Education & Certifications

  • B.A., Cornell University, Chemistry and Chemical Biology (2013)

Stanford Advisors

  • Yan Xia, Doctoral Dissertation Advisor (AC)

2013-14 Courses

All Publications

  • Living Alternating Ring-Opening Metathesis Polymerization Based on Single Monomer Additions JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY Elling, B. R., Xia, Y. 2015; 137 (31): 9922-9926


    By judiciously modulating the ring strain and sterics, we developed a class of disubstituted cyclopropenes that selectively underwent single monomer addition in ring-opening metathesis but readily underwent alternating ring-opening metathesis polymerization with low-strain cyclic olefins in a living fashion. The substituents on cyclopropenes effectively inhibited homoaddition and prevented secondary metathesis on the polymer backbone. The resulting polymers had controllable molecular weights and end groups, very low dispersities, and high regularity in microstructure under optimized conditions. (1)H and (13)C NMR spectroscopy and MALDI-TOF MS showed a rigorously alternating sequence. Interestingly, disubstituted cyclopropenes were found to present zero-order kinetics, indicating their rapid single addition and the rate-determining ring opening of the low-strain olefin.

    View details for DOI 10.1021/jacs.5b05497

    View details for Web of Science ID 000359613300027

    View details for PubMedID 26182144

  • Ring-opening metathesis polymerization of 1,2-disubstituted cyclopropenes Chemical Communications Elling, B. R., Su, J. K., Xia, Y. 2016: 9097-9100

    View details for DOI 10.1039/C6CC00466K