NIU Department of
Chemistry & Biochemistry
Where the study of matter...matters!
Distinguished Teaching Professor
Distinguished Research Professor
Recipient of Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award
Office: La Tourette Hall 323
Phone: (815) 753-6861
IBM World Trade Visiting Scientist, Thomas J. Watson Research Center, 1981-1982
Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 1974
M.S., Brock University, 1971
B.S., Tamkang University, 1966
Molecular electronic spectroscopy; biophysical chemistry; lasers and their chemical applications for better materials science.
Anatase TiO2 nanocomposites for antimicrobial coatings. Fu, G.; Vary, P. S.; Lin, C. T. (2005) J. Phys. Chem. B, 109: 8889–8898.
Reduction of Cr(VI) assisted by sol-gel generated electron-hole centers. Zaitoun, M. A.; Bailey, L. S.; Brinkley, J. F.; Dickerson, C. M.; Lin, C. T. (2005) J. Sol.-Gel Sci. Technol., 36: 173–182.
Spectral fingerprints of bacterial strains by laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy. Kim, T.; Specht, Z. G.; Vary, P. S.; Lin, C. T. (2004) J. Phys. Chem. B, 108: 5477–5482.
Molecular complexes of IQ and 4-hydroxy-coumarin: A mutagen–anti-mutagen system. Marques, A. D. S.; Lin, C. T. (2004) Photochem. Photobiol., 74: 63–71.
Simultaneous acid catalysis and in situ phosphatization using a polyester-melamine paint: A surface phosphatization study. Whitten, M. C.; Burke, V. J.; Neuder, H. A.; Lin, C.-T. (2003) Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., 42: 3671-3679.
Charge-transfer complexes of Cu(II)/HD analogue in sol-gel sensors. Brinkley, J. F.; Kirkey, M. L.; Marques, A. D. S.; Lin, C.-T. (2003) Chem. Phys. Lett., 367: 39-43.
Chrome-free single-step in-situ phosphatizing coatings on a Ti-6Al-4V titanium alloy. Neuder, H. A.; Lin, C. T. (2002) J. Coatings Technol., 74: 1-5.
Green chemistry in-situ phosphatizing coatings. Lin, C.-T. (2001) Prog. Org. Coatings, 42: 226-245.
Better materials through chemistry is our current research interest. Material processings in the forms of thin films (e.g., excimer laser "direct-write" patterns), ceramics, coatings and sol-gels (e.g., xerogels) are designed and fabricated for some specific applications. Photophysical and electrochemical characterizations of the processed materials are carried out by using surface/interface Colorimetric detection of analogues of the chemical warfare agent HD (mustard gas) techniques, time-resolved optical/laser spectroscopy, FTIR/Raman spectroscopy, thermochemical and electrochemical analysis, and electrical and magnetic measurements. Other analytical advancements sought include the design and development of a portable laser-induced breakdown spectroscope (LIBS) for spectral fingerprinting of bacterial strains and the determination of paint failures.
Various areas are currently under investigation: