David Duecker received a BS in chemistry from Indiana Wesleyan University in 1975.  He worked at Marion Waste Water Treatment Plant as an analytical chemist before attending the University of Cincinnati where he earned a PhD in physical chemistry in 1988.  He worked for Borden Chemical, Inc. from 1988 until 2003 during which he formulated UV curable coatings, inks and adhesives.  He holds multiple patents for materials used to manufacture fiber optics.  He joined Indiana Wesleyan University faculty in the fall of 2003 and is now an Associate Professor of Chemistry.  He served as the department coordinator from 2010 – 2015.

Research Interests

Surfactants, polymers and nano-particles. 


Jonathan M. Dunn, David C. Duecker; “Using an Ink-Jet Printer as an Applicator for Polymer Coatings”,   HSRI Colloquium 2013.

David C. Duecker; “Radiation-Curable Composition for Optical Fiber Matrix Material”, US Patent 6,449,413 B1, Sep. 10, 2002.

David C. Duecker; “Radiation-Curable Composition for Optical Fiber Matrix Material”, US Patent 6,122,428, Sep. 19, 2000.

David C. Duecker, “Radiation-Cured Matrix Material; Optical Fiber Ribbons Containing Same; and Process for Preparing Said Optical Fiber Ribbons”, US Patent 5,881,194, Mar. 9, 1999.

David Duecker, T. Meyers; “Aging Properties of UV Coatings Containing Various Additives”, Radtech Report, March/April, 1998.

Camille J. Rechel, David C. Duecker, Kelvin Turner, Mark Kristoff; “Why UV-Curable Inks?” Wire Journal International, April, 1998.

David C. Duecker, M. Linda Moorman, Kelvin T. Turner; “Method for “On-Fiber” Color Results of UV Curable Inks Using Flat Films”, International Wire and Cable Symposium Proceedings, 1995

Estel D. Sprague, J. M. Denton, David C. Duecker; “Size and Solution Behavior of Sodium 10-undecenoate Oligomers”, J. Phys. Chem., 97, 756, 1993.

David C. Duecker; “Micellization, polymerization and polymeric properties of sodium 10-undecenoate” University of Cincinnati Dissertation, 1988.

David C. Duecker, Estel D. Sprague, “Size and Solution Behavior of Poly(Sodium 10-undecenoate), presented at the 18th ACS Central Regional Meeting; June 4, 1986; Bowling Green State University.

Estel D. Sprague, David C. Duecker, C. E. Larrabee, Jr.; “The Effect of a Terminal Double Bond on the Micellization of a Simple Ionic Surfactant”, J. Colloid Interface Sci., Vol. 92, No. 2, April 1983, 416-421.

Estel D. Sprague, David C. Duecker, C. E. Larrabee, Jr.; “Association of Spin-Labeled Substrate Molecules with Poly(sodium 10-undecenoate) and Sodium 10-undecenoate Micelle”, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 1981, 103, 6797-6800.

Grant Proposals:

HSRI, summer 2013, “Modified Ink Jet Printer as an Applicator for Forming Composite Polymer Membranes”, funded: $ 7,980.


Director of Hodson Summer Research Institute (2011 -2014).

Faculty Senate (2007)

Academic Media Committee (2008 -2009)

Safety Committee (2009 – 2011)

Academic Affairs Committee (2013 -2014)