Daniel J. Seyer
I work in several areas. I work on a team that is designing artificial muscle systems. These muscles can be used on a variety of robotic devices including prosthetics. We have been able to make carbon nanotube-based systems that can simultaneously generate electricity from hydrogen and oxygen as a fuel cells while contracting like a muscle. We have also designed systems that when powered by the high energy density fuel cell fuels deliver performance that is orders of magnitude higher than that of mammalian skeletal muscle.
Also using organic chemistry I make a variety of useful molecules that can trap things like metals and molecules. These species can be attached to materials to add function and improve physical properties.
Fuel Powered Artificial Muscles. Ebron, V. H.; Yang, Z.; Seyer, D. S.; Kozlov, M.; Oh, J.; Xie, H.; Razal, J.; Hall, L. J.; Ferraris, J. P.; MacDiarmid, A. G.; Baughman, R. H. NanoTech Institute, The University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson, TX, USA. Science (2006), 311 (5767), 1580 - 1583. (abstract) (full text)
meta-Wurster's crowns": The synthesis and properties of meta-phenylenediamine-based macrocycles. Sibert, John W.; Seyer, Daniel J.; Hundt, Greg R. Journal of Supramolecular Chemistry (2003), Volume Date 2002, 2(1-3), 335-342.
Updated: March 24, 2006