Maury Balik

Professor and Graduate Distance Education Coordinator

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Maury Balik joined the NCSU faculty in 1982 after a year of post-doctoral research in the Dept. of Macromolecular Science at Case Western Reserve University.

Dr. Balik’s research group is generally concerned with the chemical and physical structure of polymeric materials and its relationship to polymer properties. A major area of emphasis is the sorption and diffusion of small molecules through polymers. They are studying those aspects of polymer structure which influence sorption and diffusion of small molecules, and are using those measurements as an indirect probe of polymer structure. Other areas of research with which they have recently been involved include polymer-cyclodextrin inclusion compounds, use of FTIR-ATR to measure real-time diffusion of liquids and liquid mixtures in polymers, RF plasma modification of polymer surfaces, mechanical alloying of polymers, and characterization of novel ROMP polymers.

Education

Ph.D. 1981

Macromolecular Science

Case Western Reserve University

M.S. 1977

Macromolecular Science

Case Western Reserve University

B.S. 1975

Chemical Engineering and Mathematics

Grove City College

Research Description

Current research involves measuring the solubility and diffusivity of methyl bromide at various temperatures and pressures in polymeric materials of construction. The motivation for this work comes from the use of methyl bromide to decontaminate large enclosed areas that have been infected with harmful toxicological agents such as Bacillus anthracis spores (anthrax). During the decontamination process, methyl bromide can diffuse into various polymeric materials of construction such as rubber, plastics, carpet fibers, etc. After decontamination, the methyl bromide that has diffused into these materials will remain and slowly diffuse out, possibly presenting a health hazard. This research will provide quantitative information regarding methyl bromide diffusion and solubility that will facilitate an objective assessment of the health risk.

