Duane Bartak

Duane Bartak

Professor - Analytical Chemistry
Department of Chemistry
University of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0423

Office: 252 McCollum Science Hall
Voice: 319-273-2438
Fax: 319-273-7127
E-mail: Duane.Bartak@uni.edu


  • Emporia State University BA, Chemistry 1963
  • Kansas State University PhD, Chemistry (with M. Dale Hawley) 1972
  • Colorado State University Post-doctoral (with Bob Osteryoung) 1972-74


Chemist, Food and Drug Administration 1964-66
U.S. Army, Walter Reed Army Medical Center 1966-68
Assistant Professor of Chemistry, University of North Dakota 1974-80
Associate Professor of Chemistry, University of North Dakota 1980-86
Visiting Associate Professor, Ohio State University Summer 1985
Professor of Chemistry, University of North Dakota, 1986-92
Director of Research, Technology Applications Group, Inc, 1990-92
Head of the Chemistry Department, University of Northern Iowa 1992-2002
Visiting Professor, College of Chemistry, Rennes, France Summer 2001
Visiting Professor, Kansas State University Jan.-July 2003
Visiting Professor, University of Minnesota Summer 2006
Professor of Chemistry, University of Northern Iowa 1992-present

Recent Publications

I. Roslov, D. Bartak, V. Gorbunova, T. Boitsova, "Photochemical Method of Silver Deposition on a Quartz Surface Modified by Polybutoxytitanium", Russian Journal of General Chemistry, 2009, 79, 711-716.

I. Roslov, T. Boitsova, D. Bartak, "Precipitation of Gold Nanoparticles on a Quartz Surface Modified by Titanium(IV) Butoxide", Journal of Nanoparticle Research, 2009, published online: 29 July 2009.

Nanseu-Njiki, C. Alonzo, V., Ngameni, E., Bartak, D., Darchen, A., "Electrolytic Arsenic Removal for Recycling of Washing Solutions in a Remediation Process of CCA-Treated Wood", Science of the Total Environment, 2007, 384, 48-54.

Alonzo, V., Darchen, A., Nanseu, C-P, Ngameni, E., Bartak, D., Reddy, A., Electrochemical Process for the Recycling of Chromium, Copper, and Arsenic Containing Solutions, Hydrosciences, 2004, 148, 70-72.

Tchepournaya I., Vasilieva, S., Logvinov, S., Timonov, A., Amedelli, R. Bartak, D., Electrochemical Synthesis and Characterization of Redox Polymer Nanostructures, Langmuir, 2003, 19, 9005-9010.

Patents (with Technology Applications Group, Inc.)

Bartak, D.E.; Woolsey, E.; Lemeiux, B., "A Chemical/Electrochemical Process for Coating Magnesium Alloys", U.S. Patent Number 5,240,589 issued Aug., 1993.

Bartak, D.E.; Lemeiux, B.; Woolsey, E., "A Two Step Electrochemical Process for Coating Magnesium Alloys", U.S. Patent Number 5,264,113 issued Nov., 1993.

Bartak, D.E.; Lemeiux, B.; Woolsey, E., "Coated Magnesium Alloys", U.S. Patent Number 5,266,412 issued Nov., 1993.

Bartak, D.E.; Lemeiux, B.; Woolsey, E., "Hard Anodic Coating for Magnesium Alloys", Patent Number 5,470,664 issued Nov., 1995.

Research and Teaching Interests

My research interests include nanoscience, the chemistry of radical ions, conducting polymers, anodized coatings for metals, and environmental issues.

I have collaborated on the nanostructuring of redox polymers with Professor Alesander Timonov and the deposition of nanoparticles in TiO2 films with Professor Tatiana Boitsova at the Herzen State University in St. Petersburg, Russia. I have collaborated on electrochemical and environmental projects with Professor Andre Darchen at the National College of Chemistry in Rennes, France.

I am interested in teaching and research in the area of nanoscience and nanotechnology. In that regard, I have worked over the past several years with Professor Cliff Chancey in the Physics Department to develop an interdisciplinary nanoscience curriculum at the UNI Center for Educational Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (CENN).

Funding from various grants have permitted the renovation of laboratories and the acquisition of equipment including atomic force and scanning tunneling microscopes, scanning electron microscope, thermal analysis equipment, magnetometer, X-ray diffractometer, and fiber optic spectrometers, all of which enable UNI undergraduate students to have hands-on experiences with instrumentation which probe the nanoscale.

Growing the Department

Dr. Bartak came to the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) as Head of the Chemistry Department in 1992. He held the position of Head for ten years, stepping down in 2002 to again engage more fully in teaching and research in chemistry. During his time as department head, the chemistry program at UNI produced more baccalaureate degrees in chemistry than any other institution in the state of Iowa including Iowa State University and the University of Iowa.

In 1993, he initiated a formal summer undergraduate research program in chemistry by obtaining funding from a variety of sources for student stipends. Dr. Bartak coordinated the undergraduate research program for ten years, which received funding for student stipends from several grants including NSF-REU and the Roy J. Carver Trust. More than 200 chemistry students have participated in summer undergraduate research since 1993. The chemistry summer research program continues to provide students with the opportunity to gain valuable research experience.

During his tenure as department head, the chemistry program renovated and added to their facilities. In 1997, funding was obtained from the NSF Office of Science and Technology Infrastructure to renovate research and selected teaching/research laboratories. In 2000, the state of Iowa funded an addition to McCollum Science Hall, which houses chemistry and biology. As a result of the above funding and renovation, the chemistry department has excellent facilities for both undergraduate teaching and research.

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
University of Northern Iowa
1227 West 27th Street
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0423
Phone: 319-273-2437
FAX: 319-273-7127
E-mail: barbara.reid@uni.edu
Web: http://www.chem.uni.edu

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