Rowan Group

The Rowan Group focuses on studying the chemistry of non-covalent interactions (supramolecular chemistry). This is embodied by studying the synthesis of metallosupramolecular and stimuli-resonsive polymers; isolation and utilization of cellulose nanocrystals in biomimetic and porous systems; and finally, reversible covalent chemistry.


Current research


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Undergraduates, graduates, postdocs, and researchers are encouraged to contact Prof. Rowan at his UChicago email listed below.  Please include your name, contact information, and a short description on why you are interested in the lab. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Principal Investigator

Stuart Rowan

Bioinspired mechanical mineralization of organogels

J. Ayarza, J. Wang, H. Kim, P.-R. Huang, B. Cassaidy, G. Yan, C. Liu, H. M. Jaeger, S. J. Rowan & A. P. Esser-Kahn, Nature Communications 14, 8319 (2023)

Stress-activated friction in sheared suspensions probed with piezoelectric nanoparticles

Hojin Kim, Aaron P Esser-Kahn, Stuart J Rowan, Heinrich M Jaeger. PNAS 2023, 120, 49, e2310088120

Exploring the effect of dynamic bond placement in liquid crystal elastomers

Charlie A. Lindberg, Elina Ghimire, Chuqiao Chen, Sean Lee, Neil D. Dolinski, Joseph M. Dennis, Sihong Wang, Juan J. de Pablo, Stuart J. Rowan. Journal of Polymer Science (2023) 1-9

Wetting Behavior of A-block-(B-random-C) Copolymers with Equal Block Surface Energies on Surfaces Functionalized with B-random-C Copolymers

Hongbo Feng, Benjamin Kash, Soonmin Yim, Kushal Bagchi, Gordon SW Craig, Wen Chen, Stuart J Rowan, Paul F Nealey. Langmuir 2023, 39, 41, 14688–14698

Development of Masitinib Derivatives with Enhanced Mpro Ligand Efficiency and Reduced Cytotoxicity

Cintia A Menendez, Adil Mohamed, Gustavo R Perez-Lemus, Adam M Weiss, Benjamin W Rawe, Guancen Liu, Alex E Crolais, Emma Kenna, Fabian Byléhn, Walter Alvarado, Dan Mendels, Stuart J Rowan, Savaş Tay, Juan J de Pablo Molecules 2023, 28(18), 6643

Understanding How Cationic Polymers’ Properties Inform Toxic or Immunogenic Responses via Parametric Analysis

Adam M. Weiss, Marcos A. Lopez II, Benjamin W. Rawe, Saikat Manna, Qing Chen, Elizabeth J. Mulder, Stuart J. Rowan*, and Aaron P. Esser-Kahn* Macromolecules 2023, 56, 18, 7286–7299

Enhancing the Equilibrium of Dynamic Thia-Michael Reactions through Heterocyclic Design

Alex E. Crolais, Neil D. Dolinski, Nicholas R. Boynton, Julia M. Radhakrishnan, Scott A. Snyder*, and Stuart J. Rowan*. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2023, 145, 26, 14427–14434

Side Chain Dipole Orientation and Its Effect on Microphase Separation: Experiment and Simulation via Structural Isomer Variation

Hongbo Feng, Ludwig Schneider, Whitney Loo, Gordon S. W. Craig, Christopher Eom, Zhongyang Wang, Ricardo Ruiz, Juan J. de Pablo, Stuart J. Rowan, and Paul F. Nealey. Macromolecules 2023, 56, 12, 4591–4601

Doubly Threaded Slide-Ring Polycatenane Networks

Laura F. Hart, William R. Lenart, Jerald E. Hertzog, Jongwon Oh, Wilson R. Turner, Joseph M. Dennis, and Stuart J. Rowan. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2023, 145, 22, 12315–12323

Synthesis and Characterization of Amine-Epoxy-Functionalized Polystyrene-block-Poly(glycidyl methacrylate) to Manage Morphology and Covarying Properties for Self-Assembly

Hongbo Feng, Chang-Geun Chae, Christopher Eom, Gordon S. W. Craig, Stuart J. Rowan, and Paul F. Nealey. Macromolecules 2023, 56, 7, 2675–2685

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