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Kevin D. Belfield received the B.S. in Chemistry in 1982 from Rochester Institute of Technology and the Ph.D. in Chemistry from Syracuse University in 1988, where he studied the kinetics and mechanism of thermal rearrangements of organic molecules. After conducting research in polymer stabilization and degradation at Ciba-Geigy, he worked in the area of synthesis and characterization of functionalized polymers at State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry. He then pursued postdoctoral research in mechanistic organic chemistry at Harvard University, utilizing photochemical reactions and determining radical stabilization energies of polyenyl radicals through spectroscopically aided kinetic studies.

He joined the faculty of the Chemistry Department at the University of Detroit Mercy in 1992, where he received funding from Ford Motor Co. for new materials for stereolithography and from NSF. He moved to the University of Central Florida’s Department of Chemistry in 1998 to establish a program in functional polymer chemistry and organic photonic materials. He was appointed Chair of the Chemistry Department in November 2004, and holds joint appointments in the College of Optics and Photonics, the Biomolecular Science Center, and the Department of Mechanical, Materials, and Aerospace Engineering. His research interests are in the area of multiphoton absorbing materials, two-photon photochemistry, magnetic polymeric and sol-gel nanocomposites, site-specific fluorophore labeling, fluorescent- based sensors and bioimaging probes, photodynamic therapy agents, nanostructured functional organic and polymeric materials, and two-photon based 3D microfabrication and high density optical data storage.

Dr. Belfield’s research interests are in multiphoton absorbing materials, supramolecular materials, two-photon photochemistry, two-photon 3D optical data storage, multiphoton fluorescent probes and multiphoton bioimaging for early tumor detection and image guided surgery, photodynamic therapy agents, nanostructured functional organic and polymeric materials, and photochromic materials. His research has been funded by NSF, NIH, US Civilian Research & Development Foundation, Research Corporation, The Petroleum Research Fund, AFOSR, US Army, DARPA, and industry.

Belfield Research Group: The group’s research may be best characterized as biophotonics, photonic materials and molecular engineering. Particular emphasis focuses on the synthesis and characterization of nonlinear optical, photoresponsive, electrostrictive, and magnetostrictive nanostructured materials. Molecular self-assembly and development of new polymer grafting methods are being investigated to prepare stable, highly functionalized polymeric materials.

UCF Chemists Work on Cure for Cancer

Kevin Belfield and his team of chemists were featured on Fox 35 for their work on a new potential cure for cancer.This new therapy uses organic salt and light to kill cancer cells, potentially treating four typ... Read more

Science Cafés featuring UCF scientists

As part of our celebrations for the UCF 50th Anniversary the College of Sciences will be hosting several Science Cafés to showcase our Pegasus Professors and discuss Science Beyond UCF with the Central Florid... Read more

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