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Melanie Chiu

Melanie Chiu, Assistant Professor

A.B. Dartmouth College (2004)
Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley (2009)
Postdoctoral Researcher, ETH Zürich (2009–2011)
Postdoctoral Researcher, Stanford University (2012–2014)

669 Chemistry
Phone: (631) 632-9548
Email: melanie.chiu@stonybrook.edu

Chiu Group webpage

Research Interests

My research group is interested in: 1) the development of methods for synthesizing sequence-defined polymers; 2) understanding how polymer sequence affects material performance; and 3) the design and synthesis of macromolecules with unique material functions.  We utilize a combination of organic, polymer, and supramolecular chemistries to construct materials with well-defined micro- and macroscopic structures for applications in biomedicine, energy storage and organic electronics. 


“Photoactivated n-type dopants.”  Chiu, M.; Bao, Z.   2014, in preparation.

“Strain-Accelerated Formation of Chiral, Optically Active Buta-1,3-dienes.” Chiu, M.;*† Tchitchanov, B.; † Zimmerli, D.; Sanhueza, I. A.; Schoenebeck, F.;* Trapp, N.; Schweizer, W. B.; Diederich, F.* 2014, submitted.  †denotes equal contributions; *denotes corresponding authorship.

“One-dimensional self-confinement promotes polymer selection in large-area organic semiconductor thin films.”  Giri, G.; Li, R.; Li, R; Smilgies, D.-M.; Li, E. Q.; Diao, Y.; Lenn, K.; Chiu, M.; Lin, D. W.; Allen, R.; Reinspach, J.; Mannsfeld, S. C. B.; Thoroddsen, S. T.; Clancy, P.; Bao, Z; Amassian, A. Nature Communications, 2014, 5, 3573.

“Platinum(II) acetylides in the formal [2+2] cycloaddition-retroelectrocyclization reaction: organodonor versus metal activation.”  Tchitchanov. B.;* Chiu, M.;* Jordan, M.; Kivala, M.; Schweizer, W. B.; Diederich, F.   Eur. J. Org. Chem. 2013, 18, 3729. *denotes equal contributions.

N, N’-Dicyanoquinone diimide-derived donor-acceptor chromophores: conformational analysis and optoelectronic properties.”  Chiu, M.; Jaun, B.; Beels, M. T. R.; Biaggio, I.; Gisselbrecht, J.-P.; Boudon, C.; Schweizer, W. B.; Kivala, M.; Diederich, F.   Org. Lett. 2012, 14, 54.

"Regular Acyclic and Macrocyclic [AB] Oligomers by Formation of Push-Pull Chromophores in the Chain-Growth Step"  Silvestri, F.; Jordan, M.; Howes, K.; Kivala, M.; Rivera-Fuentes, P.; Boudon, C.;  Gisselbrecht, J.-P.; Schweizer, W. B.; Seiler, P.;Chiu, M.;Diederich, F. Chem. Eur. J. 2011, 17, 6088-6097.

“4-Alkynoic acids in the synthesis of biologically important tetrapyrroles.”  Jacobi, P. A.; Brielmann, H. L.; Chiu, M.; Ghosh, I.; Hauck, S. I.; Lanz, S.; Leung, S.; Li, Y.; Liu, H.; Löwer, F.; O’Neal, W. G.; Pippin, D.; Pollina, E.; Pratt, B. A.; Robert, F.; Roberts, W. P.; Tassa, C.; Wang, H.  Heterocycles 2011 82, 1029.

“Development of ruthenium catalysts for the enantioselective synthesis of P-stereogenic phosphines via nucleophilic phosphido intermediates.”  Chan, V. S.; Chiu, M.; Bergman, R. G.; Toste, F. D.   J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2009, 131, 6021.

“Synthesis, structural characterization, and quantitative basicity studies of lithium zirconimidate complexes.”  Chiu, M .; Hoyt, H. M.; Michael, F. M.; Bergman, R. G.   Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2008, 47, 6073.

“Zirconium bis(amido) catalysts for asymmetric intramolecular alkene hydroamination.”  Watson, D. A.; Chiu, M.; Bergman, R. G.   Organometallics 2006, 25, 4731.

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