for optical data storage, photochemical hole-burning for optical data storage, holography, electrophotography, near-infrared chromophores, porphyrin photochemistry, new magnetic nanoparticles for magnetic tape, new binders for magnetic tape, new processes for magnetic tape manufacture, pollution prevention in the magnetic tape industry and the reliability of archival data storage media.


B.S., 1977, The University of Akron; Ph.D., 1982, Case Western Reserve University.

Career Highlights

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.


Dekker Encyclopedia of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology

Important Articles

Magnetic Nanoparticles: Applications for Granular Recording Media

By this Researcher

Related Content