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

Vinylogous Urea—Urethane Vitrimers: Accelerating and Inhibiting Network Dynamics through Hydrogen Bonding

Stéphanie Engelen, Neil D Dolinski, Chuqiao Chen, Elina Ghimire, Charlie A Lindberg, Alex E Crolais, Natsumi Nitta, Johan M Winne, Stuart J Rowan, Filip E Du Prez. Angew. Chem. 2024, 136, e2023184

Accessing pluripotent materials through tempering of dynamic covalent polymer networks

Nicholas R Boynton, Joseph M Dennis, Neil D Dolinski, Charlie A Lindberg, Anthony P Kotula, Garrett L Grocke, Stephanie L Vivod, Joseph L Lenhart, Shrayesh N Patel, Stuart J Rowan. Science 383, 545-551 (2024)

One-Component Nanocomposite Membranes from Polymer Grafted Cellulose Nanocrystals

Harrison R Paul, Matthew V Tirrell, Stuart J Rowan. ACS Appl. Nano Mater. 2024, 7, 4, 4210–4219

Connecting Molecular Exchange Dynamics to Stress Relaxation in Phase-Separated Dynamic Covalent Networks

Neil D. Dolinski, Ran Tao, Nicholas R. Boynton, Anthony P. Kotula, Charlie A. Lindberg, Kyle J. Petersen, Aaron M. Forster, and Stuart J. Rowan* ACS Macro Lett. 2024, 13, 2, 174–180

Quantitative Determination of Metal Ion Adsorption on Cellulose Nanocrystals Surfaces

Harrison R. Paul, Mrinal K. Bera, Nicholas Macke, Stuart J. Rowan*, and Matthew V. Tirrell* ACS Nano 2024, 18, 3, 1921–1930

Robust and Programmable Liquid Crystal Elastomers through Catalytic Control of Dynamic Aza-Michael Reactions

Elina Ghimire, Charlie A. Lindberg, Tyler D. Jorgenson, Chuqiao Chen, Juan J. de Pablo, Neil D. Dolinski*, and Stuart J. Rowan* Macromolecules 2024, 57, 2, 682–690

Therapeutic synthetic and natural materials for immunoengineering

Anna Slezak, Kevin Chang, Samir Hossainy, Aslan Mansurov, Stuart J Rowan, Jeffrey A Hubbell, Mustafa O Guler. Therapeutic synthetic and natural materials for immunoengineering

Highly flexible PEG-LifeAct constructs act as tunable biomimetic actin crosslinkers

Tyler D Jorgenson, Kashmeera D Baboolall, Cristian Suarez, David R Kovar, Margaret L Gardel, Stuart J Rowan. Soft Matter, 2024, 20, 971

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

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