Phillip F Britt

Phillip F Britt

Acting Associate Laboratory Director for Physical Sciences


Interests in polymer synthesis and self-assembly, kinetics and mechanisms of organic reactions, radical and carbenium ion chemistry, pyrolysis of energy resources, polymer pyrolysis, molecular recognition, catalysis, organic reactions on surfaces (including self-assembled monolayers), carbon nanotube chemistry, organic and polymer photochemistry, and development of chemical sensors.


2011    American Chemical Society Fellow

2010    R&D leadership at the Director level, UT-Battelle Awards Night

2008    Distinguished Service Award, ACS Division of Fuel Chemistry

2005    Finalist, Scientific Research, ORNL Awards Night

2000    Technical Achievement Award, Research Accomplishment, ORNL Awards Night

1997    Outstanding Publication Award, ORNL Awards Night


Hua, F.; Yuan, W.; Britt, P.F.; Mays, J.W.; Hong, K., “Temperature-induced phase-transitions of methoxyoligo(oxyethylene) styrene-based block copolymers in aqueous solution,” Soft Matt. 2013, 9, 8897-8903.

Kintzel, Jr., E.J.; Kidder, M.K.; Buchanan, A.C.; Britt, P.F.; Mamontov, E.; Zamponi, M.; Herwig, K.W., “Dynamics of 1,3-Diphenylpropane Tethered to the Interior Pore Surfaces of MCM-41,” J. Phys. Chem. C 2012, 116, 923-932.

Chen, J.; Dadmun, M.D.; Mays, J.W.; Messman, J.M.; Hong, K.; Britt, P.F.; Sumpter, B.G.; Alonzo Calderon, J.E.; Kilbey, II, S.M.; Ankner, J.F.; Bredas, J.L.E.; Malagoli, M.; Deng, S.; Swader, O.A.; Yu, X., “Assembly and Characterization of Well-Defined High-Molecular-Weight Poly(p-phenylene) Polymer Brushes,” Chem. Mater. 2011, 23, 4367-4374.

Waksburg, A.; Nguyen, M.; Chaffee, A.L.; Kidder, M.K.; Buchanan, A.C.; Britt, P.F., “Molecular Dynamics Modelling of Tethered Organics in Confined Spaces,” Mol. Simulat. 2011, 37, 1266-1275.

Britt, P. F.; Buchanan, A.C.; Kidder, M. K.; Beste, A.; Sumpter, B. G., “Experimental and Theoretical Investigations into the Pyrolysis Mechanisms of Lignin Model Compounds,” Prepr. Pap.-ACS Div. Fuel Chem 2010, 55 (2), 214-216.

Britt, P. F.; Buchanan, A.C.; Kidder, M. K., “Pyrolysis Mechanisms of Lignin Model Compounds,” Prepr. Pap.-ACS Div Fuel Chem 2008, 53 (1).

Uhrig, D; Hong, K.; Mays, J. W.; Kilbey, S. M.; Britt, P. F., “Synthesis and Characterization of an ABC Miktoarm Star Terpolymer of Cyclohexadiene, Styrene, and 2-Vinylpyridine” Macromolecules 2008, 41, 9480-9482.

Beste, A.; Buchanan, A. C., III; Britt, P. F.; Hathorn, B. C.; Harrison, R. J., “Ab initio study of hydrogen abstraction reactions on toluene and tetralin” J. Mol. Struct.-Theochem. 2008, 851, 232-241.

Beste, A.; Buchanan, A. C., III; Britt, P. F.; Hathorn, B. C.; Harrison, R. J., “Kinetic analysis of the pyrolysis of phenethyl phenyl ether: Computational prediction of alpha/beta-selectivities” J. Phys. Chem. A 2007, 111, 12118-12126.

Britt, P. F.; Kidder, M. K.; Buchanan, III, A. C. “Oxygen Substituent Effects in the Pyrolysis of Phenethyl Phenyl Ethers,” Energy Fuels 2007, 21, 3102.

Rasheed, A.; Howe, J. Y.; Dadmun, M. D.; Britt, P. F. “The Efficiency of the Oxidation of Carbon Nanofibers with Various Oxidizing Agents,” Carbon 2007, 45, 1072.

Kidder, M. K.; Britt, P. F.; Chaffee, A. L.; Buchanan, III, A. C. “Confinement Effects on Product Selectivity in the Pyrolysis of Phenethyl Phenyl Ether in Mesoporous Silica,” Chem. Commun. 2007, 52-54.

Rasheed, A.; Dadmun, M. D.; Ivanov, I. N., Britt, P. F.; Geohegan, D. B.; “Improving Dispersion of Single Walled Carbon Nanotube in a Polymer Matrix using Specific Interactions”, Chem. Mater. 2006, 18, 3513-3522.

Jesse, S.; Guillorn, M. A.; Ivanov, I. N.; Puretzky, A. A.; Howe, J. Y.; Britt, P. F.; Geohegan, D. B., “In situ electric field-induced contrast imaging of electronic transport pathways in nanotube-polymer composites,” Applied Physics Letters 2006 89(1), 013114/1-013114/3.

Chung, I.-D.; Britt, P.; Xie, D.; Harth, E.; Mays, J. W.,“Synthesis of Amino Acid-Based Polymers via Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization in Aqueous Media at Ambient Temperature,” Chem. Commun. 2005, 1046-1048.

Yun, S. I.; Terao, K.; Hong, K.; Melnichenko, Y. B.; Wignall, G. D.; Britt, P. F.; Mays, J. W. “Solution properties of 1,3-cyclohexadiene polymers by laser light scattering and small-angle neutron scattering” Macromolecules  2006, 39, 897-899.

Kidder, M. K.; Britt, P. F.; Zhang, Z.; Dai, S.; Hagaman, E. W.; Chaffee, A. L.; Buchanan, III, A. C., “Pyrolysis of Mesoporous Silica-Immobilized 1,3-Diphenylpropane. Impact of Pore Confinement and Size,” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2005, 127, 6353-6360.

Buchanan, III, A. C.; Kidder, M. K.; Britt, P. F., “Molecular Orientation Effects in a Surface-Confined, Free-Radical Reaction,” J. Phys. Chem. B 2004, 108, 16772-16779.

Pinnaduwage, L. L.; Thundat, T.; Hawk, J. E.; Hedden, D. L.; Britt, P. F.; Houser, E. J.; Stepnowski, S.; McGill, R. A.; Bubb, D., “Detection of 2,4-Dinitrotoluene using Microcantilever Sensors,” Sens. Actuators, B 2004, 99, 223-229.

Buchanan, III, A. C.; Kidder, M. K.; Britt, P. F. “Free Radical Reactions Under Diffusional Constraints. Orientation Does Matter in Hydrogen Transfer,” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2003, 125, 11806-11807.

Schittenhelm, H.; Geohegan, D. B.; Jellison, G. E.; Puretzky, A. A.; Lance, M. J.; Britt, P. F. Synthesis and Characterization of Single-Walled Carbon Nanotube-Amorphous Diamond Thin-Film Composites. Appl. Phys. Lett. 2002, 81, 2097-2099.

Austin, D. W.; Puretzky, A. A.; Geohegan, D. B.; Britt, P. F.; Guillorn, M. A.; Simpson M. L. “The electrodeposition of metal at metal/carbon nanotube junctions,” Chem. Phys. Lett. 2002, 361, 525-529.

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