Honors and Awards

  • NCSU Outstanding Teacher Award, 1986
  • NCSU Outstanding Advisor Award, 1999

Publications

Compatibilization of polystyrene/poly(dimethyl siloxane) solutions with star polymers containing a gamma-cyclodextrin core and polystyrene arms
Busche, B. J., Tonelli, A. E., & Balik, C. M. (2010), Polymer, 51(2), 454–462. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.polymer.2009.11.069
Properties of polystyrene/poly(dimethyl siloxane) blends partially compatibilized with star polymers containing a gamma-cyclodextrin core and polystyrene arms
Busche, B. J., Tonelli, A. E., & Balik, C. M. (2010), Polymer, 51(25), 6013–6020. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.polymer.2010.10.024
The effect of water and guest hydrophobicity on the complexation of oligomers with solid alpha-cyclodextrin
Hunt, M. A., Tonelli, A. E., & Balik, C. M. (2008), Polymer, 49(4), 985–991. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.polymer.2008.01.007
Characterization of titanium alkoxide sol-gel systems designed for anti-icing coatings: I. Chemistry
Ayres, J., Simendinger, W. H., & Balik, C. M. (2007), Journal of Coatings Technology and Research, 4(4), 463–471. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11998-007-9054-8
Characterization of titanium alkoxide sol-gel systems designed for anti-icing coatings: II. Mass loss kinetics
Ayres, J., Simendinger, W. H., & Balik, C. M. (2007), Journal of Coatings Technology and Research, 4(4), 473–481. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11998-007-9055-7
Formation of crystalline inclusion compounds of poly (vinyl chloride) of different stereoregularity with gamma-cyclodextrin
Martinez, G., Gomez, M. A., Villar-Rodil, S., Garrido, L., Tonelli, A. E., & Balik, C. M. (2007), Journal of Polymer Science. Part A, Polymer Chemistry, 45(12), 2503–2513. https://doi.org/10.1002/pola.22014
The effect of guest hydrophobicity on the water sorption behavior of oligomer-a-cyclodextrin inclusion complexes
Tonelli, A. E., Hunt, M. A., & Balik, C. M. (2007), Journal of Physical Chemistry. B, Condensed Matter, Materials, Surfaces, Interfaces & Biophysical, 111(15), 3853. https://doi.org/10.1021/jp070145t
The effect of water on the solid-state complexation of oligomers with a?cyclodextrin
Tonelli, A. E., Hunt, M. A., & Balik, C. M. (2007), Macromolecules, 40.
The nano-threading of polymers
Rusa, C. C., Rusa, M., Peet, J., Uyar, T., Fox, J., Hunt, M. A., … Tonelli, A. E. (2006), Journal of Inclusion Phenomena and Macrocyclic Chemistry, 55(1-2), 185–192. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10847-005-9038-1
Effects of preparation procedure and electric field frequency on the dielectric constants and electrorheology of a zeolite/silicone oil suspension
McNeish, D., Jung, K., Balik, C. M., & Conrad, H. (2005), International Journal of Modern Physics. B, Condensed Matter Physics, Statistical Physics, Applied Physics, 19(38542), 1191–1197.
Solid-state complexation of poly(ethylene glycol) with alpha-cyclodextrin
Peet, J., Rusa, C. C., Hunt, M. A., Tonelli, A. E., & Balik, C. M. (2005), Macromolecules, 38(2), 537–541. https://doi.org/10.1021/ma048103f
Structure and stability of columnar cyclomaltooctaose (gamma-cyclodextrin) hydrate
Hunt, M. A., Rusa, C. C., Tonelli, A. E., & Balik, C. M. (2005), Carbohydrate Research, 340(9), 1631–1637. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.carres.2005.03.021
Controlling the polymorphic behaviors of semicrystalline polymers with cyclodextrins
Rusa, C. C., Wei, M., Bullions, T. A., Rusa, M., Gomez, M. A., Porbeni, F. E., … Tonelli, A. E. (2004), Crystal Growth and Design, 4(6), 1431–1441. https://doi.org/10.1021/cg049821w
Structure and stability of columnar cyclomaltohexaose (alpha-cyclodextrin) hydrate
Hunt, M. A., Rusa, C. C., Tonelli, A. E., & Balik, C. M. (2004), Carbohydrate Research, 339(17), 2805–2810. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.carres.2004.09.012
Bridged double percolation in conductive polymer composites: an electrical conductivity, morphology and mechanical property study
Thongruang, W., Spontak, R. J., & Balik, C. M. (2002), Polymer, 43(13), 3717–3725. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0032-3861(02)00180-5
Correlated electrical conductivity and mechanical property analysis of high-density polyethylene filled with graphite and carbon fiber
Thongruang, W., Spontak, R. J., & Balik, C. M. (2002), Polymer, 43(8), 2279–2286. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0032-3861(02)00043-5
Manipulation of nylon-6 crystal structures with its alpha- cyclodextrin inclusion complex
Wei, M., Davis, W., Urban, B., Song, Y. Q., Porbeni, F. E., Wang, X. W., … Tonelli, A. E. (2002), Macromolecules, 35(21), 8039–8044. https://doi.org/10.1021/ma020765m
Reorganization of the structures, morphologies, and conformations of bulk polymers via coalescence from polymer- cyclodextrin inclusion compounds
Bullions, T. A., Wei, M., Porbeni, F. E., Gerber, M. J., Peet, J., Balik, M., … Tonelli, A. E. (2002), Journal of Polymer Science. Part B, Polymer Physics, 40(10), 992–1012. https://doi.org/10.1002/polb.10152
Volume-exclusion effects in polyethylene blends filled with carbon black, graphite, or carbon fiber
Thongruang, W., Balik, C. M., & Spontak, R. J. (2002), Journal of Polymer Science. Part B, Polymer Physics, 40(10), 1013–1025. https://doi.org/10.1002/polb.10157
Cryogenic mechanical alloying of poly(methyl methacrylate) with polyisoprene and poly(ethylene-alt-propylene)
Smith, A. P., Ade, H., Balik, C. M., Koch, C. C., Smith, S. D., & Spontak, R. J. (2000), Macromolecules, 33(7), 2595–2604. https://doi.org/10.1021/ma991453v
Dispersion polymerization of polystyrene latex stabilized with novel grafted poly(ethylene glycol) macromers in 1- propanol/water
Shay, J. S., English, R. J., Spontak, R. J., Balik, C. M., & Khan, S. A. (2000), Macromolecules, 33(18), 6664–6671. https://doi.org/10.1021/ma992152o
High-energy mechanical milling of poly(methyl methacrylate), polyisoprene and poly(ethylene-alt-propylene)
Smith, A. P., Shay, J. S., Spontak, R. J., Balik, C. M., Ade, H., Smith, S. D., & Koch, C. C. (2000), Polymer, 41(16), 6271–6283. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0032-3861(99)00830-7
Laser scanning confocal microscopy study of dye diffusion in fibers
Song, Y., Srinivasarao, M., Tonelli, A., Balik, C. M., & McGregor, R. (2000), Macromolecules, 33(12), 4478–4485. https://doi.org/10.1021/ma991584w
Structural changes in poly(ethylene terephthalate) induced by mechanical milling
Bai, C., Spontak, R. J., Koch, C. C., Saw, C. K., & Balik, C. M. (2000), Polymer, 41(19), 7147–7157. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0032-3861(00)00048-3
Effects of graphite content on the morphology and barrier properties of poly(vinylidene fluoride) composites
Busick, D. N., Spontak, R. J., & Balik, C. M. (1999), Polymer, 40(22), 6023–6029. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0032-3861(98)00826-X
Surface modification of nitrile rubber by plasma polymerization
Ratway, R. J., & Balik, C. M. (1998), Plasmas and Polymers, 3(2), 129.
X-ray microscopy of novel thermoplastic/liquid crystalline polymer blends by mechanical alloying
Smith, A. P., Bai, C., Ade, H., Spontak, R. J., Balik, C. M., & Koch, C. C. (1998), Macromolecular Rapid Communications, 19(11), 557–561. https://doi.org/10.1002/marc.1998.030191104
An attenuated total reflectance cell for analysis of small molecule diffusion in polymer thin films with Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy
Balik, C. M., & Simendinger, W. H. (1998), Polymer, 39(20), 4723–4728. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0032-3861(97)10309-3
Evolution of VIMS at North Carolina State University
Balik, C. M., Spontak, R. J., & Weitzel, J. (1997), Journal of Materials Education, 19(1-2), 59.
Surface modification of chlorobutyl and nitrile rubber via plasma polymerization of vinylidene fluoride
Ratway, R. J., & Balik, C. M. (1997), Polymer Preprints, 38(1), 1071–1072.
Surface modification of chlorobutyl rubber by plasma polymerization
, (1997). Journal of Polymer Science. Part B, Polymer Physics, 35(11), 1651–1660. https://doi.org/10.1002/(SICI)1099-0488(199708)35:11<1651::AID-POLB1>3.0.CO;2-W

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