Dr.   Darrell   H.   Reneker

Dr. Darrell H. Reneker

Distinguished Professor Emeritus
Department of Polymer Science
Phone: 330-972-6949
Email: reneker@uakron.edu


  • 1959 Ph.D., Physics, University of Chicago
  • 1955 M.S., Physics, University of Chicago
  • 1951 B.S., Electrical Engineering, Iowa State University

Research Interests

Polymer physics, computer modeling of conformation defects in polymer crystals, morphology and scanning tunneling microscopy of polymers, electron holography of polymer molecules, electrospinning of polymer fibers, electrostriction of polymers, polymer nanofibers.

Lab Equipment

Scanning probe microscope, AFM & STM; electrospinning apparatus and process control instrumentation; Video photography; Image processing software.

Contact Information

Dr. Darrell H. Reneker
The University of Akron
Department of Polymer Science
Akron, Ohio 44325-3909

Email: reneker@uakron.edu
Voice: (330) 972-6949
Fax: (330) 972-5290

Recent Publications

"Selective Emitters for Thermophotovoltaics: Erbia-Modified Electrospun Titania Nanofibers", V. Tomer, R. Teye-Mensah, J.C. Tokash, N. Stojilovoc, W. Kataphinan, E.A. Evans, G.G. Chase, R.D. Ramsier, D.J. Smith, D.H. Reneker, Solar Energy Mater. Solar Cells, Volume 85, Issue 4, (2005) Pages 477-488.

"Electrospun Nanofibers for Potential Space-Based Applications", G. Zhang, W. Kataphinan, R. Teye-Mansah, P. Katta, L. Khatri, E.A. Evans, G. Chase, R.D. Ramsier, D.H. Reneker, Materials Science & Engineering B, Volume 116, Issue 3, (2005) Pages 353-358.

"Branching in Electrospinning Nanofibers", A.L. Yarin, W. Kataphinan, D.H. Reneker, Journal of Applied Physics, Volume 98 Issue 6, (2005) Pages 064501/1-064501/12.

"Silver(I)-imidazole Cyclophane Gem-diol Complexes Encapsulated by Electrospun Tecophilic Nanofibers: Formation of Nanosilver Particles and Antimicrobial Activity", Melaiya, Z. Sun, K. Hindi, A. Milsted, D. Ely, D.H. Reneker, C. Tessier, W.J. Youngs, Journal of the American Chemical Society, Volume 127, Issue 7, (2005) Pages 2285-2291.

"Electrospun Polyacrylonitrile Nanofibers Containing High Concentration of Well-Aligned Multiwall Carbon Nanotubes", H. Hou, J.J. Ge, J. Zeng, Q. Li, D.H. Reneker, A. Greiner, S.Z.D. Cheng, Chemistry of Materials, Volume17, Issue 5, (2005) Pages 967-973.

"Recycled Expanded Polystyrene Nanofibers Applied in Filter Media", Shin, G.C. Chase, D.H. Reneker, Colloids and Surfaces, A: Physiochemical and Engineering Aspects, Volume 262, (2005) Pages 211-215.

"Water absorption and Mechanical Properties of Electrospun Structured Hydrogels", L.M. Hansen, D.J. Smith, D.H. Reneker, W. Kataphinan, Journal of Applied Polymer Science, Volume 95, Issue 2, (2005) Pages 427-434.

"The Effect of Nanofibers on Liquid-Liquid Coalescence Filter Performance", C. Shin, G.G. Chase, D.H. Reneker, AIChE Journal, Volume 51, Issue 12, (2005) Pages 3109-3113.

"Dynamics of Hollow Nanofiber Formation during Solidification Subjected to Solvent Evaporation", Guenthner, S. Khombhongse, W. Liu, D.H. Reneker, T. Kyu, Macromolecular Theory and Simulations, Volume 15, Issue 1, (2006) Pages 87 - 93.

"Annealing and Recrystallization of Single Crystals of Polyethylene on Graphite: An Atomic Force Microsopy Study", S.N. Magonov, N.A. Yerina, D.H. Reneker, Journal of Macromolecular Science, Part B: Physics, Volume 45, Issue 2, (2006) Pages 169-194.

"Nanofiber Manufacturing Toward Better Process Control", D.H. Reneker, A.L. Yarin, E. Zussman, S. Koombhongse, W. Kataphinan, ACS Symposium Series, Volume 918, (2006) Pages 7-20.

"Nanofibers and Spheres by Polymerization of Cyanoacrylate Monomer", S.V. Doiphode, D.H. Reneker, G.G. Chase, Polymer, Volume 47, Issue 12, (2006) Pages 4328-4332.

