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

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.

Site-specific antigen-adjuvant conjugation using cell-free protein synthesis enhances antigen presentation and CD8+ T-cell response

Weiss, A. M., Ajit, J., Albin, T. J., Kapoor, N., Maroju, S., Berges, A., … Esser-Kahn, A. P. Scientific Reports, 11(6267).

Ion-Conducting Thermoresponsive Films Based on Polymer-Grafted Cellulose Nanocrystals

Kato, R., Lettow, J. H., Patel, S. N. & Rowan, S. J. Ion-Conducting Thermoresponsive Films Based on Polymer-Grafted Cellulose Nanocrystals. ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, (2020)

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