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Investigating the effect of oil spills
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Kyle Bentz

University of Southern Mississippi

School of Polymers and High Performance Materials

118 College Drive
#5050
Hattiesburg, MS  39406-000  

kyle.bentz@eagles.usm.edu

Project List:

Development of Cost-Efficient and Concentration-Independent Dispersants for Improved Oil Spill Remediation

Year 3-5 Investigator Grants (RFP-II)Role: Graduate Student - PhD Level

Publications & Presentations:

Journal Article - 1

2016

Bentz, K. C., Walley, S. E., & Savin, D. A. (2016). Solvent effects on modulus of poly(propylene oxide)-based organogels as measured by cavitation rheology. Soft Matter, 12(22), 4991–5001.

Conference Presentations - 11

2015

Bentz, K. C., Walley, S. E., Vogelpohl, N. M., Bhikha, N. V., & Savin, D. A. (2015). Effect of chain length and grafting density on oil uptake in amphiphilic copolymer grafted silica nanoparticle systems. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2015. Houston, TX : 02/16/15-02/19/15: Poster.
Ejaz, M., Alb, S., Kosakowska, K., Bentz, K. S., D. A, Grayson, S. M., &. (2015). Design, synthesis and evaluation of amphiphilic “nanodispersants” for oil spill remediation based on nanoparticles with amphiphilic polymer grafts. In Pacific Polymer Conference. Kauai, HI : 09/27/15-10/02/15.
Ejaz, M., Alb, S., Kosakowska, K., Bentz, K. S., D. A, Grayson, S. M., &. (2015). Overcoming the critical micelle concentration: Exploring nanoparticles with amphiphilic grafts as concentration-independent “unimolecular micelle” nanodispersants for oil spill remediation. In 250th American Chemical Society National Meeting & Exposition. Boston, MA : 08/16/15-08/20/15.
Walley, S., Bentz, K., & Savin, D. (2015). Synthesis of Polypropylene Oxide-based Organogels and Characterization Using Cavitation Rheology. In 249th ACS National Meeting & Exposition. Denver, CO : 03/22/15-03/24/15: Poster.
Walley, S., Bentz, K., & Savin, D. (2015). Synthesis of Polypropylene Oxide-based Organogels and Characterization Using Cavitation Rheology. In ACS National Meeting, Denver. Denver, CO : 03/22/15-03/24/15.

2014

Bentz, K., Bhikha, N., & Savin, D. (2014). Amphiphilic Copolymer-grafted Silica Nanoparticles as a Template for Novel Oil Dispersants. In Mississippi Academy of Sciences 78th Annual Meeting. Hattiesburg, MS - 03/06/14 - 03/07/14: Poster.
Bentz, K., Walley, S., Richardson, A., Bhikha, N., & Savin, D. (2014). Amphiphilic Copolymer-grafted Silica Nanoparticles as a Template for Novel Oil Dispersants. In American Chemical Society National Meeting. Dallas, TX, 03/16/14 - 03/20/14: Poster.
Naik, S., Bentz, K., Walley, S., Ly, J., Igert, C., & Savin, D. (2014). Polymeric Organogels: Two Different Motifs to Maximize Hydrogen Bonding. In American Chemical Society National Meeting. Dallas, TX, 03/16/14 - 03/20/14.

2013

Savin, D., Ray, J., Johnson, A., & Bentz, K. (2013). Interfacial Curvature Effects in the Self-assembly and Responsiveness of Polypeptide-based Triblock and Star Copolymers. In Chinese Academy of Sciences. Beijing, China, October 21, 2013.
Savin, D., Ray, J., Johnson, A., & Bentz, K. (2013). Interfacial Curvature Effects in the Self-assembly and Responsiveness of Polypeptide-based Triblock and Star Copolymers. In 3rd CCS-PD/ACS PMSE Joint Symposium on Polymers, Tsinghua University. Beijing, China, October 18, 2013.
Savin, D., Ray, J., Johnson, A., & Bentz, K. (2013). Interfacial Curvature Effects in the Self-assembly and Responsiveness of Polypeptide-based Triblock and Star Copolymers. In Frontiers in Polymeric Materials, 3rd CCS-PD/ACS PMSE Joint Symposium. Shanghai, China, October 15, 2013.