Stuart Rowan

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

Stuart Rowan is the Barry L. MacLean Professor of Molecular Engineering and Professor of Chemistry at the University of Chicago.

Prof. Rowan was born in Edinburgh, Scotland and grew up in Troon, Aryshire on Scotland’s west coast. He received his BSc (Hons.) in Chemistry in 1991 from the University of Glasgow and stayed there for graduate school in the laboratory of Dr. David D. MacNicol, receiving his PhD in 1995. In 1994 he moved to the chemistry department at the University of Cambridge to work with Prof. Jeremy K. M. Sanders FRS. He moved across the Atlantic, and the continental U.S., to continue his postdoctoral studies with Prof. Sir J. Fraser Stoddart FRS at the University of California, Los Angeles in 1998. 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. In 2016, he joined the Institute for Molecular Engineering (now the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering) and the Department of Chemistry at the University of Chicago. He also has a staff appointment in the Chemical and Engineering Science (CSE) Division at Argonne National Laboratory.

He is a National Science Foundation CAREER awardee, received the Morley Medal (Cleveland ACS) in 2013, the CWRU Distinguished University Award in 2015, and the Herman Mark Scholar Award (ACS) in 2015. He is an ACS Fellow, an ACS POLY Fellow and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC). He is currently the Editor-in-Chief of ACS Macro Letters (https://pubs.acs.org/journal/amlccd ), and is on the editorial advisory board for a number of journals.

He has published over 170 scientific papers and reviews. His research interests focus on the use of dynamic chemistry (covalent and non-covalent) in the construction and properties of structurally dynamic and adaptive polymeric materials. The current interests of his group span responsive polymers, sustainable materials, polymers for energy, biomaterials, and new polymer synthesis. Specifically, his group works on supramolecular polymers, dynamic covalent polymers, self-healing materials, responsive adhesives, metal-containing polymers, gels, biomaterials, cellulose nanocrystal/nanocellulose and interlocked 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.

Metastable doubly threaded [3]rotaxanes with a large macrocycle
Jerald E. Hertzog, Vincent J. Maddi,Laura F. Hart, Benjamin W. Rawe, Phillip M. Rauscher, Katie M. Herbert, Eric P. Bruckner, c Juan J. de Pablo and Stuart J. Rowan. Chem. Sci. (2022), 13, 5333-5344

Synthesis and Characterization of Redox-Responsive Disulfide Cross-Linked Polymer Particles for Energy Storage Applications
Garrett L. Grocke, Hongyi Zhang, Samuel S. Kopfinger, Shrayesh N. Patel, and Stuart J. Rowan ACS Macro Letters 2021 10 (12), 1637-1642

Effect of Graft Molecular Weight and Density on the Mechanical Properties of Polystyrene-Grafted Cel
James H. Lettow, Han Yang, Paul F. Nealey and Stuart J. Rowan. Macromolecules 2021, 54, 10594−10604

Nanocomposites Assembled via Electrostatic Interactions between Cellulose Nanocrystals and a Cationic Polymer
Visuta Engkagul, Chris Rader, Nanetta Pon, Stuart J Rowan, Christoph Weder. Biomacromolecules 2021, 22, 12, 5087–5096

Ten Years of ACS Macro Letters
Stuart J. Rowan. ACS Macro Lett. 2021, 10, 9, 1132–1137

Controlling the Morphology of Dynamic Thia-Michael Networks to Target Pressure-Sensitive and Hot Melt Adhesives
Katie M Herbert, Neil D Dolinski, Nicholas R Boynton, Julia G Murphy, Charlie A Lindberg, SJ Sibener, Stuart J Rowan. ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2021, 13, 23, 27471–27480

Effect of metallosupramolecular polymer concentration on the synthesis of poly[n]catenanes
Marissa M Tranquilli, Qiong Wu, Stuart J Rowan. Chemical Science, 12(25), 8722–8730.

In Vitro and In Vivo Analyses of the Effects of Source, Length, and Charge on the Cytotoxicity and Immunocompatibility of Cellulose Nanocrystals
Weiss, A et al. ACS Biomater. Sci. Eng. 2021. doi: 10.1021/acsbiomaterials.0c01618

Material properties and applications of mechanically interlocked polymers
Hart, L. F., Hertzog, J. E., Rauscher, P. M., Rawe, B. W., Tranquilli, M. M., & Rowan, S. J. (2021). Material properties and applications of mechanically interlocked polymers. Nature Reviews Materials.

Ion-Conducting Thermoresponsive Films Based on Polymer-Grafted Cellulose Nanocrystals
Ryo Kato, James H Lettow, Shrayesh N Patel, Stuart J Rowan. Ion-Conducting Thermoresponsive Films Based on Polymer-Grafted Cellulose Nanocrystals. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 2020, 12, 48, 54083–54093

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