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Dale LeCaptain

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Chemistry
Dow Science Complex 358
989-774-3993
Education
  • ​Postdoctoral, Colorado State University, 2000-2001
  • Postdoctoral, Michigan State University, 1999-2000
  • Ph.D., Analytical Chemistry, Michigan State University, 1999
  • B.S., Chemistry, University of Wisconsin LaCrosse - LaCrosse, WI, 1994
Professional Interests
  • Fermentation technologies and brewing.  The fast growing craft brew industry is one example of chemical fermentation industry that is growing rapidly.  This industry and the rest of fermentation chemical manufacturing are changing the analytical needs.  There are numerous novel applications of existing analysis techniques as well as the development of new methods being researched in the lab
  • Sustainable chemistry. The proliferation of biotechnologies and the incremental push toward "greener technologies" through biocatalysis have afforded opportunities for cost competitive production of industrially useful synthetic products that are "green" from start through production to the final product.  Special polymer additives and plasticizers derived from biobased carboxylic and amino acids are example chemistries we are developing.
  • Environmental Analytical Chemistry. Coastal wetlands provide flood protection, erosion control, wildlife food & habitat, water quality, recreation, and carbon sequestration.  Equally impacted is the nitrogen cycle and as atmospheric levels of CO2 change, water levels will be impacted, and change the availability of air.  The objectives to develop and develop novel analytical methods for gas measurements as well as incorporate the research process into the undergraduate curriculum.   ​
Teaching Areas
Quantitative Analysis, Analytical Chemistry, Spectroscopic & Chromatographic Science, and Engineering Chemistry
Selected Publications

  • Tomasik, Janice; LeCaptain, Dale; Murphy, Sarah; Martin, Mary; Knight, Rachel; Harke, Maureen; Burke, Ryan; Beck, Kara. "Island Explorations: Discovering Effects of Environmental Research-Based Lab Activities on Analytical Chemistry Students". J. Chem. Educ., 2014, 91 (11), pp 1887–1894
  • Stuart, Amanda; LeCaptain, Dale J.; Lee, Choon Y.; Mohanty, Dillip K. Poly (2013). (Vinyl Chloride) Plasticized with Mixtures of Succinate Di- esters - Synthesis and Characterization. European Polymer Journal, 49(9), 2785-2791.
  • Amanda Stuart, Megan M. McCallum, Daming Fan, Dale J. LeCaptain, Choon Y. Lee, and Dillip K. Mohanty (2009). Succinic acid based plasticizer synthesis and application for PVC. Polym. Bull., submitted Sept. 2009.
  • Dale J. LeCaptain, Michael S. Todd, David S. Allan, Alissa Veeneman (2009). Optimization of a Continuous Production Process for Biodiesel Fuel from Waste Vegetable Oil Promoted by Ultrasonics.  Energy and Fuels, submitted Sept. 2009.
  • Hartmann-Thompson, C., Keeley, D., Pollock, K., Keinath, S., Dvornic, P., Dantus, M., Gunaratne, T., LeCaptain, D. J. (2008). One- and Two-photon Fluorescent Polyhedral Oligosilsesquioxane (POSS) Nanosensor Arrays for the Remote Detection of Analytes in Clouds, in Solution and on Surfaces. Chem. Mater, 20(8), 2829-2838.
  • Jariwala, M., Crawford, J., LeCaptain, D. J. (2007). In Situ Raman Spectroscopic Analysis of the Regeneration of Ammonium Hydrogen Sulfate from Ammonium Sulfate. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 46(14), 4900-4905.
  • LeCaptain, D. J., Todd, M. S. (2007). Segmented-Flow Direct Sampling Mass Spectrometry of Biodiesel Headspace. Applied Spectroscopy, 61(12), 1410-1412.
  • McCallum, M. M., Fan, D., Lee, C. Y., Mohanty, D. K., LeCaptain, D. J. (2007). Bio-based plasticizers for poly-vinyl chloride. (2nd ed., vol. 48, pp. 869-870). Polymer Preprints.
  • Raymond, J.E., Vohs, J.K., Brege, J.J., Rozeveld, S., LeCaptain, D.J., Slusher, L. E., Williams, G.L., and Fahlman, B.D., "Room-Temperature Growth of Carbon Nanofibers from Iron-Encapsulated Dendritic Catalysts", Polymer News, 30, 2005, 1-4.
  • Amanda Stuart, Megan M. McCallum, Daming Fan, Dale J. LeCaptain, Choon Y. Lee, and Dillip K. Mohanty (2009). Succinic acid based plasticizer synthesis and application for PVC. Polym. Bull., submitt​ed Sept. 2009.
  • Dale J. LeCaptain, Michael S. Todd, David S. Allan, Alissa Veeneman (2009). Optimization of a Continuous Production Process for Biodiesel Fuel from Waste Vegetable Oil Promoted by Ultrasonics.  Energy and Fuels, submitted Sept. 20
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  • Hartmann-Thompson, C., Keeley, D., Pollock, K., Keinath, S., Dvornic, P., Dantus, M., Gunaratne, T., LeCaptain, D. J. (2008). One- and Two-photon Fluorescent Polyhedral Oligosilsesquioxane (POSS) Nanosensor Arrays for the Remote Detection of Analytes in Clouds, in Solution and on Surfaces. Chem. Mater, 20(8), 2829-2838.
  • Jariwala, M., Crawford, J., LeCaptain, D. J. (2007). In Situ Raman Spectroscopic Analysis of the Regeneration of Ammonium Hydrogen Sulfate from Ammonium Sulfate. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 46(14), 4900-4905.
  • LeCaptain, D. J., Todd, M. S. (2007). Segmented-Flow Direct Sampling Mass Spectrometry of Biodiesel Headspace. Applied Spectroscopy, 61(12), 1410-1412.
  • McCallum, M. M., Fan, D., Lee, C. Y., Mohanty, D. K.LeCaptain, D. J. (2007). Bio-based plasticizers for poly-vinyl chloride. (2nd ed., vol. 48, pp. 869-870). Polymer Preprints.
  • Raymond, J.E., Vohs, J.K., Brege, J.J., Rozeveld, S., LeCaptain, D.J., Slusher, L. E., Williams, G.L., and Fahlman, B.D., "Room-Temperature Growth of Carbon Nanofibers from Iron-Encapsulated Dendritic Catalysts", Polymer News, 30, 2005, 1-4.