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Researcher: Robert West

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Areas of Expertise
  • Analytical chemistry
  • Chemical biology
  • Inorganic chemistry
  • Materials chemistry
  • Organic chemistry
  • Physical chemistry
  • Organosilicon chemistry
  • Synthesizing organosilicon compounds as electrolytes for batteries and ultracapacitors
  • Synethesizing silicon-containing drug molecules for use as anticancer drugs
  • Use of new polysiloxane electrolytes as the next generation of high energy density batteries
  • Muon spin resonance spectroscopy
  • Muon spin resonance spectra for silicon and germanium centered radicals
  • High polymers base on Si-Si bonds (polysilanes)
  • Cyclic and linear polysilicon compounds
  • Chemistry of multiply bonded silicon compounds such as disilenes and silanones
  • Inorganic chemistry
Web Site Robert West's Department of Chemistry Website
Curriculum Vitae (CV)
Issued Patent(s)
  • 8,765,295 - Electrolyte including silane for use in electrochemical devices, issued July 2014.
  • 8,486,569 - Lithium/carbon monofluoride batteries with organosilicon electrolytes, issued July 2013.
  • 8,318,037 - Organosilicon glycol-based electrolytes with a hydroxy terminus, issued November 2012.
  • 8,076,032 - Electrolyte including silane for use in electrochemical devices, issued December 2011.
  • 8,076,031 - Electrochemical device having electrolyte including disiloxane, issued December 2011.
USPTO Published Applications
  • 20150270573 - Halogenated organosilicon electrolytes, methods of using them, and electrochemical devices containing them, published September 2015.
  • 20150221986 - Symmetrical and unsymmetrical organosilicon molecules and electrolyte compositions and electrochemical devices containing them, published August 2015.
  • 20150037686 - Halogenated organosilicon electrolytes, methods of using them, and electrochemical devices containing them, published February 2015.
  • 20140356735 - Nitrile-substituted silanes and electrolyte compositions and electrochemical devices containing them, published December 2014.
  • 20140342244 - Electrolyte including silane for use in electrochemical devices, published November 2014.
Recent Publication(s)
  • Molecular structures of N,N′-dimethylbenzimidazoline-2-germylene and -stannylene in solution and in solid state by means of optical (Raman and UV-vis) spectroscopy and quantum chemistry methods . Aysin RR, Leites LA, Bukalov SS, Zabula AV, West R. Inorganic Chemistry. 2016 May;55(10):4698-4700. doi: 10.1021/acs.inorgchem.6b00572.

  • Free radicals of n-donor-stabilized silicon(II) compounds probed by muon spin spectroscopy. Samedov K, West R, Percival PW, Brodovitch J-C, Chandrasena L, et al. Organometallics. 2015 Jul 27;34(14):3532-3537. doi: 10.1021/acs.organomet.5b00324.

  • Methotrexate promotes platelet apoptosis via JNK-mediated mitochondrial damage: Alleviation by N-acetylcysteine and N-acetylcysteine amide. Paul M, Hemshekhar M, Thushara RM, Sundaram MS, NaveenKumar SK, et al. PloS one. 2015 Jun 17;10(6):e0127558. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0127558.

  • Synthesis and high solid-state fluorescence of cyclic silole derivatives. Cai Y, Samedov K, Dolinar BS, Song Z, Tang BZ, et al. Organometallics. 2015 Jan 12;34(1):78-85. doi: 10.1021/om500884b.


View Robert West's publications here.
Recent Artistic Works
Collaboration
  • Intra-University Collaboration: Carbone Cancer Center
  • Hong Kong University of Science & Technology, Chemistry
  • Cornell University, Chemistry and Chemical Biology
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E-mail Address [email protected]
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Current University UW–Madison
Department Chemistry
Title Emeritus Professor
Other Appointments
Director, Organosilicon Research Center
Founder & President, Silatronix Inc.
Address Line 1 Chemistry Building
Address Line 2 1101 University Avenue
City Madison
State WI
Zip Code 53706
Bachelor's Degree B.A., Cornell University, 1950
Master's Degree A.M., Harvard University, 1952
PhD Ph.D., Harvard University, 1954
Other Degrees
Technologies Available for Licensing Silylenes and Germylenes for Catalysis of Olefin Polymerization

Improved Electrochemical Double-Layer Capacitor Using Organosilicon Electrolytes

Effective Method for Synthesizing Polysiloles and Polygermoles

Highly Conductive Polysiloxane Polymers

Solid Polysiloxane Electrolyte for Use in Lithium Batteries

Fluorescent Polysiloxanes

Optimized Lithium Anode/Carbon Monofluoride Batteries Operable at High Temperatures