Eugene Chen

Eugene ChenProfessor
Office: Chemistry C229C
Phone: 970-491-5609
Education: Ph.D., University of Massachusetts

Bioplastics from renewable feedstocks, biomass conversion into chemicals and fuels, metal-catalyzed stereospecific and asymmetric polymerizations, Lewis pair polymerization, organopolymerization catalysis, precision polymer synthesis, polymer photovoltaics

Selected Publications

Zhao, W.; Wang, Y.; Liu, X.; Chen, X.; Cui, D.; Chen, E. Y.-X. “Protic Compound Mediated Living Cross-Chain-Transfer Polymerization of rac-Lactide: Synthesis of Isotactic (crystalline)–Heterotactic (amorphous) Stereomultiblock Polylactide”, Chem. Commun. 2012, 48, 6375–6377.

Chen, X.; Caporaso, L.; Cavallo, L.; Chen, E. Y.-X. “Stereoselectivity in Metallocene-Catalyzed Coordination Polymerization of Renewable Methylene Butyrolactones: from Stereo-random to Stereo-perfect Polymers”, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2012, 134, 7278–7281.

 Zhang, Y.; Chen, E. Y.-X. “Conjugate-Addition Organopolymerization: Rapid Production of Acrylic Bioplastics by N-Heterocyclic Carbenes”, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2012, 51, 2465–2469.

Hu, Y.; Miyake, G. M.; Wang, B.; Cui, D.; Chen, E. Y.-X. “Ansa-Rare-Earth Metal Catalysts for Rapid and Stereoselective Polymerizations of Renewable Methylene Methylbutyrolactones”, Chem. Eur. J. 2012, 18, 3345–3354.

Zhang, Y.; Gustafson, L. O.; Chen, E. Y.-X. “Dinuclear Silylium-Enolate Bifunctional Active Species: Remarkable Activity and Stereoselectivity towards Polymerization of Methacrylate and Renewable Methylene Butyrolactone Monomers”, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2011, 133, 13674–13684.

Miyake, G. M.; Chen, E. Y.-X. “Synthesis of Highly Syndiotactic Polymers by Discrete Catalysts or Initiators”, Polym. Chem., 2011, 2, 2462–2480 (invited review).

Miyake, G. M.; Lida, H.; Hu, H.-Y.; Tang, Z.; Chen, E. Y.-X.; Yashima, E. “Synthesis of Helical Poly(phenylacetylene)s Bearing Cinchona Alkaloid Pendants and Their Application to Asymmetric Organocatalysis”, J. Polym. Sci. Part A, Polym. Chem. 2011, 49, 5192–5198.

Miyake, G. M.; Chen, E. Y.-X.* “Cinchona Alkaloids as Stereoselective Organocatalysts for the Partial Kinetic Resolution Polymerization of rac-Lactide”, Macromolecules 2011, 44, 4116–4124.

Hu, Y.; Gustafson, L. O.; Zhu, H.; Chen, E. Y.-X. “Anionic Polymerization of MMA and Renewable Methylene Butyrolactones by Resorbable Potassium Salts”, J. Polym. Sci. Part A. Polym. Chem. 2011, 49, 2008–2017.

Zhang, Y.; Caporaso, L.; Cavallo, L.; Chen, E. Y.-X. “Hydride-Shuttling Chain Transfer and Stereoregulation in Methacrylate Polymerization Catalyzed by Metallocenium Enolate Metallacycle–Hydridoborate Ion Pairs”, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2011, 133, 1572–1588.

Zhang, Y.;Miyake, G. M.;  Chen, E. Y.-X. “Alane-Based Classical and Frustrated Lewis Pairs in Polymer Synthesis: Rapid Polymerization of MMA and Naturally Renewable Methylene Butyrolactones to High Molecular Weight Polymers”, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2010, 49, 10158–10162 (designated VIP).