Faculty

Stuart Rowan

  • Barry L. MacLean Professor for Molecular Engineering Innovation and Enterprise
  • Research and Scholarly Interests: Supramolecular Chemistry, Polymeric Materials
  • Websites: Rowan Group
  • Contact: stuartrowan@uchicago.edu
    773.702.4833
  • Assistant: Tracy Walker
  • Office Location:
    Eckhardt Research Center
    Room 211
    5640 South Ellis Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60637

Stuart Rowan is a professor in molecular engineering at the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering. He has a secondary appointment in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Chicago.

Prof. Rowan was born in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1969 and grew up in Troon, Aryshire, on the west coast of Scotland. He received his B.Sc. (Hons.) in chemistry in 1991 from the University of Glasgow and stayed there for his PhD where he worked on supramolecular crystal engineering of inclusion compounds in the laboratory of David D. MacNicol, receiving his PhD in 1995.

In 1994, he moved to the Chemistry Department at the University of Cambridge to work with Jeremy K. M. Sanders. There he carried out research on the development of dynamic combinatorial libraries focusing on the transesterification reaction. In 1996 he was appointed a research associate of Girton College, Cambridge. In 1998 he moved across the Atlantic (and the continental U.S.) to continue his postdoctoral studies with J. Fraser Stoddart at the University of California, Los Angeles (now Northwestern). While in California, he developed numerous new methods for the construction of interlocked species, specifically using dynamic covalent chemistry and “surrogate” stoppers.

In 1999, he was appointed as an assistant professor to the Department of Macromolecular Science and Engineering at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, was promoted to associate professor with tenure in 2005, and became a full professor in 2008. He is a NSF CAREER awardee, received the CWRU School of Engineering Research Award in 2008, the Morley Medal in 2013 and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. He is the deputy editor of the ACS Macro Letters, and on the editorial advisory board for the Journal of Polymer Science Part A: Polymer Chemistry, Chemical Science, and J. Macromolecular Sci, Pure & Applied Chem.

He has published over 125 scientific papers and reviews. His research interests focus on the potential of dynamic chemistry (covalent and non-covalent) in the construction and properties of structurally dynamic polymeric materials. His group works on supramolecular polymers, self-healing materials, stimuli-responsive material and nanocomposites, metal-containing polymers, gels, biomaterials, and developing new synthetic methods for the construction of complex polymeric architectures.

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.

Preparation of cellulose nanofibers from Miscanthus x. Giganteus by ammonium persulfate oxidation
Han Yang, Yefei Zhang, Ryo Kato, and Stuart J. Rowan. Preparation of cellulose nanofibers from Miscanthus x. Giganteus by ammonium persulfate oxidation. Carbohydrate Polymers. 2019. Vol. 212, Pg. 30-39.

Polymer nanocomposites with reversible heat stiffening properties
Shaghayegh Khani, Elvis Cudjoe, Stuart J. Rowan, and Joao Maia. Polymer nanocomposites with reversible heat stiffening properties. Bulletin of the American Physical Society . 2019. Vol. 64, Pg. 2.

ACSMacroLetters, Moving Forward!
Stuart J. Rowan. ACSMacroLetters, Moving Forward!. ACS Macro Letters. 2019. Vol. 8, Pg. 77-78.

Effect of processing conditions on the mechanical properties of bio-inspired mechanical gradient nan
Yefei Zhang, Alexandra N. Edelbrock, and Stuart J. Rowan. Effect of processing conditions on the mechanical properties of bio-inspired mechanical gradient nan. European Polymer Journal. 2019. Vol. 115, Pg. 107-114.

Strong, Rebondable, Dynamic Cross-Linked Cellulose Nanocrystal Polymer Nanocomposite Adhesives
Elvis Cudjoe, Katie M. Herbert, and Stuart J. Rowan. Strong, Rebondable, Dynamic Cross-Linked Cellulose Nanocrystal Polymer Nanocomposite Adhesives. ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces. 2018.

Topological Effects in Isolated Poly[n]catenanes: Molecular Dynamics Simulations and Rouse Mode Analysis
Rauscher, Phillip M., Stuart J. Rowan, and Juan J. de Pablo. "Topological effects in isolated poly [n] catenanes: Molecular dynamics simulations and rouse mode analysis." ACS Macro Letters 7.8 (2018): 938-943.

A Versatile Colorimetric Probe based on Thiosemicarbazide‚ÄďAmine Proton Transfer
Celine Calvino, Marek Piechowicz, Stuart J. Rowan, Stephen Schrettl, and Christoph Weder. A Versatile Colorimetric Probe based on Thiosemicarbazide‚ÄďAmine Proton Transfer. Chemistry: A European Journal. 2018. Vol. 24, Pg. 7369-7373.

Thanks Tim, from ACS Macro Letters!
Stuart J. Rowan. Thanks Tim, from ACS Macro Letters!. ACS Macro Lett.. 2018. Vol. 7, Pg. 105-106.

Poly [n] catenanes: Synthesis of molecular interlocked chains
Wu, Qiong, et al. "Poly [n] catenanes: Synthesis of molecular interlocked chains." Science 358.6369 (2017): 1434-1439.

Poly[n]catenanes: Synthesis of molecular interlocked chains
Qiong Wu, Phillip M. Rauscher, Xiaolong Lang, Rudy J. Wojtecki, Juan J. de Pablo, Michael J. A. Hore, Stuart J. Rowan. Poly[n]catenanes: Synthesis of molecular interlocked chains. Science. 2017. Vol. 30 Nov.

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