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Our group applies mechanistic principles to develop new concepts in catalysis. A particular focus is on the development of organometallic and organic catalysts for the synthesis of complex macromolecular architectures. In the area of organometallic catalysis, we focus on catalytic olefin polymerization, oligomerization, and selective oxidation catalysis. In collaboration with Jim Hedrick of IBM Research Laboratories, we have developed a family of organic catalysts for transesterification and ring-opening polymerization. We have developed a novel zwitterionic strategy for the synthesis of cyclic polyesters and are exploiting this synthetic method to study the fundamental properties of cyclic polymers.

Our research is supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Nos. CHE-0919729, DMR 1001903, and (GOALI)CHE-0957386) and the Department of Energy under Grant No. DOE DESC0005430.

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Catalytic Olefin Polymerization
Catalytic Olefin Polymerization
Organocatalytic Polymerization
Organocatalytic Polymerization