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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Principal Investigator

Stuart Rowan

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

Leveraging the Polymer Glass Transition to Access Thermally Switchable Shear Jamming Suspensions

Chuqiao Chen, Michael van der Naald, Abhinendra Singh, Neil D. Dolinski, Grayson L. Jackson, Heinrich M. Jaeger, Stuart J. Rowan*, and Juan J. de Pablo*, ACS Cent. Sci. 2023, 9, 4, 639–647

The effect of thread-like monomer structure on the synthesis of poly[n]catenanes from metallosupramolecular polymers

Marissa M. Tranquilli, Benjamin W. Rawe, Guancen Liu, Stuart J. Rowan, RSC Chem. Sci., 2023, 14 2596 DOI: 10.1039/D2SC05542B

Macroscale Fabrication of Lightweight and Strong Porous Carbon Foams Through Template-Coating pair Design

Adarsh Suresh, Stuart J Rowan, Chong Liu, Advanced Materials, 2023, 2206416

Optimized design of block copolymers with covarying properties for nanolithography

Hongbo Feng, Moshe Dolejsi, Ning Zhu, Soonmin Yim, Whitney Loo, Peiyuan Ma, Chun Zhou, Gordon S. W. Craig, Wen Chen, Lei Wan, Ricardo Ruiz, Juan J. de Pablo, Stuart J. Rowan & Paul F. Nealey, Nat. Mater., 2022, 21, 1426–1433

Synthesis and Characterization of Block Copolymers for Nanolithography Based on Thiol-Ene “Click” Functionalized Polystyrene-Block-Polybutadiene

Hongbo Feng, Moshe Dolejsi, Ning Zhu, Philip J. Griffin,Gordon S. W. Craig, Wen Chen,Stuart J. Rowan, Paul F. Nealey, Adv. Funct. Mater.2022, 2206836

Immunostimulatory Polymers as Adjuvants, Immunotherapies, and Delivery Systems

Adam M. Weiss, Samir Hossainy, Stuart J. Rowan, Jeffrey A. Hubbell, and Aaron P. Esser-Kahn, Macromolecules (2022), 55, 16, 6913–6937

Polycatenanes: synthesis, characterization, and physical understanding

Guancen Liu, Phillip M Rauscher, Benjamin W Rawe, Marissa M Tranquilli, Stuart J Rowan, Chem. Soc. Rev., 2022,51, 4928-4948

The effect of polymer grafting on the mechanical properties of PEG-grafted cellulose nanocrystals in poly(lactic acid)

Nicholas Macke, Christina M. Hemmingsen, Stuart J. Rowan, J. Polym. Sci. 2022, 1

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

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