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D. Keith Roper

D. Keith Roper

Professor, Charles W. Oxford Endowed Professorship in Emerging Technologies

Department of Chemical Engineering

College of Engineering

(CHEG)-Chemical Engineering

Phone: 479-575-6691

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D. Keith Roper is Associate Director of Microelectronics-Photonics Graduate Program, Professor of Chemical Engineering, and holds the Charles W. Oxford Endowed Professorship of Emerging Technologies at the University of Arkansas. He is Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology.  He is a Member of the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Mathematics Committee for Continuous Manufacturing for Modernization of Pharmaceutical Production. He served as NSF Program Director and Program Leader for the Engineering Research Centers and the Network for Computational Nanotechnology from 2012-2016. He is a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering and a member of the Arkansas Academy of Science. His research examining bioinspired electrodynamic functionality of nano-, bio-, and meta-materials has received recognition from DOE, EPA, and NSF and has been featured by SPIE Newsroom, R&D Mag, and over 40 other media outlets. He partners with leaders in academia, industry, and government to translate discovery to marketable innovations in biotech/biopharma, chemicals, optoelectronics, and energy. From 1994-2000 he developed processes for cell culture, fermentation, recovery, and analysis of protein, nucleic acid, bacterial polysaccharide, and adenoviral-vectored antigens at Merck & Co. From 1996-2008, he was instrumental in bringing three transgenes, 24 vaccine antigens and one anti-cancer compound, to human clinical trials and/or to market. He has developed novel bioprocess equipment for mixing and filtration. He has authored or coauthored more than 88 technical articles and published proceedings, 81 invited lectures, 136 conference presentations, two textbooks, 6 federal solicitations and dear colleague letters, two book chapters, three U.S. patents, one E.P. patent, and seven U.S. patent applications.  His Ph.D. is from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He is active in ACS, AIChE, AIMBE, ASEE, IBE, IEEE, SPIE, and Tau Beta Pi.

  • BSChE, Brigham Young University, 1989
  • PhD, Chemical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1994

Polarization angle affects energy of plasmonic features in Fano resonant regular lattices 
DeJarnette, Drew; Jang, Gyoung; Blake, Phillip; Roper, D.K.  
Journal of Optics, accepted July 8, 2014.

Spectrophotometric Method for the Determination of Tin(II) by Redox Reaction using 3,3',5,5'-tetramethylbenzidine dihydrochloride and N-bromosuccinimide
X. Wei, G. Jang, D.K. Roper
Journal of Analytical Chemistry, accepted May 29, 2014.

Photothermal Response of Plasmonic Nanoconglomerates in Assembled Films by Electroless Plating
M. Lisunova, X. Wei, D. DeJarnette, G.T. Forcherio, K. Berry, P. Blake, D.K. Roper
Royal Society of Chemistry Advances (2014), accepted Apr 29, 2014.

Diffraction in Nanoparticle Lattices Increases Sensitivity of Localized Surface Plasmon Resonance to Refractive Index Changes
P. Blake, S. Kuhne, G.T. Forcherio, D.K. Roper
Journal of Nanophotonics (2014), accepted Apr 9, 2014.

Gold Nanoparticle Polydimethylsiloxane Thin Films Enhance Thermoplasmonic Dissipation by Internal Reflection
J.R. Dunklin, G.T. Forcherio, K.R. Berry, D.K. Roper
Journal of Physical Chemistry C (2014), 118 (14), pp 7523-7531

Tin Sensitization for Electroless Plating Review
Xingfei Wei and D.K. Roper
Journal of the Electrochemical Society (2014), 161(5) D235-D242.

Geometric optics of gold nanoparticle-polydimethylsiloxane thin film systems
J.R. Dunklin, G.T. Forcherio, D.K. Roper
Optical Materials Express (2014), 4(2), 375-383.

Polylogarithm-based computation of Fano resonance in arrayed dipole scatterers
J. Norman, D. DeJarnette, D. K. Roper
Journal of Physical Chemistry C (2014), 118(1), 627-634.

Far-field Fano resonance in nanoring lattices modeled from extracted, point dipole polarizability
D. DeJarnette, P. Blake, G.T. Forcherio, D. K. Roper
Journal of Applied Physics (2014), 115(2), 024306.

Aqueous dispersion of plasmonic hollow metal nanoparticles
M. Lisunova, J. Norman, X. Wei, S. Jenkins, J. Chen, D. K. Roper
Materials Letters (2014), 117(15), 241-243.

Rapid attribution of Fano resonant features to plasmonic particle size, lattice constant, and dielectric wavenumber in square nanoparticle arrays
D. DeJarnette, J. Norman, D.K. Roper
Photonics Research (2014), 2(1), 15-23.

Modulation of plasmonic Fano resonance by the shape of the nanoparticles in ordered arrays
M. Lisunova, J. Norman, P. Blake, G.T. Forcherio, D. DeJarnette, D.K. Roper
Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics (2013), 46(48), 485103.

Asymmetric reduction of gold nanoparticles into thermoplasmonic polydimethylsiloxane thin films
J.R. Dunklin, G.T. Forcherio, K.R. Berry, D.K. Roper
ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces (2013), 5(17), 8457-8466.

Optical attenuation of plasmonic nanocomposites within photonic devices
G.T. Forcherio, D.K. Roper
Applied Optics (2013), 52(25), 6417-6427.

Rate-limited electroless gold thin film growth: a real-time study
G.-G. Jang, P. Blake, D.K. Roper
Langmuir (2013), 29(18), 5476-5486.

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