Marcus Weck

Director of Graduate Studies; Professor of Chemistry
M.Sc., University of Mainz; Ph.D., California Institute of Technology; Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University

Phone: 212-992-7968
Fax: 212-995-4895
Office: Brown Building, 29 Washington Place, Room 554
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Areas of Research/Interest
Organic chemistry, polymer chemistry, and materials science

Research Description
The main focus of the research carried out in my group is the development of complex polymeric materials. Our synthetic approaches are motivated by Nature's design principles that rely on weak and reversible interactions between building blocks to introduce function and diversity. In particular, we are interested in the synthesis of multifunctional polymers either via side- or end-group functionalization and the use of oligopeptides for molecular tectonics.

"Shell Cross-linked Micelle-Based Nanoreactors for the Substrate-Selective Hydrolytic Kinetic Resolution of Epoxides" Yu Liu, Yu Wang, Yufeng Wang, Jie Lu, Victor Piñón III, and Marcus Weck* J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2011, 133, 14260-14263.

"Poly(norbornene) Block Copolymer-Based Shell Cross-linked Micelles with Co(III)-salen Cores" Yu Liu, Victor Piñón III, and Marcus Weck* Polym. Chem. 2011, 2, 1964-1975.

"Multi-responsive Reversible Polymer Networks Based On Hydrogen Bonding and Metal Coordination" Kamlesh P. Nair, Victor Breedveld*, and Marcus Weck* Macromolecules 2011, 44, 3346-3357.

"Combining Amino-Cyanine Dyes with Polyamide Dendrons: A Promising Strategy for Imaging in the Near-Infrared Region" Cátia Ornelas, Rachelle Lodescar, Alexander Durandin, James Canary, Ryan Pennell, Leonard F. Liebes, and Marcus Weck* Chem. Eur. J. 2011, 17, 3619-3629.

"Construction and Multifunctionalization of Janus Dendrimers" Cátia Ornelas, Ryan Pennell, Leonard F. Liebes, and Marcus Weck* Org. Lett. 2011, 13, 976-979.

"Site-Selective Metal-Coordination-Based Patterning of Silane Monolayers" Minfeng Li, Yu Wang, Victor Piñon III, and Marcus Weck* Chem. Commun. 2011, 2802-2804.

"The Bigger, the Better: Ring-Size Effects of Macrocyclic Oligomeric Co(III)-Salen Catalysts" Yu Liu, Jonathan Rawlston, Andrew T. Swann, Tait Takatani, C. David Sherrill, Peter J. Ludovice*, and Marcus Weck* Chem. Sci. 2011, 2, 429-438.

"Modulating Mechanical Properties of Self-assembled Polymer Networks by Multi-functional Complementary Hydrogen Bonding" Kamlesh P. Nair, Victor Breedveld*, and Marcus Weck* Soft Matter 2011, 7, 553-559.

"Supporting Multiple Metallic Catalysts on Poly(norbornene) for Cyanide Addition to α,β-Unsaturated Imides" Nandita Madhavan, William Sommer, and Marcus Weck* J. Mol. Cat. A Chem. 2011, 334, 1-7.

"Main-chain Supramolecular Block Copolymers" Si Kyung Yang, Ashootosh V. Ambade and Marcus Weck* Chem. Soc. Rev. 2011, 40, 129-137.

"Strain-Promoted Alkyne Azide Cycloaddition for the Functionalization of Poly(amide)-based Dendrons and Dendrimers" Cátia Ornelas, Johannes Broichhagen, and Marcus Weck* J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2010, 132, 3923-3931.

"Supramolecular ABC Triblock Copolymers via One-Pot, Orthogonal Self-Assembly" Si Kyung Yang, Ashootosh V. Ambade, and Marcus Weck* J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2010, 132, 1637-1645.

Sigma Xi Young Faculty Award - 2006, CETL/BP Junior Faculty Teaching Excellence Award - 2006, Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship - 2005; Camille and Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award - 2005; Blanchard Fellow - 2004; DuPont Young Faculty Award - 2004; NSF CAREER award - 2003; 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award 2002 and 2003; Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award 2002

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