"Electrospinning of Nanofibers from Polymer Solutions and Melts", D.H. Reneker, A.L. Yarin, E. Zussman, H. Xu, Advances in Applied Mechanics, Volume 41, (2006) Pages 43-195.

"Characterization of Electrospinning Jets using Interference Color Technique", H. Xu, D.H. Reneker, Polymeric Nanofibers (ACS Symposium Series), (2006) Pages 21-35.

"Liquid Drop Growth on a Fiber", A.L. Yarin, W. Liu, S.V. Diophode, G.G. Chase, D.H. Reneker, AIChE Journal, Volume 52, Issue 1, (2006) Pages 217-227.

"Electrospun Polymer Nanofibers with Small Diameter", Huang, S. Chen, C. Lai , D.H. Reneker, H. Qiu, Y. Yr, H. Hou, Nanotechnology, Volume 1, Issue 6, (2006) Pages 1558-1563.

"Electrospun Bombyx mori Gland Silk", S. Puttanarat, R.K. Eby, W. Kataphinan, S. Jones, R. Naik, D.H. Reneker, B.L. Farmer, Polymer, Volume 47, Issue 15, (2006) Pages 5630-5632.

"Electrospinning of Polymer Nanofibers from Multiple Jets on a Porous Tubular Surface", O. O. Dosunmu, G. G. Chase, W. Kataphinan, D. H. Reneker, Nanotechnology, Volume 17, Issue 4, (2006) Pages 1123-1127.

"Dynamics of Hollow Nanofiber Formation During Solidification Subjected to Solvent Evaporation", A.J. Guemthner, S. Koombhonse, W. Liu, P. Dayal, D.H. Reneker, T. Kyu, Macromol. Theory Simul., Volume 15, (2006) Pages 87-93.

"High-Strength Mats from Electrospun Poly(p-Phenylene Biphenyltetracarboximide) Nanofibers", Haung, S. Chen, D.H. Reneker, C. Lai, H. Hou, Advanced Materials, Volume 18, (2006) Pages 668-671.

"Nanofibers and Spheres by Polymerization of Cyanoacrylate Monomer", S.V. Doiphode, D.H. Reneker, G.G. Chase, Polymer, Volume 47, Issue 12, (2006) Pages 4328-4332.

"Effect of Evaporation and Solidification of the charged Jet in Electrospinning of Poly(ethylene oxide) Aqueous Solution", S. Tripatanasuwan, Z. Zhong, D.H. Reneker, Polymer, Volume 48, Issue 19, (2007) Pages 5742-5746.

"Electrospinning for Tissue Engineering Scaffolds", J. Lannutti, D.H. Reneker, T. Ma, D. Tomasko, D. Farson, Materials Science and Engineering C, Volume 27, (2007) Pages 504-509.

"Electrical Bending and Mechanical Buckling Instabilities in Electrospinning Jets", D.H. Reneker, T. Han, Materials Research Society Symposium Proceeding (2007) 948.

Polymer, Volume 48, Issue 20, (2007) Pages 6064-6076, doi:10.1016/j.polymer.2007.08.002

"Effects of Parameters on Nanofiber Diameter Determined from Electrospinning Model", Chris J. Thompson, George G. Chase, Alexander L Yarin, Darrell H. Reneker, Polymer, Volume 48, Issue 23, (2007) Pages 6913-6922.

"Application of Nanofiber Technology to Nonwoven Thermal Insulation", Phillip W. Gibson, Calvin Lee, Frank Ko, Darrell H Reneker, Journal of Engineered Fibers and Fabrics, Volume 2, Issue 2, (2007), Pages 32-40.

"Buckling of Jets in Electrospinning", Tao Han, Darrell H Reneker, Alexander L. Yarin, Polymer, Volume 48, Issue 20, (2007) Pages 6064-6076.

"Pendulum-like Motion of Straight Electrified Jets", T. Han, D.H. Reneker, A.L. Yarin, Polymer, Volume 49, (2008) Pages 2160-2169, doi:10.1016/jpolymer.2008.01.0487878

"Viscoelastic Electrospinning Jets: Initial Stresses and Elongation Rheometry", Tao Han, Alexander Yarin, Darrell H Reneker, Polymer, Volume 49 (2008) Pages 1651-1658, DOI:10.1016/j.polymer.2008.01.035

"Electrospinning Jets and Polymer Nanofibers", Darrell H. Reneker and Alexander L. Yarin, Polymer, Volume 49, Issue 10 (2008) Pages 2387-2425 DOI:10.1016/j.polymer.2008.02.002. Feature Article