Faculty

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
    773.702.4833
  • 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.

Dynamics of Poly[n]catenane Melts
Rauscher, Phillip M et al. "Dynamics of Poly[n]catenane Melts." The Journal of Chemical Physics 152, 214901 (2020)

Surfactant-Free Latex Nanocomposites Stabilized and Reinforced by Hydrophobically Functionalized Cellulose Nanocrystals
Zhang, Y., Yang, H., Naren, N. & Rowan, S. J. Surfactant-Free Latex Nanocomposites Stabilized and Reinforced by Hydrophobically Functionalized Cellulose Nanocrystals. ACS Applied Polymer Materials 2, 2291–2302 (2020).

Leveraging Actinide Hydrolysis Chemistry for Targeted Th and U Separations using Amidoxime‐Functionalized Poly(HIPE)s
Piechowicz, M., Chiarizia, R., Skanthakumar, S., Rowan, S. J. & Soderholm, L. Leveraging Actinide Hydrolysis Chemistry for Targeted Th and U Separations using Amidoxime-Functionalized Poly(HIPE)s. ChemPhysChem 21, 1157–1165 (2020).

Dynamic reaction-induced phase separation in tunable, adaptive covalent networks.
Herbert, K. M., Getty, P. T., Dolinski, N. D., Hertzog, J. E., de Jong, D., Lettow, J. H., … Rowan, S. J. (2020). Dynamic reaction-induced phase separation in tunable, adaptive covalent networks. Chemical Science, 11(19), 5028–5036.

Stretching-Induced Thermal Conductivity Change in Shape-Memory Polymer Composites
Hostler, S., Peswani, M., Yang, H., Paul, H., Rowan, S. J., Abramson, D., & Alexis, R. (2020). Stretching-Induced Thermal Conductivity Change in Shape-Memory Polymer Composites. Journal of Heat Transfer.

The Effect of Shear on the Evolution of Morphology in High Internal Phase Emulsions (HIPEs) used as Templates for Structural and Functional Polymer Foams
Foudazi, R. et al. The Effect of Shear on the Evolution of Morphology in High Internal Phase Emulsions Used as Templates for Structural and Functional Polymer Foams. ACS Applied Polymer Materials 2, 1579–1586 (2020).

Impact of Dynamic Bond Concentration on the Viscoelastic and Mechanical Properties of Dynamic Poly(alkylurea‐co‐urethane) Networks
Chen, L., Zhang, L., Griffin, P. J. & Rowan, S. J. Impact of Dynamic Bond Concentration on the Viscoelastic and Mechanical Properties of Dynamic Poly(alkylurea-co-urethane) Networks. Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics 221, (2020).

Combining Chemistry, Materials Science, Inspiration from Nature, and Serendipity to Develop Stimuli‐Responsive Polymeric Materials

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.

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